How Do You String Fondant Or Gumpaste Pearls??

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MissRobin Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:04pm
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Can any one help with this!! Collette Peters does this quite a bit, but I can't find the "how to" in her book. (Cakes to Dream On)

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leah_s Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:39pm
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Why do you need to string them? If you're making a swag on the side of your cake, just push them into the icing. If you really want to string them, then you'll need to make your own pearls (not buy them) and then push a needle threaded with dental floss perhaps (or something similar) and string them.

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leah_s Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:41pm
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Why do you need to string them? If you're making a swag on the side of your cake, just push them into the icing. If you really want to string them, then you'll need to make your own pearls (not buy them) and then push a needle threaded with dental floss perhaps (or something similar) and string them.

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mjs4492 Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:49pm
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Thanks for this post! Been wondering the same thing myself. Dental floss - great idea! thumbs_up.gif

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MissRobin Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:58pm
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I was curious about stringing them because I saw a cake in Collette's book "Cakes to Dream On" and she obviously strings them because they are hanging freely and not stuck in the icing!!! They just looked really pretty.

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LeanneW Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:00pm
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i was wondering also why you would need to actually string them. Unless they will be lilerally hanging you can just use some RI and stick them to your cake.

is there a specific project you are using them for? please show us what you did.

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tonedna Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:05pm
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If this is what you are trying to do you make the balls and let them dry a bit...not completely. Then take some dental floss and a needle and thread them. Let them dry completely then you can actually get them ready for hanging them!
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lizziegirl Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:05pm
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I made a cake with pearls, I made my own and just used thread and a needle, very simple.

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tiptop57 Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:08pm
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See my avatar there are 200 pearls not stringed but glued with RI.

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MissRobin Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:14pm
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Thats the cake Edna!!! Thanks you so much for your info!!! I knew I had to make them my self but wasn't sure what to use to string them. By the way!! Your cakes are amazing and I love all of your work!!!!

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tonedna Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:15pm
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Originally Posted by leannewinslow

i was wondering also why you would need to actually string them. Unless they will be lilerally hanging you can just use some RI and stick them to your cake.

is there a specific project you are using them for? please show us what you did.




When you string them they actually have moment and look very real and hang very naturally..thats the difference icon_wink.gif
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tonedna Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:19pm
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Thats the cake Edna!!! Thanks you so much for your info!!! I knew I had to make them my self but wasn't sure what to use to string them. By the way!! Your cakes are amazing and I love all of your work!!!!




Thanks MissRobin....Anytime!.. icon_lol.gif

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APrettyCake Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:35pm
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I use dental floss and a clean needle. It makes them much easier to drape without worrying about if one will fall off or not.
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MacsMom Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:42pm
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I also do floss and needle - it's very easy and much cleaner then using a glue.

It also makes it so simple to make ahead for future cakes: You can just wrap it around a base (or whatever) instead of individually placing them.

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aliciag Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:54pm
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if the pearls are soft enough for the needle to go through won't they lose their shape? icon_confused.gif

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lorijom Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:55pm
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I like to use clear thread.

Stringing also makes it easy for the cake recipient to keep them if they want.

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MacsMom Posted 13 May 2008 , 4:35pm
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if the pearls are soft enough for the needle to go through won't they lose their shape? icon_confused.gif




They only need to be dry enough to handle easily--maybe 20 minutes was long enough for me to string over this bag (they were still soft):
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LeanneW Posted 13 May 2008 , 10:14pm
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thank you for asking this question, i feel so ispired to include a string of pearls on my next cake.

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tonedna Posted 13 May 2008 , 11:10pm
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if the pearls are soft enough for the needle to go through won't they lose their shape? icon_confused.gif




You can let them dry for a few hours..even overnight but they need to be soft on the center...if not they will crack
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aliciag Posted 14 May 2008 , 4:46pm
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thumbs_up.gif thank you Macsmom and Edna.

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pipesqueak Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 11:44pm
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AThis is a really

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pipesqueak Posted 6 Aug 2013 , 11:48pm
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AThis is such an old post I hope someone answers. I have strung pearls this way and used them on a few cakes. I still have not found a good way to finish off the string so that the pearls don't fall off. Do you just try to make big knots in the end of the floss? Also, whAts the best way to attach them to the cake? I've used royal but the string gets kind of heavy and I haven't founded the best way to hang them cleanly. It seems like tying them to a toothpick or skewer might be an answer but then you have to deal with a hole where you stick it in the cake. How do you finish off and attach your strung pearls??

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