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Sugar or isomalt glue stick?

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Hi! Just wondering if anyone has ever made edible glue sticks? I have heard of this technique, but not sure what to use to get the shape? Any ideas? Im wanting to make beads on a string. I have the molds made, but the cavities are quite small, and they are hard to fill without putting too much. Thanks!
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Anybody??
post #3 of 16
I saw someone on one of the TV challenges do that, but I don't really know how they were molded. They made little sticks the size of glue sticks from isomalt and used them in a glue gun. You can always put your isomalt in a silicone muffin cup - shaped like the cupcake papers - and gently squeeze one of the ridges into a tiny pour spout. I have had better luck getting small portions into the little jewel molds that way, and you can put the silicone in the microwave to keep the isomalt at a good pouring temp.
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Be careful! I purchased some ready made isomalt sticks marketed for an 80 watt glue gun. I just tried it this morning, and It was really slow coming out. I just stood there holding the glue gun and, all of a sudden, sugar lava exploded out of the front, back, and sides of my glue gun. I have 2 blisters and a very messy kitchen!
post #5 of 16
The purpose of the new sticks is that the isomalt is ready to us, unlike the other isomalt that you have to cook first. If you are looking to use them for the purpose of the glue gun I'd say go ahead and buy them. I want to say I paid like $7 for a box of them.

Another thing they were saying about these at the convention was that they are working with a glue gun maker to get one that will work with these. While the sticks are made to go through the higher wattage guns the guns do not advance the sugar sticks like they do the glue sticks because they are hard and not soft like the glue sticks. They suggested using another stick or something else to push from the back to press the sugar stick forward.
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post #6 of 16
Where did you purchase the ready made sticks for the glue gun?
post #7 of 16
I just heard yesterday that CK products will be carrying the Isomalt sticks. They said to wait as they are in the process of obtaining the product for resale.
post #8 of 16
Isomalt sticks are sold on cakeplay.com for 8 bucks each. I will be buying one package because I have not worked with it and not sure if it is really a good product. Will tell you more when I get my sticks.
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post #9 of 16
Sorry to be the late one on this topic. But I did take a class with Marina Sousa (hope I spelled her name right). I made the mold for the string beads and the mold to make my own isomalt glue sticks, the gun she used it came out. I am not going to lie to you it was hard to get the isomalt in the mold but after trial and error it was great to know this. I have a gun I got from Michaels or AC Moore not sure which store I got it from but I didn't have a problem with the isomalt sticks.

I guess you have to learn how to handle the stick once it is in the gun. But I will tell you onething do not and I mean DO NOT WALK AWAY from it!

I hope this helps it's just my experience
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by yourperfectcake

Be careful! I purchased some ready made sticks marketed for an 80 watt glue gun. I just tried it this morning, and It was really slow coming out. I just stood there holding the glue gun and, all of a sudden, sugar lava exploded out of the front, back, and sides of my glue gun. I have 2 blisters and a very messy kitchen!



I thought that I was the only one that it happened to. I thought that I ruined it and bought another one. It did the same thing as the first. But it happened to them after I unplugged it. Thankfully for the 2nd one it wasn't in my hand.

I was able to make the really small jewels and it worked well until...the explosion happened. I did notice that it was better for me to put a stick through it rather than another stick. I need help as well!!!
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post #11 of 16
Just a heads up I noticed this a while back on CakePlay's website
http://www.cakeplay.com/information.html

It says not to use them in glue guns unless recommended by cakeplay. My guess is commercial glue guns are not going to work for this as mentioned above. I know people have done it with some success but I wonder if they're adjusted or commercial grade guns. I look forward to them coming out with an "approved" gun. In the mean time, you can stil luse the sticks for easy melt, low mess use. Several people use the silicon muffin lines (and heat resistent gloves) to pour the isomalt into the molds. I can't wait to try this but I will probably wait on the approved gun. Sugar work scares meicon_smile.gif
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post #12 of 16
Well I made my own sugar and created the glue sticks and used
them in my glue gun.
post #13 of 16
LaTasha, Can you share tips about the type of sugar and gun you used.
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

Just a heads up I noticed this a while back on CakePlay's website
http://www.cakeplay.com/information.html

It says not to use them in glue guns unless recommended by cakeplay. My guess is commercial glue guns are not going to work for this as mentioned above. I know people have done it with some success but I wonder if they're adjusted or commercial grade guns. I look forward to them coming out with an "approved" gun. In the mean time, you can stil luse the sticks for easy melt, low mess use. Several people use the silicon muffin lines (and heat resistent gloves) to pour the into the molds. I can't wait to try this but I will probably wait on the approved gun. Sugar work scares meicon_smile.gif



I saw that after the fact icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif I was wondering if the low temp ones are better because if they are all ready to use then all you are needing to do is to get it melted enough to pass through the gun. Who knows but of course like anything else caking then gun will probably be expensive.
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