by mycarole ( edited 11 Feb 2014 ) 10 Feb 2014

Here is a project that was a huge fiasco. I wanted to make faux cupcakes. I used a can of spray foam to make the muffin. Then I asked at the hardware store what was the best stucco that I could use on this foam. They recommended a brand, bought it, put it on, added my little top. They looked good enough to eat. But, here is the catch, a week later they were all cracked, and fell apart. I filed this project under "Lesson Learn - No Repeat."

2423

by capoodle 11 Feb 2014

They are lovely and what I know is the foam may be similar to Styrofoam and if you paint Styrofoam with certain paints like some sprays it will melt the Styrofoam. The same could have happened with the stucco breaking down the foam as stucco has lime/cement and there is enough caustic substance that could have an effect on the foam.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

this was not styrofoam, it was the kind you put between walls, it expands when you spray it.

89895
by hagridsmom 11 Feb 2014

do you think that if you had waited and let the foam "age" and settle before covering it with the "frosting" it might have worked? what a disappointment! You obviously have a great imagination and determination to start a new project making 90!!! The idea is darling - better luck next time.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

I will not use the same method next time.

2179
by katydid 10 Feb 2014

too bad all failed. Where did you get the original idea.?

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

I made it up. I think that's why.

85867
by graceandham 10 Feb 2014

In the bakery industry, they use real icing over Styrofoam for "samples" of wedding cakes, etc. and they look good for 3-4 years unless in too much sunlight. SO, maybe closer to the real thing!

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

That's what I had, styrofoam from a can.

66554
by killiecrankie 10 Feb 2014

What a pity because they looked so real.If you try again using something else just do one & wait for a week or so ,to see if anything goes wrong.
If I'm going to do something different that could end up as a disappointment ,I do a small one & wait to see if it works out or not.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

the thing is, when you use the foam can (yellow foam) you must use the whole can. That's the deal. This foam is insulation foam.

25212
by oaro 10 Feb 2014

they look great now

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Thanks again.

119790
by karenalice 10 Feb 2014

Too bad! You did such a great job... & so much effort!

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

I should of taken a picture of the cracks. Very disappointing.

1877
by ramona 10 Feb 2014

They look beautiful. Too bad they didn't last. But then cupcakes never would around my house anyway.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

That's is so comforting. Never thought of that. Here too, cupcakes are gone in a day.

23222
by noah 10 Feb 2014

lol u sound like me glad for cute to share hugs

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Thank you noah. Maybe we do have a lot in common.

360450
by highlandermom 10 Feb 2014

Good looking while they lasted. It is a shame they didn't last.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Thank you for the moral support.

86901
by cfidl 10 Feb 2014

I hope they looked great for whatever purpose you made them for They do look good enough to eat.

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

They were Xmas tree ornaments. See the little loop? That was to hand them up.

173584
by pldc 10 Feb 2014

Oh that is such a shame, they really are pretty though, what about a flour & water paste? Then you could spray paint them to be any colour you like.

2 comments
pldc by pldc 10 Feb 2014

like the old pie potpouri designs?

mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Right, its the foam in a can I used. The foam shrunk.

299557
by babsie 10 Feb 2014

Pity it fell apart because it looks delicious. Hugs

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

If I would not touched them, they would still look nice.

21222
by carolpountney 10 Feb 2014

very inteesting you are very talented well done, we all learn by making mistakes

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

My husband tells me I'm allowed three mistakes a day. That was one of them on that day. I had made 90 of them to hang in one tree as a theme.

21044
by ansalu 10 Feb 2014

Maybe you can try making these bath-bombs that look like a muffin. So you get the form and a good smell ;o)

2 comments
pldc by pldc 10 Feb 2014

wow really cool, thanks for the links Betina

mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Ha, did you see the ones on pinterest? That's exactly what these looked like after a week. All cracked. I have made soap and bath bombs using a heart mold. Those turned out just beautiful. I'll post a picture

33986
by sewilso 10 Feb 2014

lol! They do look very nice!!!

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

thank you

23281
by asterixsew Moderator 10 Feb 2014

Great story

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Great story filed in my funny story box.

114543
by lucypiwow 10 Feb 2014

HERE IS A SUGESTION,TRY USING THE WHITE STUFF THEY USE IN TOLE PAINTING...FAKE SNOW....I USED IT ON A SANTA FACE AND IT WAS OYSIDE ALL WINTER FOR 4 YEARS I HSVE ALSO USED IT IN SIDE FOR THE FAKE SNOW AFFECT....LUCY

2 comments
lucypiwow by lucypiwow 10 Feb 2014

YOU CAN ALSO USE STIPPLING THE STUFF THEY USE ON CELLINGS
FOR GOT TO SAY GOOD JOB THEY DO LOOK GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT...LUCY

mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Thank you for your suggestion. Personally I think it was the foam underneath. I think it shrunk.

12613
by CraftySharon 10 Feb 2014

they look good enough to eat, pity they cracked

1 comment
mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

Thank you

1116
by bejoscha 10 Feb 2014

Beautiful cupcakes, looks really like real!

13586
by pennifold 10 Feb 2014

That is a pity Carole, but I'd try it again with some other form of hardener. I'm sure something can be done. Love Chris

234262
by justsew 10 Feb 2014

well they look great, pity they did not last.
hugs Pam.

30988