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RamenSupernova
« on: March 10, 2009 08:48:46 AM »

So I have this book, which is printed in japanese:


In the book are large pictures of the completed objects and small pictures with japanese instructions of the steps to make them. In the step to make the frosting, it LOOKS like they take regular white CAULK and put it into a caulking gun, then squirt it into a piping bag with a star frosting tip and pipe it onto the baked piece from there and then decorate with sprinkles, little cookies, etc.

Also, these is this: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/30821.html which also looks like it could be caulk.

Not being the handiest person around the house, I've never used caulk before so I'm not sure if it would really look like that. I think you'd have to put a few layer of glaze or varnish on it.

What do you think? Have you ever heard of caulk being used with polymer clay like this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009 11:14:57 AM »

I don't know if the material in that link is actually caulking --or glossy caulking or thinned caulking or perhaps even "acrylic modeling paste" from the art or craft store -- but you could possibly try caulking from the hardware store if you don't want to use the more traditional materials that are used to make frostings for polymer clay. 
Caulking comes in various versions though and some might look or work better than others.

(I used spackling once to make a life-size fake cake, and though it worked really well I don't recommend it because it was brittle after drying and chipped or broke easily)

If you want to read about using various materials to make faux frosting for polymer clay--with or without icing tips-- check out these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm
(...click on Icing Tips, under Small & Medium Extruders)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm
(...click on Frostings, Icings, etc.)


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magicbeanbuyer
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009 02:31:10 PM »

I always thought they used some kind of silicon product for the icings.  I'm not sure though.
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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009 02:35:09 PM »

I use 100% silicone caulk for my frosting thingys =)
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2009 09:21:33 AM »

Unfortunately though, silicone caulks can't be cleaned up easily with water since they're not water-based (like acrylic caulks); they'll need something like paint thinner (don't know about "latex silicone" caulks).  So silicone caulks would be more work when extruding if not using disposable materials like paper cones, etc (i.e., when using metal or plastic icing tips, etc.).  For only spreading caulk though, various kinds of disposable tools would be easy to find or make.

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bhevarri
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009 12:36:23 AM »

Yeah, I have a metal piping tip that I do my best to clean out (soap, hot water, shoving a paper towel into it, or a q-tip) but im sure that plastic disposable pastry tips would be MUCH better!
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2009 05:19:35 PM »

Would silicone caulk be more durable than acrylic caulks?
Bhevarri, do you find the brittleness to be a problem in your frosting pieces?

Thanks to everyone for all of the help!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2009 08:07:53 AM »

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Would silicone caulk be more durable than acrylic caulks?

Generally, silicone caulks are... just messier to use and clean-up than acrylics.

(I'd assume that the acrylic caulk would be strong enough for making things like this though unless they're getting lots of stress, but don't really know.) 

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fairchildart
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2009 07:56:59 AM »

The metal piping tips....are they made especially small for miniature work, or are they the metal tips used for decorating real life sized cakes?

lol sorry if this is a silly question (I'm thinking of Betsy Niederer's super tiny piping bags), but the end results are so beautiful I'd love to learn how to do it myself.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2009 08:10:47 AM »

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The metal piping tips....are they made especially small for miniature work, or are they the metal tips used for decorating real life sized cakes?

As far as I know, they're all for decorating regular cakes but there may also be some equipment for miniaturists that I don't know about.  

There are other things that can be used to shape extrusions in various equipment though --e.g., dies in a clay gun (there are a lot of these you may not know about) or dies made by you for a clay gun, cookie presses, things that can be formed into cones and placed on an icing bag, things you can find or make then place into the tubes of various kinds for pressing through, even syringes for liquid polymer clay or highly-thinned solid clay.

You can make "bags" yourself too of various types, sizes.

You can read more about most of those things on this page, if you're interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm
...click on the sub-category Icing Tips

Were you looking for a particular size or shape you can't find?

Diane B.
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