Need Some Pointers On Guitar Strings

Decorating By MBHazel Updated 29 Mar 2011 , 12:46pm by MBHazel

MBHazel Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 12:07am
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Hi all, doing a electric guitar cake and I am a little stumped on the strings.

I want them to look somewhat realistic, so if I color dental floss, or use necklace cord, is it going to lay straight, or curl up?

What have you guitar pros used in the past?

Thanks a bunch,

Hazel

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DianeLM Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 2:16pm
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I used jewelry cord on this cake. It did not curl up at all. Gluing it in place was a little tricky. I pressed the ends into indents I made in the fondant bridge. Then, covered the bridge with another layer of fondant to hide the ends.

The opposite ends are tied to the tuning pegs, of course.

http://image63.webshots.com/763/0/61/75/2872061750053175376bImtkO_fs.jpg

poohsmomma Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 2:22pm
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I've done a couple of guitar cakes. I used my extruder to make the strings. I tinted some fondant gray and added a bit of Tylose. I used a piece of aluminum against the inside of the extruder disk so that only two or three holes were open for the fondant to come through. (I tried making the strings with all the holes but the fondant strings just kept sticking to each other.) I pressed them out onto a piece of waxed paper, separated them, straightened them and painted them silver. Then I placed them on the guitar.

Here's how one of them looked. The strings do dip a bit at the sound hole, but not too badly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hjscakes/5198180539/

DianeLM Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 2:44pm
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poohsmama, that is a really cool cake! I wonder if you could cut a little piece of foam sponge to lay in the soundhole while the fondant strings set up. Then, gently pull it out. Perhaps two pieces so they could be pulled out on either side rather than dragging one piece under all the strings. I'd probably leave the sponge in there until the cake is at its final destination.

poohsmomma Posted 26 Mar 2011 , 3:19pm
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Thanks, Diane. If I ever make another one, I'll have to remember that.

cakesrock Posted 27 Mar 2011 , 3:22am
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I like to make everything edible, so I also used grey fondant in my extruder (1 string at a time), but didn't use tylose (it gave me more flexibility). Then I dry brushed them with silver lustre dust.
http://cakecentral.com/gallery/1562570

MBHazel Posted 29 Mar 2011 , 12:46pm
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WOW, these are great cakes and ideas. I'm getting started on it today!!! Keep your fingers crossed!!!

Thanks a bunch,

Hazel

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