Indian Snake Charmer Centerpiece

Indian Snake Charmer Centerpiece

$300 - $400

Learn how to make an Indian Snake Charmer Centerpiece with pastillage.

In this tutorial, Serdar teaches you how to use Pastillage to make an Indian snake charmer charming a snake in a basket.

Making sugar figurines is a very important part of a cake decorating business. This Indian Snake Charmer Centerpiece was made for the Incredible India Collaboration hosted by my good friend Tina Scott Parachar. It is about 25cm tall and created using Pastillage for reasons that you will see in the tutorial. When making this kind of centerpiece, we need to make hundreds of decisions along the way and each decision is selected from multiple other possibilities. The final outcome will always depend on these choices. Join me in this tutorial so that I can hopefully help you make better decisions with your own cake decorating processes.

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Indian Snake Charmer Centerpiece
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Part 1
Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Making the Charmer's Torso
Making the Flute
Making the Charmer's Head
Making the Charmer's Legs
Making the Snake Body
Making the Basket
Attaching the Legs
Part 2
Airbrushing the Basket and Flute
Attaching the Head and Flute
Making the Charmer's Arms
Making the Cobra's Head
Airbrushing & Finishing the Cobra
Airbrushing the Charmer
Making the Carpet
Making the Charmer's Wrap
Making the Charmer's Eyes
Making the Turban (Pagri)
Making the Facial Hair
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Pizza Cutter Shop Online
Preferably large, stable and sharp.
Skewers Shop Online
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm x 35cm round MDF covered with black velevet and protected with cellophane sheet
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Texture sheet
For snake skin
Coffee cup
To melt pastillage
Set of Scissors Shop Online
Styrofoam Block Shop Online
To hold the snake body
Cotton Buds
Recipes & Ingredients

1.5 kg

300 g White
700 g Skin color
150 g Orange
100 g Blue
200g Straw color

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water and...[read more]

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