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Donuts: Icing Materials Guide by eycsnow Donuts: Icing Materials Guide by eycsnow
Now, a little guide on different deco icing options. Yay!
I made these donuts for decoden purposes. These donuts were an experimental test run of different kinds of materials I had available to use as icing. The donut with chocolate glaze is the one made with polymer clay (Kato-Cernit mix), the other 3 with cold porcelain.

So from left to right, the icing materials and a summary of them, are:

:bulletblue: Banana icing is acrylic paint with glaze for shine. You can use impasto, corn starch or acrylic modelling paste to thicken the paint.

:bulletblue: Chocolate icing is liquid polymer clay (Kato) coloured with oil paint and Pearlex mica. It is slightly flexible when set and is translucent. I reserve the liquid PC for more detailed pieces and those needing baking. Also because it isn't cheap. :no:

:bulletblue: White icing is modelling paste on its own (Mont Marte brand) with microbead sprinkles. It dries sateen, so if you want a realistic cream compared to silicon caulk, this is the one for you!

:bulletblue: Strawberry icing is epoxy resin glue coloured with oil pastels (oil paint is fine too and has no specks). No, it is NOT casting resin, which is less viscous and will drip off the curved surface in the time it takes to cure. This epoxy sets firmly in 5 minutes; work quickly. You don't need an expensive brand, one bought at a dollar store will do. This is a good translucent alternative to liquid PC if it's too expensive, unavailable, or your piece can't be baked.

:bulletblue: Not shown is the acrylic gap filler icing. It needs to be used with a caulking gun. Its properties are very similar to modelling paste, but gap filler dries quicker, is more matte and grainier. The grainy texture is very, very fine, but is still pleasant to use for decoden. It is also CHEAPER than modelling paste: AUD$11/500ml (modelling paste) compared to $4/500ml (gap filler).

I'll probably be making more batches of sculpts using different materials and reviewing them. I'm testing the waters so that n00b-eating sharks (read: deco disasters) don't eat you.

Hope this helped! :w00t:
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ParasiticComplex Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, the vanilla donut with the microbeads is absolutely gorgeous. Happycry revamp 
Like seriously, I'm in love with it. It's just fantastic.
The others are too. So intricate and delicious looking. Some amazing creations you have here, friend. <3
eycsnow Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuuu. Thank you! :blush:
Okay, H-sama is NOT that moe. But blushu blushuu~

Personally, I don't know what to think of the items I make. I can tell more easily if something I made is downright hideous but if otherwise, I don't know at all. Maybe because I've been staring at it so long that I am desensitised. ??
ParasiticComplex Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, s'alright.
I know exactly what you mean. It's that way with my drawings. I know when it turns out bad, at which point I'll usually discard them, or, if I really like the idea and am bothered and have time, I'll redo them. Otherwise, I'll complete a drawing and feel happy with it, but then I sort of over-analyse how well my work turned out, and suddenly they don't feel so great anymore. I think I augment the errors in my drawings, which by no doubt exist, and then it doesn't appeal to me in the same way. It's not 'perfect', despite knowing other people enjoy the work without even noticing those errors. Usually I try and just satisfy myself with what I do, regardless how it turns out, and I often can. That's why we keep on creating things, right? Otherwise we'd lose all motivation.
eycsnow Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think worse is making less-than-perfect works and thinking you're the top of the world. Ignorance is bliss, but one doesn't improve like that...
I guess that's why critiques exist. But then again, thinking your work is downright crud isn't good either.
Must maintain the balance :peace:. Fuuufu.
ParasiticComplex Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, haha. Arrogance makes works worse, in my opinion.
The balance is essential. It's finding the equilibrium though that's the challenge. Being satisfied, but being humble enough to allow for improvement. :)
Lol, that sounds so deep.
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