Frances McNaughton's simple fairies are made using sugarpaste, candy sticks and fudge with themes such as blossoms, stars, dancing, Christmas and fairy cakes.-Cakes & Sugarcraft We've all heard of the sugar plum fairy, but here are twenty sugar fairies to enliven your cakes and make your celebration tables look stunning. There are some truly lovely projects in this book, mostly suitable for those fairly new to sugarpaste modelling but with a few slightly more challenging ones as well. There is no recipe for sugarpaste in here, but you can buy it ready made and of course for a longer-lasting fairy there are lots of polymer and air-drying clays around as well. Most occasions are covered, including christening, wedding, Christmas, birthdays and, of course, lots of flower fairies. There is a tooth fairy complete with toothbrush, ballerina fairy, princess fairy and they don't all have to be white either - how about a chocolate fairy?! Photographs of the individual pieces are shown so you know what your shapes should look like prior to assembly, and all the materials and tools needed for each project are listed. As with all these Twenty to Make series books, the instructions are brief, but easy to follow and the finished item gives plenty of clues too as to what goes where and why. If you are a total tyro at sugarcraft you will need to invest in a few tools and cutters before tackling anything but you are warned about this at the beginning, and none of the items listed are too unusual or expensive. All in all, a delightful book that reminded me what fun this craft can be.-Myshelf.com (Reviewed with "Polymer Clay Bears" ISBN 9781844485048) Each book has 20 small, very cute projects on the theme of bears or fairies. Although the bears are made in polymer clay they could easily be made in sugar just like the fiaries. Good value for money.-Cake Craft & Decoration Want to make the absolute cutest cupcakes or cakes for a fairy or woodland themed party? If so, you'll want to check out the book called "20 to Make: Sugar Fairies" by Frances McNaughton (Search Press) If you have ever created anything with clay or sculpey you'll have no problem at all using sugarpaste to create fun cake decor. Frances takes you through the step by step basics to create 20 fantastically adorable little sugar paste fairies that will bring a new dimension to your parties and cake or cupcake decor and will be sure to garner you many compliments. For each of the little fairies featured you'll find the complete tools and supplies list needed as well as detailed instruction and photos for sculpting your own creations to adorn your cakes or cupcakes or other sweet treats. From the Stardust Fairy, to the Dancing Fairy, to the Bathing Fairy(a darling fairy in mob cap and bubble bath), to the Fairy Bride, to the Autumn and Christmas time fairies you'll be sure to find many different themes and designs to decorate with throughout the year and for many special occasions. Once you discover just how easy it is to sculpt with sugarpaste using Nancy's methods you'll have lots of fun coming up with your own combinations. So if a fairy themed party is on your "to do" list of fun activities this Summer do get your hands on this little book. It is a fun resource for planning out your theme. And the neat thing is,not only can the sculpted fairies be created out of sugar paste but you can use these ideas to create them out of sturdy air dry or oven bake clays as well. The possibilities are endless.-stliving.com
About the Author
Frances McNaughton's sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator for many years, teaching all aspects of sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs and has fans in the US, Australia and New Zealand through her online tutorials and sugarcraft products. Frances has made sugarcraft props for the films Notting Hill, Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and three of the Harry Potter films.