Isomalt Butterfly Suncatcher

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Like the Giant’s Causeway Butterfly, this one is made of colored Isomalt. The top right view is the side I filled the Isomalt into the RI outlines. It shows the volume and irregularities. On the left is the bottom view, which is all flat, and can be seen by the light reflection.

Around the Butterfly and flowers, I piped a thin hexagon frame, which then was glued between two cookie frames, to give it extra hold, as the space around the butterfly is empty…

 

Oh how gorgeous deer Sonja!! I just love all the detail  and can only imagine how difficult it was to create the butterfly!! As i was working with isomalt today i thought of you.  May i ask what type of heat gun you recommend for working with this medium? I couldn't do what i wanted to do because I couldn't keep the temp right for forming what I had in mind. You've come to master using various colors to create very small things.  (Will talk with you later about my other questions if that's ok. )

Incredible work my dear friend Sonja @swissophie!! 

sweetlife posted:

Sonja, this is art at its best, absolutely incredible. I still wish to be the mouse in your workspace and every time you post sth. new that wish only grows.

Thank you so much, my dear mouse-wanna-be friend ❤️! If you'd like to see me work, you could also just watch the two videos I made . The first link is a "knitting" tutorial...

http://cookieconnection.juliau...he-knitting-stitches

http://cookieconnection.juliau...ing-with-royal-icing

Annelise posted:

Incredible! How is this even possible? Are you magic?

Thanks much, Annelise ❤️! No magic, just found a good way to work with this medium . I'll explain some in my reply to Carol below...

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Oh how gorgeous deer Sonja!! I just love all the detail  and can only imagine how difficult it was to create the butterfly!! As i was working with isomalt today i thought of you.  May i ask what type of heat gun you recommend for working with this medium? I couldn't do what i wanted to do because I couldn't keep the temp right for forming what I had in mind. You've come to master using various colors to create very small things.  (Will talk with you later about my other questions if that's ok. )

Incredible work my dear friend Sonja @swissophie!! 

Thanks so much, dear Carol @Cookies Fantastique by Carol ❤️❤️❤️! Practice makes it easier, but there are a couple of places where my hand shook so hard (anxiety that I could ruin my work in the last minute), I spilled a drop outside the lines.

For this type of work, a heat gun would work like an elephant in a china store, way too big and clumsy, i.e. you can't point the heat to tiny areas. I use a heat gun only to distribute Isomalt over a larger, uneven surface, like the sea turtle I made. As my husband's HG worked well (something like this, but with LED display for both heat and wind: https://www.amazon.com/AIKOU-A...heat+gun+led+display), I never even went online for other solutions. Your request now got me to check, and I think this model would work better, as it comes with different sizes of tips: https://www.amazon.com/100-240...heat+gun+led+display.

In order to add tiny amounts of Isomalt, I work with the scribe tool, picking up droplets and letting them slide where I want them, then quickly distributing them into the space where I need the coverage. If the area is larger than a drop can cover, a second one or even more can be added the same way, but it must be done in fast succession, as otherwise the drops will not melt into each other.

Also the Isomalt must be kept at the right temperature: too cold and it will pull strings, messing up your work, too hot, and it will roll off your scribe before you can place it onto your work. I keep it warm in tiny alu containers placed in a small pan on the stove, obviously working right next to it, as you can't carry the Isomalt long distances, or it will cool off before you get there. It takes some practice with just placing droplets on a silicon mat or such, getting the feeling for the right temperature, how to hold the scribe best to not lose the droplets, etc.

I hope this has answered some of your questions, otherwise please ask away .

 

GinkgoWerkstatt posted:

WOW!... Really no idea what to say here, as I am truly speechless. The amount of work you put into this, the details... everything... just wow!

Einfach nur toll und wunderwunderschön! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thanks so much ❣️❣️❣️ So happy to read your comment 😃!

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