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This was written by SweetResults



The molds and bottles can be done in one day, for best results though, plan on 2 days for overnight drying of your latex mold.

Instructions for Sugar Beer Bottles

Remove label and wash the bottle you want to mold, fit a cork wrapped in plastic into the top so that it is even and flat with the top of the bottle. You may have to cut the cork to size first, then wrap in plastic and insert into the top of the bottle. If you do not use the plastic you may get bits of cork in the top of your mold. This will not harm your mold.

Using Rubber Latex (paint several coats over the entire bottle (except the bottom of course), letting it dry in between coats. It is best to let it sit over night after the final coat, but I have made and used a mold in one day.

Once it has dried thorouly begin lifting the mold from around the bottom of the bottle, loosening it all the way around.

Roll the mold off the bottle, do not worry if it begins to stick to itself a bit, it will pull apart. To roll the mold completely off the bottle it will most likely turn inside out. Simply use a mixing spoon to push it right side out. As the mold cures more over time it will stop sticking to itself.

Using any kind of modeling clay, make a half bottle mold using the same bottle, this will be the support for your latex mold. If the mold tilts the top of the bottle downwards at bit this helps, I did not think to do this when I made my first mold.

Rest the latex mold in the clay mold and then prepare your sugar.

Mix ½ cup sugar and ½ light corn syrup in a two cup glass measuring cup and place in microwave. Microwave the mixture for 6 minutes at 50%. then micro at full power for another 2-3 minutes, depending on how dark you want your bottle. It will continue to darken a bit once you remove it from the microwave.

Carefully pour the mixture into the mold a little at a time, rotating the latex mold slowly to evenly coat the mold, letting it rest in the clay mold to keep its shape. The latex will be hot to the touch, so gloves or potholders are needed. Once you have coated the mold, continue to pour the sugar into the mold and continue to rotate until you have used all the sugar.

Once the sugar has cooled, remove the mold from the sugar bottle the same way you did from the real bottle, loosen the bottom, and roll the mold off the bottle. When you get to the neck give it a gentle tug and it will come free.

I was able to make six bottles in one afternoon with only one mold. If you have any trouble with the neck of the bottle you can always wrap it in gold foil like some of the fancy imported beers!

I made my labels in Fireworks, but you could use any program like Photoshop, Word, whatever is comfortable for you. If you are not selling the cakes and do not have to worry about a copywrite you could even copy actual beer labels from a Google search and size them in any similar program.

I printed them on regular paper first to test the size. Once I was satisfied with the design I printed them onto edible sheets and cut them to size. A few seconds in the freezer and they separate easily from the backing paper and I attached them with a bit of corn syrup. If you do not have an edible printer you can always make paper labels and stick them on with corn syrup as well. Just let everyone know not to eat them!

I realize there could be some concern of latex allergies, I am not sure to what extent the latex will transfer to the sugar. If you do not want to use rubber latex for your molds these sites also have mold making materials that may work for you instead. If you use something like the Silicone Plastique I would think you could mold the plastique completely around the bottle, then once it cures cut it in half to release the bottle making 2 half bottles that could then fit back together. Band them together with rubber bands and pour the sugar into the mold, rotating to coat it. Once the sugar hardens you could then release the bottle from the 2 molds. I think I would have tried this if I had more time to order the Plastique.

http://www.culinart.net/silicone.html

http://www.fineartstore.com/cg.....r6zgx.792

http://www.chefrubber.com/

I hope these make sense and at least point some of you in the right direction to start making your own bottles.


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post #19 of 47
giggysmack -- thank you so much for the bottle instructions I want to find a reason to make some bottles now.

Another idea for the label if you do not have a food grade printer is to use potato wafer or rice paper. You can use food markers on it and afix it with a bit of corn syrup it a bit brittle if you do not store it in an air tight container, but if you are carefull it works out great.

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Well, if any of ya'll make the ice with success, let me know. I am giong to attempt it again today for the third time! That is, after I go to the store and buy some more caro syrup!
Thanks for all the help so far.
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Probably not time for this project, but remember making rock candy when you were a kid? If the sugar crystal "rocks" were the right size you could do it that way.
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Yes, that would work!
That rock candy you can buy in the store would also work but it is not around where I live anywhere!
post #23 of 47
Wow...thanks so much for the detailed instructions. I am going to see if I can find someplace that sells the silicone plastique if not I will order it.
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Well, I finished the cake! Thank you for all your help making the ice. I had a lot of trouble with this cake but learned ALOT for next time! The cake is in my gallery if you would like to take a look.
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Not finding the cake. Which one is it?
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Patton78 ...your cake is great. Are those real beer bottles? I love your ice...it turned out great...
post #28 of 47
FYI on the sugar that didn't cook long enough, you can put it back on the stove for longer - even if it is all cooled.
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Very interesting thread!
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I know this thread is pretty old, but hpoefully someone is still watching it. icon_lol.gif

I am confused on the aluminum foil bit. What am I hoping to acheive by the crinkling and smoothing out? Does that make the suagr look like ice cubes or something? I woudl like to make the sugar cubes or even chipped pieces like form the ice bags, but I think I am jsut a little too dense to grasp the great information posted here. It has been a long day! icon_confused.gif

Thanks for any advice! Julia
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