Can anyone tell me how to do a zipper on a purse cake?
you can make a mold but you need time for that. I took a new zipper from my sewing box, dusted it with cornstarch and then pressed it in to fondant. I know it is opposite, this is how you would make a mold, but it looked fine. Later when I had time I made a mold in the same way and then pressed my fondant into it to make my zipper.
There's a zipper mold available: http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=21944&name=Silicone%20Zipper%20Mold%20by%20Petal%20Crafts
Thank you both so much. Paulstonia: what do you use to make the mold?
I use the Wilton embossing / cutting wheel with the gear pattern wheel! All you do is roll out one side, then offset the wheel a "notch" and roll the other side right next to the first one! Then, put the cutting wheel in the tool and cut about 1/16th of an inch on each side of the zipper! You get a nice raised edge and the middle looks just like a zipper! No molds necessary! Just a steady hand!
Works perfectly every time!
So sorry, I didn't get notification of reply on this. I just used some wilton gumpaste I had. Just had to wait for it to dry. The dusted it with corn starch before putting in the fondant.
Along the lines of what paulstonia has written, here's a link to pics & instructions of my favorite zipper...it was posted by TooMuchCake:
...and here's a link to the (diaper bag) tutorial by TooMuchCake that has a great photo of the zipper from the other end (the pull):
Also, the new Planet Cake book has a great zipper that was made with this: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku43513/?pkey=x%7C4%7C1%7C%7C4%7Cpastry%20wheel%7C%7C0&cm_src=SCH
Took me awhile to track it down because they call it a serrated dough wheel, but it's identical to the one in their photo.
You guys are great!
Flourpots - those links were very helpfull. THANK YOU ALL!
Glad we were able to help .