What about the bottle caps, do you make your own or use the real ones? If you make your own, how do you do it? I finally found the rubber latex, I made my first mold yesterday, it turned out good!! I am anxious to pour the sugar, Is it hard to hold the mold open when pouring sugar, since it is so flexible, any tips? Thanks in advance!
OMG! I went through 3lbs of the plastique trying to make a mold for a shoe! I was trying to make Cinderellas glass slipper! No matter how I did it, it would never come out right and finally scrapped the idea! Thanks so much for the instructions! I will have to try this again!!
thx sooooo much for posting this! i can't wait to try it!
Just wanted to mention that I used silicon caulking to make the mold and it worked just fine. Take a while longer to set up because it goes on thicker, but it's easier to find in my area than liquid silicon. No one really eats the bottles anyway. MAYBE someone will lick it if they dont' believe that it's candy, but in all I'm never concerned with using the caulking.
I bought this stuff called amazing mold putty I think. It came from hobby lobby. YOu mix the two putties together and quickly mold it to the bottle. It took only 20 minutes for it to set up. And it is food safe!! A little pricier though. I think it was $20. It worked great, but unfortunatley my cake did not, so I have nothing to show for all of the hard work and the burn I got doing the bottles ! BTW, Do wear the gloves as mentioned! I dropped a little of the sugar on one of my fingers and got a bad burn. Fortunately it was just a little one, but it is still healing almost 2 weeks later!
Thanks Merissa. 20 minute set up sure beats the alternative methods discussed. There's no Hobby Lobby near me (there's really nothing near me!) so I looked online and found them at www.amazingmoldputty.com.
Looks like great stuff!
Yup that was it! Though mine was a little too thick to be flexible enough to roll it off the bottle in one piece, so I did have to cut it part way up and it was held together fine by a bunch of rubber bands. But I wish I hadnt cut it so far because it started to rip at the top after I removed a couple of bottles (I cut it almost all the way to the top.) I think next time I would just do to the middle to start.
I bought the putty at michaels and if you use a cupon, it's not too bad of a price!
I used the Amazing mold putty for my beer bottles too. Worked really well! I bought 2 of the boxes of the putty but had the 40% off coupons at Michaels so wasn't too bad. I made 8 bottles (trying to get the color of the beer bottles the same) and the mold is still in excellent shape for future use. Thanks SweetResults for the instructions! Because of your instructions, people think I'm awesome! THANK YOU!
I tried this and I think I over-cooked it. After the 6 minutes on 50%, is the sugar colored? Mine was Dk brown, thick and bubbly. It tasted burned and I was afraid to cook it more. Either my microwave is really strong or I don't know how to set it. Help this is for this weekend!
If it is dark brown already after 6 mins then either your microwave is super sonic or you haven't set the power correctly. I made a few bottles dark brown and the one good thing about the sugar at this stage is that it sets really quickly. If you can't figure out the timing for your micorwave just keep a close eye on your sugar as it cooks. If you stop cooking when the sugar turns that yellowish color it will be good for making bottles also. The only probelms I had making my bottles were trying to make some clear glass - I couldn't for the life of me get it to set.
i couldnt get mine to work in the microwave either...it over flowed after putting it in for the 6 minutes and was burned and gross. I have no idea how it happened. But i moved to the stove next and mixed the same amount in a pot and used a candy thermometer to get the temp of the sugar to 300 degrees and then it worked perfectly! Good luck!!
Thanks for the help! Anyone else have advice for a "supersonic" microwave?
Yay! I made it and it traveled well over 11 railroad tracks. I thought I would jump out of my skin before we got there. See my pics!
I ended up microwaving at 30-40% for 6 minutes and maybe 30 seconds on high. It burns in a hurry so don't leave it sitting in the microwave.
I advise everyone to wear leather gloves! I avoided a serious burn when I dumped some all over my glove. This stuff can get over 300 degrees. It will also protect you from cuts. The sugar gets just as sharp as glass. I stabbed my thumb and OUCH! It bled pretty badly.
What do you guys think the liability is if someone cuts their mouth on it? I added a sign to the back of my cake telling them the dangers and to keep away from children and drunks!
THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE EVERYONE! I was really proud of the finished product. I wouldn't have even attempted it without this thread. You're the best SweetResults!
BOY - I go away for a trip and I miss all the stuff posted to this thread!
AMAZING job on your cakes Jenn and susgene!
Sorry I wasn't here to help answer any posts lately - I'm so glad you all are having fun with this cake!!
I hope I haven't missed posting comments on any other of these cakes
Thank you. Your cake is awesome
Thank you for this! Your cakes are awesome - can learn a lot from you. Thanks again.
I realize you posted your instructions for this cake some time ago... but I was wondering if you could answer a question or two for me...
How long do you need to rotate the bottles to get a smooth and even exterior? I'm very much an amateur when it comes to sugarwork... Also, should I make more than I need in case a few break?
I did rotate the bottles as I poured the sugar in, but once it was poured in it hardened pretty quickly so that I did not have to keep rotating once it was all poured. I had never done any sugar work at all, so this seemed an pretty easy project for a beginner once the mold was made.
I did have an extra one on hand, but they are pretty sturdy and none of them broke. Of course it certainly would not hurt to have a few extra on hand so you have nothing to worry about
I rotated mine for a short time (30 seconds?) and blew cool air from a hair dryer in to help it set quickly. When I didn't do this, it pooled on one side. I had several extras in case of emergency.
Very clever Jenn! Great idea!
Thank you for posting these wonderful instructions. You make them very easy for us.
Thank you so much for these instructions (and all the extra nuggets of information on this thread). You really are an amazing bunch of human beings!
If the bottom is open, then how do make it look like the bottle is full? I really want to try this but that part is confusing me. Great work btw, sweetresults.
The neck is solid clear sugar. I let that cool and then pour the yellow sugar in to the mold. It just coats the sides of the mold and hardens leaving the bottom open and hollow. Does that help?
Thank you, That makes sense to me now.
If I use the silicone plastique, how will I get the beer bottle out? And the candy one? Or would it be easier to use the rubber latex?
I actually used a Silicone Plastique for mine. It has it's own set of complications though.
I got mine from: www.makeyourownmolds.com
It is a blue putty that you shape around the bottle and it cures in 30 minutes. You have to make it pretty thick so that it will hold it's shape well. I think I used about 1/2lb for one beer bottle. It is really hard to put it on without any bubbles getting trapped. The flaws are not bad and often look like water on the bottle. You have to split the mold up one side to get the bottle out and then hold it together with rubber bands to make more bottles. It comes right out and doesn't stick at all but it is hard to keep the seam from leaking or shifting. Takes practice.