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is it worth the time and work?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I was just wondering, with all the silicon flower molds that are so detailed, I can just pop a piece of gumpaste into the mold and voila! I have a nice flower! Is there such a big difference between the hand made flowers which I do all the time.. and the molds? Do you think the molds can do the same job?
post #2 of 11

I think it depends on what kind of flowers you are doing.
 

post #3 of 11
A lot of those molds aren't cheap and there are pretty much unlimited types of flowers you can do with an xacto knife and a piece of foam.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by cakenclass View Post

I was just wondering, with all the silicon flower molds that are so detailed, I can just pop a piece of gumpaste into the mold and voila! I have a nice flower! Is there such a big difference between the hand made flowers which I do all the time.. and the molds? Do you think the molds can do the same job?


No.

post #5 of 11

No.  There's no comparison between handmade (hand thinned) sugar flowers and those stamped. 

post #6 of 11

I use the little molds for making tiny roses for cupcake toppers, that I don't want to look really realistic. That's about all they are good for, imo.

No comparison to a properly made gum paste flower. There is only so much definition it can give each petal.

 

Maybe if it's a pretty one dimensional flower, like a simple daisy, it would work OK.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Right, thanks everyone. I guess there is no comparison.. just wanted to make sure all those flowers I've done with my trusted xacto knife weren't a waste of time:-)
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Apti View Post


No.


Sorry.  I meant to say, "No.  The molds canNOT do the same job."  Recently a very talented cake friend took a class from Robert Haynes and created an absolutely lifelike gum paste rose.  It is truly awesome, and I had the honor of actually holding that rose and looking at every astonishing detail!    Here is a link to a photo of the Avalanche Rose on Cakedujour's facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=469016719845794&set=a.390240197723447.95293.387438224670311&type=1&theater

post #9 of 11

wow that rose is AMAZING

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Wow that is one beautiful rose! Very real looking
post #11 of 11

Hi Cakenclass, I have yet to come across a rose mold that comes up to the standard of a  hand crafted sugar rose.  It would be so much quicker and simpler but the reality is a mold will never produce the full 3-D effect of a hand modelled rose. Even if a really good mold was cast from a handcrafted rose, there would be so many grooves, that the paste would get stuck, so unfortunately I can't see a good mold being produced unless ********** technology revolutionises in the next few years.

The molds however are useful where you only require a 2-D effect, e.g. where the flower is attached to the side of a cake or sitting flat on top.  For a 3-D arrangement, you just have to take the slower route unfortunately.

As an aside, if you are hand-modelling sugar roses for wedding cakes for sale, you simply have to price this into your fee or else you will find you're not even earning a minimum wage from your ********** work, which is very demoralising for skilled/creative work.  Otherwise, just request the bride to order fresh flowers from her wedding florist and arrange these on the cake.

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