Am posting from the UK so some of my spellings might be a little different! I would like to make a clear "glass" bowl from isomalt, to hold chocolate truffles on top of a cake. How would I make a mold to do that? Would any products I need be available in the UK? would it be better to just pull the isomalt into shape? Thanks
Hi Bellechef - You can place the bowl up side down and seal the bottom of the bowl to your work surface with Safe-D-Clay. You then can build a mold box around the bowl. The mold box can be a plastic food storage container that has had its bottom cut off and inverted so that the top serves as the bottom of the mold box. If you center this mold box around your bowl, there should be a minimum of 1/4 " clearance around the bowl that will be filled with silicone. Take more Safe-D-Clay and seal around the outside bottom of your mold box to make it water tight. Then mix and pour CopyFlex liquid silicone into the mold box to fill 1/4 inch higher than the bowl inside. Check for leaks and allow to cure for about five hours.
This will give you a permanent, reusable silicone mold that will work very well with isomalt, chocolate, fondant and gumpaste.
Go To: www.makeyourownmolds.com/copy-flex to learn more about CopyFlex.
Hope This Helps,
Depends on the shape of the bowl... If you want a really deep one, you definately need to make a silicone mold. But,for a decorative candy dish type bowl, you can do it with nothing but a bowl and a silicon mat.
lightly spray your mat and the bottom of the bowl with pam or oil it and wipe it off. Pour the isomalt onto the mat in a circle (pour from the inside and let it spread) then take a spatula and quickly thin it out to the edges- because the center will be thicker than the edges.
Let it cool a bit- the when you can touch it (while it is still warm and pliable) peel slowly at the edges til you can get it off the mat. Lay it over and upturned bowl. It looks better if you sorta ruffle the edges like a decorative platter- instead of putting it down flat against the bowl.
If the edges crack, use a torch or a lighter to warm them up as you go.
It will probably take a couple of tries to get it perfect. But you can keep remelting your isomalt.
Thank you for both replies, I will probably try out Janet's one first, as it is quite hard to get the stuff for making molds over here.
One further question : I was looking at the bit for making bottles. Is the mold kit, that you sell, reusable? or is it single use only?
Thanks from a grey UK
The sugar bottle molds that are shown in the tutorial are definitely reusable. CopyFlex is a professional grade silicone intended to be used repeatedly in commercial kitchens when needed. Once you have made this mold, you can count on it as a permanent tool in your bakeshop arsenal, always ready for sugar bottle production.
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