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I tried making the gelatin bubbles yesterday and when I popped the balloons, the gelatin just collapsed with it! What am I doing wrong? I used the Knox brand gelatin, 1 part gelatin to 2 parts water. Everything looked great until I popped the balloons.... Am I missing a step, or an ingredient??

TIA!
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If you pm sweetflowers, I bet she will help you!
post #3 of 66
Either you didn't coat it thick enough (you need to dip 2 or 3 times) or it wasn't dry yet. It's takes several hours or overnight, depending on the weather. I use a small fan to speed that up.

Oh, and you also need to make sure you have shortening (just a little) on the balloon before you coat it with gelatin, or it will stick.

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post #4 of 66
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That was fast! Thanks!

Okay, so it sounds like I just need a few extra coats and more patience. And a little crisco. Otherwise, the gelatine to water ratio is right? Can I substatute anything for the water to make it smell / taste better?
post #5 of 66
I have used candy oil and an artifical sweetener in my water to help with the smell/taste. But it won't have any oder once the ball is dry. I don't recommend eating them, they are very hard.

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post #6 of 66
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Thank you!!
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where do you get the balloons for this.and is that all you use is gellatin and the water?iI have always wanted to try this .
post #8 of 66
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Sorry - haven;t been on in a while. I just bought latex balloons at Walmart. I used Knox brand gelatin and water. Here is the thread where I found the instructions:
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-692712.html
Scroll down a bit and you'll see a very lengthy post - that is the info on how to do them. I am going to attempt it again, hopefully this week. I'll post pictures if all turns out well!
post #9 of 66
Water balloons work really well. icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 66
ive been wanting to try these as well.
when you say one part gelatin to two parts water.
how much geletin and how much water.
i have the gelatin and small water balloons.
i also printed out the instructions from the attached post.
just need to clarify the measurements.
thanks-they look so pretty what a nice touch to any cake.
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DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #12 of 66
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Okay - I'm attempting to make these a second time and I've taken pictures every step of the way. I used crisco and I will let them sit overnight. If I am successful this time I will post a tutorial with pictures (I'm am visual learner and need pictures!)
post #13 of 66
I have a big 16 birthday party cake for 300 people due next month and I think I am going to try these on the cake.. they sound sooo cool!!! Do you know if you can put luster dust in for color?? I was wanting some silver ones.. ideas or thoughts on that???

How do you stick them to the cake... just royal?
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post #14 of 66
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Well - i looks like the gelatine part works but the balloons are deflating icon_sad.gif I'll wait until tomorrow to see how the gelatine sets up overnight and if it works, then I'll just try different balloons.

mcdonald - I've seen them colored before you just need to use liquid color - not gel or powder. As for lustre dust - maybe brush it on after? Not sure...
post #15 of 66
I put luster dust in the water first, before adding the gelatin. It tends to settle so a little slow stir before each dip is needed.

I also have a pictorial tutorial coming out in a week or so in the ICES newsletter. Submitted it last August, can't wait.

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