Hand constructed Victorian duck busts as cake toppers

February 11 | meganfinley

Sometimes the talent level of our OBBs astound me. OBT member Heather aka. "Hev" made these Victorian duck busts to use as cake toppers for her upcoming wedding.

"The FH and I knew that we wanted ducks on the cake and when I went looking for toppers, I just couldn't find a decent pair of mallards. So the plan was to sculpt them myself as just boring little ducks. But then after seeing the film Fantastic Mr. Fox, it dawned on me that our ducks should be dressed to match our Neo-Victorian, old-timey theme."

They look absolutely amazing. And I had to inquire about HOW she accomplished this. The short story is that Hev is a scenic artist, so she does this type of thing all the time for film, theater, and photography shoots. The long story is as such:

"They are made out of Super Sculpey — a professional grade of oven-bake polymer clay that isn't as crumbly as regular Sculpey or Fimo clay and bakes into a much harder and more durable product.

I created a basic armature from a wooden dowel for support, threw on some movies, and then sculpted away for a few hours."

In a previous Wedding Planning Update, Heather posted a photo of the freshly baked "gentleduck," which shows what the sculptures looked like unfinished…

"When it came to doing the faux-bronze finish, I resorted back to an old trick using basic acrylic paints and a product called Rub 'n Buff. I wrote up a detailed tutorial on how I do this type of finish on my deviantArt page.

They might look heavy, but since they are made from polymer clay, they are actually very light. So there should be no problem when it comes to sticking them on top of a cake. :)"

Kind of in love with these guys? Heather told me that she's always open to taking commissions for custom work — whether that be items like those sculptural cake toppers or classical style fine art portraits. And you guys can get in contact with Heather on her website. But for serious… we have some CRAZY TALENTED brides in our midst.

  1. Those are awesome! I love woodcarving & was curious to see if she'd carved them – sculpy didn't even cross my mind! They look great!

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  2. That's amazing!

    I'm curious about the weight of the finished ducks. Are you going to put some extra support on/ in the cake to keep them from sinking or are they light enough you don't have to bother?

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  3. BTW, I just popped over to Heather's website and WOW! I love everything there.

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  4. When I first saw them on OBT I KNEW it had to be featured here. They are just too awesome not to be!

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  5. Anony Mouse, a lot of times people will add tinfoil to the basic armature of polymer clay sculptures like that, which keeps them from weighing too much. I can tell you from experience that the polymer clay gargoyle topper I made for my cousin looked roughly the same size as those ducks and it did not sink into the cake at all. :)

    Also: LOVE the ducks! They are 100% made of fabulous.

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  6. haha, i loved the fantastic mr. fox! these busts turned out so awesome, and the victorian attire made it even cooler =D

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