You can make delicate and slightly transparent flowers, bows and butterflies using this technique.


Basically, you mix 2 1/2 parts water and 1 part gelatin (unflavored – like Knox… NOT Jello!  )

Warm in microwave, then let sit 5-10 minutes to allow the scum to raise to the top. Peel the scum off (photo above) then gelatin is ready to use

(you’ll need to rewarm to liquify at this point.)

Brush onto veining or texture sheet and let it sit for 3-5 hours… gelatin will release itself when it’s completely dry.

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Once dry, remove the gelatin from your veiner or texture sheet (impression mat or veiner)

You can cut  the gelatin with regular scissors, scrapbooking scissors, etc…

For the bows, cut into strips, then use a small drop of gelatin to attach together.

Add a paperclip to hold together 10-15 minutes until set, then they’re done.

To form the bow, place a quarter size bit of warm gelatin mix on a plate or pc of plastic… add the bows as you would assemble a gumpaste or fondant loop bow.

Let the first layer set up, then add more warm gelatin in the center and add remaining bow loops.


smitakasargod Says... 19 Oct 2009 , 4:24pm

Great article. Thank you so much for sharing this technique.

justdi Says... 30 Oct 2010 , 6:03pm

Yes you can reheat it... usually about 10 seconds is plenty in a microwave.

Also - I do have a free "how to" video on my website that you can just click to watch... It goes thru prepping the gelatin, brushing on the sheets, trimming, decorating... should answer all your questions! :)

Di :)

sallyices Says... 21 Dec 2011 , 10:52pm

wow this looks cool, I can't wait to try it some day

redrdnghd Says... 21 Jul 2015 , 11:42am

These are so delicate and feminine. Thank you for sharing !

rachaelmotte Says... 24 Jul 2015 , 2:21am

Where can I buy the Japanese wire?

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