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Sugar Skull in Suit
Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #42

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I always wanted to make a sugar skull, and since the day of the dead is approaching, I thought this was the right time to give this a try.

Since I plan on keeping or maybe giving this piece to someone, I made the suit cookie part to be dismantled again, so that I could finish the whole thing with pastillage, which dries very hard and has a much longer shelf life.

I designed it with Inkscape, a free vector program. Took me about a day:

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull-Design

If you'd like to pipe this sugar skull, you can download the template from here: https://www.isugarfy.com/suppo...n-suite_template.pdf

Below you can see part of the sugar skull piped in royal icing. I didn't pipe the circles, because I can get them much rounder with isomalt. The filled-in shapes here look still pretty neat, but it gets messy when the connecting rest is done. That's why I turn the piece around and use the flat under/backside that then will look much more like stained glass.

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_Process_Piping+Filling

Here's the finished "lollipop" part with dimensions added:

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull-Lolli

The cookies for the 3D suit part that I wanted to make in glass mosaics with a piece of pastillage to support the transition of neck and head which would be inserted in the opening before it.

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_Process_Cookie-Parts

The mosaic grids are piped with bead consistency icing so the lines join each other more readily mimicking grout a bit better. The third photo shows the pastillage peaking through at the bottom. One could also have placed the transfer onto a piped and flooded royal icing transfer, but then one side would not have been totally flat. Pastillage is flat on both sides.

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_Process_Suit

The cookie version to show the shoulder part which is made of pastillage to hide the "seams".

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_Shoulderview

The cookies have been replaced by pastillage in this version, plus I added more mosaics to shoulder, collar and the base plate.

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_isomalt-sugar-art

Here's a waterhead version (lol) to show the shoulder/collar part:

iSugarfy_Sugar-Skull_birdview

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Dear Sonja ,this is so high level,I bow to your skills ,admiring another one from  your amazing creations,and I feel how to say it bad ..and thinking if I have to add my another entry or not becouse if I compare them,my' s like from basic school 😂

Can't stop looking at your WOW excellent skull in suit

Dear Sonja ,this is so high level,I bow to your skills ,admiring another one from  your amazing creations,and I feel how to say it bad ..and thinking if I have to add my another entry or not becouse if I compare them,my' s like from basic school 😂

Can't stop looking at your WOW excellent skull in suit

Thank you very much for your sweet comment, dear Petra ❤️❤️❤️!!! Your work is always very special and unique, and it would be a real pity if you didn't post it just because of another one's work. Hugs

Thank you very much for your sweet comment, dear Petra ❤️❤️❤️!!! Your work is always very special and unique, and it would be a real pity if you didn't post it just because of another one's work. Hugs

Again can't take my eyes from your "handsome man" I mean skill in suithe is too perfect❤️You are always so kind dear Sonja,but now the truth,you are a Queen of isomat-stained glass mosaic to meThank you for sharing with us your master piece!

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Again can't take my eyes from your "handsome man" I mean skill in suithe is too perfect❤️You are always so kind dear Sonja,but now the truth,you are a Queen of isomat-stained glass mosaic to meThank you for sharing with us your master piece!

I'm very happy you like my guy, dear Petra 😀! Thank you again so much for your kind words, sweetie 🙏🏼🌹💐🌺❣️❣️❣️

Oh meine liebe Sonja, was für ein geniales Meisterwerk!!!! Diese vielen Winzigkeiten und alles sooo genau und schön!! Ich bin zwar absolut kein Halloween-Freak, aber dein "Typ" hat was!!! Er zeigt, wie all deine Arbeiten, große Genauigkeit und deine unendlichen wunderschönen Ideen!! Klasse!!! ❤️😘 @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)

Oh meine liebe Sonja, was für ein geniales Meisterwerk!!!! Diese vielen Winzigkeiten und alles sooo genau und schön!! Ich bin zwar absolut kein Halloween-Freak, aber dein "Typ" hat was!!! Er zeigt, wie all deine Arbeiten, große Genauigkeit und deine unendlichen wunderschönen Ideen!! Klasse!!! ❤️😘 @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)

Vielen ❤️ lichen Dank für deinen netten Kommentar, liebe Gabi 🙏🏼😘❣️ Ich bin auch kein Halloween-Freak, doch so einen farbigen Sugar Skull wollte ich schon mal probieren. Es hat Spass gemacht, doch werde ich versuchen, ihn das nächste Mal etwas freundlicher zu gestalten 🤣.

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Wow Sonja. Wow. Absolutely  incredible. I know you shared all the details but I still can’t figure out how you did it so perfectly. Brava!

Thank you so much, Lisa @LisaF 🙏🏼😘❣️ Some day down the road  I will offer a course for my techniques, as soon as I've completed this long to-do list of mine 😂.

Vielen ❤️ lichen Dank für deinen netten Kommentar, liebe Gabi 🙏🏼😘❣️ Ich bin auch kein Halloween-Freak, doch so einen farbigen Sugar Skull wollte ich schon mal probieren. Es hat Spass gemacht, doch werde ich versuchen, ihn das nächste Mal etwas freundlicher zu gestalten 🤣.

Ich glaube, ich denke genauso wie du...
Das Weltgeschehen ist ernst genug... Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass der "Typ" freundlicher noch mal schöner aussieht. Trotzdem, der Anzug, die winzigen Teilchen... Sonja, das ist sooo eine Arbeit!!! Du bist großartig!!! Wirklich!!! ❤️ @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)

Ich glaube, ich denke genauso wie du...
Das Weltgeschehen ist ernst genug... Ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass der "Typ" freundlicher noch mal schöner aussieht. Trotzdem, der Anzug, die winzigen Teilchen... Sonja, das ist sooo eine Arbeit!!! Du bist großartig!!! Wirklich!!! ❤️ @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)

Danke dir vielmals für das süsse Kompliment, liebe Gabi ❤️!!!

Sonja, nobody can handle isomalt like you do magically, neatly, beautifully, artistically and elegantly.  Wow!  I love this so much.

Thank you so very much for your beautiful and kind comment, Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. 🙏🏼🤗💐😘❣️!!!

Wow! Incredibly impressive design work and execution. This is definitely one of those cookies that needs an accompanying video view in order to capture the true beauty because I have a feeling that the photos don't do it justice. Also, it looks as though some isomalt is applied to the back side and some to the front side, is that correct?

As always, dear Sonja, @iSugarfy (aka swissophie), your work just blows me away!! I've been buried in work and have hardly visited here over the last month. I've missed everyone so much!! I hope you are well my friend. The intricacy of your work here is beyond unbelievable. I love the symmetry from the designs (flowers) on both sides of the head. Incredible how well they match up. I completely agree with Petra @Petra Florean, that your skills are of such a high level. I can't imagine just how much time and work went into creating this masterpiece!! Incredible work my sweet friend ❤️❤️❤️. Hugs...

Wow! Incredibly impressive design work and execution. This is definitely one of those cookies that needs an accompanying video view in order to capture the true beauty because I have a feeling that the photos don't do it justice. Also, it looks as though some isomalt is applied to the back side and some to the front side, is that correct?

Thank you so much, Christine @Sweet Prodigy ❤️! The second picture in my comment shows the side I filled in. This has been reinforced with a clear isomalt coating (thicker where the head meets the neck as I broke it there in a clumbsy senior moment) so it would stand up better. I then turned it around and added dimensions to the flat underside, now being the front.

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