Isomalt Pearls

Isomalt Pearls Tutorial by Sidney Galpern from Simi Cakes:

 

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I’m going to make a string of pearls using the Simi Cakes’ mold for pearls using the larger size pearl in the mold. I’m also using iDesigns™ from Icing Images® to back the pearls so you can see the pearls. It’s a great way to match the cake and incorporate the design in the border.IMG_2034
 I have a leopard print here. I’m using a regular paper hole punch, taking the plastic backing off the paper first, to cut out the print. Smaller prints are best because if you use a large print, you’re not going to see the design when you cut out a small circle.IMG_2035
I set these off to the side.I heat the Isomalt up in a small silicone bowl for 30 seconds and then 15 second intervals until its liquid. Then I set it aside to let the air bubbles come to the top. Be careful, because Isomalt is about 300 degrees when hot.IMG_2037
 Start at one end and then pour Isomalt into individual parts of the bead the mold at a time. Don’t pour them all at once because you don’t want them all connected; they will be connected by string. IMG_2038
 I take my pattern and lay it pattern side down on each of the beads, carefully centering the design. The design is a little smaller than the beads, but because its’ a dome shape, it will magnify the print. I do three or four at a time and then move on to the rest. If I pour the whole strand at once, they’ll cool and then the pattern won’t stick.

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I try to get them all even so they all look the same. Just make sure the design sticks.If you’d like to customize this a bit more, you can skip a bead if you wanted more space or leave the floss a little long at the end so you could hang something from the end of it.

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Now I put a string in. If I hadn’t used the design, I would have put the string in first and poured the Isomalt on top of it, but because I’m adding the iDesign, I don’t want the string to get in the way of the pattern.

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I use dental floss since its food-grade. I cut little notches in the end of the mold to hold the string in place.

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I take a metal spatula and place a small dot of Isomalt on top of each bead over the dental floss, making sure that it traps the floss on there. This will make a half bead. If you wanted a full bead, you can put two strands together. Flat is great for laying on the cake.

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 Use your finger or a spatula to flatten the backs of the beads so the Isomalt doesn’t stick out. The Isomalt should be liquid enough, otherwise it won’t stick.

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Then I’m going to take a little bit of cooking oil and put it on them just to make them shinier since silicone can sometimes collect bubbles. I would normally torch it, but I can’t because the floss would melt.Isomalt makes the pattern colors pop and it comes out really pretty.

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