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post #76 of 117
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Hello again,

 

First off, the materials I work with to do these molds, plus the plastic bowl. I use a clear RubberMaid one with a lid, so I can just close it up, then remelt it next time if I want. Or just pull the leftovers out of the bowl, once it cools, & throw them back in, to store for later. A little neater this way.

 

 

 

Here are the 'left & tight sides only' of the original lace applique. The roasting pan was the only one I had large enough to hold both of them. I stuck them to the bottom of the pan with corn syrup, just to see if it would work, and it did. And washed out so much easier. I forgot to spray them, will do it next time though. The corn syrup was sticky on the mold, had to wipe it off with paper towels! lol I used no cardboard to build them out this time, and as you can see, they were thick enough to give good detail this way. I put the lace back in the pan for the pic.

 

 

They measure about 4" high. You can link them end to end, or cut into individual pieces to use on your cake. You can also only fill the part of the mold that you want, instead of the entire thing, like for the design to the left only, on this one.

 

Any questions yet??? 

Will have to start cutting them into smaller pieces/shapes to see what I get that will make a nice usable mold. I like the fact that this lace is not as thick & balky as the ones I made prior, though they too do have their uses. Sometime the thick ones stand off the cake enough to make them look ...more pronounced, & richer?, you get what I mean.

 

Most of all, I like the fact that I can use syrup to anchor the lace to the base, and it will hold it there! lol

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post #77 of 117
Wow! Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing! Your enthusiasm is infectious. Greetings from Houston Tx.
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Hi all,
I found a piece of trim, done by hand, in my mom's stuff.  Since I am not crazy about the color, I decided to use it to experiment on.  As it turned out, it was not a very good choice for this project, not uniform in pattern size, too flimsy, & just not enough substance.  But I was able to get it too work.  I cut the trim piece to 6 1/2".  I used Tacky Glue to hold the trim to the waxed paper that was lining the plastic plate that I used.   I will need to use a release agent next time, because I tore the trim piece getting it out of the mold, though it could be that it was just too old-sigh.  I applied cornstarch before putting in the gumpaste , which worked out ok, but the mold was not firm enough to allow for using a pallet knife to remove the excess, so I had to use just enough paste to fill the design.  I hope to be able to try it again soon with a piece of decent lace.  Here are some pics of this project.

















This looks like tatting- my other hobby - never thought of making molds from my lace.
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post #79 of 117
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Wow! Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing! Your enthusiasm is infectious. Greetings from Houston Tx.

 

Hi again Sammy09,

 

Ain't it fun though, to catch something other than a cold, this time of year?  You did say infectious! lol 

And thanks for stopping by again.  Be sure to let me know if you decide to try it!

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post #80 of 117
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Hello sugarflorist,

 

You are the second one to recognize the 'tatting'!  I had forgotten what it was called.

And YES, you can probably do some very beautiful and delicate molds with your lace work!

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post #81 of 117
I am working on a competition entry at the moment. But after march I should have time to experiment with this. The thought of unique lace patterns is exciting. I make ring cushions for brides. To be able to match the lace on the cake would give an added dimension to my work.
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post #82 of 117
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I am working on a competition entry at the moment. But after march I should have time to experiment with this. The thought of unique lace patterns is exciting. I make ring cushions for brides. To be able to match the lace on the cake would give an added dimension to my work.

  A competition?   WOW!  Praying for you.  GOOD LUCK!!

 

I turned the famous 'golden age' last year.  I have been into 'Cake' for about 14 months now.  Probably did not make 5 cakes in the 20 years before that, my hubby doesn't eat them, & I can't eat a whole one by myself.  The grands are only 3 & 6 yrs. old.  I DID get to make my granddaughters BD cake last June!  So a 'Competition'  competitor has me in awe. lol

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post #83 of 117
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The cold, the rain, the snow... Anything AND everything seems to be an excuse to stay home, & play with my stuff!  Ha Ha      

 

 

I decided it was time to go through my molds, & melt down the ones least likely to be used.  So say good bye to my very first mold, the big one in my palm.   I also want to let you know, that in my opinion, it is best to keep these in a container, or baggie, in the fridge.   The molds I have been refrigerating seem to retain their softness, and flexibility a lot better than the ones left in the open air.  But, as you can see, this one is still quite flexible, just not as soft & malleable as before.  I have left this one out a LOT, was actually only in the fridge during the time I had misplaced it, and found it in the fridge, in a large container, on top of the buttercream! lol  So several others will join these two, and be melted down, ... to make some leaf molds.

 

 

In this picture I am touching the bottom portion of some cloth leaves, with plastic spines, that I picked up at Michael's.   I cut off the 4 leaves that were above these to use in the molds.  They were getting smaller toward the top.  I FORGOT to take pictures as I went...was too interested in seeing if I could get it to work. 

 
I sprayed the leaves, front & back, well, with oil.  Heated the mixture for 20 seconds, used my same dowel as always to stir it rapidly, then back in microwave for another 15-20 seconds, I stop it when I see it bubbling.  Remove & mix rapidly again.  I poured a thinnish layer into a bowl, laid the leaves on top, pressing down on them where I wanted a wavy effect, and poured in the rest of the mix, just to cover the leaves totally, but not thicker than needed for this purpose.  Work fast because this stuff cools, and starts to set, FAST!  More so than if it were a freshly made batch, it seems.
 
Then in the fridge 20 minutes to cool.  Used finger to pull the mold away from the side of the bowl enough to get hold of it, and pulled it out of the bowl.  It was probably about 1/2"  thick.   I took kitchen scissors/shears & cut to separate the 4 leaves.  Then, doing one at a time, I cut right to the very edge of each leaf, all the way around, you have to get to the edge or it will not separate!  Then I pulled the mold apart where the leaf was inside.  The mold separated easily from the leaf on the side with the  plastic spine, bottom of the leaf.  But I had to pull quite a bit to get the top side, apparently a different texture, to separate from the mold.  Will remember to allow for that the next time I am spraying them with the oil.  Three of the four were still attached some at the base, so I left them that way for now.  I kind of like that, they will still open completely for applying the gumpaste leaf.  The next time I shall pretend they have stems, and cut around this area, leaving this stretch of the mold to allow for opening the leaves further apart, for insertion of fondant/gumpasre material. 
 
This procedure did work, better than I expected.  But it can be improved on!  The next time, I will use leaves that have more definition, depth, to the design, to get a better veined leaf mold.  You can leave these out to dry some, if you like the mold to be a little firmer. 
 
Any suggestions, or input? 

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post #84 of 117
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Hi, saving on gas again.  Decided to stay home & make a few things.  I forgot to leave extra on one side, or end, when I cut out the shape, to allow the 2 sides to open, but stay attached to one another.     

  You can see here how the cloth leaf was sandwiched between the 2 thin layers of mold mix.  Cutting right up to, and sometimes part of, the leaf allows easier access to the leaf for removal.  Find a spot where the cloth is visible, and start peeling the mold back from first one side, then the other, as I am doing here.  This leaf faired very well, will be reusable.  I used my finger to apply a good coat of oil to both sides of the leaf, instead of just spraying it.   

 
  I made a light  tan, & a light brown, leaf using this mold.  I extended the lines on the leaves, with light pressure only, using my pallet knife.  Then using a darker green, made some more leaves with the last batch of molds.  Two show the front sides, & 2 show the backs sides of the leaves.  The leaf is still in the last one, the top wouldn't stay open for the picture. lol
 
 
  This is really the first time that I have applied a blend of petal dust with any success.  I used light & dark green, along with a yellow, and a rose color, left over from one of my Wilton classes. .  Opened the dishwasher door for a second to get the shine! lol  That will also clean one's glasses...

 

I have noticed, again, that the more times I melt this mix in the microwave, the more it dries it out.  So I added a little warm glycerin to it, and it seemed to help.  Will try just warm water next time, to see which works better. 
 
I might even try the warm mineral oil again, in the recipe that is, just in case it might incorporate better this time.  The beading up that happened before might have been a fluke?!  Worth a try...
 

Ta Ta!


Edited by blwilley - 2/6/14 at 9:08pm

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post #85 of 117
I can't wait until spring, I would love for you to use real leaves and petals to make your molds. I also prefer the lace molds with no card board behind them. Much finer and more elegant.
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post #86 of 117

If making lace moulds be sure to buy good quality lace with no little thread ends showing.  I made a mould out of a bit of cheap lace I had with the silicone from MYOM and it worked so fantastically, picking up every little detail,  that every little bit of cotton showed and it looked a mess and was unusable.

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Hi annabakescakes,

 

'Elegant', that sounds nice.  Thank you!  That was the word I was looking for, but it eluded me.

 

The 7 yr. old girl from next door came over to 'make some flowers', or so she said.  All I ever see her do is eat the gumpaste!  By the time she has it softened up, there's not much left. lol

 

She was not a bit impressed with my leaf!  Or my lace, for that matter!!  She just wanted to know when I was going to open the pool...

 

But she ended up making 2 flowers good enough to take home to show 'Daddy', and Mommy.

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post #88 of 117
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If making lace moulds be sure to buy good quality lace with no little thread ends showing.  I made a mould out of a bit of cheap lace I had with the silicone from MYOM and it worked so fantastically, picking up every little detail,  that every little bit of cotton showed and it looked a mess and was unusable.

Thanks for the insight!  Not to worry, I waited until some decent lace showed up.  And luckily there were no visible threads after cutting the lace into usable sized pieces.

 

And my molds are not as ...solid?,... defining?  Whatever the words used, I get good detail, yes, but not like you get with that stuff!  But then I don't think anyone expects to get that degree of definition with a home made mold recipe.  Not a soft one anyway.  I have had great results with the dried gumpaste molds, and getting pretty decent definition too.  Though I have mostly used them for small items.  The layered effect of petals on a flower come out of a soft, silicone like mold much better than a hard one. IMO  My motto is 'try it and see'.  And have some fun at the same time.  I love messing around with different 'stuff'.

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post #89 of 117
Hey blwilley, have you ever tried to rinse one out? I was wondering if the coconut oil would help with waterproofing/melting issues? I wonder about using a little more oil?
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post #90 of 117
And is the gelatin measured by weight?
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