How to make Gelatin Bows & Flowers

Decorating By justdi Updated 19 Feb 2015 , 1:29pm by CakesbyJantine

judyram123 Posted 27 Jan 2010 , 7:19pm
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is it 1 cup of gelatin and 2 1/2 of water thank you

ladymccrum Posted 27 Jan 2010 , 9:09pm
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i have been making mine with 4pkg gelatin 10 TBS water...seems to be working fine......make sure you microwave ten to fifteen seconds (your microwave may take less or more time.) until smooth...my last flowers were a little gritty...so i microwaved it longer to get it smooth...

WHAT EVER YOU DO DO NOT USE EDIBLE GLITTER IN YOUR MIX...I tried this and it made lumpy and wouldnt stick to wire...it is fun to color with edible markers...works just great...cant paint with airbrush paint or put anything wet on them cuz they will get holes...i tried glitter glue but that put a whole in it...lol

judyram123 Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 4:41am
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thank you very much

krazyb5 Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 3:52am
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Hi Di; I just wanted to thank u for ur tutorial this weekend in ICES Mass, u guys where really funny a had a great time and I learned so much, thank you again. I'm looking foward to make some butterflies, etc. icon_wink.gif

san4os Posted 5 Feb 2010 , 3:39pm
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icon_smile.gif Thank you so much for the information!

I like butterflies and flowers! I will try this technique!

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kikibakes Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 12:43am
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thanks so much! icon_smile.gif

Sold_out_for_God Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 2:12pm
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Hello, i really love your flowers!! they are gorgeous icon_biggrin.gif
Sorry for asking so many questions!! its just that they are so fascinated to me!!!! and i want to learn how to make them beautifully icon_biggrin.gif

You can email me @ stronggirl2008@live.com

bobwonderbuns Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 2:58pm
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This technique doesn't work on foil, but if you go to a clay aisle in your local hobby store you will see plastic impression sheets -- try those. You cut the leaves and petals with scissors wrap the gelatin gently around your finger to bend them.

Sold_out_for_God Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 3:19pm
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thanx for the quick response, really appreciate it!! what about the quantity? i don't understand 2 1/2 parts to 1 part. I am currently in Jamaica so impression and texture plastic aren't available to me. Can i do it on a glass plate?

bobwonderbuns Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 3:21pm
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Go back and read this entire thread first. It answers most of those questions already and gives hints and tricks in working with the gelatin as well as where to buy the kit.

Sold_out_for_God Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 4:25pm
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I am getting Confused... icon_cry.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:22pm
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Okay, let's start here, what exactly are you confused about? How to do the gelatin technique? How to make something specific or the ratio of water to gelatin?

LuvLyrics Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 12:01am
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Hi Di; I just wanted to thank u for ur tutorial this weekend in ICES Mass, u guys where really funny a had a great time and I learned so much, thank you again. I'm looking foward to make some butterflies, etc. icon_wink.gif





Where can we see these tutorials?

thankyou

amyscakes08 Posted 10 Feb 2010 , 11:16pm
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Uhm........What is the website?

bobwonderbuns Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 12:30am
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You can buy the kits from Diane at www.cakeconnection.com

amyscakes08 Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 12:44am
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Thank you!

Loucinda Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 3:22am
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The gelatin mix I use is 4 tablespoons of gelatin to 12 tablespoons of water. If you start at the beginning of this thread, page 1 - the instructions are all there. If you need help with something specific, just ask and one of us will get with you and try to help!

iris219 Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 11:19am
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I received my veining sheet over the weekend and start to work on it yesterday.

Read the instructions that came with it and didn't have a soft brush so used a flat brush instead.

Did my first set of butterflies like the instructions said. I waited about 2 1/2 hrs and noticed that the edges were already curling, so figured they were ready. Took them off and placed them on wax paper until I can decorate them all at once. Saw that they didn't look right (too dark on some spots and very clear on other spots) they looked uneven.

So tried it again. Got up this morning they were all curling again so took them off but this time I think I did them too too thin because they all started to rip.

My first set I took off curled extremely too much this morning so I will not be able to use them nor my 2nd set. So am tried this again this morning and hopefully when I get from work tonight they will look right.

Can you put these in the frig to speed up the process the same way you use Jell-o?

Why can't you use Jell-o? They would taste better.

How thick do you have to put the gelatin on?

I'm making my butterflies red but the gelatin looks pink when spreading on the vein. Do I need a few layers to get the red color?

Any help on this is greatly appreciated it thank you.

bobwonderbuns Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 2:59pm
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Iris, that's a lot of questions you have!! Let's see if we can get a few of them answered anyway. You ask why can't you use Jell-O? Because it's full of sugar and that won't work. If you go back and read through this entire thread you'll see some of the issues people have had with it.

The curling is good. Often when I make butterflies they have curled up and popped off the veining sheet the next morning. When they are dry they have some flexibility, so you can pinch the center to give the wings dimension. Trim the edges to get the ragged edges off.

Two hours is not nearly long enough to leave it. You are better off letting it set overnight. Refrigerating won't help at all. You cannot speed up this process. You will figure out through trial and error how to make it "not to thin, not too thick." You do want to watch out for air bubbles in your painting -- there's nothing worse than a butterfly wing with a big hole in it! icon_confused.gif
When making red, add 1 drop of airbrush red color and if that's not dark enough add another. Airbrush color is very liquidy and works better in the gelatin solution. You can also LIGHTLY sprinkle some disco dust onto the wet wings to give them a little sparkle as they dry, then do up the edges with a thicker coat of disco dust when you're done.

Hope that helps!! It would help some if you could post pix of the problem wings so we can better get an idea of what's going on. Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif

iris219 Posted 22 Feb 2010 , 7:42pm
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Here is a picture of the butterflies I did yesterday. The top row are the very 1st set and the bottom row was the 2nd set.

As you can see the top row...they really curled alot and am afraid to bend them. The bottom row, are extremly too thin and the marjority of them are ripped. Can't use them.

My 3rd try at these butterflies came out ok. Unfortunately didn't take a picture of my 3rd set. Am working on my 4th set to see how they turn out. Trying to see how many good ones I can get to place on my wedding cake for Sunday.

Unfortunately, don't have any air brush gel to add to the gelatin only had the Wilton color gels. I'm wonder can you use food coloring?

Thank you for your help on this bobwonderbuns.
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bobwonderbuns Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:47pm
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The curling is good, that's the gelatin drying and releasing itself from the sheets. You can pinch the center and trim the edges to give it a more defined look.

The coloring isn't strong enough in your solution which is why it's fading out when you paint it on. Try some Americolor, they work better.

Your painting is lopsided, as you can see from the darker butterflies -- go for thin strokes over the entire butterfly first then go back IF you need to. Don't try to put on a thick coat all at once. Layering works better.

Other than that it does take practice to get a feel for this but you're doing well! icon_biggrin.gif

iris219 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:54pm
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Thank you so much for your help. Brought some more gelatin to give it another try.

bobwonderbuns Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 4:58pm
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Be sure and post more pix!! I want to see how you're doing! icon_biggrin.gif

iris219 Posted 23 Feb 2010 , 5:00pm
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will do, thanks.

iris219 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 12:30am
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ok, here is the last batch of butterflies I made.

The 2 on the upper right hand corner are from the 1st batch and I plan to use them once I trim the edges off. Wanted to see how easy it was to bend them that's why those look different.

In the middle of the picture are two from the 2nd batch (very light ones) I made that was too thin.

The rest are from the last batch and will be using these for my cake. Need to trip the edges. I am in the middle of baking my cake now so will decorate them by the end of the week. Hopefully my petal dust will arrive in time, if not will have to go to Michael's to see what they have. Thanks for your help.
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bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 1:49pm
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I know, they look pretty scary before they're done, don't they? icon_biggrin.gif

iris219 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 7:00pm
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I know, they look pretty scary before they're done, don't they? icon_biggrin.gif




ok if pedal dust or luster dust is out of the question and don't think I will get my disco dust in time, I'm sure I can use edible markers right?

I did order disco dust but just can't remember what color. how about shimmer from Michaels?

bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 7:54pm
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You can try the shimmer stuff from Wilton but I'm not a fan of it. Edible markers work well, especially for the monarch butterflies.

iris219 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:14pm
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You can try the shimmer stuff from Wilton but I'm not a fan of it. Edible markers work well, especially for the monarch butterflies.


Don't think they will be eating the butterflies anyway, so if worse comes to worse will try the gel colors from Wilton.

Is it normal for the butterflies to break when you try to bend them?

bobwonderbuns Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:20pm
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They break if they're too thick. You have to go gently with them. I'm assuming you are talking about pinching the centers and not curling the wings, is that right?

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