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Sculpey Clay Frosting Tutorial

Recently, I got lost in the enchanted world of miniature Polymer clay cupcakes. Naturally, this inspired me to create my own tiny sweet treats. With my early examples I found that my frosting didn’t look “real” enough and it required a lot of sculpting. This was the beginning of  my quest! How could I make realistic frosting out of clay?

The Quest; How could I mix polymer clay so that it had the consistency of buttercream frosting?

In my mind, I had two goals…

The first was that I needed to be able to pipe the clay easily, from a piping bag utilizing a decorating tip.

The second was that I needed to be able to make large batches, so I could “play” with the medium.

Ultimately, my goal was to make a rose out of clay using one of my Wilton Rose Tips. I have a video of this later in this blog post.

 

Mixing Was A Tricky Business

Initially my quest seem simple enough but, I soon found that it was gong to be harder than I thought. The biggest problem was getting the consistency right so I could pipe the clay & bake it. I made lots of messes and discovered what not to do, so please follow the instructions exactly! After ruining countless bags of Sculpey Ultra Light clay, I’m happy to report that I was successful!

When choosing your decorating tips make sure they will be the correct size for your cupcake! I used the above tips for cupcakes that are (about) .5″ tall (measurement before decorating).

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12 Inch Disposable Decorating Bags https://amzn.to/2NJkjCc

Wilton Decorating Piping Tip set, 22 piece https://amzn.to/2ZJcU8q

Wilton 4 Pack Couplers (one coupler per color!) https://amzn.to/2ZJ4s98

This is the Clay!!! Don’t be tempted to use something else, it won’t work…I tried it!

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Sculpey Clay Softener https://amzn.to/2ZEQEN3

Sculpey Glass Glaze (local craft store) https://amzn.to/317rqLq

Sculpey Satin Glaze (local craft store) https://amzn.to/2V6aMIg

This project is so messy!! Please be sure to use gloves. In addition, the clay will stick to everything accept glass or ceramic. For this project, I recommend using a glass surface to work on such as We R Memory Keepers Precision Glass Cutting Mat.

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Let’s choose a color. Please, use only oil paints to mix into your clay…Acrylic paints will make the clay crack when you bake it.

These supplies have been carefully chosen for this project

          

It’s amazing how a tiny bit of color is all you need.

Follow these instructions! Mix in increments, thoroughly. This will help you avoid clumps of dry clay that will interrupt the “flow” of the frosting when you are piping it.

When to deviate from this recipe?

The only time you would need to add more softener is when you are using clay from a bag that has been opened for a while, or you live in a dry climate. After you have made a few batches you get a sense of whether you have the correct consistency or not.

Get your bag ready

Clip the tip of the bag

Place the inner coupler piece inside the bag

I like to use a clear glass to prop up the bag for filling

With gloves, carefully remove clay from the bag and mix into a cylinder…than place the mixture into the piping bag.

Choose your tip, and use the coupler ring to secure it in place.

Move the contents toward the tip

After you tested your mixture, you are now ready to decorate your cupcakes. After you have decorated your cupcakes, bake the mixture according to the directions on the packaging. After I have baked them and, they have cooled, I like to seal them with the Sculpey’s Satin or Glass Glaze…be sure to add a touch of glitter.

See me create a frosting rose out of Sculpey Clay (If your internet is slow, let the video load first or just go to my YouTube Chanel To see the entire video!)

See the entire video at my Youtube Channel…HummingbirdTraveler

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    Connie R Hansen
    October 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    this looks like fun!

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    Danell
    May 10, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks so much for the helpful info! Your tips on adjusting the “ingredients” should prove helpful since I live in a humid climate along the Ohio River. I am looking forward to making tiny cupcakes with lots of icing.

    • Jennifer Primeaux
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      Jennifer Primeaux
      May 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment! Let me know if you have any questions.Have a wonderful day.

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    S Kamealoha
    August 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Your creations are absolutely beautiful!! How ever did you create your cupcake bottoms? They are incredibly realistic. Beautiful!

    • Jennifer Primeaux
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      Jennifer Primeaux
      August 26, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you! For this post I sculpted them by hand, but later I found a small cupcake mold from Etsy.com that works really well.I haven’t checked recently to see if they are still available …happyKawaiisupllies (Etsy.com)

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