#8 - Salty Sequoia
Created by: Helen Merlot – VictoriaSugarLab.net
What was your inspiration?
I have lived all over Canada and what stands out for me here are the beautiful flowering and towering trees and – of course – the ocean. I thought it might be nice for them to come even closer together.
How long did you take to make your creation?
Initial design 4 hrs, Problem solving 4 hrs, Basic frame 12 hrs, Decorating about 20+ hrs expected.
What was the most challenging part?
Design and problem solving. First you have to imagine something worth doing and then find a practical way to do it – opposite forces pulling hard towards impossible and boring.
What are you most proud of?
Getting started without all the answers.
Did you use a unique ingredient or technique?
The trees (trunk and branches) are made out of isomalt – a synthetic sugar that can be molded and shaped when heated. Unfortunately, it fades in humidity (it’s shiny when fresh), so I was not able to use it more extensively.