Friday, January 4, 2013

How To Cook Isomalt and Make Poured Jewel Brooches

First, here's a video of how to cook isomalt to get the basics. It's a little long, but I give you some tips as they come to mind throughout the process, so if you've never done this before it will be helpful:

So now that you have some lovely isomalt to mess with, what can you do with it? I don't have any special equipment for pulling sugar or anything like that, so I usually just use molds when I work with it.

I think that I do have asbestos hands, or just a resistance to heat, because I can pick up hot sugar and isomalt and mess with it without being bothered by the heat. I don't recommend that, so if you're not comfortable with the idea of being burned you should wear latex gloves. That way if you get isomalt on your hands you can rip them off in a panic and get if off of your hands. Having a bowl of cold water to shove your hands into in case of burns is also a good idea.

Choose a brooch mold that has a jewel cavity, or one of the break-apart molds for individual jewels. Anything that has the faceted jewel on it. When you pour the isomalt into it don't fill it all the way up to the top edge, just fill to immediately below it so that you don't get an edge on the top of the jewel.

Start by taking some of the isomalt that you've cooked and melt it in the microwave. I use the silicone cupcake liners to melt them, because they're flexible and give you a way to melt and pour from the same container. In addition, it's easy to get the unused isomalt out of them to re-use later.





Melt some pre-cooked isomalt in the silicone container by putting it in the microwave for about a minute. Keep an eye on it and when it starts bubbling check to make sure it's melted but not getting too hot since that isn't necessary. Be VERY careful taking it out of the microwave because it will burn you!





Carefully pour the isomalt into the cavity of a gem mold. If you overfill it too much, you can just take it out and remelt it once it sets up.









Let the gems set up and cool off, then mix the contrasting isomalt color that will be the edge and the backing of the brooch. In this case I used some gold by coloring melted clear isomalt.








Pour the second color into the cavities to fill up the border around the colored stone. Let them set up without jiggling them or moving them around, them remove from the mold.








How fabulous they are! Now you can use them on a cake.










When the isomalt in the silicone liner cools off you can bend the cup to remove it and put it back in a bag to keep for later use!









The molds and isomalt are available in my Etsy shop!


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA

4 comments:

Kelsie said...

What did you use to color it gold?

Kelsie said...

What did you use to color it gold?

Kara Buntin said...

I put gold luster dust in the isomalt before pouring it into the molds

Eva Farragher said...

Great video Kara...at this point you have me wanting to try it myself!