Edible Gem/diamond Molds Help!!

Sugar Work By Charmed Updated 2 Apr 2012 , 3:38am by BarbaraM0809

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 10:05pm
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This may be a dumb question but can't you tap the mold while the candy is melted just like you do with chocolate to get the bubbles out?




I wish! It starts to cool off so fast, it doesn't allow for that. I mean, it stays hot for a long time, but the viscosity is so thick from the very start, shaking and tapping won't cut it. It didn't for me anyhow. And man...I need to figure out a solution to this fast. Competition is only a few weeks away...out of town! Nevermind the dang jewels, I have about 60 various sized gumpaste panles/medallions to hand cut, dry, gild in gold and silver, paint with bright colors....whew!

I am totally up for filling the molds with RI too, and painting them to get the effect!

-K8memphis Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 10:24pm
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No use candy clay--stuff it in there--put in frige--they pop out perfect. I'm thinking I will paint mine silver or gold and then maybe brush with piping gel & see how that works. Something like that.

__Jamie__ Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 10:25pm
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Oh dang it! I forgot all about Candy Clay!! Thanks for the reminder!

handymama Posted 9 Jan 2009 , 11:40pm
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Attempt #7 is currently cooling. I've been able to get the shape ok, but the faceted surface has been dull. This time I melted the candy and poured it into the mold--that seemed to make the bubbles smaller.

__Jamie__ Posted 10 Jan 2009 , 9:40pm
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Ok...mixed up a batch of candy clay, it's resting. Will try tomorrow. I also tried some gumpaste too. Bought some clear piping gel to tint and brush on the jewels afterwards. Will post some pics if I decide they are acceptable...lol

handymama Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 12:21am
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Baking at 300 degrees finally produced an acceptable product for me, but not perfect. (And I like perfect! icon_biggrin.gif )

__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 1:51am
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Pictures?? I'm dying to see some really good results!

__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 2:44am
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Aha! I tried it again with jolly ranchers...300 degrees, and this time, when I took the mold out of the oven, as counterproductive as this sounds...I mixed them around, poking the handle end of a spoon into the cavities, all the way down to the bottom, to break those bubbles that leave the pock marks in the face of the jewel. They have been cooling for awhile now, and the only bubbles anywhere are teeny tiny almost imperceptible ones, none around the edges, they are smooth and shiny! I can see down to the bottom of the cavities, and definitely NO bubbles! Woo hoo!! Can't wait to unmold them and do some more!

handymama Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 4:22am
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jamie--mine were dull when I unmolded them. Just rubbing with my finger brightened one. On some others I rubbed a little veg. oil, and that worked too. The ones that had pock marks I set aside to remelt the next day, and in the morning they were shiny, too. I credit the humidifier that we have running. Also, I did the stirring thing, too, on one trial and it appeared to help. However, at 300 the sugar seems to be viscous enough to allow the bubbles to rise and dissipate as it cools. How long did you leave yours in the oven?

hcouso Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 4:43am
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Hi charmed,

Do you not want to buy them, or were you really wanting to make them? I've used both sugar and isomalt and isomalt definitely is easier but if you just want them already made I just used some from fancy flours and passed on the cost to the customer and they looked pretty good. Here's a link for the site and also a picture I tried to get a close up of, of what they looked like.

https://www.fancyflours.com/diamond-cake-jewels.html

Good Luck!
LL

hcouso Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 4:51am
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I'm sorry, the picture doesn't show up on the thread very well. icon_sad.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 2:12pm
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Originally Posted by handymama

jamie--mine were dull when I unmolded them. Just rubbing with my finger brightened one. On some others I rubbed a little veg. oil, and that worked too. The ones that had pock marks I set aside to remelt the next day, and in the morning they were shiny, too. I credit the humidifier that we have running. Also, I did the stirring thing, too, on one trial and it appeared to help. However, at 300 the sugar seems to be viscous enough to allow the bubbles to rise and dissipate as it cools. How long did you leave yours in the oven?





I left mine in for maybe 20 minutes...stirred, and put back in for a little bit. Longer next time....did you use Jolly Ranchers, or something else?

handymama Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 3:03pm
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Yes, Jolly Ranchers.

dcabrera Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 8:28am
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Originally Posted by handymama

jamie--mine were dull when I unmolded them. Just rubbing with my finger brightened one. On some others I rubbed a little veg. oil, and that worked too. The ones that had pock marks I set aside to remelt the next day, and in the morning they were shiny, too. I credit the humidifier that we have running. Also, I did the stirring thing, too, on one trial and it appeared to help. However, at 300 the sugar seems to be viscous enough to allow the bubbles to rise and dissipate as it cools. How long did you leave yours in the oven?




I left mine in for maybe 20 minutes...stirred, and put back in for a little bit. Longer next time....did you use Jolly Ranchers, or something else?





I've been watching this post and I really want to make these. So let me get this straight....

1. oven at 300

2. Place crushed jolly rancher into the mold.

3. Bake for 20 minutes and poke around w/ something to eliminate bubbles?

Also, where can I find the mold you used?

handymama Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 2:11pm
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dcabrera--the mold I'm using is by First Impressions Molds-love, love, love their molds! However, I think a mold made especially for hard candy might give a slick, shiny appearance right out of the mold. The site for FI is firstimpressionsmolds.com
Meanwhile, I'm going to load a photo of my trial gems into "my photos" here on CC. I think they were about the 10th try, and I expect the next one will be better. Now it's just a matter of perfecting the length of baking time--which actually may not even matter that much--and the amount of candy to use. It isn't necessary to pulverize the Jolly Ranchers. Just estimate the right-size chunk and if you need to add a little piece after the original melts, that's fine.

CakesByLJ Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 2:28pm
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handymama, those jewels came out vey nice.. Did you try any of the clear ones yet? You mentioned the hard candy molds as a possibility; have you seen any for the jewels?

handymama Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 2:38pm
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CK Products makes one for 1" gems. That's larger than what I'd usually want but it's only a couple of dollars, so worth it to me to try. The product # is sh5117

CakesByLJ Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 2:44pm
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Thanks! I will go check it out..

janebrophy Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 5:30pm
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Not sure if this will help any, or if I'm too late, but I found this article. I'm about to try this for gems on a competition cake ( my first one - woo hoo!)

I'm going to try diamonds, but had no ideas on where to start until I read this.

Now I just have to figure out which mould to buy!?!?! K8memphis, thanks for posting the link to the SK mould, it's pretty expensive! Is it worth it? Ok, I've gone back to look at the one I was going to buy. It is First Impressions and is the same price. The ones I've seen haven't had a brand attached to the pic, all I know is that they were blue!

http://cakescanada.com/HowTo/Bejeweled.pdf

__Jamie__ Posted 12 Jan 2009 , 5:44pm
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I've seen that tutorial, beautiful work!! I don't have time left now to do all that, I have a competition cake due in a few weeks myself...mine have come out ok, and for most, I'm going to use GP ones, with luster dust...kinda the look I wanted anyways. One of these days, I'm gonna sit down and work with isomalt.

yellobutterfly Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:21pm
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I found this kit for candy by Lorann at my local hobby lobby. It comes with 2 candy flavors, 2 molds, and the candy ingredients, for 11 bucks! (Less if you use a 40% off coupon!) I would like to try it, has anyone else used it? The kit says "rock candy" but from looking at it, it's not the typical rock candy, the molds are gem shapes. They also have just a gem shaped mold for $2.99 @ my hobby lobby, that is specifically for hard candy...hth

https://www.lorannoils.com/p-8482-rock-candy-kit-jewel-candy-pieces.aspx

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:24pm
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Well, I have managed to come up with some really pretty jewels, using the "take-out-and-stir-every-few-minutes" method. I'm happy with them! I'm going to paint the backsides with silver glaze to give them more pop! I'll have pics soon.

janebrophy Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:28pm
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Jamie - what do you use for the silver glaze? Is it just luster dust?

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:34pm
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Oh no...it's this stuff...like liquid silver! And I have the gold too...it's great!

http://www.shopbakersnook.com/m5_view_item.html?m5:item=3277

janebrophy Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:46pm
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I found this kit for candy by Lorann at my local hobby lobby. It comes with 2 candy flavors, 2 molds, and the candy ingredients, for 11 bucks! (Less if you use a 40% off coupon!) I would like to try it, has anyone else used it? The kit says "rock candy" but from looking at it, it's not the typical rock candy, the molds are gem shapes. They also have just a gem shaped mold for $2.99 @ my hobby lobby, that is specifically for hard candy...hth

https://www.lorannoils.com/p-8482-rock-candy-kit-jewel-candy-pieces.aspx




That kit looks like it would be a good starter...I wish I knew how big the cavities were in the mould. I'm hoping to make really small tear shaped diamonds....I think I'm going to buy the first impressions mat, but it will take me an awfully long time to make the tear shaped ones....not sure how many cavities of that shape are on the mould....

janebrophy Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 4:47pm
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Jamie - I can't get to that link...is this the same stuff?
http://www.fancyflours.com/silver-glaze.html

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 5:02pm
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Yes, that's the exact stuff! Great stuff!

yellobutterfly Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 5:48pm
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Originally Posted by yellobutterfly

I found this kit for candy by Lorann at my local hobby lobby. It comes with 2 candy flavors, 2 molds, and the candy ingredients, for 11 bucks! (Less if you use a 40% off coupon!) I would like to try it, has anyone else used it? The kit says "rock candy" but from looking at it, it's not the typical rock candy, the molds are gem shapes. They also have just a gem shaped mold for $2.99 @ my hobby lobby, that is specifically for hard candy...hth

https://www.lorannoils.com/p-8482-rock-candy-kit-jewel-candy-pieces.aspx



That kit looks like it would be a good starter...I wish I knew how big the cavities were in the mould. I'm hoping to make really small tear shaped diamonds....I think I'm going to buy the first impressions mat, but it will take me an awfully long time to make the tear shaped ones....not sure how many cavities of that shape are on the mould....




I'm guessing (from what the mold looked like in the store) they're just a little shorter than an inch each...but I don't think there's any tear drops in this lorann one...

janebrophy Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 5:49pm
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Thanks! Do you use the First Impressions mould? Does it have tear shaped cavities? I'm having a hard time deciding on a mould?

__Jamie__ Posted 19 Jan 2009 , 5:50pm
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I have the First Impressions mold, I think. It's blue, and has about 25 cavities I think? Yes...tear shaped, baguette, round, etc. Works great now that I have practiced with it!

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