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Candy Floss Volcano

Betsy Age 8

London, UK

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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, UK

I'm an animator and model-maker based in Northumberland. I combine digital animation techniques with more traditional methods like stop motion. I enjoy sharing my skills with others - I'm an Associate Lecturer at Northumbria University and an animation mentor with TICE - introducing children to what it is like working in creative industries.

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The Candyfloss Volcano is a fantastical invention idea, that uses the heat of a Volcano to toast yummy Marshmallows and create a Candyfloss Cloud.

Check out Betsy’s original design for the Candyfloss Volcano!

The Candyfloss Volcano was invented by Betsy and brought to life by our Magnificent Maker, Chloe Rodham, who is a model maker and animator.

Chloe says about the make...

I added funnels and a conveyor to carry the sugar, sweets and toasting marshmallows into the volcano...I loved the idea of a volcano that produces candy floss - it was very clever and imaginative of Betsy to use properties of a volcano and apply those to an invention concept.

See how intricate the details of the volcano are!

The sweeties look good enough to eat, yum!

Click the maker's blog tab above, to see how Chloe made the Volcano into a real thing.

Maker blog entries

Chloe Rodham has been working on making this idea real.
Candyfloss Volcano
Posted by Chloe Rodham

I loved the idea of a volcano that produces candy floss - it was very clever and imaginative of Betsy to use properties of a volcano and apply those to an invention concept.

Candyfloss Volcano
Posted by Chloe Rodham

I loved the idea of a volcano that produces candy floss - it was very clever and imaginative of Betsy to use properties of a volcano and apply those to an invention concept. I started off by making the volcano shape in cardboard. I thought that it would be fun to be able to see the inner workings of the volcano too so I cut a viewing panel into the side of the volcano shape. To create the stone texture on the surface I covered the base shape in crumpled lining paper and covered that in a layer of resin mixed with sawdust. The inside of a volcano has a bowl where the sugar would be spun like a normal candy floss machine. I added funnels and a conveyor to carry the sugar, sweets and toasting marshmallows into the volcano. For the candy floss I used sheeps wool, dyed pink. The volcano has a motor underneath it to show how it would spin the sugar and it also lights up as if it was lava-hot!