stresseddesserts Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 4:07pm
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Which Pearl Bead Mold is easy to use for fondant?
I never used any mold b4 for fondant. I want perfect circles for my cake. I would like your opinions on which molds (brands) are easier to use. I want round beads. TY icon_smile.gif

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MayWest Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 4:17pm
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First Impression molds.

bashini Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 4:30pm
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Hi, I've got the Ck bead maker. So much easier to use. Here is a link,

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=16598

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dandelion56602 Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:59pm
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The CK molds are so much more $, are they really THAT much better? GSA has the 1st impression 3 cavity for (aprx) $18 & $26. 1 cavity CK is $20 or more each

-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 3:00pm
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I have both and I would recommend the longer First Impressions one:

http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=21438

However, I use these to make strings of pearls, not necessarily individual pearls.

Shoot I sometimes just pipe royal icing that's the right consistency that Toba Garret teaches in her book to pipe nice perfect pearls. I also add gum arabic to the icing to make a lustrous pearl all in one squeeze of the piping bag. (for random individual pearls)

Loucinda Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 3:05pm
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K8 - what is the gum arabic? Does it give a pearl sheen to the icing? I do a LOT of pearl stuff here lately and I appreciate any advice on the subject!

bashini Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 3:54pm
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

K8 - what is the gum arabic? Does it give a pearl sheen to the icing? I do a LOT of pearl stuff here lately and I appreciate any advice on the subject!




Gum arabic is similar to Gum Trag/ Tylose and CMC. Its added to fondant to give it strength. I use that to make my models. icon_smile.gif

If you want to give the icing the sheen, you need to dust it with Pearl / Snowflake and many more of lustre dusts. icon_smile.gif

-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:17pm
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

K8 - what is the gum arabic? Does it give a pearl sheen to the icing? I do a LOT of pearl stuff here lately and I appreciate any advice on the subject!




Gum arabic is a powder that comes in a little bottle like a spices come in bottles.

Yes I just add a few shakes to thinnish royal icing and Toba says to test your icing--you want it to hold the bead when you place it on the side of the cake--you don't want it to droop but you want the tippy point to sink in--so it's easy to get that--just test a bit --add more water, add more royal if necessary.

But then just a few shakes of the gum arabic mixed in there --Global Sugar Art has it--and you got the prettiest pearls all in one stroke.

I have a picture somewhere--don't know if you can really discern the shine in the photo but you can in person--I'll see...

Loucinda Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:29pm
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I use tylose all the time for making gumpaste, I had never heard of usuing it in royal icing before. This really has me interested!

Mensch Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:32pm

I make GP with royal icing and CMC. I wonder if adding just a couple of 'shakes' of the stuff would do the trick as K8 wrote. I look forward to seeing a pic of this... especially since I have a cake with lots of pearls due next weekend.

-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:35pm

Oh yeah a picture....

-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:39pm

Image

I don't think you can tell so much in the photo--the difference is notable in person. Well worth the three bucks for it.

Loucinda Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 5:41pm

Now THAT is cool. Can you color the RI and it still work out ok? (I did a cake last week with varying shades of pink pearls - it was a bear getting the pink on all those pearls!)

-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 5:51pm

I haven't tried it with food color--

I can say that I've used just plain gum arabic plus water and brushed it on black fondant and it looks like patent leather. So my feeling would be that it would work fine but I did not test it with color that I can remember. Think it would work though.

Echooo3 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 8:48pm

I am looking to get one of these pearl molds. Do the pearls come out as a string of pearls or individual? Is there a secret to doing them? Do you put crisco in the mold before putting in the fondant? It is used for both fondant and gumpaste.

Sorry, not trying to hijack the tread just very currious. I ALMOST bought one today at the cake supply store but decided to check into it first.

Thanks.

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