Originally Posted by psurrette
I just bought one and I think the way it works is great but it has a line of gumpaste on the top. it doesnt look round is this how its supposed to work?
Sharon Z. demonstrated using these molds at recent DOS I attended and this is what she did step by step and it works beautifully.
Dust inside of mold heavily with cornstarch-shake out excess then do it again. Put the gp into the mold and squeeze it shut...... before you open it to remove the string of pearls take your palette knife and remove any visible gp that squeezed out.........open mold...........using palette knife gently tease the string of pearls away from the mold then onto a non-stick surface....... The tiny line left is the side of the pearls that goes next to the cake..... Once placed on cake the line becomes invisible.......
Some of the pearl making molds are slightly oval to oval in shape, not round. I had to look closely to tell the difference between the slightly oval and perfectly round ones because I wanted round round round!
On new molds plan on the first few strands sticking then feel blessed if they don't stick. Once you have made a few strands the mold becomes seasoned from repeated use of corstarch and gp and the pearls magically begin to pop out in a string!
Simply follow the above steps for perfect pearls everytime. Sharon Z was using a new mold and her first 2 strands stuck but after that they began popping out nicely and perfectly.
I think if you go into making these strands of pearls knowing this you are much less likely to become frustrated and give up.