So here’s what we’re making. Can you tell this little toy has been LOVED?
Start with a basic shape of the body of the tractor:
Roll out 4 black balls for the tires and 4 yellow balls for the centers of the tires:
I have a habit of using my fondant smoother to press balls into circles:
Use an Exacto knife (or whatever you have handy) and make treads:
Use the end of your small rolling pin (or whatever you have handy) to round the inside of the tires:
Time for the 4 yellow balls. Break each ball into 2 parts; a big part and a small part, now you have 8 of them:
The big yellow ball gets flattened and becomes the center of the tire:
The small yellow ball remains somewhat rounded (press it down just a bit) and becomes the hub of the tire. Use a toothpick (or whatever you have handy) to make lug marks:
The body has to be off the ground, so put a piece of fondant underneath. I used black so it wouldn’t be too obvious when it was finished:
Make sure it’s about the right height:
Glue on the wheels with a bit of water:
Roll 6 green balls: 4 for the mudflaps over the tires, and 2 for the hitch (one of the hitch balls should be notably smaller than the other):
Using a toothpick (or whatever you have handy) make an indentation for the hitch. Roll the bigger of the two small balls into a teardrop shape, add a touch of water to the pointed end and insert into hole for hitch. Add a tiny dot of water on the “hitch” and rest the small ball on top. When I’m modeling a toy, I like to stop and compare sizes and shapes to be sure I’m on track. You don’t have to be perfect; as long as the general shape and size are what you want, you’re good to move on.
Now go ahead and shape the 4 bigger balls into your mudflaps. Roll them into teardrop shapes and then lay them down and flatten them. We’ll let them sit and firm up a few minutes while we put on our windows.
Roll out black fondant very thin. This is a great time to use left over pieces, as we’ll be cutting it down very small:
Use an Exacto knife (or whatever cutting tool you use) and cut the pieces for the window. Watch your edges and keep them neat. Use a bit of water to adhere the windows to the tractor using a flat tipped paint brush to hold them and lay them into place.
Now do the other side. Don’t get caught up in making it perfect. If it resembles the toy, it’s probably good enough.
Our mudflaps are probably firm enough now to glue them into place. Use a bit of water for glue and glue on the front fender.
Now the back ones:
Use your ball tool (or whatever you have handy) to make pockets for the eyes:
Roll out white circles for the eyes and adhere with a tiny drop of water:
Roll out blue balls for the eyes and adhere with a tiny drop of water:
Roll out black balls for pupils and adhere with a tiny drop of water:
Roll out a tiny white ball for the “twinkle” in the eye. Cut it in half to be sure they’re the same size and glue on with a tiny drop of water:
Roll a piece of thin fondant for the grill and adhere with a bit of water:
Roll a snake of red fondant for the smile, press to flatten and adhere with a bit of water:
Roll a piece of thin white fondant and cut 4 teeth. After I cut my teeth, I straightened them up. It’s easier to get them right before you apply them, though. Next I added a small upside triangle shape to match the teeny John Deere symbol. Adhere with a bit of water:
Finish up by rolling a tiny yellow snake of fondant for the stripe down the front fenders. Make a tear drop shape out of one end of the snake and adhere to front fenders using a tiny drop of water:
Finished view from the front:
Tsk Tsk, at the end I realized I had missed a yellow bit under the “smile” – so i went back and added it. Now he’s DONE!