Lots of thanks to sugarcreations for all the tips and suggestion as well as everyone else who offered help in the forum. Between all the tips and the links for that awsome tutorial and the video Husband and I tried our hands at pulled and blown sugar today and had a blast....And no burns
Here are the survivors..we had 2 swan casualties and my swan needs some fine tuning but I think they look pretty good for a 1st attempt.
Absolutely GORGEOUS! Congrats!!
They look good, glad I could help. Just out of curosity what type of sugar did you use and what was your boiling point? Reason I ask is that I am trying to come up with some kind of standard recipe base and would just like to know what everyone is using. Isomalt,granulated, boiled at 305 etc...
We used granulated sugar today but would like to try the isomalt. We had the granulated in the house though so went with that. We boiled to 300* and worked on a silpat.
I'm not sure if it's the granulated sugar but they did remain a bit tacky and took some time even with the cold air from the blowdryer to set up..
Did you add any acid to your mixture? As far as Isomalt goes it is a lot easier to pull and blow and you do not have the moisture issues with it but for the price difference its really not worth it. Not trying to discourage you, by all means try it you may like it better than granulated. Take your temp to 305F next time, you are not going to get rid of the stickiness in granualted but you can lessen it somewhat.
OK just double checked with my husband since this started out as his project..He used..water, sugar(granulated), cream of tarter, and corn syrup..That was pretty much it..I added the color to the rose and leaves during the pulling process. You can see the swan is kinda yellowish..That was just the color it turned out...no color was added. He basically just skimmed off as much foam from the pot while boiling as possible
Oh I hear ya on the cost of the isomalt..My husband wants to wait to spend the cash on it at least until we get a bit more experience..We managed to get whatever supplies we needed for about 40$..we had some of the stuff like the silpat and bulb though
OK, adding the color while pulling is ok. You can add the color to your mixture while boiling once it reaches 280F, did you use powdered,gel, or regular food coloring. I am guessing powdered or gel since your colors are so deep and rich.
yup..gel. We wanted to wait so that we could make the different pieces the appropriate colors
You rock cookie!!! They both look amazing!!!
Cookie....your sugar pieces are gorgeous. I love this medium...I think the results of the hard work involved are exquisite most of the time.....I can't wait to see what you make after you've practiced a bit! Diva used to say that there is a lot of money involved in pieces like these. Keep it up!!!
Your sugar pieces are lovely kiddo, wonderful job! There is a lot of money in this kind of work, it had almost become a lost art in many areas of the world but is really enjoying a huge comeback.
I can't imagine how you pull the sugar at that temperature... Maybe one day I'll take a class or something, but I guess I'm a little scared of trying on my own... I hate feeling pain.
Congratulations on your work, the pieces look amazing!!!! Great job!!!!
WOW!!!! Those are beautiful!