Cristie Shires on Feb 12, 2017
This custom cake topper (photo is from the shop before the cake topper was finished) is by far my favorite thing so far that I've purchased. When I first saw these, I knew I needed to have one for my wedding cake and loved the fact that my fiancé and I could pick our favorite thing to represent us. Once the wedding is over, this cake topper will forever be part of my home decor for all to see.
Wacky/Elegant Wedding Cake Topper Maker
Thank you for visiting the Etsy shop, and congratulations if you have a wedding around the corner!
I make wedding cake toppers by casting liquid clay into handmade plaster molds. The cast elements are cut up and rearranged to make hybrid toppers with animal heads and human bodies.
This is a ceramic building process I began in graduate school, over a decade ago, when a surprise donation of plaster molds showed up at the school studio. I became obsessed with the slip casting process, and every smart-ass bone in my body wanted to tinker with the cute and generic figurines that the molds produced. I added Ken heads to deer bodies, gave lambs eight legs, and put chimps in ball gowns. Discovering Etsy in 2007 helped me find new homes for the vast menagerie building up in my studio. My Etsy shoppers encouraged the creation of wedding cake toppers, and the popularity of the wacky couples led me to open a shop specifically for these bridal oddities.
I would not have guessed I'd end up anywhere near the bridal industry. At my most glamorous, I still have clay in my hair. I have the introverted impulses of a person that spends a vast majority of her time listing to podcasts and making stuff. That said, it is an unlikely honor to make objects that people connect to personally. Couples select my toppers to represent their relationship and their love for one another and that means a lot to me. I imagine the possibility of one of my strange cake toppers being taken out of an attic box by great-grandchildren. And those kids knowing that their great-grandparents.....were a little nuts.
BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD MFA University of Montana, Missoula. Studio in Norwich, VT. Maker.
Owner, Customer Service, Shipper
My husband, Chuck is the guy that will often answer your questions and ship out your boxes. Chuck can also answer any questions regarding bass guitar playing, bike building, trout fishing, mountain climbing, or veggie growing
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
Also, echecks take a few days to clear.
I use the US Postal Sevice and I have had great results. A standard size and weight piece from the shop will ship PRIORITY MAIL, and is expected (although not promised) to arrive in 2-3 business days, after packing and boxing. Please give about ten days before contacting me with concerns, I try to ship with care and I will take extra time to make sure the box and the packing materials ensure a safe voyage.
Please be aware that some countries charge a tax on packages. The tax can be steep....... but there is nothing we can do about that from this end.
Refunds and Exchanges
But if it does happen ..GASP.. let me know before you bust out the super glue!
Burial arrangements will be made for the brave ceramic object, and we can chat replacement.
Additional policies and FAQs
First, I must warn you that ceramics is not quick. If the wedding is quite soon, please look through the available toppers listed in the shop. They can ship right away.
Because I work with a liquid clay I can only make the heads that I can cast.... no handbuilding with this clay. The options are a bit limited and may not suit every relationship. I am always adding more options so feel free to make suggestions. ( I am currently looking for a lamb, dinosaur, hippo, tiger and lion)
Duck / loon / crane
bunny (pointy ,straight up ears) OR rabbit (more realistic)
Wolf/German Shepherd (same head)
Let's be on the safe side here, toppers usually take 3-5 weeks, but this is a big important day....... I cannot handle the guilt of messing it up, so, ideally the wedding date is at least 3 months into the future. If the wedding is quite soon, please look through the available toppers listed in the shop. They can ship right away.
The addition of heads will alter the size, but it should help to know that the groom's shoulder comes in at 5 inches (13cm) The base is 3 inches wide and 2.5 inches of depth. The toppers are hollow, with an oval opening in the underside. An average weight is 7 ounces.
Please keep in mind with all the figurines that there will be minor differences between one and another. Each is made individually by me, and one day I may attach a head at a slightly different angle then the example in the photo. Or the curve of a tail may be more loopy from one day to the next... you get the idea. The clay is an off-white. It reads as white, not cream, but I would not call it a stark blue white. The clear glaze will sometimes have flecks of grey that can be seen up close.
Take a look at the available toppers in the shop, or try scrolling through the "sold" section. Also...
Enough info? READY TO GO?
NEXT: Make the bride and groom head selections, Purchase the listing, and please let me know the wedding date in the "note to seller" box.