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Last Updated on 27th January 2022 by Vicki
Hi everyone! What do you think of Sammy? I am really excited to share how to make this seal cake topper with you all. I have included a list of all the items needed to make him after the tutorial. If you would like to watch a video tutorial, I have added one to the bottom of this post.
Seal Cake Topper Tutorial
Start by rolling 30g of grey modelling paste into a cone shape. I coloured my white modelling paste grey with a little black gel paste.
Next, take the smaller end of the cone and roll between your fingers until you have a skittle shape.
Flatten the smaller end with your fingers. This will be the seals tail. Mould the other end by lifting it up slightly to form the neck.
Use the knife to cut out a V shape from the tail.
Use the dresden tool to mark indents into the tail.
Dab a little bit of glue onto a piece of spaghetti and insert it into the neck. Mine was about 4cm long. Be careful not to go all the way down. Use something to prop the tail up and leave the body to dry.
Roll 15g of grey modelling paste into a ball. Using the narrow end of a bulbous cone modelling tool gently make eye indents.
Stick a small piece of black modelling paste onto the face as shown above. Take two pieces of modelling paste that is a lighter shade of grey to the body and roll into a ball. This helps to make sure they are the same size.
Flatten the balls and stick them onto the seal’s face leaving some of the black modelling paste showing. As shown above.
Use the scriber tool to mark the seal’s whiskers. Stick some pink modelling paste underneath the black as show in the picture above.
Roll a small piece of the light grey modelling paste into a tube making it smaller at the ends. This is the seal’s chin.
Stick the chin onto the seal’s face and shape with your fingers.
Roll two pieces of white modelling paste into pea sized balls and stick into the eye sockets. Using the smaller end of a ball tool create two indents in the centre of the eyes.
Roll two pieces of blue modelling paste into tiny balls and stick them into the pre-made eye holes. Flatten with the ball tool or your fingers. Repeat this with two smaller balls of black modelling paste. Next, roll two tiny pieces of black modelling paste into tubes and stick onto the face for eyebrows.
Stick two tiny balls of white modelling paste onto the black pupils. Lastly, stick a small triangle shaped piece of pink modelling paste on the face for the nose.
Flippers And Attaching The Head
Flatten a piece of the lighter grey modelling paste into an oval shape and stick onto the seal’s belly.
Take 3g of grey modelling paste and roll into a tube. Next flatten, making one end slightly wider.
Cut a piece off the wider end at a diagonal, as shown above.
Using the knife cut out three small triangles. Flatten and shape the flippers with your fingers.
Glue the flipper onto the body directing it backwards. Repeat with the other flipper.
Carefully place the head onto the body, sliding it on the spaghetti and using a little vodka or edible glue to secure. TOP TIP! I find it easier to use a toothpick to make an initial hole in the head, before placing it on the spaghetti. You can see from the photo above that I added some markings onto the seal’s back. If you would like to add these too, I show you how I did them below.
Markings On The Seal’s Back
To add the decoration to the seal’s back roll out some modelling paste very thinly. Cut holes out of the paste using circle cutters. I used open round piping tips.
Slightly distort the shapes as in the picture above. Leave the paste for a few minutes to dry slightly and then turn over for the other side to dry.
After a few minutes place the paste onto the seal’s back. It needs to have dried a little bit but still be pliable.
Using a dusting brush, lightly brush grey dust onto the seal’s back using the white paste as a template. I felt that the grey I had wasn’t dark enough so mixed it with a little black dust. Gently remove the template once you are finished.
Seal Cake Topper Video Tutorial
I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial and that it inspires you to make your own seal cake topper. I got the idea of how to make him while I was making my rabbit sugar model.
List Of Items That I Used To Make This Seal Cake Topper
Below is a list of items I used in this tutorial. I have also included links to some of the items that I used.
- Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3flCE5y
- PME Black Midnight food colouring paste : https://tidd.ly/3CcL3Sv
- Black modelling paste. As such a tiny bit is needed I coloured my white modelling paste black with the black food colouring.
- Pink modelling paste. I coloured my white modelling paste with PME Hot Pink Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/37lmDrD
- Blue modelling paste. I coloured my white modelling paste with PME Ocean Blue Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/3if9UNw
- Edible glue or vodka
- Edible grey dust. ( I mixed Sugarflair’s Shadow Grey dust with Sugarflair’s Black dust.
- A piece of dried spaghetti for support.
- Ball tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Food graded dusting brush : https://tidd.ly/3jfJWc2
- Food graded paint brush : https://tidd.ly/3xtrKRz
- Small non stick rolling pin : https://tidd.ly/3ihl3NW
- Scriber tool. I used a PME scriber tool : https://tidd.ly/3ilJkTa
- Dresden tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNxlRb
- Bulbous Cone Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3yp1GIe
- Small knife : https://tidd.ly/3C8BZy8
Take a closer look at my favourite modelling tools here.
That’s all for now, but you may also be interested in my mouse sugar model cake topper tutorial. Link below if you would like to take a look.
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That’s all for now! Happy caking 🙂