Growing Sugar Crystal Decorations

July 16, 2012

Sugar crystals are fun to make.   They can be any color you wish to have using simple gel colors manufactured by my favorite company, Americolor.

Materials

You are going to need a large pot, some plastic wrap, a dowel, wire, gumpaste, shortening and granules of sugar.

Ingredients

3 pounds granulated sugar

1 pound water

Moisten the sugar with the water in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil and do not stir the syrup at all.  Turn the heat off and cover the saucepan with plastic wrap so that there is moisture that forms on the plastic wrap and washes down the sides of the saucepan preventing any crystal of sugar from forming.  Allow to cool for at least 8 hours.

To create a sugar crystal decoration, you will need to dry a piece of gum paste in the desired shape on the end of a hooked floral wire.  Wipe a thin layer of white shortening on the dried gum paste and dip in granulated sugar.  The granulated sugar assists in the growing of the sugar crystals.

Pour the sugar syrup into a container that allows you to dip the  end of the floral wire with the gum paste into the syrup suspending it in the syrup without having the tip of the gum paste touch the bottom of the container.  If it touches the bottom of the container, you run the risk of crystals growing and attaching themselves to the bottom of the container.

Place a dowel over the container and hook the wires over the dowel when you know how they will fit in the container filled with the syrup.  Allow to sit undisturbed for a couple of days, three at the most.  Check your crystal growth.

Remove from the syrup and allow to completely dry.  Remove the wire and if you are lucky, you can remove the gum paste form as well.

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