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post #91 of 268
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I have to think that the preservatives in food that we eat every day are more dangerous than a wire. LOL. I have a son with food sensitivities and chronic urticaria (he outgrew the food sensitivities but still has the urticaria) and I really got into reading labels...did you know that if you look up the ingredients to McD's fries you can't pronounce anything but the first ingredient, practically? (Sad that french fries have "ingredients" anyway!!!)

Anyway I'm not saying its ok to put wire in cakes haha....I'm just saying that we encounter chemicals and gross things everywhere we go....and daily in our food supply. (Yuck.) If not preservatives, then contaminants from the factories. I've gotten to where I don't freak out about it..yeah I wash my hands ALL the time and my counters stay clean and all that...but I don't freak out if a corner of florist foil touches my cake, and I don't freak out about the toys the kids play with, and etc.

The only thing that freaks me out is restaurant tables and shopping carts. haha. But still not enough to not go out to eat or go to Target. icon_smile.gif[/quote]


I agree, the wire is sooooo minimal to the amount of crap we touch and come in contact with. I understand you are trying to be responsible and inform the cake world of this issue, but its sooooooo small compared to what we actually take in. I honestly will use the straw technique from here on out, but ill still use wires if the client asks for it. Not only that but think about how small of an amount would actually come off if there really is any coming off. It would be very small. I won't freak out and stop using wires, but ill do my best to use something around it.

Just remember you come in contact with sooo much more out there in the real world that can give you cancer, diseases, and viruses.

Safe cake decorating!
post #92 of 268
I did a cake with bees "flying" around it last summer - they were going to be on wires, but regardless of the safety issues, I didn't want to be able to see the wires. So, I went to a plastic/acrylic store (TAP Plastics, here in the Seattle area) and they have several different "guages" of clear acrylic rods that are basically like dowels. I chose to use the size that was about 1/8" in diameter - which was strong enough to hold the fondant bees, and yet bend and sway just a little (so resemble flying). I could've gone one size larger, and had them be very sturdy and stiff. It's a great, food-safe option, and because they are clear, it doesn't detract from your cake! They are really long, so you can get several pieces out of one length, and they are really cheap! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!
post #93 of 268
was wondering about that myself
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Originally Posted by sweetlorraine

I did a cake with bees "flying" around it last summer - they were going to be on wires, but regardless of the safety issues, I didn't want to be able to see the wires. So, I went to a plastic/acrylic store (TAP Plastics, here in the Seattle area) and they have several different "guages" of clear acrylic rods that are basically like dowels. I chose to use the size that was about 1/8" in diameter - which was strong enough to hold the fondant bees, and yet bend and sway just a little (so resemble flying). I could've gone one size larger, and had them be very sturdy and stiff. It's a great, food-safe option, and because they are clear, it doesn't detract from your cake! They are really long, so you can get several pieces out of one length, and they are really cheap! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!



Hi Lorraine, and welcome to CC!

Thank you so much for posting this. I am very excited to find a product that doesn't "show", too!
post #95 of 268
Thanks for the pasta suggestion. I am going to try this! I like my cakes to be completely edible (save for the dowels and the boards), so I find this idea particularly appealing!
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post #96 of 268
I always wondered about this! I put wires into a cake one time, and I was curious about what was in it... will not be doing this again.
post #97 of 268
I have used cocktail straws in the past and really thick plastic straws as well. I had no idea there was lead in the floral wires. This might make me rethink my whole gumpaste flowers strategy. What about foam for floral toppers?

I cover mine with fondant and glue a foil covered cake board on the bottom so no foam touches the cake.
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post #98 of 268
Here's a link to the place I get my acrylic rods - they go from 1/16" thick to several inches thick. I could totally see using them as a replacement for wires when making gumpaste flowers, as well as wires for other things sticking out of your cakes. Very cool, and very reasonably priced!
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=147&
post #99 of 268
Acrylic rods work if you want things to stand rigid. If you want any curves or movement you need to use wires.
post #100 of 268
Thank you for the post! I use a wire I buy at my local cake decorating store and I hope it's safe but I think from now on I will def use the coffee straw idea.. thank you!
post #101 of 268
actually, the smaller guage rods work quite well to bend a bit and sway - it all depends on the weight of the item you are placing on it. For instance, the bees I put on mine were fairly heavy, and so the rods bent and swayed nicely. It is true that you definitely won't get the same bendability as wires.

As for me, if I were going to use wires again - I'd just wrap the end that goes into the cake with floral tape - usually white.
post #102 of 268
All of this is making me think about everything we use in our cakes - what about the wooden dowels we use in our cakes? I always freak out if the ends splinter a little after I cut them to size, I file them down or cover the ends with RI. I worry that someone will accidentally ingest a splinter. Can anyone else share what your thoughts are on this? Does anyone wash the dowels before inserting them?
post #103 of 268
Just a token of information for anyone who is interested. This is the go to site to see if the info in the warning e-mails that get passed around is true or not....this is the information on the Swiffer warning.
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/swiffer.asp
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post #104 of 268
How hard are the acrylic rods to cut? Can you use wire cutters? I have the site up and may order some! I sometimes need wires (to bend and be flexible) but I have several cake orders where they just want stars sticking up everywhere and the rods would be PERFECT!!!!!!!

I might just be placing an order. Thanks!
post #105 of 268
Just placed an order....it looked just too good! icon_smile.gif
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