MONSTER AND BRIDE
Manufacturer: Mad Labs Models
Sculptor: Mike Parks
In 1995 I was lucky enough to marry a
wonderful woman that would love me for who I was, even if I did
build weird monster models. She was fully aware of my predisposition
for resin and styrene and decided to go through with it anyway. As
we planned the wedding I had the obvious idea to have Monster &
Bride Cake Topper. I presented my concept to my bride-to-be and
instead of laughing hysterically in my face, she said “Sure”!! How
cool was that!?! The only stipulation was that it had to go on an
additional, side cake and not THE wedding cake. With that little
victory under my belt I set off to create the topper.
These little guys are part of Mad
Labs “Tiny Terror” series of super deformed monsters. Mike Parks
sculpted a whole line of great little kits from classic horror and
sci-fi movies. They are easy to build and fun to paint.
I had built these two previously as
part of my collection but decided to get another pair to do
specifically for this. I built these two the same as the first but
this time around I painted them to be more specific to the event.
I put the Monster in a black tux and painted in a multi-colored vest
to match the one I would be wearing. I added a bow tie out of
Sculpey to finish him off. The Bride is in the typical white gown
and we added a veil made of tulle, lace and pearls. It was attached
to elastic so we could slip it on and off of her head. The final
touch was a small bouquet of little silk flowers we made from items
at the craft store.
As with all my kits, I felt they
needed a base of some kind. Time was running short so instead of
scratch building something I decided I better try to find one
already made that would be appropriate. Besides, I had plenty to do
to get ready for the blessed event and while my wife had agreed to
go with the topper, she had not agreed to me foregoing other
responsibilities in exchange for building a monster cake dio.
Luckily I stumbled across a flowery, little gazebo that was perfect
for the pair and I was done.
The topper was a hit - everybody
loved it – even the parents!