Samurai Warrior Centrepiece

Learn how to make a Samurai Warrior Centrepiece out of Pastillage.

In this tutorial, I am going to make a Samurai Warrior sculpture as a centrepiece out of my favourite sugar paste, pastillage. It will have an internal skeleton support. This tutorial contains loads of different techniques that will help you create a pastillage centrepiece of your own.

What you’ll learn…

  • Copper pipe soldering for construction
  • Referring to a skeleton to build construction
  • Clothing on body to achieve realistic creases
  • Making a sword held strongly by the hand
  • Traditional Samurai clothing

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Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Samurai Warrior Centrepiece Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Part 1
A Short Story + Tools and Materials
Creating the Internal Structure
Modelling the Body
Part 2
Making the Sword
Making the Feet
Sculpting the Face
Making the Hands
Adding the First Layer of Clothing
Covering the Torso with Clothing
Covering the Arms with Clothing
Covering the Neck with Clothing
Part 3
Adding the Skirt
Making the Armor
Airbrushing the Armor
Adding the Eyes
Adding the Mask
Painting the Skirt
Making the Ribbons
Part 4
Attaching the Armor
Making the Pavers
Adding Extra Clothing & Head Armor
Adding the Beard
Making the Leg Armor Straps
Adding the Bows & Ribbons
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
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
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
Human Skeleton
8mm Copper pipe

According to skeleton proportion.

Soldering wire
Soldering fluid or gel
Sand paper
For cleaning the copper pipe
Craft wire
2mm thick
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
16mm thick x 35cm x 35cm square covered with brown velvet
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 .
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
16mm thick 20cm x 20cm MDF use for attaching the skeleton feet with screws and possible to another copper plate with soldering.
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 .
Airbrush Set Shop Online
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Baby spoon
Recipes & Ingredients

2kg white, 160g yellow, 200g skin, 650g light brown, 155g dark brown, 50g black, 2kg burgundy, 1kg green, 80g blue
850 gray

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...[read more]

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