Monday, July 15, 2013

Craftsy Class Review: Fashion Inspired Fondant

This class was taught by Joshua John Russell, who also did the Modern Piping and Modern Buttercream classes.

This class had a lot of techniques in it, so it would be worth buying if you don't have a lot of experience in making textures on fondant. If you're familiar with texture mats, silicone molds and that kind of thing it might not be worth your time. The different techniques that he covered were pretty straightforward, so it's not like you're going to learn a lot of different ways to do things. But he did cover a lot of material.

There were sections on choosing inspiration for the design, making silicone molds, using texture mats to impress the design onto the fondant, and how to make piping gel and feathers from rice paper. The section on making lace molds was pretty much a commercial for the mold kit, and it was unnecessarily difficult. There were still people posting questions about why they screwed up their molds, though. It isn't hard, but it does take some figuring out.

He's a complete hand-talker, too, which I find TOTALLY NORMAL because I do the same thing when I'm explaining things. I can see how it would drive some people crazy to watch it, though, so just be aware that he gestures wildly throughout the entire class. If he and I were both in the same room we would probably knock each other out from all of the hand waving.

Another thing to note is that he uses fondarific, which doesn't dry out, so you have more working time with it. If you try some of the same techniques with other types of fondant you might end up with drying surfaces that don't look as nice as his. To slow down that process, you can add some modeling chocolate to your fondant, and it will make it more pliable and it will dry out slower.

My final review:
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Equipment You Have To Have: There's a huge amount of gumpaste and fondant equipment necessary for this class, so check the materials list before buying it.
Sleep-Inducing Level: Not too bad, but I skipped ahead a lot. Some of the segments are things like watching him poke holes in a piece of fondant for five minutes, so if I had watched all of that I would have been asleep.
What It Assumes You Already Know: How to cover a cake in fondant
Unnecessary Difficulty Level Of Methods Demonstrated: The mold-making process was really unnecessarily complicated and included stuff that you don't need (but they'll be glad to sell you anyway.)
Annoying Host Habits: As I mentioned, he's a hand talker, so if that bothers you you'll be gritting your teeth throughout the whole thing.
Level of Helpful Hints Learned: Not much for me personally, but there was a segment where he showed how to make piping gel that I found interesting since I don't use piping gel but I've wondered about what's in it. I might make some for fun now. If you're new to fondant texturing techniques this would be a class that you would find extremely educational because he did go over a lot of techniques.


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