I am making my first fondant bow, and spent the other night creating each of the loops. Per all of the "how to's" I found on the internet, letting the loops dry over a long pole such as a broomstick seemed to be the most popular method - I followed suit, and my loops are currently drying over our swiffer pole. In my ditzy-ness I didn't realize that the end of the stick has a plastic cover to hold the pole in place and allow for the swiffer to be hung. I am pretty sure that once my loops are completely dry they will not fit over the plastic piece (it is thicker than the pole itself). Am I totally screwed? Anyone else ever have this dilemma? I put the loops on the pole on Tuesday - it is now Thursday...
pushing soft tissue or kitchen roll to pad out until dry is much easier than the broom handle!
Anyone else ever have this dilemma?
Yup. Try to take comfort in the fact that is the first and LAST time you'll ever have this dilemma.
I have no advice for this situation, but if you make a new set of loops out of gumpaste or 50/50 gumpaste and fondant, or fondant mixed with tylose, you only need to let them set up on the pole for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then, you can slide them off and lay them on their sides to finish drying. You may think they're perfectly dried after two days, but no air has gotten to the part that's touching the pole, so it may still be soft there.
I advise against using straight fondant because the risk of disaster is too great. For more tips, see the link in my signature below.
I don't know what to tell you about this time, but for next time, just lie the loops on their side while they dry. It is super easy, and works every time without fail!
The first bow drier I made out of PVC pipe I made the mistake of putting end caps on each arm. Didn't realize the problem until I had it full of dry bows. Needless to say, the majority of them broke when I removed them. To correct the problem for future use I had to cut the end caps off because I had glued them on.
The end should pull off so you can then slide the loops off.
Usually the broom part of the broom will either unscrew or pop off, will yours do that?