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.