giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 3:52am
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Hi there, I made a fondant decoration piece last night, but I didn't know about the "no refrigeration" rule. I put the decoration piece in an airtight container and placed it in the fridge.
This morning I took it out to check and noticed that after a while, it looks GLOSSY.

How can I fix this? (without redoing the decoration all over again)

Thanks a bunch!!!

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sebrina Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 4:12am
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Leave it uncovered, at room temp. It should dry out again. Do NOT touch it! icon_smile.gif

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:22am
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I took it out for about 10 minutes, but it looked like it was gonna melt.
Are you sure it will dry out without me having to remold it?

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:41am
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Depending on how much moisture there is, it could take a few hours to dry. It's important not to touch it though.

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:45am
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I just took it out again, and am praying it will dry out soon.
will it melt out so I have to adjust the shape of the figurine though?

Thanks!!

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:12am
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some of the black parts are melting onto the green. is that supposed to happen?

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:18am
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No, it shouldn't be bleeding. That's probably because of the condensation. Is your room warm?

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:21am
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If you haven't handled it, it shouldn't lose it's shape, but I'm concerned about the bleeding color.

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:22am
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a little bit warm (I live in the Tropics), but I have turned on the fan to cool down the temperature. so what do I do now? put it in an air conditioned room?

Do you recommend that I take the figurine apart and remodel it?

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:24am

Nope, I did not handle it, but it's sitting in a container, with the lid opened.
Only the Black is bleeding though, the rest of the colors are fine.

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:24am

I wouldn't handle it. If you have an air conditioned room, you could move it in there. You could also aim the fan just above the figurine...not so it directly hits it. I'm jealous by the way that you live in the tropics. It's -6 degrees where I live.

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:27am

Black is bad for bleeding. I use either Americolor or Crystal Colors because they don't bleed, but I'm not sure even they would handle the change in temp from fridge to warm air. Is there a lot of black and is the bleeding noticeable? Like, if it dried exactly the way it looks now and didn't bleed any more is it noticeable?

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:28am

The fan is not directly over it, but just slightly above it.

I'm gonna move it to the air conditioned room soon. But what about the bleeding? I'll need to redo that part?

When does winter end?

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:31am

You'll probably have to redo the part that the black bled onto. Hate to say it, but that's probably what you'll need to do. Your fan placement should be ok. When I've had this problem, I've had to force myself to walk away from it and not think about it because I kept wanting to check it and it really did take awhile for it to dry. But, if you think you'll need to redo part of it, it will be a cleaner cut if you can separate the parts you need to redo while it is soft. Once it hardens, it won't separate as cleanly.

Winter will end sometime in March, but it won't all be this cold. We just have an extra cold snap right now.

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:31am

I'm using Wilton fondant.
The Black is only for the EYES and eyelashes, but the fact that it bleeds make the face not nice anymore.

It's in the air-conditioned room now, without a fan. I left it in the same container with the cover slightly covering it.

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:35am

Yeah, you'll need to redo that part. I would start over with the face. If you're using Wilton coloring that is especially bad for bleeding and you could have black tears running down the face. The rest I would just leave the way you have it slightly covered and let it sit for a few hours. Do you need to have this done today? Or, is the cake for later this week?

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:35am

but if I cut part of it right now, won't that be considered "handling" it?

also, I will be transporting my cake for abt 4 hours in an air conditioned car to another location. is it ok to keep the entire cake - with fondant covered - in a regular cardboard cake box (i.e. NOT airtight)?

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:38am

can I use the fondant from the head (some of it) to make a new one?

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:41am

In the summer time, I transport fondant covered cakes in cardboard (cake) boxes with the air conditioning in the car turned on. If you let the fondant set up at room temp, then it will have less problems with temperature when you transport. It's the drastic change in temp that increases the chances of condensation...along with humidity of course.

If there is no way to remove that part right now without handling the rest of the piece, then wait and cut it when it's dry with a really sharp exacto knife.

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:42am

Good luck with this. I have to go now, but will check back in the morning.

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 7:48am

I don't need it for today, so I can redo it. But I will need to have it ready by tomorrow night so I can set it up on the cake.

Thanks for your help, hope it turns out! icon_smile.gif

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:00pm

Quick Update:
When the figurine dried up somewhat, I redid the head and then decided to reshape and remold the rest of the body too. Bottomline is, I'm done and I love it!
My figurine is now sitting in a container OUTSIDE the fridge and waiting to be placed on the cake (which I will be baking later today).

By the way, I will only be using the cake 2 days from now. Do you recommend that I use a wooden stick/pick to pierce through the fondant figurine and then place it into the cake so it stays?
Will the fondant crack?

sebrina Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:34pm

It depends on the figure. If it is something small, I'd just place it on the cake. If it is too tall, you might consider using a dowel to secure it. If it is to dry it might crack if you get to close to the edges. HTH!

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:39pm

Thanks for your help!!

KSMill Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:46pm

If it has more height than width, I would use a lollypop stick to place it on the cake. I'm glad it turned out for you. Be sure to post the pictures of your finished cake!

giddytigress Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 6:51pm

Hi KSMill,
Thanks for your help and advice! Appreciate it!
Can I wait a few hours later to put the stick in it?

Herekittykitty Posted 10 Feb 2011 , 8:36pm

Is the topper something that will "sit"? Meaning does it have a flat bottom that it needs to dry on? If so, I would push the stick in while it is still soft then take it out so you have the hole ready to reinsert the stick when placing on the cake. Or if possible, put the stick in and stick the protruding end into styro so the topper is sitting on the styro to dry.

The longer you wait, and the dryer your piece, the bigger chance you have of cracking or breaking it trying to insert the stick.

HTH.

giddytigress Posted 11 Feb 2011 , 1:54am

Thank you! I don't have styrofoam available, so I just made a hole to hold the stick once I am read to place in on the cake. icon_biggrin.gif

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