The Making of the Oompa Loompas

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Once, I made a giant gingerbread house that looked like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There were all kinds of candies involved (vats of candy) and there were many singing Oompa Loompas. These edible munchkins were made of gumpaste.  However the methods used here are quite similar and can be applied to just about any sculpting medium, especially modeling chocolate.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

To make the munchkins, first I formed their torsos and legs. I used a ball tool to make cavities for the arms, heads, and feet.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

I sculpted the heads and faces separately and skewered them on toothpicks that were then anchored in a piece of styrofoam.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

That’s my trick to sculpting heads and faces without squishing them.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Once they were dry, I attached the heads to the bodies using some royal icing as “glue.”

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Then I added icing eyebrows and icing hair.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Here are all the munchkins singing about how much they would love to have arms.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial Here are their arms.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Here are their bodies + their arms, tied on to dry.

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

I use this method for baking
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Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

Gumpaste Oompa Loompa Figurine Tutorial

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