August 3, 2017
Skill level: Newb
Learn how to pour isomalt into silicone molds. Please be very careful with melted isomalt, as it will be extremely hot. Wear protective eyewear and gloves.
4:05 Minutes of Instruction
What You Will Learn
- How to melt and pour isomalt into silicone molds
- How to color isomalt
- Melt isomalt crystals in a silicone container. Microwave on high for 15 second intervals until completely melted.
- Wait for isomalt bubbles to disperse. This reduces the bubbles in the finished piece.
- Secure your silicone mold by wrapping a rubber band around the 2 parts of the mold two times. Be sure to check that the mold lines up correctly and there are no gaps.
- Slowly pour isomalt into mold, starting in the middle of the mold. Pour a thin ribbon of isomalt into the mold to avoid any air bubbles forming.
- Gently tap mold on hard surface to cause any bubbles in the isomalt to rise to the top and escape.
- Let isomalt fully cool until set.
- Gently test middle of isomalt to see if set, only test after waiting several hours.
- Gently remove rubber band.
- Slide mold off, 1 part at a time. Carefully slide “up and down” not “side to side”
or isomalt will break.
- Isomalt will be cloudy; don’t worry this is normal.
- Heat a paring knife with cremé brule torch. Be careful not to burn your hands.
- Knife may become discolored. Usually this is just leftover isomalt and can be cleaned off.
- Slide knife on edge of isomalt crystals. This will bring back the shine of the isomalt.
- Clean knife after every use. Wipe knife on damp paper towel to remove isomalt, then reheat.
- Keep going until every crystal edge is shiny.
- Optional Method: Adding Color
- Add powdered food color to melted isomalt. Be sure to use a silicone mixing tool.
- Highlighters mixed with everclear work well for edges. Experiment with colors for different effects.
- Seal finished pieces with PME clear glaze spray.
- Purchase the whole Sugar Geek Show crystal mold line, available now at simicakes.com