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Isomalt gems - How to fill mold safely?

post #1 of 9
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Good morning!

I have a question and I hope you don't laugh me out of the forum. I'm typing this with bandaids all over one finger. I attempted my first Isomalt gems and burned my finger badly. I have the First Impressions silicone mold with the 1/2" gems. What can I use to fill the mold with the tiny amount of isomalt required safely?

Thank you in advance!
JudyZ
post #2 of 9
I just did a jewel cake and I ran into the same problem. I didn't want to spend $$$ on a professional candy funnel, but needed at least some precision poring the hot isomalt.

I found this:
http://www.amazon.com/iSi-Basics-Flex-1-Cup-Measuring/dp/B001CDEUOQ/ref=pd_sim_k_7

While it's not perfect, it worked pretty well. Popped it into the microwave for a few seconds when the sugar thickened too much, and was able to handle it w/o gloves. I was able to pour even tiny jewels, like the little ones on the crown. I did them first when the sugar was very liquidy.

Here's the cake.
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1603002

hope this helps.
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post #3 of 9
You can also try a silicone individual muffin (or cupcake) liner

http://www.amazon.com/MIU-Standard-Size-Silicone-Cupcake-12-Pack/dp/B000H86FGI

The isomalt can be reheated in the liner, and you can squeeze the liner to make a little pour spout. I found the liners in a local outlet mall.
post #4 of 9
Thank you for the great ideas. I have been wondering the same thing.
post #5 of 9
Going to try the silicone cup cake liner today! Oh, I hope it works. Thought I would post before I burn my fingers off! :0 Thanks for the great posts.
post #6 of 9
I use the silicon muffin cups as well. You should still wear some gloves while doing this to protect your fingers in case you spill.
post #7 of 9
It worked great!! Now if I could just say the same for the 10 pieces of my RI Tiara that broke apart coming off the waxd paper!
post #8 of 9
I just got into making my own gems and realized the same difficulty. Melting the isomoalt, then getting it poured then re-melting, pouring, on and on... I knew there had to be a better way. I turned to my metal measuring spoons, right over a candle. AWESOME and ingenious. I can melt small amounts at a time and pour into the molds perfectly. No muss, no fuss and clear.

My only challenge right now is the humidity. I thought I could make them ahead of time and store. But I was wrong. First they got sticky, then they they went from cloudy to white. even the blue are aweful. They're all ruined.

Sandy
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post #9 of 9
Sandy,

If you get some food grade silicate (available from Make your own Molds) and put them in an airtight container with it, you won't have that problem with your gems.
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