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Kitty Pryde
03-04-2009, 11:31 PM
Okay, so I was volunteered to make a wedding cake for a couple who are clients at the social services agency where my partner works. It's supposed to having a wedding cake topper, you know, a bride and groom standing next to each other (http://www.bridaloccasion.com/mixmatchcaketoppartners.htm). These things generally cost $10-$30.

They are both wheelchair users and they specifically requested a wedding cake topper with two people in wheelchairs. This is proving impossible to find! I've been googling the heck out of it. I can find groom in a wheelchair or bride in a wheelchair. But not both!

Some places make customized cake toppers out of clay that look just like the couple, which would cost more than $200 :eek:. That's not really an option as both of them are on social security, being severely disabled since birth. I was volunteered to make this cake for the price of ingredients only because otherwise they would end up with a Costco cake which is :scared:. (I'm an enthusiastic amateur who can make a damn tasty cake!) They're an older couple who've been together like forEVer, and they're both really sweet, and everyone is scrambling to help them make the wedding really special and exactly how they want it.

So: anyone know where such a thing could be found? Or know any extremely philanthropic figurine sculptors? Or know if there's a book called "Sculpting tiny couples in wheelchairs using fondant icing, For Dummies"? Reps and tackle hugs to anyone who can help! :LilLove:

Fenika
03-04-2009, 11:33 PM
You could hire TheIT to make you some maybe :) She's vaguely in your area I believe, give or take many hours of driving.

Sophia
03-04-2009, 11:35 PM
Would it be possible with their budget to buy two sets of figurines, one with the groom in a wheelchair and one with the bride, and perhaps separate the seated figures and create the pair you need that way?

Yeshanu
03-04-2009, 11:50 PM
Would it be possible with their budget to buy two sets of figurines, one with the groom in a wheelchair and one with the bride, and perhaps separate the seated figures and create the pair you need that way?

That was my first thought too, Kitty.

TheIT
03-04-2009, 11:59 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, Bahamutchild, but I've never sculpted human figures or wheelchairs before. If we're talking cats, that might be possible. ;)

Kitty Pryde, how "realistic" does the cake topper need to be? I believe I've seen children's toys which have figures in wheelchairs (at Diddam's party store, I think). If you could get two doll-sized wheelchairs, maybe you could take bride & groom figurines, saw them in half so they appear to be seated in the wheelchairs, then cover the bottom halves with something resembling blankets shaped to indicate legs underneath? You might even be able to have the shoes peeking out from beneath the blankets.

Yeshanu
03-05-2009, 12:12 AM
I was looking up lego on-line because I thought the same thing, and I know they have bride and groom figurines with legs that would bend (so you wouldn't have to saw them off.)

Kitty Pryde
03-05-2009, 12:15 AM
Thanks for the recommendation, Bahamutchild, but I've never sculpted human figures or wheelchairs before. If we're talking cats, that might be possible. ;)

Kitty Pryde, how "realistic" does the cake topper need to be? I believe I've seen children's toys which have figures in wheelchairs (at Diddam's party store, I think). If you could get two doll-sized wheelchairs, maybe you could take bride & groom figurines, saw them in half so they appear to be seated in the wheelchairs, then cover the bottom halves with something resembling blankets shaped to indicate legs underneath? You might even be able to have the shoes peeking out from beneath the blankets.

Hmm, interesting idea. I have an exacto knife and a hot glue gun and I'm not afraid to use them. They don't have to look 100% like people, they can be a tad cartoonish. I just want them to look as nice/dignified/wedding-y as regular stand-up figurines. Little toy wheelchairs can be hard to find. Barbie has a disabled friend, and there's an American Girls wheelchair, but both are pink :tongue I shall ponder this.

Cranky
03-05-2009, 12:16 AM
Well, you could always try to disassemble the wheelchairs and spraypaint them white, or whatever color you wanted.

Sorry I don't have any other ideas.

Kitty Pryde
03-05-2009, 12:23 AM
http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-US-Site/en_US/Product-Show?pid=7600&cgid=

Hmm, playmobil makes a playmobil-sized wheelchair that is pretty fresh. Playmobil people are kind of too stupid looking to go on a cake, though. With some small bendy wedding figurines that might work...

TheIT
03-05-2009, 12:33 AM
Playmobil, that was it. I think there's another brand of figurine like that, too, but the wheelchair in the link looks pretty nice. What are the wedding colors? You might be able to use acrylic paint (like from Michael's) to paint the wheelchair to match, or at least put some colored accents on it. The acrylic paint ought to work on the plastic.

ETA: Isn't Wilton's the main manufacturer for cake supplies? Their website might have something. I know I've seen their displays at Michael's and Wal*Mart).

FennelGiraffe
03-05-2009, 12:59 AM
What about calling a custom bakery in your area and explaining the situation? If they have any such figurines available from their suppliers and whether they would sell just the figurines to you.

Phoebe H
03-05-2009, 11:43 AM
Hmmm.

My ex makes wedding cakes and cake toppers (http://dianesdesignercakes.com/index.html). She could definitely do this. But I don't know what she would charge. (The minimum price on the website is for cakes, not toppers. She's always made her own toppers, but is only recently starting to sell them separately.)

If you are going to make the toppers yourself, make sure you use non-toxic materials, or don't put them directly on the cake. I know there was a particular grade of modeling clay that she would use, and others that she would avoid, for that reason.

There are lots of books that will tell you how to do this -- both cake books and sculpture books. But do I have titles? Of course not.

I don't know that any of that helps, but there it is.

sindy9001
03-05-2009, 01:11 PM
Buy some books about how to do cake is useful to you, or you can employ a good cake master to teach you.http://photo-collection.co.cc/img/3177/a08b1010ygij/grin.gif

robeiae
03-05-2009, 04:34 PM
Well, you could get a couple of Professor X action figures, for the wheel chair, then put bride and groom figures in them.

Like this: http://www.impulsecreations.net/catalog/marvel-legends-series-professor-action-figure-p-45576.html

DL Hegel
03-13-2009, 03:32 AM
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mscelina
03-13-2009, 03:37 AM
oh my god...this wedding cake horror is following me everywhere I go now...I will not survive this....I won't....

*succumbs to wedding cake hyper-paranoia*