Parable Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by jam

Will the gelatin windows melt if you use them as windows on gingerbread houses? What would you use to glue the windows onto the gingerbread?




jam, Gelatin windows are used all the time for gingerbread houses. They are attached to the already baked gingerbread as part of the decorating. I just had never used the stuff before now. You can actually buy gelatin sheets already scored for window panes. But why pay that price when we can make them yourself! icon_biggrin.gif
I am planning on gluing mine to the inside but I have seen where people glue them to a frame and then attach them to the outside.

dogluvr Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 12:25am

thank you crazydoglady...

Renaejrk Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 5:46am

I think I may have asked this months ago on this thread, but I can't find where I posted it! lol There are so many pages! I used this technique before to make the see through plastic on a bag of chips, and I had run into some problems, though I made it work.

I painted the gelatin on a silpat and it tries to separate from itself, leaving holes. I know some are using heating pads to keep it warm and I thought that may help, but it doesn't seem like it is just because of the gelatin setting up - it actually pulls away from spots on the sheet! I haven't had time to play with this technique, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has had this problem. It seems so easy, but I don't know why it is not cooperating!

leahk Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 6:27am
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Originally Posted by Renaejrk

I think I may have asked this months ago on this thread, but I can't find where I posted it! lol There are so many pages! I used this technique before to make the see through plastic on a bag of chips, and I had run into some problems, though I made it work.

I painted the gelatin on a silpat and it tries to separate from itself, leaving holes. I know some are using heating pads to keep it warm and I thought that may help, but it doesn't seem like it is just because of the gelatin setting up - it actually pulls away from spots on the sheet! I haven't had time to play with this technique, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has had this problem. It seems so easy, but I don't know why it is not cooperating!



I had that too. What I did was I painted it on, waited a minute or so, then did another layer. I think it had more to with te gelatin being too thin (and cooling down when I waited a few minutes) rather than the second layer.

HTH

Loucinda Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:34pm

That is what the problem is, your gelatin is too thin. It needs to be about the consistency of fingernail polish. The heating pad does help keep it a consistent thickness though - and I kind of keep an eye on it as I am painting it on the mat - you can see if it is going to want to try to make a hole as soon as it is brushed on. I just immediately add more gelatin to that area.

Renaejrk Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:51pm

ok, another problem! Dried when I got up this morning, but all wavy and bumpy, not a flat sheet!

Renaejrk Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:56pm
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

That is what the problem is, your gelatin is too thin. It needs to be about the consistency of fingernail polish. The heating pad does help keep it a consistent thickness though - and I kind of keep an eye on it as I am painting it on the mat - you can see if it is going to want to try to make a hole as soon as it is brushed on. I just immediately add more gelatin to that area.




Do you mean I need more gelatin and less water? I went by the recipe. I do think it was about the consistency of nail polish, it painted on easily though started setting up quickly - does it need to be warmer so it doesn't set up so fast? I'll have to do it again and check - it was late and I can't remember for sure. I still would like to know why in the world it was all deformed and not a flat sheet though!! lol

Parable Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 2:08pm

My experience has been that if you are painting it on something that is not stiff (rigid) it will tend to pull on the edges as it dries because it is actually shrinking while it dries. This is also why it pops off, all by itself, on a rigid mat. HTH

Loucinda Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 2:28pm

If it is all "wavy and bumpy" chances are you don't have it painted on consistently. It need to be the same "thickness" (for lack of a better word) for the whole mat - which is another reason why doing it on a heating pad works so well.

Renaejrk Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 10:51pm

I wish I had one! (heating pad that is!) The first time I did this it was on a rigid cutting board, and I had the same problem and thought it was because of the mat - I guess maybe it's the consistency. I'm not sure what to do, I need a flat sheet and don't have a heating pad - could I put it on a warm stove? (being careful of course!)

CeeisforCake Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 1:21am

I'm new to this forum but I wanted to say I just spent several hours reading this entire thread and I am absolutely going to try this!! I already talked to my husband and he's already telling me he won't be my guinea pig for this lol Good thing it's not 100% necessary that these gelatin figures be tasty!!

I am very excited to find this gelatin thread because I just made a homemade butter cream fondant cake for my niece and it was a huge success! I am fairly new to this so I am looking forward to trying new things and making beautiful cakes! If I had known about this site before I can only imagine the wonders I would have created!!

With Christmas coming I am looking forward to seeing pictures of everyone's work, I am so impressed with both the Cindy's will to go ahead and try it and figure it out!! I do talk to friends about baking and cake decorating but it's nice to get more than one point of view. I am so glad to have found somewhere that I can see others trial and error before I attempt any of these crazy and wonderful ideas myself!!

Thanks for existing!!

nannie Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 1:51am

Hi, Ceeis

welcome to the wonderful world of gelatin icon_lol.gif

I just love doing this. Believe it or not, I've made gelatin bows and put them on presents. People just get such a kick out of it.

You will just love it here at CC. everyone is so helpful and inspirational.

Be sure and post your pics thumbs_up.gif

CeeisforCake Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 2:51am
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Originally Posted by nannie

Hi, Ceeis

welcome to the wonderful world of gelatin icon_lol.gif

I just love doing this. Believe it or not, I've made gelatin bows and put them on presents. People just get such a kick out of it.

You will just love it here at CC. everyone is so helpful and inspirational.

Be sure and post your pics thumbs_up.gif




I have read about using them on gifts and that is such a cool idea!!
I am looking forward to learning and having a great time reading around the site. It's very cool that people post their pics too, I have some but I'm hesitant to post them as of yet. You guys and gals can call me Cee, everyone else does!! I just figured CeeisforCake would be a neat name for this sort of forum lol

nannie Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 3:03am

you must post pics. icon_lol.gif

remember everyone was a beginner once and you might instpire some other newbie.

what I love about this place is there is room for people of all levals of experience

Flbroomie Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 8:45am

I have not tried this yet but I do have a question? Could the gelatan be poured into a mold to make a bottle or is there another receipe to use for that type of molding

Loucinda Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 1:48pm

For big pieces like that, I don't think it works too well. It wants to start shrinking as it dries. You can try it though and let us know how it worked out!

And welcome to you both to CC - like Nannie says, everyone has to start somewhere - absolutely post your pics!!

CeeisforCake Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 6:58pm

Did anyone ever try the jello with sugar? I know it says that it would be too sticky but i'm wondering if made a bit thicker and left to dry longer it might still be used as a medium? Also I posted pictures of the first fancy cake I ever made (I made it the first week in November) It doesn't have any gelatin work its all homemade fondant, but it was still fun to make icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 1:23pm

The regular jello does not work - you can try it and see doing it the way you described, and let us know what you find!

Welcome to CC!! icon_smile.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 5:52pm

What size impression mats?? I have several that are 5-3/4 x 7-1/2..are these big enough?

Loucinda Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 6:00pm

You can use whatever size you want - it doesn't matter. (how big do you want your bow loops to be? figure 2x that length)

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 6:13pm

So I would probably have to use 2 impression mats worth of strips...I want to make a red one for Christmas!

Thanks so much Cindy for all your help and advice!icon_smile.gif


Laurel

Loucinda Posted 20 Nov 2009 , 6:29pm

Yes, that is what I do. - it makes for a nice full bow! I actually make up a bunch of sheets, and store them in a ziploc bag - that way they are ready to go if I need one. icon_biggrin.gif

And ~ you're welcome! thumbs_up.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 22 Nov 2009 , 6:26pm

Okay..so I have a box of Knox gelatin...when you say 4 tbsp of powder to 12 tbsp of water does that mean one packet of gelatin? Or do have I have to open 2...It doesn't say on the box how much in a packet..but it does say that one packet will set 2 cups of liquid which too me is too much to make a bow? Am I wrong or just not reading it right!

Loucinda Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 3:05am

I actually measure it out, the packets don't have a full tablespoon in them.

Kiddiekakes Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 12:51pm

Okay ...Great..That's what I thought!

MaraCarter Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 4:23pm

Thank you for taking the time to post how to do this. Greatly appreciated!!

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