Sugar Delites August Newsletter
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Sugar Delites August Newsletter
Hi Sugar Artists!

Oh my goodness, what fun we had at the ICES convention in Charlotte, North Carolina!!!!  It was so nice to see old friends and put a face with many of the names I see come into our site (our customers)!  I had so much fun buying new items for the store.  Words cannot express how grateful I was to hear from so many of you.  Time and time again I heard how happy you are with our products and our service.  Thank you.....
That is what we are all about, superior customer service, because without you, there would not be a Sugar Delites.

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Here's a few of the new items I picked up at convention:

We've got at least 40 new items added and more to come!  You can view all the new items on the homepage, over on the right hand side.



This has to be the CUTEST rolling pin I've ever seen! It has a spiral striped pink design in the center and when you roll, well... it entertains you with it's pretty twists!! LOVE this!  8" x 7/8" wide

Pink twist pin

Here's a link to the pin:

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We also picked up these REALLY nice silicone oven mitts.  They are fully lined so your hand doesn't sweat in them and the silicone is just the right thickness so the mitt moves easily on your hand and doesn't feel bulky.  I LOVED these and had to have some in the store.

Silicone Mitt Lime


They come in bright lime green:

http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol118

They also are available in HOT magenta:

http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol119

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Another "must have" were these REALLY nice ball tool sets.  What a great price, too!

Ball tool set




Largest ball is 3/4" and
smallest is 2/16" rubber gripper on each.

Here's a link:


http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol120

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We also could not resist these cute little James Rosselle cutters:

JR cutter

Here's a link:


http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol117

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Like the all in one rose cutters?  We now have two large SETS of these:

Rose Set of 6 -

This set has 10 cm - 11 cm - 12 cm - 13 cm - 14 cm and 15 cm all in one rose cutters.

Rose cutters set of 6


http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=cut234

Rose set of 7 -

This set has 9mm-8mm-7mm-6mm-5mm-4mm and 3mm all in one rose cutters.

Rose cutters set of 7


http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=cut233

Ok, there just TO many cool new cake toys to list here in the newsletter.  Go check them out on the site.  We also have some REALLY nice items that are being shipped to us.  Can't wait to show them to you!  BRAND NEW AT CONVENTION!!!   Is a gun for melting isomal sticks that is SAFE to use and will give you a tiny spout to pour your hot sugar into the smallest of cavities.  This one can't come soon enough!  It will be super easy to use.  Will be shipping in October to us.  Also, we have hanging jewel molds coming....  and more!



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Tip of the month:

This one is fresh off the press from Wanessa Wight.  I thought it would be appropriate to print this one since many of you might have taken the little bubble bottles from the banquet table at the ICES convention :-)


" After the convention as I was packing up I finally thought of a "tip" that I could submit to you and the newsletter (unless it has been used before of course). The little bottles of bubbles that you get as party favors at different events (like the ones that were on the tables for the banquet) can be cleaned out and then used to store small amounts of gumpaste glue or used to mix up dusts and vodka for painting. One of my table guests put all of our bubbles in my bag. As I was packing up I almost threw them out and thought gee there must be some use for them as none of them were leaking or anything so I cleaned them out threw them in the car and brought them home. I also have corn starch in two of them that I can use to clean my brushes off now."

That is a GREAT tip Wanessa, thank you!

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Upcoming Classes:

September 18/19, 2011
 

Hollister, California
Note: This sugar flower class will teach the daisy, stargazer lily, rose, moth orchid and apple blossom branch. Info: cakebabe1@aol.com

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September 24, 2011 


Columbus, Ohio
Note: I'll be teaching two separate classes the day before the Ohio ICES day of sharing. !st class is the blood orange lily 9-12:00 and the second class is the Awesome alstroemeria 1-4:00. E-mail me for info. cakebabe1@aol.com

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October 29/30, 2011


Manistee, Michigan (at Sugar Delites!)
Note: Sugar Flower class. Bittersweet, Hypericum berry spray, Gerbera, Stargazer and Moth Orchid.  Info:  cakebabe1@aol.com

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How DO They Do That?

OH MY GOSH >>>>>  You are GONNA LUV this month's tutorial by the talented Tami Utley!  Tami did a tutorial a few month's back and that was wonderful as well.  If you would like to submit a tutorial for our newsletter, please let me know the subject ahead of doing so.  If we give you the green light, after you give us the tutorial, we then give you a $25.00 gift certificate to our store.  Please consider doing one, it's fun.  If you are doing a project, just take some step by step pics then you can fill in the wording later.  We do prefer you use a product we sell, but it's not always necessary.

Ok, now for this fantastic tutorial!


Gelatin Slipper
By Tami Utley
www.sugarartbytami.com

 

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This slipper will not break or be affected by humidity and lasts years.  Although I did 2 thin layers of gelatin, you can probably use one layer of gelatin and still have a good slipper.

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I use Knox gelatin. If you use a higher grade of gelatin you might need to adjust the amount of water, but don’t fret, this is not a fussy recipe so different proportions of water to gelatin will still get the desired effect.

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I use a 2:1 ratio of water to gelatin.  Put 2 T water into a microwave safe glass bowl and sprinkle 1 T gelatin into it.  *Tip – if your gelatin is too yellow, add just a tiny touch of violet food paste color/gel to whiten it, however, you will find that the yellow won’t be noticeable anyway.

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Let this sponge for 5 minutes. 

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Pop it into the microwave for about 10 seconds to melt the gelatin (some microwaves require less/more time due to power differences).  Stir and remove any un-dissolved gelatin.  Let cool a little, remove any foam and then heat again if needed in 5 second bursts to dissolve the gelatin completely.  Let sit again for the bubble/foam to rise if necessary.  You want the gelatin very fluid and runny so don’t wait too long.

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While the gelatin is still warm , pour into the chocolate mold and coat the inside completely. At any time, you can re-heat the gelatin to liquefy it with a 5 second burst in the microwave. 

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Use a soft brush to paint up over all the edges of the mold and make sure the entire inside is coated.  This is because the gelatin will shrink as it dries and will pull away from the mold possibly causing a wrinkle in your desired shape.  Any bubbles in the mold can be brushed away quickly.

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Pour the excess gelatin out and brush the excess off.
 
Let the gelatin in the mold sit for 2 minutes or so (depending on your weather and humidity) to firm up.  Once you can touch the gelatin in the mold and it won’t stick, re-heat the gelatin in the bowl (about 5 seconds in the microwave) and re-coat the mold a second time.  You will need to work a little faster, as the gelatin gets cool as it dries and will firm up faster on the second coat.
 
Pour off the excess and brush any areas needing touch up. Don’t continue to keep brushing the inside too long, as the gelatin will get sticky and rubbery. Turn the mold over to let the excess drip off.  Let dry overnight or, use a fan on low, blowing over the mold to speed up drying time to a few hours.

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If your gelatin starts to get ‘gummy’,  ‘rubbery’ or sticky as you brush, it’s getting too cold and will ruin your piece.  You can heat this up with a hair dryer to warm up the gelatin again.  Or wait, re-heat the gelatin in the bowl and re-coat the mold.  Any imperfections will shrink as the slipper dries so will most likely not be noticeable.

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Once dry, the gelatin will release from the mold and will just lift out.  Trim both sides of the slipper with a small pair of scissors.

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You can leave the slipper closed at the top, but I marked mine with a felt tip marker and cut an opening on each slipper half.   Clear tape can be used to hold the slipper together temporarily to mark it evenly. 


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Then pull the tape off to cut the opening.

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Re-heat any leftover gelatin and paint it onto one side of the slipper and attach to the other half of the slipper.  Let this dry a few minutes until the two sides stay stuck together.  Depending on the weather, it may take more time to set.


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Use piping gel to paint over the seam of where the slipper halves where joined together.

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Pour rainbow disco dust over the gel to hide the seams.  Use a soft brush to brush away any excess dust.

Take a look at these beauties!!!  Cinderella shoe on a pillow cake?  Can you picture it???  Jen :-)


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This can also be done with the larger 8 ½” mold, however, there is a bigger chance of the gelatin getting a ‘wrinkle’ since the gelatin shrinks as it dries. Depending on where the wrinkle is, it can be hidden with the disco dust.  It is also harder to cover the surface of the larger mold before the gelatin starts to cool too much and ‘gums’ up, so you must work much faster.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Tami, for this FANTASTIC guest tutorial!  I'm sure everyone is ooohhhhing and ahhhhing out there reading this :-)

Sugar Delites carries both the large and small shoe molds.  Here's links to both:

Large shoe mold ($6.00)

http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=mol012

Small shoe mold ($3.00)
http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=mol073

Here's a link to the rainbow disco (LOVE this stuff!)
http://jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=dus044

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CUSTOMER CORNER -


This first picture is from Nidia (I apologize, I could not find her last name).  This is her first attempt at making roses.  She used our Sensational Sugar Flowers Vol 1 DVD.  GREAT job Nidia!!

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Here is the cake Nidia used her roses on:

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It's SO pretty!  Thanks for sharing with us Nidia!

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Next is this fun groom's cake by Joanne Lima.  Thanks for sharing Joanne!  This is FANTASTIC!

Joanne


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How about this GORGEOUS purse cake made by Kris Chinalski.  WOW!!!!!  Thanks for sharing with us Kris!

Kris


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This is one beautiful pot of moth orchid made my

Marketa Krajcovicova.   She said it was her first flower.  I have a feeling she will be creating many more beauties like this!

Marketa



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This stunning cake was made by a friend of mine, Sandy Guthrie.  Thanks so much for sharing Sandy!!

Sandy


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This is just to cute for words.  Made by MaryAnn Daniels.  Thanks for sharing!

MaryAnn


Last but certainly not least, this vine filled beauty by
Wendy Hutchinson.  Thanks so much!

Hutchinson

 
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