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post #16 of 22
What is Isomalt used for? and where do U purchase?
post #17 of 22
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Isomalt is like sugar - most cake/sugar competitions use it in place of sugar when doing sugar work. You can get it several places online (GSA< Country kitchen Sweet art, etc.)

I found some answers to my isomalt jewel making this past weekend. I took a class with Keith Ryser (GREAT instrucotr!) He told me to take the isomalt up to 370 and it will hold longer - although still will get sticky in humid conditions.

Also - it BURNS. I had the cotton gloves w/ latex glvoes over top of them. The sugar felt hot, but not like it was burning my skin.....I took the gloves off to take a break and I had burnt both of my thumbs. My right one is pretty bad - raw meat (literally). If I had thought I was getting burnt, I would have stopped, but I really didn't feel like it was. I burned it so deeply, that it isn't even painful - so be VERY careful of this stuff!!
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post #18 of 22
Loucinda, I haven't quite gotten brave enough to play with my isomalt yet. I still need to find some cotton gloves that fit me and to look into getting my brother to build me the hot box. I just keep coming back to the burning part and haven't dared to open up all the stuff I bought at the convention.
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post #19 of 22
Texas, I used plexiglas I bought from the hardware store. And I did the whole drill the holes in there with the piano hinges thing but actually wound up just using wide packing tape--works like crazy--the tape is clear it looks fine too.

One issue might be how to attach the heat lamp light bulb--I just carved a hole in one piece of plexiglas. Viola. I used a dimmer switch on mine too.

The red bulbs are much easier on the eyes ~otherwise you can't see real good afterwards like you've been hit with 10,000 flashbulbs.

Dude, you can use any gloves you want! And put a pair of plastic gloves on top of them. Gardening gloves, those mini looking winter gloves that fit tight used to be 99 cents a pair--any gloves will do.

This doesn't have to be hard--Dude, I can do it--it ain't hard, hot yes, hard no.

Gotcher blow torch??? >bwooooghhhh<
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post #20 of 22
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Texas - I really think my fingers were just more sensitive to burning than most folks. IF I had thought I was burning myself, I would have stopped, but I really didn't think I was. I am the only one in the classes (15 in each class) that got blistered up. icon_redface.gif

I am sending you a pm!

I "ain't skeered" of blow torches either K8! icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #21 of 22
I'm so glad I ran across this post! Last week I made some blown sugar bubbles for a dummy cake. I made them on saturday. On sunday morning in my shop, the cake looked great. We drove to a wedding show an hour a way and the bubbles didn't make it. Some broke but all of them looked frosted and textured. Was is humidity? I thought isomalt was sort of immune to humidity.
Will spraying them with the laquer, as mentioned, help?

I used isomalt and didn't check the temp, just melted it.
Are they able to transport for real cakes?
Can they touch buttercream or do I need to put a piece of fondant under them?
Any advice is more than welcome!
post #22 of 22
My problem with gloves isn't finding cotton ones, it is more finding one that fit my small hands with out a bunch of extra hanging off my fingers. I figure that would probably get in the way when trying to work.

I do have a mini blow torch (for creme brulee's and I also have an alcohol lamp.

My brother is pretty crafty, so I've given him directions to make the box and will let him figure out the best way to do it. After the convention I had to build my cash supply back up since I did ALOT of shopping. I'm getting to a point where I feel okay making purchases that I don't have to have but want, with out having to worry about how much I am spending. I also need to set up an area in my cake room to work on this stuff, which means clean it out again. icon_smile.gif

Loucinda, I got your PM but misplaced your email address. I do have some directions I found online for building a box, just don't remember where I got them.

I know I'm just being chicken, and I'll give it a chance since I spent so much money on the stuff. I just haven't had a chance or made time to play with anything that I got at the convention, not just the Isomalt stuff. I went from teaching class two nights a week before the convention, to a full time job working 45-55 hours a week plus still teaching twice a week after the convention. It was a big change andh as been wearing me out. Any free time I have I haven't wanted to do anything with. I'm hoping to change that soon.

Thanks for the information. I'm definetly storing it for when I do pull out the Isomalt and stuff.
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