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« on: November 08, 2006 09:41:44 AM »

Hey kids, how's things?

I'd like to make jewelry with candy, and I'm curious to know what advice you have on it.

The easiest process (in my unhead, that is. Untested.) would seem to be to just shellack little candy bits after poking a hole through them.

Now, with gummier candy, poking a hole is easier than with, say, Pez or Lifesavers. Advice on that?

Also, what kind of a shellack or sealant or whatever would you recommend? I don't want anything to disintegreate the candy.

Should I let it sit out and go stale a few days before trying anything?

Anyhow, any of your crafting expertise when it comes to sweets/food would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2006 01:17:24 PM »

First of all I have to say that this is a fun project that I've been trying to do too! Maybe I'll actually get something done now that thanksgiving break's rolled around. Smiley
 
As for advice? Well, my first try poking holes went very well. I was making conversation heart earrings. I put a needle (wrap the dull end in tape or something or it'll get too hot to touch and your pretty fingers get burned. Thank my science teacher for that.) or a pin in a candle flame until it was hot, then pokied the needle through the candy. It took a bunch of reheating and repoking the same place before the needle went all the way through, but it was well worth it. A benefit? The whole room smelled like sugar for a good hour afterwards. Smiley

As for the shellac... I just use clear nail polish. Cheap if you buy @ the dollar store or something (Wet N' Wild and NYC makeup sell their polish for 99 cents). Just make sure you poke your holes /before/ you polish. I'm not sure what kind of fumes would be given off by melting dry nail polish, and I don't want to try.  Tongue   

Now I'm re-inspired... I'm going to go try with goldfish crackers... Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006 02:22:32 PM »

Hi, great idea.  This will work well and look great.  Just shellac (sp?) everything well and you are good to go.

My only advice for the gummy candy jewelry? Don't wear it out in the direct sunlight...it will morph a little from the heat.  Otherwise it will last a long time!

My mom used to make wreath-shaped Xmas ornaments out of mini pretzels (with ribbon woven thru to hold it together) and would shellac the pretzels before she shaped them into wreaths and then would shellac them afterwards.  It was a cool project and I wish I had a picture to show you.  All I can say is that we made these together in like, 1986, and we still hang em on the tree every year.  Thus, shellac is a great preservative.

Also, I have a hair clip i bought in Budapest about 7 years ago that's made out of gummy bears.  Glued onto a clip and shellaced and still intact.  A lady had set up a table on the street & was selling these and other hair clips she had made out of different foodstuffs and flowers.  (Very creative!)  I will take a pic maybe later to show everyone, it's great.

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2006 07:09:45 PM »

to poke a hole I would recommend a bead reamer, available for $5 at most bead/hobby shops.  They're durable and won't hurt you unless you're really dumb.  And Shellac, clear nail polish would be far less durable.
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