Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

In Italy, for Christmas, it is customary to display nativities around houses, stores, offices, pretty much everywhere. Thanks to Francesca, who sent me a picture of a Panettone Nativity, this is my last minute project with some leftover cold porcelain.

How I made my Panettone Nativity:

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I modeled the figurines—nothing more than cones and spheres put together—and let them dry for a day. I used the same dough I originally made for the wedding cakes bouquets. It was very  hard to work with, and I  was worried it was going to crack while drying, but the figurines turned out fine.

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I painted the figurines with acrylic colors—it took forever to paint the eyes because I  didn’t like how they came out the first ten times—and let them dry for one hour. Meanwhile, I cut a small chamber inside the panettone. I positioned the figurines inside the grotto and finally sprinkled powdered sugar on top.

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Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!

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