How to make and colour the pearls I see so often on cakes here.
I use a 50/50 mix of gumpaste and fondant,
then dye to what color you want,
roll into a long "rope",
cut it into equal cylinders (think tube of cookies and cutting those-however if you want different sized pearls cut some of the tube small and some larger)
roll and wait to dry
paint with pearlescent (I use this http://cooksdream.com/store/10572.html this company is awesome)
use sugar glue and apply to cake.
as seen here
I buy them unless it's an unusual color. They come in ivory, pink, blue, silver and gold at least.
Do you mean single pearls or a "strand" of pearls? I am with Leah for the singles, but if you want a strand, there are several molds out there that you can buy to make the strands. I have the CK one - I bought it from sugardelites.com - hope that helps!
I sprinkle a little tylose in my fondant, died to the color I want. Then I roll it out using a rolling pin guide to make sure it's an even thickness. Then I cut out little circles from this using the end of a round decorating/piping tip (the size tip I use depends on how big I want the pearl to be.
I then roll each cutout in my palm to a ball and place them in a small round tupperware container. I sprinkle a small amount of pearl dust, or luster dust of the appropriate color, in and roll them around to coat. I find this method gives me the most uniform sized pearls.
Thanks for your help,don't seem to be into pearls here,I don't do much cake decorating any more so may be a tad behind the times,I have a wedding cake to do in March, I have free rein with it except for the colours and I thought I would like to do something with pearls,I do like them,plenty of ideas on this site.(Also going to have a go at quilting I think.)
I found a real simple way - I use fondant (whatever colour you like) roll out even thickness and using the end of a icing nozzle cut out as many as you need so they are all the same size and roll gently into balls - place in a tub with the pearl dust colour of your choice - shake so they are evenly covered and leave to dry! Easy