Need Help With Attaching Wires To Stars, Flowers, Etc!?!?!?!

Decorating By Carla9900 Updated 27 Jul 2010 , 11:31am by cheatize

Carla9900 Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 5:36pm
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I have attempted 2x now to attach a flower and a star to a wire, and attach the wire to a cake. My flower kept falling off of wire. I use 22 gauge white wire. I have also botten thinner wire as well. I have dried them overnight as well. At first I had a horrible time getting the wires to stand up inside the cake, then I read to insert the wires into coffee straws. So I was able to conquer that issue.

Also I hear lots of people talk about sugar glue. What exactly is this? And where can I purchase it?

Thanks in advance.

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alimonkey Posted 22 Jul 2010 , 7:53pm
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First make a small loop at the end of the wire (so it looks like a large needle eye), then dip it in sugar glue (a mixture of fondant or gum paste with a tiny bit of water) or you can use egg white as a glue.

If the flowers are made just of fondant, they will need to dry a lot longer than overnight for the wire to not just pull right out. It will need to be completely dry all the way through. For faster and harder drying, add some gumtex powder to it.

tokazodo Posted 23 Jul 2010 , 1:01am
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I made a cake for the Fourth of July with stars coming out of the top of the cake. I'm new to mmf. I used lollipop sticks. I just made two stars, wet them with a small amount of water with a paint brush, and pressed them together with the lollipop sticks in between. It worked!

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The fondant was still a little bit soft. I probably should have added some tylose or used gum paste for the stars. Each cake is a learning experience.

Darstus Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 1:45am
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I have a problem with this also. Does anyone have suggestions for wires in petals and leaves? I have tried cell board with grooves and other methods I have read in books but I still can't seem to get them placed. Would appreciate any help.

Karen421 Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 2:31am
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I just cut the stars or flowers out a little thicker. (fondant with tylose or gumpaste) and push the wire in as far as I can. Then I let them dry flat, overnight. The next day they are usually in there and don't fall off. If you look close at the 4th of July cake in my pics, you will be able to see the wire in one of the stars.

Normita Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 2:51am
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I always heat up my wire over the stove, then insert my fondant decorations. The heat of the wire kinda melts the fondant and acts like a glue....works every time. No need to bend the wire, just heating of the wire

Karen421 Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 12:01pm
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Originally Posted by Normita

I always heat up my wire over the stove, then insert my fondant decorations. The heat of the wire kinda melts the fondant and acts like a glue....works every time. No need to bend the wire, just heating of the wire




That sounds like a very good idea! Do you do that immediately after making them or do you wait until the are dry?

Molly2 Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 12:37pm
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Their is a wonderful lady on this site her name is Edna she goes by tonedna she has a website called design me a cake she has many videos showing you how to do this check her website I learned alot from her

Molly

jlkallred Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 1:04pm
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What kind of wire do y'all use? I was a little afraid to use anything w/ lead in it, since it goes into the cake, but I never know what to look for or where to find it! Thanks!!!

tokazodo Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 3:33pm
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I second molly2's reply, Edna has taught me a bunch too! She's on youtube: Edna De La Cruz. I followed her method for smoothing, and for supporting tiered cakes and it really works well.

FullHouse Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 3:50pm
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I also heat my wires to insert into the fondant accents (I use a lighter), not worried about it being food safe, I just tell everyone not to eat that part (many have chosen to eat them anyway and they are all still standing). I don't really wait for them to dry, but I do use a bit of tylose in the fondant and I cut out all pieces at once, then go back to the first piece I cut out to start inserting the wires, so they do dry for a few minutes.

I then lay them on a baking sheet to harden overnight, but a few hours is plenty if you are using tylose and crunched for time.

I also insert the wires into the cake using coffee stirrers.

Normita Posted 26 Jul 2010 , 9:56pm
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I always use fondant with tylose and if I have time u will make them the day before, but have also done them right before I place them on the cake..about an hr or so and have been fine

cheatize Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 11:31am
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For safety tips, please check the thread called, "For those who stick wires in their cakes" or something like that. icon_smile.gif

I've tried heating the wire and making a loop. The only thing that works for me so far is to make 2 stars, place the wire between them, and gluing it all together with melted chocolate. I put the wires into a coffee stirrer before putting them in the cake. I can fit 3 wires in one coffee stirrer and to keep them still I bend one of the wires (the end that goes into the stirrer).

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