Making Jada was an exciting adventure. As usual, I sculpted her head, hands, and feet from polymer clay. The cake is also polymer clay, sprinkled with glitter! I’ve made one of these (real) cakes myself, and it’s quite a job with the cake, filling, and meringue mushrooms. But it is certainly a special cake.
Her sweater and leggings are made from a sock. For the pantaloons, I reached back to my doily crocheting days. After finding a vintage pattern, I crocheted the edging, then made the pantaloons from silk fabric and edged the leg openings with the crocheted trim.
The chef’s coat and hat are made from cotton as I thought it would be more appropriate than silk for “work” clothes. The red buttons are vintage glass that I found on eBay. They’re faceted and quite beautiful. The “platter” that the cake is on is a vintage butter pat, another eBay find.
By the way, the hair was fun to do and, I think, successful. It’s felted wool. I first felted a thin (about 1/4″ thick) disc. Then I made each of the “cornrows” by separating a small bundle of wool, twisting it tightly, then releasing the tension to let it form a twist. At that point, I felted the ends to the disc. What I ended up with was a one-piece “wig” that I could hot-glue to her head.
Another “by the way” – the star on her cheek is a hot-fix embellishment from Kandi Corporation. It has hot melt glue on the back. All I had to do was press it in place on the un-cured clay and when I baked it, the heat melted the glue and set the star in place. I also used these stars on her polymer clay boots.