Curly Q Ribbons? How Do I Attach Them Into My Loopy Bows?

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momo4shosho Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 3:50pm
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Hi- I keep seeing cakes with loopy bows on top accented with the curly ribbons. How do I make them? Do I use straws as my forms? And once they are dry how do I attach them? Any suggestions or tutorials are greatly appreciated! icon_smile.gif

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jammjenks Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:06pm
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You can use anything round: straws, dowels, handles of wooden spoons, etc. Just curl them around and let them dry. Once they are completely dry, you can attach them into the bow by using candy melts...at least that's how I do it.

MrsNancyB1 Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:07pm
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

You can use anything round: straws, dowels, handles of wooden spoons, etc. Just curl them around and let them dry. Once they are completely dry, you can attach them into the bow by using candy melts...at least that's how I do it.




Ditto this whole post.

pattigunter Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:12pm
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I dry them on wooden dowels and attach with candy melts.

ksmith1012 Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:35pm
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Ditto to what everyone else has said icon_smile.gif

scionmom Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:47pm
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I do the same thing with the melts.. I only let mine dry on the dowels for about 15-20 mins then take them off gently and let them dry for about an hour or two, maybe longer depending on how much time I have and if I want them sticking up or draping. Good Luck!

jamiekwebb Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 4:59pm
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Ditto to all of it...easy beans babe

TexasSugar Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 10:17pm
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I don't let mine dry on the dowels I just slid them off and they will hold their shape while they dry.

Meg147 Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 9:45am
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Sorry, to impose on your post! But are these made with fondant or gumpaste? TIA thumbs_up.gif

cylstrial Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 12:25pm
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I just use a litle dab of buttercream to secure them. I've never had any trouble - but I think I will try the candy melts to see if I like that better. Thanks for the tip!

Jan14grands Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 12:40pm
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I use royal icing for the bow and I use it for that also. Never thought of candy melts. I will try that too,

TexasSugar Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 2:25pm
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Originally Posted by Meg147

Sorry, to impose on your post! But are these made with fondant or gumpaste? TIA thumbs_up.gif




You want fondant with gumpaste blend (or with gum tex, gum trag or tylose mixed in place of the gumpaste) or gumpaste.

Plain fondant doesn't often want to hold shapes with out having to dry forever.

Meg147 Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 2:45pm
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

Quote:
Originally Posted by Meg147

Sorry, to impose on your post! But are these made with fondant or gumpaste? TIA thumbs_up.gif



You want fondant with gumpaste blend (or with gum tex, gum trag or tylose mixed in place of the gumpaste) or gumpaste.

Plain fondant doesn't often want to hold shapes with out having to dry forever.




Thanks so much TexasSugar x

erinalicia Posted 19 Nov 2009 , 3:52pm
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I rarely use gumpaste. The last bow I made was for the Barney cake I did and I cut out the thin strips of fondant, wrapped them around a dowel and let them dry just long enough to hold the curl and then laid them on a cookie sheet to dry completely. I let all of my fondant pieces dry for several days or if I'm short on time or it's humid, I use my food dehydrator.

I use melted candy melts to assemble the bow and work the curls in as once the bow loops are in place. Some pieces might require a little extra dip in the melted candy, but it works well.

chouxchoux Posted 22 Nov 2009 , 7:25pm
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i've used dowels, fondant and attached w/ white chocolate or stiff royal. i love making these. make extra, they can break.

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