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asked December 1st 2013

gelatin art

Hi there
can anyone tell me about gelatin art please?

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Hi there
can anyone tell me about gelatin art please?

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Hi JustJennys Cakes

There are different aspects of gelatine art from simple gelatine bubbles to more elaborate and complicated decorations. There are several youtube tutorials/how to if you search ‘gelatine art’, Elaine Thomas http://www.creativecelebrationcakes.co.uk/page2.htm has youtube tutorials on how to make gelatine fairy wings but there are lots of others too, google images is a good place to look. The art is absolutely gorgeous, I bought some of the equipment ages ago but haven’t got around to practicing. Is there something in particular that you’re interested in?

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Hi mwil
I hadn heard of it before today and wondered what it was. I googled some pics and your right they are beautiful. Is it a time consuming thing to do? Silly asking when you’ve directed me to a tutorial. i

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Hi JustJennys cakes

Are you able to delete any of your own questions? If you have that options you can tidy that multiple question if you want to. This happens every now and then, can be so annoying.
As for gelatine art being time consuming, let’s just say it takes practice! I have arthritic hands and fingers so I do find it difficult particularly when using the syringe. The bubbles are easy to make and so are the fairy wings, the time mainly is taken up with drying. x

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Thankyou I hadn seen the delete under the questions. I watched the tutorial and as you said I think its the drying that would be the time consuming. The lady herself says she wouldn normally do it for other people because of this. Once dry, were the bubbles taken off the wire and transferred on to a cake?

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Yes they can be taken off, they dry solid and can be used on cakes. That particular tutorial is really fiddly. There are easier bubble tutorials using inflated balloons which are dipped in the gelatine to make larger bubbles. Once the gelatine is set the balloon is gradually deflated at the tie knot leaving a near perfect sphere Did you manage to catch tutorials in youtube? The more exotic tutorials use specialised tools which would probably take some time to master. I’m going to sit and play with it in the New Year but won’t be buying more tools, I don’t think I can justify the expensive for just playing around. I haven’t seen any UK based workshops or classes apart from the one which Elaine runs. If you spot any please let me know. x

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Hi I must admit iv had a quick look around for uk tutorials and couldn see any at all. I haven watched the youtube tutorials yet but will do as soon as I have time. I was looking at the pictures of the flowers in gelatin and they look so gorgeous and would love to have a go at making them. Of course if I come across anything I think you may find helpful I will post back for you specially if its uk based. I got to thinking though that as the gelatin can be made into flexible sheets, you could make them into any decorative shape, colour them with dusts and be quite artistic with them, even possibly use them for windows in gingerbread houses and the like. I like that idea!

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There are a lot of possibilities which I haven’t explored with gelatine. Pliable gelatine sheets would make good windows, mirrors, windscreens, just gotta find time to experiment with it.

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