Start with 8 1/2 oz of fondant or gumpaste. Color
5 1/2 oz yellow for the body and 1 oz orange for the mane. I
used Wilton Buttercup Yellow with a tiny bit of Americolor Lemon
Yellow to color the body and Americolor Super Red, Americolor
Lemon Yellow and Wilton Buttercup Yellow for the mane.
Divide your pieces up as follows:
Head – 1 ¼ oz
Body - 2oz
2 Bottom legs – ½ oz each
2 - top legs – 3/8 oz each
There will be a little left over for the muzzle, ears and optional
tail (not shown)
will also need a tiny piece of black for the eyes and mouth
and approx ½ oz of pink for the nose, insides of ears
and pads of the paws. Roll out body, head and legs, make cone
shaped and flatten out the larger end – this is where
the paws are.
Shape the arms and legs to fit the body but let all the pieces
dry a little (30 – 60 min.) before you glue them together.
Otherwise you lion will slump and look kind of fat and wide.
This is what the arms will look like in the back of the lion.
Shape muzzle into a soft sided triangle and glue on using glue
of your choice - water, tylose glue or royal icing are all fine.
Pinch off a small piece of orange to place in front of mane.
Roll remaining orange into a sausage. Wrap around and glue to
lions head. Place the small piece you pinched off in front.
Make small holes for eyes and belly button.
Shape a small piece of black for a mouth and let dry. Roll tiny
little balls of pink for the pads of the paws and glue them