Ack..help...

Decorating By SandiOh Updated 25 Feb 2010 , 4:52pm by SandiOh

SandiOh Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:22pm
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My first wedding cake on Saturday...(I've been posting tons of questions...sorry). They want white fondant, black ribbon and pearls around the bottom. My problem is, the bead/pearl maker I bought is horrible (I discovered last night)..it has little defects in it that make my pearls come out with indents all over it.

I thought about buying the wired pearls or the Wilton pearls to put around the base of the cake with the ribbons...would that work? or should I use individual sugar pearls or royal icing? I'm also afraid of anything making the black ribbon bleed?

Any advice??
TIA,
Sandi

6 replies
brincess_b Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:33pm
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if the wilton pearls are what comes up on google, they look small. you could maybe pick up a check necklace or something to make the look at a craft store.
id be getting cranking out the hand made balls of fondant, or seeing if a local supplier has a bead maker.
xx

splash2splat Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:42pm
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you can had roll your pearls using fondant here is a link on how to do that:

http://www.earlenescakes.com/prlinstruct.htm

Marianna46 Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 3:42pm
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This may get to you too late to help, but I make pearls by hand all the time (haven't been able to get a mold yet), and they look pretty good, although they're really time consuming. I use an extruder to make a string with the tip that has the largest round hole in the set. Then I cut the string into small pieces of the same size (sometimes I eyeball it and sometimes I use a ruler to mark off the pieces). Then I roll each one into a pearl-sized ball. Before they dry, I brush them with whatever luster dust I'm using (although I made some yesterday that dried before I could dust them, so now I'm about to find out how they look after I paint them with luster dust and everclear). I then attach them one by one with water or RI. HTH.

CakeMommyTX Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 4:03pm
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I make mine by hand as well. I'm not crazy about the molded look,they look all squished together and not as if they are strung on a string.
I roll a rope out to the thickness I want my pearl and then cut it in equal size and roll from there.
If they are small I can roll one in each hand at the same time and cut my time in half. Big ones require both hands.
Then let them dry for a few minutes and roll them in a smooth bottom bowl with some luster dust.
hth.

sugaah Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 4:04pm
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You could purchase a string, cut to your measurements, from the sewing notions in the fabric section and attach with icing.

SandiOh Posted 25 Feb 2010 , 4:52pm
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thank you. I do have a string of pearls that I purchased from the fabric store. I think that would work the best as you have to take the ribbon off anyways.

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