Well I have an interesting issue that I would love input on..
This Christmas, I am traveling out to Wyoming from NY to spend the holiday with my girlfriend, and with any luck in my neck of the woods, I'm going to ask her to marry me..
We have an inside joke that if only they made them, she would have gotten a kick out of a Jolly Rancher ring-pop type ring coming out of my pocket if/when I were to as her.. Well, I'm setting out to do just that, with a real ring hidden elsewhere..
I've read from a 2003 post on here that it's fairly easy to melt down Jolly Ranchers by crushing them, adding a little water until it's wet, and heating to hard crack stage before pouring in a high-temp mold.. I'm running into two issues with that plan: First, I can't find a mold of a big diamond.. I did find a possible solution to that, being Castin Craft food grade high temp silicone mold putty.. I could make a mold of a big diamond shaped something or other, then pour into it. The second issue that I'm seeing will come up, and I can't find a solution to, is if I make a mold of something shaped like a big diamond, I can't figure out a way how to not have to cut it and have to pour two halves.. I can just see a nasty seam form from doing something like that.
Soo, after that small book, I'm looking to figure out how to cast Jolly Ranchers into a big diamond, and still have it look like a nice big diamond..
I'd appreciate any ideas, even if they are off the wall
I'm digging around on the Chicago Mold School site and I found this mold
and I was thinking you could put two of the smaller cabachon crests together --then I remembered you don't want to do that--but I think it would make a wonderfully gawdy gem for a ring--but poke around on there and/or contact Chef Michael there.
And the thing about a mold is that you could pour a gem and the mold is flexible so you can remove one entire 'gemstone' and then put that on a separately poured ring.
And I would not add any water to the jolly ranchers.
And there's a great isomalt company --really making it simple for newbies to have great success with their product--it's called-- cakeplay.com
Well, congrats on the proposal! as for the ring, I would just buy a ring pop. wouldn't that be a million times easier? lol.
Since op is a newbie I'll answer your question, Liha21--yes it would be a million and a half times easier!!!
Or I mean if you're in New York City there are probably dozens of cakers there who could make one for you.
Cake Alchemy comes to mind--she loves doing sugar work.
Congratulations! I vote "ring pop", they seem to be at every mini-mart, 7-11, drug store candy section, etc.
I found two large diamond candy molds on amazon just make sure you get the silicone one.
Here's the ring part in plastic.
Congrats!!! Hope she says yes!!
I don't know how much this will help you, but here are some more silicone gem molds: http://www.decoratethecake.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=Molds&Sub=92&isThumbs=Yes&Thumbs=100
Then here's a link to how I did the stained glass (jolly rancher) butterflies on a couple of my pix -- done in silicone molds. Very easy!! http://forum.cakecentral.com/how-to-make-stained-glass-ftopicp-2786563.html#2786563
Try this, it may work with food grade silicone and the right ring. Congrats!
I have the one from Decorate the cake - (there's two pics in my gallery - one that turned out great - one not so great) It's not the easiest thing to do, I did it with Isolmalt, but with some practice you should be able to do it with Jolly Ranchers melted down. The owner of that company is also very helpful if you have questions. Good luck!