Help! Confectioners Glaze.

Decorating By tannersmom Updated 18 Mar 2008 , 5:49pm by bobwonderbuns

tannersmom Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 1:49am
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I just purchased my first bottle of glaze and I'm not sure how I'm suppose to use it. I ask the lady in the shop did she have anything to make my gumpaste shine and she gave me this. She said use 1 to 1. one part glaze and one part water?? But, I tried that and it's a mess. The glaze doesnt breakdown and mix with the water? Am I doing something wrong?

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lorijom Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 2:10am
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I haven't heard of the glaze. I've always steamed my gumpaste to make it shiny, is the glaze something you use in place of steaming? Hope somebody can help. Good luck

Briarview Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 2:31am
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I use the glaze a lot and definitely do not mix with water. I use a brush to paint on the glaze and let dry. When you have finished with the brush put a little dishwashing liquid in the palm of your hand and rub brush through this to remove the glaze before washing with water otherwise if you put straight into water you will not get the glaze out. I ruined several brushes before someone suggested this tip. As lorijom says she steams her flowers, I do too but like to use it on say black shoes, the black suitcase in my photos or articles you can't steam just to give it a final gloss. I also mix it with gold or silver colours and alcohol so the gold and silver don't drop off and it is so much easier to place lettering onto the cake and no colour marking the cake. The only thing mix the amount of colour you need as you can't use it again. Remember clean your brush straight away. Hope this is of some help.

plbennett_8 Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 5:59am
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When we did the poinsettia and peony in Jennifer Dontz's class at the beginning of the month, she put some in a styrofoam cup and after we colored our leaves and petals with dusts we dipped them into the glaze... Let them dry, and put the flowers together. No muss, no fuss icon_biggrin.gif


TheButterWench Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 6:06am
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I've heard that once you use that you're flowers become inedible as it's not a product to use for eating.

Confectioner's Glaze is something they use in bake shops to coat their display pieces to keep them looking nice for a long time.

So be very careful and read your label.

2sdae Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 11:56am
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I also thought you could put it on chocolates to make them shiny too, which you would then eat? Am I wrong with this? icon_confused.gif

plbennett_8 Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 3:19pm
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Confectioners Glaze - Technical Information

ladyonzlake Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 3:33pm
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You can also dilute your confectioners glaze with whole grain alcohol or you can purchase confectioners glaze thinner. Yes, I've heard you put it on chocolate to make it shiny.

DianeLM Posted 16 Mar 2008 , 4:20pm
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Ditto everything Briarview said. Except, I don't even bother trying to get the stuff out of my brushes. I stock up on 12 for a dollar brushes and just toss them when I'm finished. Just make sure you do all your work on disposable surfaces (wax paper, paper cups, etc.). And for heaven's sake, DON'T pour the excess down the drain! I just shove a paper towel into my paper cup to absorb the excess and toss it in the trash.

It is absolutely edible. I use it so often, my customers would be dropping like flies if it was dangerous. It's the same stuff candy makers use to add sheen to jelly beans and other candies.

tannersmom Posted 17 Mar 2008 , 12:37am
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Thanks for all your help. I finally figured it out. I didn;t need to mix it with anything. It worked perfect. You guys are right about the brushes. Oh yeah, and don;t get it on your hands. LOL
The glaze that I have is edible and is used to shine chocolate and candies.
Again, thanks for all the help. My gumpaste doggy turned out nice.

TheButterWench Posted 17 Mar 2008 , 6:06pm
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Originally Posted by 2sdae

I also thought you could put it on chocolates to make them shiny too, which you would then eat? Am I wrong with this? icon_confused.gif

Tempering is what makes the chocolates nice and shinny.

I hate to be a bearer of bad news, unless they have changed the formulation on the Confectioner's Glaze, it REALLY isn't edible.

It's used in bakeries to give display pieces a longer display life.

Just be careful, read your lables.

I do know how quickly things change and I've not done a search for Edible Confectioner's Glaze yet.

Just don't buy and use things willy nilly, PROMISE ME!? ok? icon_redface.gif


plbennett_8 Posted 17 Mar 2008 , 6:24pm
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Confectioners Glaze - Technical Information

TheButterWench Posted 17 Mar 2008 , 6:46pm
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Originally Posted by plbennett_8

Confectioners Glaze - Technical Information


well back to rearanging things in the shop. ttyl

bobwonderbuns Posted 18 Mar 2008 , 5:49pm
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I use the confectioners glaze on my jolly rancher butterflies (check my pix -- I have two flower pot cakes with those butterflies) -- called stained glass butterflies. It keeps the candy from melting. There's a remover they sell for it as well.

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