How To Make Gelatin Bows & Flowers

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iris219 Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 8:42pm
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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?



yes pinching the centers. Well made clear ones this monring before leaving to work will see how they turned out.

alvarezmom Posted 24 Feb 2010 , 9:07pm
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bobwonderbuns Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 12:45am
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Okay if you are pinching the centers and they are breaking, it's one of two things: either the gelatin was painted on too thick or you pinched it too hard and cracked it. You should be able to pinch the centers and they should be reasonably flexible. Even though they can withstand a lot, you do have to be a little gentle with them. It's one of those things that takes practice.

iris219 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 1:48pm
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Did some clear ones and will be trimming them shortly and hopefully they will bend and not break.

iris219 Posted 26 Feb 2010 , 3:06pm
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clear ones came out much better than the red ones. Will be decorating and see how many I can put on the cake. Thank you for this recipe.

Jopalis Posted 11 Mar 2010 , 6:17am
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Could I make gelatin butterflies using silicone molds?

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 1:20am
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You probably could but the trick to the butterflies is painting a very thin layer of gelatin on a textured mat and the wings curl up away from the mat when it's done -- doing this in a silicone mold may cause a problem with this. You could try it though and let us know how it works. icon_biggrin.gif

Jopalis Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 1:25am
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I may try it. I just love the translucent look. Otherwise I guess just gumpaste.... I'll let you know if it works or gets stuck like I surmise.... I wonder how long I should let it set up....

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 1:29am
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Well we know it's done on the mats when it peels away by itself (usually takes several hours or overnight.) You could see if that happens against the silicone.

Jopalis Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 1:51am
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Yes...I will just have to see if it comes out of the mold cavities without tearing, etc. What do they use to color the gelatin? Then use edible markers to paint on detail right?

Thanks Bob...you are always so helpful. thumbs_up.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 1:53am
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Glad to help! icon_biggrin.gif Use airbrush colors to color the gelatin. If not, water down a drop of gel color -- a little goes a LOOOOOOOOOONG way! icon_lol.gif

Jopalis Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 3:03am
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I have gel so if I can I will use that then. Paint on detail with edible markers? Will that work on gelatin?

bobwonderbuns Posted 12 Mar 2010 , 3:05am
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Yes, that works fine. It's especially cool when you use orange gelatin and a black food marker to outline the veins for a monarch butterfly. icon_lol.gif

thelmaliner Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 12:37am
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Can anyone tell me where to order the sheets for the bow and butterfly to make them out of gelatin?

Loucinda Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 2:26am
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I am sending you a pm......(with the info)

paradisecakes07 Posted 14 Mar 2010 , 11:54pm
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icon_confused.gificon_confused.gif I need the info to order the sheets also I now where the tutorial is but what about the sticky note? THANKS

Loucinda Posted 15 Mar 2010 , 2:46am
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Not sure what you mean by where is the sticky notes? I am sending you a pm about where to purchase the gelatin stuff - and you are welcome. icon_smile.gif

tnash Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 6:18am
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Love the pics of your fabulous creations!

Has anyone tried a dehydrator to speed the drying time?

I may try that for some sunglasses I am doing. Will let you know...

bobwonderbuns Posted 17 Mar 2010 , 3:09pm
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No, I haven't tried the dehydrator but I'd be leary of doing that because of the brittleness you would get. When the gelatin is dry it should be flexible and while I do use the dehydrator for gumpaste on occasion, where the item needs to be dried through and through, there's no reason why your sunglasses wouldn't dry overnight.

mandy711 Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 5:52pm
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bump icon_biggrin.gif

Candycanelane Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 9:02pm
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Please tell me where I can get the molds for the butterflies? icon_smile.gif They are absolutely the most beautiful thing I have seen! Also, is there a book out about this? I am still learning and I would love to keep expanding my knowledge.

Loucinda Posted 18 Mar 2010 , 10:45pm
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I am sending you a pm as to where you get the mats and the books. icon_smile.gif

tavyheather Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 11:09pm
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I have my shopping cart w/ the butterfly veining sheet...wondering if I should get a texture sheet, too...

or how about the flower veining sheets? This could get expensive... icon_wink.gif

Anyone have favorites?

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 11:23pm
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Buy the texture sheets if you want to do bows. Buy the various flowers/leaves veining sheets if you want to do those flowers or leaves. I started with the butterfly mats and ended up getting everything. icon_biggrin.gif

Loucinda Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 1:36am
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Same here - I have all of it too! icon_biggrin.gif

Candycanelane Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 1:46am
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Okay, I went to my local cake shop here, (they have EVERYTHING) and bought the book, a butterfly veining sheet, one flower veining sheet, and the bug bodies. The book doesn't make this seem very complicated. Is it really as simple as it looks? icon_confused.gif It seems fairly idiot proof if you have done cake work before....

tavyheather Posted 20 Mar 2010 , 9:00pm
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Buy the texture sheets if you want to do bows. Buy the various flowers/leaves veining sheets if you want to do those flowers or leaves. I started with the butterfly mats and ended up getting everything. icon_biggrin.gif




Thanks, Bob, that didn't help me AT ALL! icon_biggrin.gif

Have a feeling I'm going to end up with everything, too...lol

bobwonderbuns Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 4:31pm
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Buy the texture sheets if you want to do bows. Buy the various flowers/leaves veining sheets if you want to do those flowers or leaves. I started with the butterfly mats and ended up getting everything. icon_biggrin.gif



Thanks, Bob, that didn't help me AT ALL! icon_biggrin.gif

Have a feeling I'm going to end up with everything, too...lol




Oh. Well I'm sorry to hear that. I just don't see how you're going to make butterflies on a leaf veining mat, but hey, to each is own I guess. icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif

tavyheather Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 4:47am
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Buy the texture sheets if you want to do bows. Buy the various flowers/leaves veining sheets if you want to do those flowers or leaves. I started with the butterfly mats and ended up getting everything. icon_biggrin.gif



Thanks, Bob, that didn't help me AT ALL! icon_biggrin.gif

Have a feeling I'm going to end up with everything, too...lol



Oh. Well I'm sorry to hear that. I just don't see how you're going to make butterflies on a leaf veining mat, but hey, to each is own I guess. icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif




huh..always thought that was "to each HIS own"...man I am messing up sayings lately...

Get what you're saying, Bob...thought some were used more than others...but now that you mentioned it I WAS going to use the dragonfly sheets for my ribbon...geez..way to steal my idea icon_biggrin.gif

Loucinda Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 4:16pm
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I got a message from Diane the other day...................their new book is almost ready!! icon_biggrin.gif She is real excited about what is in it.

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