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Blown sugar ornaments

post #1 of 38
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On the last Holiday Cake challenge, Michelle 2nd place winner, made blown sugar ornaments for her christmas cake and I LOVED THEM.

Truly I thought they were the most gorgeous things I've ever seen.

Anyways, I've been thinking that I would love to try this. Basically a sugar bubble or ball recipe but with colored sugar, I think she made red and green ornaments.

My question is, can you pipe royal icing on top and paint on top of the sugar ornament? I'm going to have some free time near the end of this month and I'm thinking I am going to try my hand at this.
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post #2 of 38
I truly have no idea, but I would love to know how to make the ornaments themselves. Blown sugar has always intrigued me, but I have been two scared to try it.
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post #3 of 38
If I remember correctly I think she did paint on them. I can't remember if she did royal icing on them. I thought it was neat how she did the royal icing on the balloons then popped them. Just like paper maiche!!
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post #4 of 38
You can paint the sugar.
post #5 of 38
Thanks SugarCreations...she did pipe on the royal at the last minute and it looked like her bubbles were actually thicker then the other sugar bubbles I've seen. Maybe the royal would dry/harden before it would eat through them? Not really sure. I don't have experience in this medium but the ornaments she made were lovely. Did you get to see the show?
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post #6 of 38
NO! Done got irritated! Seems everyone is ignoring my posts! I am not an enemy here!
post #7 of 38
I haven't noticed that. Maybe it's just that this topic is so new to many of us here and we may not have as much to contribute as someone like you who has experience? Don't get irritated icon_smile.gif
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post #8 of 38
Yeah.
post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by lisa

it looked like her bubbles were actually thicker then the other sugar bubbles I've seen.



I'm sure that we've all seen hard candy lollypops decorated with royal icing all the time with no adverse effects.

Piping them a little thicker and letting them cure (dry) well, MAY be the way to go.

If you like the look of royal icing, why don't you try to decorate the sugar bubble with white chocolate? It will give you the same effect without having to worry about the MINIMAL moisture in the royal icing.

You can also dilute the paint in denatured alcohol, which will evaporate in seconds to mix your paint in to decorate your sugar bubble.

Just make sure that you have your plan and pattern worked out so you don't have to redo or go over the same area ..so as not to damage the bubble.

SC: Sometimes we get so busy trying to get our point across that we forget to come up with a viable solution to the problem/question at hand...don't stress...it's just sugar!
post #10 of 38
Not to get things off topic,
SugarCreations,
I just wanted to make a note, that in any online community you will find yourself answering the same questions over and over and over and over....

I can't tell you how many times someone I have answered questions about how to get red icing, or how to do a frozen buttercream transfer.
It's not that other members are ignoring me.

Its simply a fact of life, a lot of people are not very internet savvy, or do not know how to do a forum search yet, so they will ask a question that has probably already been asked and answered a hundred times over.

I find it much easier to simply go back to my original answer, or even find a thread that someone else answered, then copy and paste the URL to the old thread in to a reply to the repeat question. Its quick, easy, and it gets the people the information they wanted.

I understand that sometimes these things can be taken personally, but try not to take it to heart, its much easier on the mind to just do a quick copy and paste, with the full knowledge that the same question will likely be asked again, and that no one is deliberately ignoring your earlier posts. icon_biggrin.gif

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post #11 of 38
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I hadn't ignored any other posts, in fact I had read all the other threads but thought the whole idea and topic of Christmas ornaments was worthy of it's own thread.

Anyways..... I am going to purchase some supplies this weekend and actually attempt some sugar work sometime in the near future and I plan on making some sugar ornaments. I think I am start small and instead of trying to blow bubbles, I think I will just make circular solid ornaments in red and green and very sparingly decorate with some royal on top and then probably hit them with a bit of gold.

I have this amazing Christmas cake idea in my head and I want to pull it off, just finding the time to devote to all the details is the problem. But it's Dec 1st so time to get busy on it!
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post #12 of 38
Hey Tickled,

Here is a simple solution for you. Now this technique depends on what kind of back finish you want on your "ornament".

For the ones that you want to decorate with royal icing I recomend a clear back...here is the way to do it.

if you have a sil pat, you can lightly grease it and place metal cookie cutters that you grease well around the inside and have placed on the lightly greased silpat.

If you do not have a silpat, you can do what I do for my Gingerbread house glass. I lightly grease some Aluminum Foil and lay it onto a large cookie sheet. THEN you can lay your greased metal cookie cutter onto the greased aluminum foil.

Now, to make the ornament hole you can gease a mall metal tube and place this where you want the hole to be, and pour the hot sugar into the metal cookie cutter.

This part may have to be done by 2 people. One holding the metal hollow rod and one to pour the hot sugar. (please wear some gloves)

An alternative to this, if you have no help, is to attach the ribbon with the royal icing after you make a dot with hot glue, place the ribbon and decorate over it with the royal icing.

This method will give you a "CLEAR" ornament.

Now, for one with a mirrored back....do not grease the alumimun foil. Lay out the aluminum foil as flat and creaseless as possible. make sure that everything else is greased. When you remove the ornament, DO NOT pull it off with your hands. Go around the outside with a small exacto knife ( don't cut on the sil pat)

your background will be sort of "mirrored"


Now, if you want a "crackled mirror" effect...you can crumble up the aluminum foil, lay it out...don't flatten it out so much that you loose the wrinkles and proceed as before.

I think this will be BEAUTIFUL decorations for your Christmas tree! and now you have the option of making the same design 3 different ways for variety!!!

Good luck in your project, and don't forget if you have any questions, I will be more than glad to try and help you.

Make sure that you grease your metal cookie cutters so that you can remove them from the sugar as soon as the sugar cools!
post #13 of 38
PastryDiva, I think she was talking about blowing the hot sugar mixture like a glassblower. I saw that show too and it is something I am definately wanting to try. Those transparent globular ornaments were stunning.
post #14 of 38
[quote="TickledPink"] I think I am start small and instead of trying to blow bubbles, I think I will just make circular solid ornaments in red and green and very sparingly decorate with some royal on top and then probably hit them with a bit of gold.

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Um, nooo...I think I read the post correctly. I think she decided to scale down her project to something more managable, from the blown sugar bubbles to the circular ornaments and I gave her a few options on THAT idea.

I try to read the posts very carefully before I answer them sometimes going back to the original post to make sure that I answer the question at hand correctly, but no matter, Tickled Pink will have no fear of correcting me if I'm wrong...

Which is..OMG!!!...been known to happen ..lol..me being wrong I mean! icon_lol.gif

I'm sure that they WERE as stunning as you say, the blown sugar apples that we did at school were pretty jazzy too even if I do say so myself!!!
post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by kmcguire

I saw that show too and it is something I am definately wanting to try. Those transparent globular ornaments were stunning.



I need to watch more TV and stop ordering cake decorating books! tee hee icon_lol.gif

Why can't someone invent a tv with an alarm clock or automatic turn it on button when your favorite show is on?

Oh, C'mon...I'm sure that there is someone out there rubbing their chin right now..thinking about it...lol
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