Does Anyone Use Silicone Push Molds

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jackie713 Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 8:46pm
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I need to make roses and daisies for a birthday so thought this might be the easiest way to go. Where is a good place to get these and should I use fondant to make them? Then how do I paint them? Thanks for your help.

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shanter Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 9:34pm
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Where do you get them?
Try Etsy - there are lots of them.
Can you use fondant?
I think you can use fondant, gumpaste, a combination of the two, or chocolate.
Not sure. I think you have to use an oil-based food color on chocolate. Most people seem to use gel color mixed with alcohol (vodka, everclear, lemon extract - not lemon juice) to paint fondant.

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milkmaid42 Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 9:50pm
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I don't use push molds, as such, for flowers, but have used homemade silicone molds for sea shells and flowers and foliage. I use gum paste, my first choice, or fondant. Rather than painting them, I prefer dusting with petal dusts, using paint (colors diluted with vodka) only for fine detail.The base color is generally a light version of what the intended item will be, then augmented with the dusts. I think it gives a more realistic appearance.

You can see an example of using just dust with the sea shells here.

Or roses here:

Or alstroemeria: With the alstroemeria I added detail with a fine brush and vodka thinned gel colors.

It is my understanding that while oil based colors are best used for chocolate, they can be dusted effectively. I just prefer gum paste for its ability to be rolled so thinly.


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jackie713 Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 11:52pm
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Thanks so much for the help!

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costumeczar Posted 4 Jul 2012 , 12:59am
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I sell a lot of molds in my etsy shop...For flowers that have a deep impression and lots of detail like roses, it might be better to use gumpaste or chocolate clay that you can sit in the freezer to harden before you de-mold them. The deeper the impressions the more difficult it is to get things out of the molds without ruining the item and breaking pieces off.

If you use fondant or gumpaste you can use any kind of food color to color them. For chocolate the powder colors and oil-based ones work, but anything water-based can bead up on it.

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