Does anyone know where a tutorial is to make a fondant ( or gumpaste) bow topper. I saw one on CC, but it's not fondant. I want to make one with the big loops.
When you say "big loops", what exactly do you mean? Extra wide loops? Extra long loops? Just wondering so we can give the advice that you need. Do you have a picture of an example that you'd like to duplicate?
not sure which type of bow you are looking for, but this video served as my inspiration:
hope it helps!
I have used the one from cakeboss.com that is referenced in the reply above. It worked great! For my "glue", I used the wilton candy. The last cake I did I decided to try and make the bow out of gumpaste instead. I don't know that will go back to using fondant for bows anymore unless I am wanting to save money on a cake. The gumpaste dries so much harder and it allows you to make the loops thinner for a crisper, cleaner look...just fyi if you are interested! Happy cake decorating!!!
I can tell you how to make the bows I made for this cake: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1202024
I bought a 3/4 inch diameter dowel (wanted 1" but they were out). I dusted it with cornstarch and hung it up from 2 loops of curling ribbon (so it would be easy to take down). I rolled and cut a bunch of 5" long, 3/4" wide strips of fondant. I used a clay shaper to smooth the sides, and the wilton pattern wheel to make the stitching effect. I draped the loops over the dowel and gently pinched the ends together on each seperate loop. I let them dry for about 24 hours.
I made long, thin strips of fondant and wrapped them loosely around plastic lollipop sticks for the curling ribbon effect, and put them aside to dry.
Then, I melted 2 oz of white candy coating in the microwave. I put a sheet of waxed paper into a cake pan the size of my top tier, and made a small blob of candy coating. I made a circle of loops inside the pan, sticking the ends into the candy coating. If the ends seemed like they would stick out too far, I trimmed them with kitchen shears. When the circle was complete, I put another spoonful of candy coating on top of the ends, and then added the next circle of loops, again trimming the ends if they needed it. Then I added more candy coating to the center and stuck in the top loops, nearly upright. That was it...then I set it aside to let it harden.
For the smaller bows with two loops, I took two loops that I had dried over the dowel, trimmed down the ends with kitchen shears, and "glued" the ends together with a blob of candy coating, which hardened really fast. I trimmed off any excess candy coating. Then I rolled more 3/4" strips of fondant, added the stitch pattern, and cut them to fit the center of the bow. I used a plastic lollipop stick to form a fold or two in the middle to look like fabric that had bunched up. I wrapped them around the middles of the bows and let them dry.
When it was all dry, I painted the bows with a mix of pearl dust and lemon extract.
Hope that helps!
Thanks everyone for your replies! I have a lot to practice! Those were exactly what I was talking about!