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post #151 of 344
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post #152 of 344
doublecz - I didn't mean to make anyone feel like an idiot. I have that feeling often enough, so I wouldn't wish it upon anyone else. icon_smile.gif I hope you got the answers to your questions. thumbs_up.gif
post #153 of 344
Christy - Thank you so much for that link! I think it's definitely worth it for folks who don't want to fiddle around with making their own.

It's interesting (to me, anyway) that their "new" bottle molds don't require a support cast. One of my first bottle molds required a support cast. What a pain in the rumpus room! All I did to solve the problem was add another layer of silicone plastique. No extra support required!

It doesn't appear that their mold can stand up. I left the bottom of my mold open so I could let my bottles dry standing up. That way, the sugar won't pool and it will also naturally drip into a nice point.
post #154 of 344
Thanks Diane for that eye opener.. I didn't realize that it didn't stand icon_sad.gif

But could there be a way to rig it?

Who knows... just thought that for someone that doesn't think they could make their own (like me.. I'm so dumb) this might be the best way
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post #155 of 344
I made a full body silicone plastique mold slit down one side. I had some air bubbles trapped inside when making the mold, but this makes the bottle look like it is sweating. It really adds some interest to me. I didn't get it very thick so I made a support for it out of clay. I pour the sugar in and then roll it around until it cools some. I use a hairdryer with a "cool shot" setting to help speed this along. Sometimes I use the air conditioner vent. HA HA You MUST wear gloves!!!! I use an old pair of thick suede gloves and they work well for me. This makes a whole bottle that is open at the bottom. I usually use a dowel through the cake and up through the bottle to help support it.

For these short neck green bottles, I used a regular bottle mold and made a "cork" out of tin foil to create the shorter neck. They were not perfect but looked OK. The caps are fondant and the label is an edible image. When I do Bud light bottles, I just peel off real labels and stick them on my bottles because they are clear plastic.
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post #156 of 344
Ooh jen123 - your cake is the one my friend really liked - the beach scene one... i'm so happy you posted pictures too - thank you to everyone who posted pictures for us 'visual learners' ! I'm liking that idea of the silicone plastique full bottle with the slit down the side - did you make it and then slit it down the side? Was it hard to get the sugar bottle out? And is your still sort of an "empty" bottle and not solid sugar?

I'm not getting this "standing up" thing with the mold.... are you rigging in some way to stand it up? Otherwise, I would think it would pool into sugar puddle at the bottom of the bottle...

And THANKS for letting me know the bottle caps you made were fondant! That helps!
post #157 of 344
Yes, I made the mold and then cut a slit with scissors. You have to be careful because it will rip easily if it is thin. It is extremely easy to get out... it doesn't stick at all. I don't know about the "standing up" method. I have to keep it moving to avoid puddles. I pour in the sugar and then roll it around to coat the sides. This is a hollow bottle. You have to practice to get it even. You really can't stop rolling until it hardens pretty well...maybe 5-15 minutes depending on if you are blowing cool air in it. You can remove it as soon as it is hard enough to not get deformed. I stand them up on parchment to finish cooling. They don't always stand straight because the bottom is often uneven.
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post #158 of 344
So can you use just a reg. fan while cooling.. like rolling it around in front of a fan?
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post #159 of 344
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So can you use just a reg. fan while cooling.. like rolling it around in front of a fan?



Sure!
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post #160 of 344
icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I just tried for the first time - I made my mold out of the silicone plastique... maybe I didn't make it thick enough... I tried to rubber band it and it kept collapsing on itself..... icon_sad.gif And how on earth do you turn this while pouring the sugar in??

I also had problems getting the mold off the bottle.... it stuck to the actual beer bottle a bit and I had to repair a little rip.... is my only problem that it wasn't thick enough? I'm so scared now that I don't have enough of this stuff.... I can try making another bottle... but what if there isn't enough of the silicone plastique? What will I do? The wedding is this week! (this is a groom's cake I'm trying to do)

And no - I didn't try to wait until the last minute... I thought this was some special kind of beer bottle and I asked the bride to send me the bottle several times.... she never told me I could go buy some at a local liquor store... it's a Mexican beer and she lived in California - so I assumed it was easily accessible there - but not here in KY. Anyway - that's my little disclaimer there.... I also tried to contact the make your own mold people and ask them for help previously, but I never got an e-mail back icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
post #161 of 344
It sounds like it is too thin. Maybe you could put it back on the bottle and add another layer. I don't know if it will stick though....
How many bottles do you have to make?? This sounds like an all nighter. icon_sad.gif
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post #162 of 344
OOh, that really suchs! I started making a mold this week, but I've only done 2 coats so far!
Can you fit your mold back on the bottle, and add more plastique to your original to make it thicker?Hope you get it done! icon_smile.gif
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post #163 of 344
that's what jenn123 has suggested too... maybe I should try that... I"m just worried b/c already cut the slit through the bottle..... I wonder if I should try to cover the slit and then cut it again or just make it thicker around the cut....
post #164 of 344
I think thicker around the cut. You just need to support the main part of the bottle.
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post #165 of 344
alrighty what I did was put the silicone plastique all over the bottle, and then I wrapped the older mold around it. It stuck - but it created some bubbles and pockets. Luckily I remembered I had a little bit of the material left in a "kit" I got last year at ICES. So I used that to patch some holes up - hopefully that will help.

Before I patched the holes, I poured one bottle. I still think it's really hard to pour and hold the mold at the same time.... my bottle came out all discolored... I haven't seen anyone else's be so discolored.... like it was splotchy in parts..... did I just have my sugar too hot? Or did I not turn fast enough? Or too fast? Anyone know? Some parts were really dark, and others had this weird light brown color to them..... it wasn't a very pretty bottle.....
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