This step involves building a wire armature for the torso and legs. The clay softens during the bake before it hardens which will cause a figure to collapse. The wire gives support to the clay while it bakes as well as strengthening against breakage afterwards Additional wire is left at the bottom to secure the finished figure to the base. Aluminum foil is used to build up a core. This helps to lighten the weight of the cake topper figurine as well as allowing less clay to be used. The thicker the clay is the more likely it may crack during baking. Also, the longer baking time required to cure thicker clay can cause areas that are thinner to darken or scorch.
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