Those Beautiful Pearl Borders....

Decorating By KayMc Updated 27 May 2010 , 5:18am by madgeowens

KayMc Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:26am
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Can I roll them out of gum paste, or does it need to be fondant?

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Marianna46 Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:38am
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I've used both and they both work.

icer101 Posted 22 May 2010 , 1:56am
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i use fondant and chocolate clay mixed half and half. taste very good!

milkmaid42 Posted 22 May 2010 , 2:40am
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I used to make pearls out of gum paste until my nephew nearly cracked a tooth on one that he failed to remove from his slice. I was relieved it was only a near miss. It made me think I was thankful it wasn't for a paying customer. I only make them out of fondant now and the results are just as beautiful and safe.

KayMc Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:01am
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Wow, Milkmaid! That's a really smart thing to keep in mind. No gum paste pearl balls for me!

tesso Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:04am
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i always use fondant for pearl borders, due to the tooth factor too. I havent triend the pearl molds yet? have any of you?

JulieMN Posted 22 May 2010 , 3:54am
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Originally Posted by tesso

i always use fondant for pearl borders, due to the tooth factor too. I havent triend the pearl molds yet? have any of you?




I will be trying it for the first time tomorrow morning....here's hoping it goes well!

tannersmom Posted 22 May 2010 , 4:03am
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I have the pearl mold and I love it. It's so easy and much quicker than rolling everyone out by hand.

dalis4joe Posted 22 May 2010 , 4:08am
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someone said here they made their own homemade pearl roller.... I asked how but haven't gotten an answer... very curious to know....

I have the mold but I got the 6mm and it's too small ( i think ) so I don't use it... I still roll my paste..cut with the circle cutter and roll one by one... I need to get wither the 8mm or the 10mm but can't bring myself to spend another 20$ on that lol

I also have the one from the clay aisle at Michael's.... but for the life of me I have no idea how to use it... they sell it also at www__.___s_u_g_a_r___c_r_a_f_t___.____com and there are some instructions on it... but I can't figure it out....

does anyone else have that one?
LL

tesso Posted 22 May 2010 , 4:19am
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Tell me how it works out. I'm with dalis.. how do you use that thing ???

madgeowens Posted 22 May 2010 , 5:05am
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Yes I have the pearl molds and I love them.

gscout73 Posted 22 May 2010 , 5:21am
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I broke down and bought the silicone pearl mold (gosh, cant rememmber the name) and I LOVE it. It has 3 sizes of pearl strings. Got it from GSA along with a silicone rope mold. So much faster.

Sandy C

EvMarie Posted 22 May 2010 , 6:59am
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My fabulous brother bought me 2 different molds from global sugar art. They have 3 strands of different sizes on each mold. I've used the larger pearls for cake borders. And, the smaller pearls for cookie borders. I really like the look. Although, a large order of pearl bordered cookies with one mold is a bit irritating!!!! icon_smile.gif

I normally use the 50/50 marshmallow rolled buttercream recipe on here from wtare. I have to pop them in the freezer for about 5 minutes and then they come out fine.

andreamen1 Posted 22 May 2010 , 7:02am
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Originally Posted by dalis4joe

someone said here they made their own homemade pearl roller.... I asked how but haven't gotten an answer... very curious to know....


I also have the one from the clay aisle at Michael's.... but for the life of me I have no idea how to use it... they sell it also at www__.___s_u_g_a_r___c_r_a_f_t___.____com and there are some instructions on it... but I can't figure it out....

does anyone else have that one?




i have one it's very time consuming so i don't really use it all you have to do is fill that little clear thing it comes with and push it out put it in the roller stick together and start rolling and rolling and then some more rolling lol.

Melnick Posted 22 May 2010 , 7:42am
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Another way to do it that I found from Applegum is to put your fondant through a pasta maker - or whatever you use to make your fondant the same thickness. Leave it quite thick. Then use the circle of an icing tip and cut out the circles. This makes all your pearls the same size. Pick up the circles and roll them into a ball shape. Then put a little amount of luster dust into a bowl and use a large blush/powder make up brush (obviously never used for makeup) to coat the balls.

I use fondant. Children LOVE picking off the balls and eating them!

KayMc Posted 22 May 2010 , 12:34pm
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Thank you all for your great advice! I'm waiting for my pearl molds to arrive, and I'm hoping they make it in time for the cake I'm doing this week. I was going to use gum paste, but am so thankful you warned me against this! Thanks again!

cheatize Posted 22 May 2010 , 2:52pm
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Dalis: I have that contraption as well and durned if I know how to use it. LOL

cakesbycathy Posted 22 May 2010 , 5:25pm
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Some one else on CC once recommended using Sixlets candies for a pearl border.

lecrn Posted 22 May 2010 , 5:26pm
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I bought a 8mm pearl maker and ruined it by putting in too much fondant. The mold has splits in it and the pearls are hideous when I use it. I can't bring myself to buy another one (or throw this one away) b/c they're so expensive. I roll my by hand as described above, and actually have become really fast @ it. I use either fondant or candy clay.

Marianna46 Posted 22 May 2010 , 8:37pm
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Good point, milkmaid42. Fondant it is, from now on! I don't have pearl molds, but I also use the method outlined by Melnick, except that I put the luster dust and the beads in a zip-top bag and shake them. They coat very evenly and you need very little dust.

milkmaid42 Posted 23 May 2010 , 12:01am
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I splurged some time ago and bought three different size pearl molds; the simple split silicone type. In spite of that, I find I still prefer to roll my fondant out and punch a whole bunch at once, keeping them under cling wrap until I roll them. Believe it or not, my favorite tool is a plastic drinking straw--my favorite size being Jack In The Box's big blue one. If I want even bigger, the flat end of a bubble tea straw serves. I keep a little empty cottage cheese carton (all the expensive cake toys and this is what I use?!)
with a small amount of pearl or luster dust in the bottom and just plop them in, one at a time, as I roll them. Then swirl them around to coat and onto a foam pad to dry. It goes rather quickly and I like the look of individually placed pearls rather than a rope. Just my opinion.

madgeowens Posted 26 May 2010 , 6:09am
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This is my first try with the mold and I used gumpaste.....

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1562673

KayMc Posted 26 May 2010 , 11:26am
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Madge, I think you did a great job on this cake! I especially love the hanging pearls.

Marianna46 Posted 26 May 2010 , 2:02pm
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No kidding, Madge, great cake!

madgeowens Posted 27 May 2010 , 5:18am
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Thanks. I just got some bigger pearl molds and will use in the next day or so....I am excited to try them out.......they are 2 times or more longer than my others.

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