Stop Biting your Nails and just chomp on the bottle! NO NO NO not really.
Just how cute are these guys for your next cake? When you decorate a cake often times you need items that look like the real deal but are truly safe for food contact and even edible. Well Isomalt is a sugar substitute and used in some sugar free items. The Sugar artists prefer it because it's much easier to control than regular sugar when it comes to sculpture.
The possibilities are endless and just think about it, you are not putting anything on the cake that shouldn't be consumed.
I created these precious little bottles for a friend's cake. The cake was to have makeup containers on it and most items look great when made from fondant, however that just wouldn't do for the look I wanted.
The bottle needed that glass look, so when the light in the room passed through, the guests at the party would second guess if it was real nail polish or fake.
So come on you can use this process to create all kinds of glass or wet looking items for your next edible endeavor.
Step 1: Supplies
Nail Polish bottle for mold ( I used an empty one,you don't have to.)
Food grade silicone, mold making material ( lots of choices,needs to handle over 200°F )( disposable plastic cup for mixing)
Mold box ( find a recycled container that your model will fit in and have about a 1/4 inch all the way around)
Isomalt ( you can use a hard candy recipe if you want )
Food color gel
Edible luster dust ( make sure it is edible not just non-toxic, you can use mica powders but it would just be for decoration)
Glass measuring cup or metal measuring cup or non-stick sauce pan
Step 2: Make the Mold
Not too much for this step.
Prep your model. In this case a used empty Nail polish bottle that was cleaned. A piece of clay is used to plug the end of the bottle; this will help hold the bottle up inside of the mold box. Note: This will be the end that we will pour at. The mold box is a recycled plastic container; it is taped up well so nothing will leak out.
Once the bottle is secure, the silicone mold material is mixed up (follow manufactures directions).
Pour into mold box slow, so you won't disturb the bottle model (I love a good rhyme) this will help alleviate bubbles.
Cover the bottle completely and add a little extra to create a thicker bottom.
Set a side to cure (This time will vary depending on brand) Overnight is common.
Now that it has cured, remove the mold from its box. Take a craft knife and carefully start cutting down the side from the pour hole on both sides. Gradually pull out your master.
Now inspect it and if all looks good it is time to move on.
Step 3: Casting the Clear Shell
CAUTION ! CAUTION ! CAUTION!
This stuff is not only going to be hot, but very dangerous.
I don't want to scare you but absolutely no kids or pets around and keep a cold bowl of water handy.
When sugar is melted, it stays hot and that syrup will burn you very bad. Please work in an appropriate area and with lots of caution. If you still on board lets go.
Take you mold and place a rubber band around it. (Not to tight) Then pull out the amount of Isomalt you need. Tip: If you look at the polish bottle before the label is removed it tells fluid ounces.
In the metal measuring cup 6 pieces of Isomalt were melted, like the directions said. Then I slowly pour it into the mold.
Let it set for a little bit then dump it back out into the metal cup. Don't remove all of it; you will want some to pool in the bottom of the mold, just like the real glass bottle. Let it set and cool for about 5 min.
Next is the fill color.
Step 4: Making Your Polish Color.
In the non-stick saucepan, place 4 isomalt chips and melt.
After removing from the heat, color and pearl are added. At this point you can create any nail color you like, pearl is very popular but, you can add a little white to create a more opaque base with out pearl.
Cast in layers for even more fun. Remember if you want a glitter look, edible glitter is made from gelatin or sugar so it melts, but if you know it won't be eaten and because it is the inside of the bottle you could use regular glitter. The bottle can be left hollow and then loose items can be inside,and then properly sealed.
Flavors can be added, making this a very unique sucker. Isomalt like all sugar free items must be eaten in moderation,it can cause intestinal distress.
Now that the color and pearl have been added, it was placed back on the heat to drive out any moisture from the color, and to liquefy again. Pour it into the mold. This color will not be poured back out; it will remain, creating a solid cast.
Let it cool at room temp. ( 30 min.is pretty good. )
The mold holds in heat so it takes a little bit to cool and you don't want it to be soft and distort.
Time to remove it. First thing you will notice is some bubbles, not to worry trusty heat gun to the rescue.
Apply some heat very gently. The bubbles will start to disappear, do a little at a time and let cool.
If you don't you will end up with a scene from Ice age.
Step 5: Clean the Top and Make the Lid.
Now that all is cool and bubble free. Clean the top of the bottle for your lid.
I made some lids with fondant ,but then I decided to make another mold of the lid out of silicone.
After the fondant was rolled out the big end was dented in so that it would fit down on the bottle and detail lines are added. Place on top of the bottle and let dry.
If you decide to cast it from a mold ,black food color was added to Isomalt and cast.
Either way works.
Well there you have it. Edible Nail Polish bottles ready for your edible creation.