caleyb Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 6:30am
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Okay, so I bought one of the sleeping baby molds from First Impression. The rubber mold doesn't look like a baby to me but I am willing to give it a try. How the heck do I do this?!?!?!

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pattycakes55d Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 8:06am
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it does look kind of funny. What I did was grease the inside and around the edges. Then fill with gumpaste, fondant, whatever. I put mine in the fridge for about 20 minutes, take it out and the form comes out quite easily. Good luck.

poohsmomma Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 1:42pm
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I didn't grease the mold. I add some Tylose to my fondant, get my fondant really loose by kneading in some Crisco, then press it in the mold. I stick them in the freezer for about 10 minutes, then pop them out. When they have totally dried, I brush some luster dust on for hair, and touch up the eyelashes, eyebrows, and lips with my Americolor markers.
I love how they turn out. Here's what mine look like when finished.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1710533

jones5cm Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 2:01pm
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I love the mold too. you don't want to put grease/crisco in the mold because it may clump in the tiny crevices and blur the intricate details of this mold. I use Tylose like poohsmomma; but I used cocoa powder for the hair and highlights. Here's what mine looked like; http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1854909
HTH!

cakefairy03 Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 2:48pm
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I agree with jones5cm, don't grease the mold...there's really no reason to, it will pop right out!

To start out, color your fondant/gumpaste the flesh color you want. Then make a skinny egg shape with your fondant. For me, I start by pushing the smaller end of the fondant "egg" into the head area, then the rest will follow, the torso, and finally the little butt and legs. I continuously squish the fondant/gumpaste into the mold for a minute or two until I feel like it should be in every crevice. I cut off any remaining fondant/gumpaste, then I put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. When you take it out, pull back the mold and it should pop right out! For coloring/dusting, you can follow the (wonderful!) tutorial on CC...http://cakecentral.com/articles/683/how-to-make-a-gumpaste-baby-with-mold#more-683
Okay, so that is pretty much the same instructions I said...must be where I learned to make it! LOL!

Here are how mine turned out....
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1849601
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1796283
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1935377

Good luck...post pics when you're done!

mommie917 Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 3:09pm
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I agree, you don't need grease...I used flesh tone tinted gumpaste and froze it. I noticed that the freezing makes it slick and easy to pop out, it dries in seconds. I used a lil bit of cocoa powder for the hair. There is a close up in my pics on the baby shower cake if you want to see it. It was my first time and a lot easier than I thought it would be.

jamiekwebb Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 3:12pm
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I actually spoke to the lady at First Impressions, she said to lightly dust the mold with corn starch. You then smoosh the fondant/gum paste into it really well. Make sure that the bottom is level. Freeze for about 20 minutes and then pop it out. Paint/dust at you like. Here are a couple of mine.

http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1758395
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1346951
http://cakecentral.com//gallery/1286736

That last one is the first one I had ever done.

hollys_hobby Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 3:53pm
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I agree with everyone else. No grease necessary, I actually made mine out of fondant. I shoved and shoved and shoved it in the mold making sure it would fill every tiny crevice. I then stuck it in the freezer for about 20 min. and it popped right out. I then dusted the hair with a little cocoa powder. Here is a link to mine: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1962009

pattycakes55d Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 8:03pm
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my apologies here. someone told me to do that. Baby turned out perfect but now I know better. thanks.

jamiekwebb Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 1:41am

I need to correct my post, you don't dust the mold you dust the fondant and then smoosh it in the mold.

believer Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 5:53pm

Where do I order the mold from?
It is so adorable. I have a babyshower cake in April.

Thanks,

NanaSandy Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 6:06pm

I ordered mine at globalsugarart.com
I love my mold...so easy!! I use fondant with tylose powder and shove into mold...pop into freezer for about 5 -10 minutes and it pops right out!

artscallion Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 6:32pm

cakefairy03, I'm glad you posted here. I copied your bee baby but couldn't find it again to credit you in my pic description. Thanks!

I agree with the others, roll it like an egg, dust it and work it into the mold. The only thing I would add is to be verysubtle when adding hair/eyes/lips, etc. It's too easy to make it look like a baby with make-up.

Here's mine:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1911234/1912679

yumtreats Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 8:19pm

Hi all,

I'm new to this website & absolutely love it!! I ordered my baby mold today & was so excited to come across all your helpful hints! Thanks so much, can't wait to get started! All your photos are gorgeous, the babies turn out so well.

BrindysBackyard Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 8:39pm

if you go to firstimpressionsmolds(dot)com they have tips on how to use their molds with every kind of medium you can think of... gumpaset, chocolate, butter...ect was a big help when i got my mold HTH

jones5cm Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 9:10pm
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Originally Posted by BrindysBackyard

if you go to firstimpressionsmolds(dot)com they have tips on how to use their molds with every kind of medium you can think of... gumpaset, chocolate, butter...ect was a big help when i got my mold HTH




Yes, Brindy, this is very helpful information because if I recall when I got mine last October, there were no instructions on how to use it shipped with the mold!

cakefairy03 Posted 11 Mar 2011 , 1:58pm
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Originally Posted by artscallion

cakefairy03, I'm glad you posted here. I copied your bee baby but couldn't find it again to credit you in my pic description. Thanks!




Thanks artscallion! I think you did a great job on all your little babies! Not to mention all your other cake work!

Maria46 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 6:42pm

Was wondering if anyone ever used food color gel (say Wilton brown) mixed with a little water and painted on the hair? Also I've just spent the day making several of these little babies (got my mold from first impressions site) and none of them turned out perfect. There was something off on each of them. I used straight Wilton gumpaste and put in freezer. On alot of them I notice that the ear is not as defined on all the pictures I see here on cake central. Do you pop out of the mold straight out of the freezer or should I wait a few minutes? Any help is appreciated.

HappyCake10609 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 6:56pm

I pop mine out of the mold right out of the freezer, the harder the gumpaste is from being frozen/cold the less likely you will mess up the details when you push it out...

I haven't used the gel colors, when I use gel colors to paint they still look a little shiney when they dry... I use petal dusts, or you can use non-toxic chalk to do your shading/coloring....

If you're having trouble getting some of the sharp detail, make sure you are pushing the gumpaste into the mold all the way... even go over it with a rolling pin to make sure it's really down in all the grooves.

I have a tutorial on my blog of how I make my gumpaste babies, if you are interested: http://happycakesbakes.blogspot.com/2011/04/gumpaste-baby-tutorial.html

jones5cm Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 6:56pm

Maria46 - that's where the instructions to work it/push it/press it/squish it into the mold are very important. But I'm sure with a little practice, you'll get it!! The pic I posted here was not my first attempt! I don't think I said it here; but my first baby made from this mold looked like it could be used as a Holloween decoration according to my DH!!icon_smile.gif

sebrina Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 7:10pm

I get the best details if I use candy melts. I pour it in, then beat it on the counter to get all the air bubbles to come out. I almost never have to remake mine since I started this.
Here is mine...

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1864910

HTH!

sugaah Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 7:20pm

I've used candy clay, as well.

Maria46 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 11:43pm

Thanks to all who tok the time to reply.
HAPPYCAKE, I watched a video on youtube last night before making these today and I think it was yours!!! What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. So yes I did use the rolling pin each time. But I always had the worst time cutting off the excess it was so sticky. I'm thinking I might should wait a minute or two and let it firm a little?

Sebrina, OMG.....I never even thought of or knew that you could use candy melts in these molds. That seems to me as if it would make each one perfect every time. Do you put it in the freezer for the same amount of time as those who use gumpaste? Also what color do you use to get the "baby skin" as in your picture. I cannot wait to try that!!!!

Thanks again to all for your help!!!

HappyCake10609 Posted 28 Apr 2011 , 12:58am
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Originally Posted by Maria46

Thanks to all who tok the time to reply.
HAPPYCAKE, I watched a video on youtube last night before making these today and I think it was yours!!! What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. So yes I did use the rolling pin each time. But I always had the worst time cutting off the excess it was so sticky. I'm thinking I might should wait a minute or two and let it firm a little?

Sebrina, OMG.....I never even thought of or knew that you could use candy melts in these molds. That seems to me as if it would make each one perfect every time. Do you put it in the freezer for the same amount of time as those who use gumpaste? Also what color do you use to get the "baby skin" as in your picture. I cannot wait to try that!!!!

Thanks again to all for your help!!!




You said you were using the Wilton Ready Made? I did find that a bit stickier than the Satin Ice... so yes, I would let it set up a little bit before trimming the excess... If you have any Tylose powder, maybe try adding a bit of that? Or maybe rub some shortening on you your knife?

Also, if you seem to have the same defect every time, it may be a defect in the mold itself... using the candy melts as some have stated above, that should show you pretty clearly if the problem is with the mold (I have not used candy melts)... You may be able to contact First Impressions about getting a replacement...

I'm glad you liked my video!! Thanks for watching icon_smile.gif

sebrina Posted 28 Apr 2011 , 2:36am
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Originally Posted by Maria46

Do you put it in the freezer for the same amount of time as those who use gumpaste? Also what color do you use to get the "baby skin" as in your picture.




I do not put it in the freezer, not even the fridge. I just leave it on the counter, normally overnight. Pops right out in the morning (of course I have to ignore all the labor jokes from my family, lol). If I remember correctly, I used about 6 whites wafers & 1 pink.

Glad to be of some help. thumbs_up.gif

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