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post #16 of 34

just stick a hole in each rear leg at a bit of an angle

 

so that later you can re-slide a long toothpick or a bamboo skewer into there to counterbalance the weight and pull of the balloon

 

i'd poke the bottom of the leg and twist it up in there

 

you can remove it while it dries then reapply it to assemble it

 

so long as you have the hole there to counter balance you'll be able to float the balloon

 

or you can dry it with the skewers stuck into foam too

 

do this in stages

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post #17 of 34
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I did not cover the wire. It didn't look like it was covered in the picture. If I put it into the cake I was going to put it into a straw. I do not think the elephant will get eaten. Would you cover it with fondant?

post #18 of 34

no not fondant--they come covered with paper--you can buy them that way

 

or they flip around on you

 

no worries--

 

if you make a spiral out of it down in the leg it will not flip

 

you have to anchor it somehow

 

the straw is a good idea

 

depending on which route you take

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post #19 of 34

Sounds like we're doing the same thing this weekend! I have a little GP elephant sitting down with one leg extended into the air, and there will be about 5 balloons floating above him. Already have everything done, but won't make the illusion of the balloons floating away from him until I assemble the cake. Not sure what I'll be doing to accomplish that quite yet, but it will involve using extruded fondant string to fool the eye into thinking that the elephant is holding the balloons, but really the very long wires will be anchored into the cake. I just kinda figure that out as I go. This time, I just rolled balls of GP into balloon shapes and stuck paper covered into them.

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post #20 of 34
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It does sound like we are doing the same thing. I feel lucky I just have to worry with one balloon. Let me know how it goes!

post #21 of 34
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Maybe I can give the balloon 2 strings. That may be what they did in the picture. It looks like one goes into the cake and the 2nd goes through the elephants trunk. I was just hoping to be able to do the one. Thanks so much for all of your help. If anyone else has any different ideas that we do I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

post #22 of 34

Ok to me, I see one string, and it goes straight into the cake. I think it's just an illusion of photography that fools the eye into thinking the elephant is holding it at all.

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post #23 of 34
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Goodness! I think you are right. I have looked at that elephant so long I must have started seeing 2 lol!

post #24 of 34

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuma_couture_cakes/8254614793/in/photostream

 

This has some floating balloons. The balloons on the front are actually anchored straight in with wire, and the very top one inserted into the top of the manger. All the "strings" are just for show.

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post #25 of 34
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AZCouture Thanks for the idea!

post #26 of 34

haha, wow AZCouture. I'm sure you have solved the mystery. I have seen Naomi's cake before and always wondered how the balloon stayed upright looking like it was floating. But your idea makes so much sense. 

 

P.S. The cake linked is the bomb! Wow. 


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post #27 of 34

When I did this cake, the balloons were fondant with CMC added, which were then put onto wires.  To stop the balloons moving around, the end of the wire in the balloon has a tiny 'hook' bent into it.

 

In the UK, we're not allowed to put wires directly into a cake, so they're inserted into a 'posy pick' which is then put into the cake.

 

http://www.patacake-parties.com/Birthday/files/page5-1060-full.html

 


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post #28 of 34
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Very Cute ! Thanks for the info. I planned on inserting the wire into a straw in the cake.

post #29 of 34
Hi punkin90! I was wondering what you ended up doing to keep the balloon afloat. A friend of mine asked me to make this exact same cake for a baby shower, but I couldn't figure out what the balloon or elephant were made of. Thank God for Google! I found this thread but didn't know what the final result was. Did you make the elephant out of fondant too? Any tips greatly appreciated coz it's the first time I'll be working with fondant. Also, I'll be making the cake pale blue.Thank you!
post #30 of 34
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Hi Aztec98! Thank goodness for all the wonderful CC members that helped me with the balloon. If you read the thread you saw where I thought the balloon was suppose to look like it was floating. A CC member pointed out that it was an illusion. Sure enough after I looked at the picture really closely, I could see the wire was hidden beside the elephants front leg to the back of the cake. I felt so silly for missing that. Anyway, I got a little Styrofoam ball and covered it in fondant also. For the wire, to keep it from rolling around make a hook on the end and insert the balloon. You can  insert a wire into the cake and fill it with melted chocolate and insert the wire into that. You could make the balloon out of fondant, but I think that might add too much weight to it. The elephant I did make from fondant also. I had a hard time with that little guy, getting his tummy smooth. I used a small carving knife to help me get the shape. I believe some of my problem was the fondant I was working with. Last, I used lace like the picture I was given around the bottom of the cake and then piped dots above the lace. Good Luck!

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