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Sheet cake from Twilight Bowl

A partially-eaten sheet cake from Jaycee's going away party in UW-Madison's University Theatre production of Twilight Bowl (April 2019). An insulation foam cake is frosted with white spackle and decorated with colorful spackle, then mounted to a cake board and placed into a plastic clamshell cake box. Prop fabrication by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master), production photos by Beau Meyer. Materials: insulation foam, white acrylic caulk, featherweight spackle, acrylic paints, plastic cake board, plastic clamshell cake box, acrylic cake server

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Bakery display from Into the Woods

A variety of breads and pastries to fill the Baker's kitchen in UW-Madison's University Theatre & University Opera production of Into the Woods (February 2019). The display includes: foam loaves of bread, muffins, cookies, and danishes; clay pies and sticky buns; styrofoam cupcakes; and malleable pie dough that can be rolled out during each performance. Prop fabrication by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master), bakery counter built by Greg Silver (Master Carpenter). 

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Bread loaves & muffins

Expanding urethane foam is poured into aluminum bread tins and silicone cupcake molds, left to rise and cure, then is painted with amber shellac to give a "freshly baked" golden finish. Some of the muffins are topped with sawdust "streusel" during the curing stage, and some of the loaves of bread are topped with a mixture of rolled oats and flex glue between the curing and painting stages. Materials: Smooth-On FlexFoam-iT! X, Smooth-On Universal Mold Release, amber shellac, flex glue, sawdust, rolled oats, aluminium and silicone baking molds.

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Jelly danishes

Danishes are sculpted out of upholstery foam, coated in flaky paper-mache, and topped with silicone "jam" and drizzles of puffy paint "icing". Materials: upholstery foam, flex glue, tissue paper, amber shellac, ShoeGoo clear shoe adhesive, Smooth-On Silc-Pig red color tint, pearlescent white puff paint

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Mini pies

Wooden beads are glued to an insulation foam base, secured into a mini pie tin, painted, and topped with a latticed pie crust made of model magic clay. Materials: Crayola model magic clay, insulation foam, low temp hot glue, wooden beads, acrylic paints, amber shellac, mini pie tins

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