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post #1 of 9
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I am getting holes in my gelatin (I am covering a wine glass). Why is this happening? Even when I try to cover the holes with a 2nd coat. This also happened when I was using a balloon for the bubbles.
Do I have too much shortening on the glass? Or is my gelatin too hot? Not sure what the issus is...
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You only need the slightest amount of shortening. If there's too much, the gelatin will, in fact, start opening up. Also, when you melt your gelatin, do you let the foam rise to the top and then scrape ALL of it off? If not, this can be another source of air in your finished product. I made a gelatin bubble cake a few months ago and it took 400 balloons before I could iron out all the kinks and get 100 usable bubbles! I wish you a lot better luck than that!
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

You only need the slightest amount of shortening. If there's too much, the gelatin will, in fact, start opening up. Also, when you melt your gelatin, do you let the foam rise to the top and then scrape ALL of it off? If not, this can be another source of air in your finished product. I made a gelatin bubble cake a few months ago and it took 400 balloons before I could iron out all the kinks and get 100 usable bubbles! I wish you a lot better luck than that!


Oh, thanks so much! That makes me feel better... I'm on my 3rd glass (gelatin wine AND real wine haha)...Using a balloon, it took me several tries to get a snow globe I wasn't embarassed of. But the wine glass is a different medium. The person who gave me the directions on the wine glass said to grease it really well with shortening. I probably overdid it...
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Could you tell me a little more about the wine glass? I'm really intrigued. I love working with gelatin, but I've never heard of this. Do you build up the gelating around a real wine glass? I'd love to try the technique if I knew more about it. Please let us see a picture once it's done, too.
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[quote="Marianna46"]Could you tell me a little more about the wine glass? I'm really intrigued. I love working with gelatin, but I've never heard of this. Do you build up the gelating around a real wine glass? I'd love to try the technique if I knew more about it. Please let us see a picture once it's done, too.[/quote

It's basicallly the same principle as the bubbles. You buy a plastic wine glass (I got it at the dollar store) unscrew the bottom, turn it upside down, grease it and paint it with gelatin (2.5:1). Ensure you leave an opening at the top. Needs a few coats over at least 24 hrs. Then trim with exacto knife when it's almost dry. When it's dry, gently take knife and loosen along edges and it will eventually pop off. Be very gentle during this part. Then I stuck it on the gumpaste stem I made. You can use piping gel or warm gelatin, but mine fit in the hole.
Not the best, but it looks okay for my first one (well, the glass part is my 3rd attempt!)... ljhow623's was much better! Having trouble posting attachment, but I'll see if it shows
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post #6 of 9
I don't put shortening on my plastic at all, you don't have to like you do a balloon. You'll get a much clearer glass and it doesn't stick to the plastic. I also coated the inside with gelatin, not the outside since I wanted a clear stem too.

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Originally Posted by sweetflowers

I don't put shortening on my plastic at all, you don't have to like you do a balloon. You'll get a much clearer glass and it doesn't stick to the plastic. I also coated the inside with gelatin, not the outside since I wanted a clear stem too.


Thanks - good to know for next time!
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I'm so sorry, I forgot to say your glass came out great!

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Yeah, no kidding, cakesrock - that glass is too cool for words! Thanks for explaining it. Hey, Tami, I was finally able to make the gelatin bubble cake, thanks to your help, but, like I said above, it took me four tries to get it right. I have to say it was worth it and, now that I know how, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I'm going to be on the road for about a month, but as soon as I get back home, I'm trying the wineglass, too (or maybe even while I'm away, since, among other things, I'll be seeing my sister, who's in the wine business).
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