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This was my contribution to the fabulous collaboration with the theme "Sweet Summer" hosted by Isabel Tamargo. There are 208 pieces total and all of them may be view at this link: https://www.facebook.com/sweetsummercollaboration
Both the girl and the dog are made with a wire armature from modeling chocolate, as are the shells. The swim suit and hair ribbons are made from gum paste and the sand is whole grain rye flour. The background is a photo.

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Comment by Sandra Smiley on July 11, 2016 at 6:54pm

I was fortunate to have two parents who were very artistic, so I was born with good genes :o))  I majored in Fine Arts in college and have done a lot of painting.  Oddly, I never tried sculpting until I started playing with sugar and I really enjoy it. 

Comment by Laura Guynup on July 11, 2016 at 6:37pm

You are very welcome. I love anything to do with Art. From simple kids art, drawings, museum art, architecture, sculptures etc. I have been blessed with some talent. However,  you appear to have natural talent. :) 

Comment by Sandra Smiley on July 11, 2016 at 6:30pm

Thank you, Laura, for your sweet comments!  Sugar art is just a hobby for me, so I have plenty of time to spend on each piece.  Thanks for the friends request, too!

Comment by Laura Guynup on July 11, 2016 at 1:16pm

OMGosh!!! I good look/admire your cake art all day :) Exceptional and Phenomenal is a major understatement :) I would have to favorite them all.

Comment by Sandra Smiley on June 30, 2016 at 8:32am

June, since I don't use a whole lot of anything, I've never compared the cost of gum paste vs fondnt vs modeing chocolate.  Off the top of my head, I would say that modeling chocolate is a litte more expenive than gum paste, but I use Wilton Candy Melts so it is still very affordable and goes a long way.

Comment by June Kowalczyk on June 25, 2016 at 11:57am
What about cost..modeling chocolate vs fondant/gumpaste??
Comment by Sandra Smiley on June 25, 2016 at 11:49am

Thank you, June!  There is definitely a learning curve when using modeling chocolate, but it is worth it.  So responsive!  Now that I am starting to get the hang of its quirks, I am starting to really love it.  

Comment by June Kowalczyk on June 24, 2016 at 10:02pm
Such an amazing piece Sandra. Those legs are wickedly cool. I've only used modeling chocolate to cover rct or make roses. Can't imagine doing a whole figure in it.
Comment by Sandra Smiley on June 24, 2016 at 9:57pm

Thanks, Michael!

Comment by Michael CakeDecorating on June 24, 2016 at 10:24am

Wow, I'm amazed!

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