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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 3:54pm (Jan 20th 2010) edited
     
    I got an e-mail of these tiny babies that are supposed to be crafted from Marzipan. I was captivated by them and went to the site to find out more. In actual fact they are crafted from clay by this very gifted lady. The detail is exquisite and so life like it is amazing. I thought you would all like to see them so here are a few pictures to get you going..........
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 3:57pm (Jan 20th 2010) edited
     
    They are just so unbelievable
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 3:59pm (Jan 20th 2010) edited
     
    Do have a look at the website http://www.camilleallen.com/
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 4:05pm (Jan 20th 2010) edited
     
    what beautiful treasures she creates
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 5:52pm (Jan 20th 2010)
     
    Oh my..those are so beautiful, NN! Such talent that lady has.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2010 9:44pm (Jan 20th 2010)
     
    She is very talented - I can't imagine being able to do something like that.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 21st, 2010 7:57pm (Jan 21st 2010)
     
    I know they are so adorable she has an amazing gift to capture every little detail and then create it with such love.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2010 1:34pm (Feb 4th 2010)
     
    absolutely beautiful.
    • CommentAuthorGeorgie:)
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 2:21pm (Feb 19th 2010)
     
    :thumbup:Lovleyy :) i bet they will be worth abit
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 6:41pm (Feb 19th 2010)
     
    Yes I should think they will be especially with all the work she puts into them. I still keep looking at them as they are just so beautiful
    • CommentAuthorGeorgie:)
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 7:55pm (Feb 19th 2010)
     
    If they were made of marzipan, who would eat them and why?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 7:58pm (Feb 19th 2010)
     
    No they were not made out of marzipan someone just thought they were to begin with. Have you had a look at her site she is a beautiful woman.
    • CommentAuthorGeorgie:)
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2010 8:02pm (Feb 19th 2010)
     
    nope, I will do when I finish a massave story I have to write out.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2010 9:52pm (Feb 21st 2010)
     
    I had a look at her site thinking if she did commissions it woudl be a lovely thing to buy for Steven and Jan, they coudl have one each of the twins, butthen I looked at the price and decided agasint it (much as I love my neighbours - or extra mum and dad as we call them).
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2010 3:57pm (Feb 22nd 2010)
     
    Out of my packet range as well Tracy nice to look though
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 12:17pm (Mar 2nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just have a go at making your own! :-)

    What you'll need:
    Marzipan, uncolored, any size
    Powdered sugar
    Latex gloves, unpowdered
    Small paring knife
    Toothpicks
    Powdered pastry coloring (optional)

    1. Put on your latex gloves. Sprinkle powdered (icing?) sugar on your work space. The gloves and sugar will keep the marzipan from getting sticky.

      If your marzipan gets really sticky and sugar isn't helping, place the marzipan back in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Put on new gloves every time you start to work with a new color or section of a project.

    2. Cut open the tube of marzipan, and pinch off a piece big enough for the baby you want to make. If you'd like, color your marzipan by working powdered pastry coloring into the paste. Fold and stretch the marzipan like clay, thoroughly working in the color.

    3. Separate the marzipan into three chunks. Roll the first chunk into a short log for the baby's body. Use your hands, the paring knife and toothpicks to shape the baby's belly button and rear end. If the marzipan begins to get sticky, sprinkle more powered sugar on it and your hands as needed. You may need to apply powdered sugar frequently depending on the room temperature and humidity.

    4. Shape one remaining third of the marzipan into the baby's head. Use a toothpick to make the eyes and mouth, and pinch up the marzipan to make a nose. You can make little curls of hair by drawing with the knife or toothpick.

    5. Score the top of the body where the head will go by making several slash marks with the knife. Score the bottom of the head the same way. Press the two scored areas together. Use your fingers to make the connection smooth and firm. If your marzipan baby is large, you may need to put a toothpick or two partway into the body and then connect the head to the ends of the toothpicks.

    6. Shape the arms and legs with the remaining marzipan. Use a toothpick and knife to make toes, fingers, knees and elbows. Score the edges of the body where the arms and legs will go, and score the ends of the arms and legs. Press the limbs into place. Smooth out the spots where the limbs meet the body, and bend the limbs as you like.

    7. Store your marzipan baby and unused marzipan in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag. Marzipan remains edible for up to several years but will begin to dry out and become stale after about six months.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 1:01pm (Mar 2nd 2010) edited
     
    :rofl:Oh Neil that is just brilliant and so well thought out. Ha ha Now we only need to see the picture of the one you made earlier. :lol: No pinching the picture of one she made either. Fantastic I just love it
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 6:55pm (Mar 2nd 2010)
     
    I was just thinking the same thing - perhaps we shoudl make it into a competition - I'll stump up for a prize :rolling::clap::001_tt2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 7:05pm (Mar 2nd 2010)
     
    Ha ha that would be fun.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 10:00pm (Mar 2nd 2010)
     
    Ok..but where do I find marzipan, Neil??:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2010 10:54pm (Mar 2nd 2010)
     
    Can't we use plasticine?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 4:29am (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    I'm with you CC then we could keep them forever so the guests don't mistakenly eat them.

    Neil,excellent instructions for babies!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 7:19pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    Plasticine or clay would be best. Jay loves Marzipan so he would probably eat mine !!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 7:43pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    I have used a modelling product called "Femo" (I think) It's like white plasticine and sets solid after a few hours. CAn be painted.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 8:08pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    Oh I do remember that Ollie I used to have a friend that made beads for her necklaces with it. I never did get around to doing it with her which was a shame as they were beautiful and very ornate.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 8:13pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    Its called Fimo Ollie I just found it on google. Its a polymer clay. They seem to do loads of different colours now.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2010 9:21pm (Mar 3rd 2010)
     
    plasticine, marzipan, clay the options are endless, how about the soft icing that you use on cakes, never sure if that is royal icing or if thats the hard one.
    • CommentAuthoramazon01
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2011 7:16am (Aug 18th 2011)
     
    Royal icings the hard one. Buttercreams soft.

    They sell marzipan babies 100% edible on www.etsy.com $12-$15 a baby pretty amazing definitely worth checking out.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2011 8:48am (Aug 18th 2011)
     
    :welcome:Hi Amazon01.
    Welcome to Hencam.
    You must have had a good browse araound to put your first posting into this old thread!
    Where are you? There's a special "GoogleMapDirectory" at the top of every page for you to see where members live. You may like to pop your pin on.
    Do you have hens? Not all of us do but it is fascinating learning so much about them.
    This is a lovely forum. Neil (Keeper of the hens) our boss, is very relaxed about how we post and there are no slapped wrists for sliding off topic, as you may have found.
    Please come back soon.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2011 11:46pm (Aug 18th 2011)
     
    Welcome Amazon01! The babies are amazing but also a little bit creepy. You just couldn't eat one could you!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2011 1:14pm (Aug 19th 2011) edited
     
    I love marzipan and I'd have to eat the stuff before I even got to making any babies with it. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2011 10:55pm (Aug 19th 2011)
     
    My professional guidelines don't say anything about NOT eating the babies.... and there have been some such delightful samples that it's been hard to keep control at times!