Dia De Los Muertos has been celebrated for thousands of years originally early fall more recently it is now celebrated November 1st and 2nd.On the first day, families remember children who have died, and on the second, the adults. It celebrates life, not death. It’s a joyful holiday, one that glances at death instead of mourning over it.We honor our dearly departed by offering Their favorite foods, drink and Calaveras the iconic sugar skull. Many communities have Celebrations with live music, dancing, and parades from residences to graveyards, where family members will gather around their loved ones’ graves. I make sugar skulls for my departed family members with a promise that they will always be remembered and never forgotten.I would like to dedicate this Instructable to my beloved nephew Jacob Levi Ortiz.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials.
A large mixing bowl, Sugar, Meringue powder spoon, whisk, detail tools for the eyes and nose.and icing for decorating once you are done making your Calaveras.
Step 2: Adding the Good Stuff.
First, add 4 lbs of granulated sugar and half a cup of meringue powder and whisk it, whisk it real good baby. next add 7 tablespoons of water gradually and evenly, Next get in there and break down the lumps of sugar and get it mixed thoroughly. It should have the consistency of wet sand. if it feels too moist add more sugar. if it is too dry add more water.
Step 3: Roll, Shape, and Flatten.
Roll your sugar into a ball, next squeeze the end to make a pear shape now lay some freezer paper or wax paper down and flatten your Calavera and shape to resemble a skull.
Step 4: Detail Time.
Now use your ball end tool for the eye sockets and your clay tool for the nose.Easy peasy lemon squeezy.Now just let them dry completely at least 24 hours. Next, time to decorate your Calavera with icing. I like to add a personal touch to my Calavera by decorating a birth month flower on the top and then add my designs as I go. If this is your first time using icing take a little practice to see how it will flow temperature is the key when working with frosting if it gets too hot you will have a runny mess.
Step 5: Use Your Resources.
Remember this is a decoration from the heart if you can't shape it well use cookie cutters or molds.Get cr4eative and use whatever tools you have to create your very own Calavera.
Step 6: For Jacob Levi Ortiz
September 25, 1991 - January 21, 2017