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post #16 of 39
Diane, they were room temp and at first I tried to paint on the dust with vodka and the luster dust-they just beaded up and looked awful! Then I just dry brushed it on and it work much better! I would love to know how some people get there's to look so realistic?! Mine just look like white chocolate seashells with pink, champagne and pearl luster dust on them. You can see a pic of what I'm talking about in my pics.
post #17 of 39
Melissa, that's a beautiful cake! I think your shells look good.

Perhaps you would prefer deeper colors... ? Although I think the subtle shades you used work well, maybe one or two small, deep colored shells would perk up the whole arrangement.

It looks like you may not have brushed all the way to the edge of each shell, which can give it an unfinished look.

If you want to make your shells thin, like real shells, fill up your mold, let the choc set for a minute or two, pour out the excess, then frig. It's kind of messy, so you'll only want to do a few shells at a time, rather than the whole sheet.
post #18 of 39
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Diane that's a great tip about getting thin shells! I'm going to have to try that when I give the molds a trial run. And Melissa, that sure was a beautiful cake, and you did a great job on the shells. Thank you all for the great tips - I can't wait to start making those chocolate shells now icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 39
jardot22, just make sure you keep the summer temps in mind when you make thin shells. One step out the door and they just may vaporize before your eyes! icon_wink.gif
post #20 of 39
Diane, that's exactly what I wanted to do-a couple darker shaded shells. I never even thought of that way to make thinner shells. How do you make the edges look clean. Do you scrape over the edges while it's "wet" or wait until it hardens then clean up the edges?
post #21 of 39
so, is it possible to use candy colors/gel colors if you want a more vibrant color? (not necessarily for shells, but other chocolate molds?) or is luster dust just the better way to go?
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post #22 of 39
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so, is it possible to use candy colors/gel colors if you want a more vibrant color? (not necessarily for shells, but other chocolate molds?) or is luster dust just the better way to go?
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I used a small paintbrush and brushed the color (Wilton paste colors) inside of the mold (sparingly), using different colors and blending them. I poured in the chocolate and when they came out, I blended a little more before brushing with pearl luster dust. Sorry I don't have pictures, but I was surprised at how great they looked. Some of the color remained in the mold and I got one or two more shells out of it, each one getting lighter and lighter. It's fun to just experiment! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #23 of 39
My shells on this cake were molded out of white chocolate. As far as I remember I dusted them right out of the fridge without any problem, I used dry luster dusts in various colours. I kept blending until I had the shades I wanted, sort of the same way you would do eyeshadow. (If you are a 1970's disco diva that is.)

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post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by adree313

so, is it possible to use candy colors/gel colors if you want a more vibrant color? (not necessarily for shells, but other chocolate molds?) or is luster dust just the better way to go?
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I used a small paintbrush and brushed the color (Wilton paste colors) inside of the mold (sparingly), using different colors and blending them. I poured in the chocolate and when they came out, I blended a little more before brushing with pearl luster dust. Sorry I don't have pictures, but I was surprised at how great they looked. Some of the color remained in the mold and I got one or two more shells out of it, each one getting lighter and lighter. It's fun to just experiment! icon_biggrin.gif



thanks for the ideas! i guess experimenting is what this is all about icon_smile.gif and having fun, too, of course.
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post #25 of 39
I made my shells out of thinly rolled fondant pressed into the shell molds, then dusted, painted, and some are both.
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post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by SweetMelissa2007

Diane, that's exactly what I wanted to do-a couple darker shaded shells. I never even thought of that way to make thinner shells. How do you make the edges look clean. Do you scrape over the edges while it's "wet" or wait until it hardens then clean up the edges?



After you pour out the excess choc, use the edge of a spatula to scrape the 'drippings' off the mold before putting back in the frig.

If there are any rough edges once they're unmolded, you can cut them off with an Xacto knife, or buff them out with your finger.

gscout73 - your shells are BEAUTIFUL!!!
post #27 of 39
gscout73 your shells are awesome!
post #28 of 39
Thank you. I was going for as much realism as possible. My only problem was people thought they were real and would not eat them. lol. silly people. I first tried chocolate but they came out looking like soaps.
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post #29 of 39
gscout73, how did you make it so realistic? did you let it dry first before removing from molds? hope you dont mind letting me know your secret... icon_smile.gif
post #30 of 39
No, not at all.
First I lightly dusted the molds. and dusted each use. I used corn starch. After pressing in the rolled out fondant, let sit for a few mins, tap out, then lightly rest them back in the mold so they can set while keeping the shape. After several hours, I took them out and let them finish setting. Depending on the humidity, you may want to let them rest in the molds a little longer. Once firm, dust or paint, or both.

If you decide to do both, paint first. On some, I alternated painting stripes then dusting stripes and lightly dusted super pearl. On the white ones, I just dusted super pearl.

I bought 8 colors including copper, moss, sand, and a variety of natural tones that would blend together well. I found and bought a variety of shells to use as models. The thin black lines were with food markers. I made over 100 in different shapes and sizes and used candy and soap molds.

I think they worked out well.
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