Do you guys use any house hold things that yield the same result? I am doing a lot of flowers and I dont have the funds right now to get a bunch of forming cups.. what are some ideas?
Empty egg carton...cut a paper towel tube in half length-wise...make cups out of aluminum foil. Lots of options
Depends what size you need. I found some cheap ice cube trays to make small round ice cubes, which are fantastic for little flowers.
I bought a heap of these cheap paint pallettes(sp?) that have 10 round holes in each, which are very handy:
I also use baking trays like these which are good to give a gentle curve (used for the large daisies on this cake: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1953106 ):
For flowers that need a deeper throat (eg. these hibiscus http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1866451 ) I used Wilton Lily nails, which I line with a square of foil (just place the foil and press the two parts of the lily nail together to mold the foil) - after the flower is made you just lift out the foil and and use another square of foil to line it for the next flower:
thanks everyone for the input.. I just ordered some palettes off eBay and im using some egg cartons
I just started using aluminum foil, and love it. I just place it over one of my plastic former cups to get the right shape, and I can make as many as I need, and also tweak the shape here and there as needed.
I just picked up some of the empty apple trays that seperate the apples inside the boxes at my local supermarket - for free!
Don't know whether you have 'Toffifee' sweets over there but they have little gold plastic trays for the sweets in the box which are great for smaller flowers.
I suppose you could check boxes of chocolate to see what different shape trays they have in them.