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post #1 of 21
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Has any of you use this before? What are your reviews? Where did you get it? and how much did you pay for it?
I'm thinking if it will speed the process of decoration then I am interested in it.
post #2 of 21
I do have several different sizes. I love them. I got mine from Global sugar art. I can not remember the cost but I feel it was worth the expense.
Tonia LeDoux
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post #3 of 21
I have them and love them. My favorite is the 8mm bead/pearl maker and I purchased it from Larrys Crafts which is local to me and they do not have an online store yet. The cost was something like 25.00 for the 8mm size.

This is a purchase I personally do not think you would regret making! icon_smile.gif
Lea
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post #4 of 21
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Great reviews so far!
How easy are they to use? Would you have to set every single pearl one at the time or does it come out as a whole string? I think this is something I'm really going to love!
post #5 of 21
Hi,
I don't own one, but I used one at a recent 2-day workshop that I went to. It was great! You just roll the gumpaste with your hand into a sausage shape, then place it in the pearl maker. We dusted the inside with pearl dust first. Then you just sqeeze it together and cut off the excess that kind of oozes out. When you open it, you have a nice strand of pearls! I guess it was about 4" long? Anyway, they were beautiful on our cakes! I haven't bought one yet because I spent so much on other supplies at the workshop! Love new cake toys! Anyway, they have them at sugarcraft.com - listed as BEAD MAKERS. They have a 6mm for $18.70 and an 8mm for $24 I think. Good luck!!
post #6 of 21
Sometimes I can get them out in a string as to set them on the cake in a strand (a gumpaste firmness works better this way compared to fondant) and other times they come out stretched apart, then I clip them apart with scissors and take each individual pearl, roll between my hands and set them on individually. You can dust the inside of the mold with pearl dust, but I like to use cornsaterch, then when I'm done rolling all of the pearls I place them in a baggie and sprinkle in my pearl dust and gently shake it until they're all coated. Then I just store the unused pearls in the baggie and it can be reused as to not waste the pearl dust. : )
post #7 of 21
Absolutely love them! I have all kinds of sizes.. It takes a bit of practice.. and the firmness of the fondant/ gumpaste matters... but is an invaluable tool to have... gives your cakes PIIIIZZAZ!! A staple to have in any cake decorators toolbox!!
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post #8 of 21
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Thank you so much ladies!!! Where did you all got yours?
post #9 of 21
This is mine, great price for 3 different sizes! I just got it and tried it once but my fondant was too soft. Will be trying JenniferM's chocolate clay recipe the next time.

http://www.intotheoven.com/p1670/Perfect-Pearls-10,-8-&-6-mm/product_info.html
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post #10 of 21
I just bought one and I think the way it works is great but it has a line of gumpaste on the top. it doesnt look round is this how its supposed to work?
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Paula M Surrette
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post #11 of 21
I have several and my favorite are made by First Impressions Molds. You can get them from them directly or Global may carry them. I have 2 of theirs, and each comes with 3 sizes about 12 inches long each. I have found that with these molds, it's best to put in the fondant, stick in the freezer for a few minutes and then they pop out really easily. I like to use the largest size for my biggest tier, the middle for my middle tier, and so on. that way, I can make 3 strands at one time for 3 different tiers. i just bout the 3mm, 4mm and 5mm set from Nick Lodge at the show thisweekend
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by psurrette

I just bought one and I think the way it works is great but it has a line of gumpaste on the top. it doesnt look round is this how its supposed to work?



Sharon Z. demonstrated using these molds at recent DOS I attended and this is what she did step by step and it works beautifully.

Dust inside of mold heavily with cornstarch-shake out excess then do it again. Put the gp into the mold and squeeze it shut...... before you open it to remove the string of pearls take your palette knife and remove any visible gp that squeezed out.........open mold...........using palette knife gently tease the string of pearls away from the mold then onto a non-stick surface....... The tiny line left is the side of the pearls that goes next to the cake..... Once placed on cake the line becomes invisible.......

Some of the pearl making molds are slightly oval to oval in shape, not round. I had to look closely to tell the difference between the slightly oval and perfectly round ones because I wanted round round round! icon_smile.gif .

On new molds plan on the first few strands sticking then feel blessed if they don't stick. Once you have made a few strands the mold becomes seasoned from repeated use of corstarch and gp and the pearls magically begin to pop out in a string! icon_biggrin.gif Simply follow the above steps for perfect pearls everytime. Sharon Z was using a new mold and her first 2 strands stuck but after that they began popping out nicely and perfectly.
I think if you go into making these strands of pearls knowing this you are much less likely to become frustrated and give up. thumbs_up.gif

HTH's icon_smile.gif
Lea
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post #13 of 21
Yes, i bought them at Sam's cakes.com online store.
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post #14 of 21
When do you put them on the cake though? If you are transporting a wedding cake in individual tiers to assemble on-site, because it's too heavy or whatever, how do you do it?
Audrey
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post #15 of 21
I use them all of the time. i ice and decorate my cake except for the pearls. If it is a smal cake w/ a few. I put them on last, while decorating. If it is a wedding cake. I put them on w/ a little icing when I get the cake to the sight. I used them on my dau. wedding cake in March. I too, match size with lthe layer size. I would not put the large on a 6" cake.
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