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Christine, @Sweet Prodigy   I know my cookie for this entry is not going to be featured because if I were a judge, I won't choose mine. 🤣  Other cookiers' stained glass cookies are soooo beautiful and really original.   Just looking at them makes me happy.  Unlimited possibilities.


I have thought  different ways, I have also changed my designs a couple of times, tried many ways on the way and that means a lot for me.   I stick to gelatin even if I still have gummy bear (see, a bucket of gummy bear from Costco😅) because I have never used gelatin for my cookie.   I was very very curious.

I have been participating the challenges since I joined Cookie Connection and there are 3 challenges that I am still thinking why I cannot make what I want.  This challenge is one of them.   

Including you, many people give me ideas!  That's why I 💖Cookie Connection.  Thank you for this challenge.  I am going to try vinyl backer for sure, and thank you @Julia M. Usher    Cookie Connection is surely wonderful place.

Being featured is great, but learning a whole bunch (especially from your mistakes) is what matters most. No matter what, it is always nice to see your entries.

😳OMG, Samantha, you did the tutorials for us and why did I forget?   Each tutorial of yours is soooo beautiful and I think "wow" when I look, but I don't try, that's why I forget....  I am full of regrets now.

I watched the video by Shelby Bower and I sticked to her way, why didn't I make the gelatin dry and shrunk first then use it like you did???  My brain is getting hard and shrunk like gelatin, gee.

Now I know what I should do, I really try your tutorial.

Thank you, Samantha.  I can sleep well tonight.

I’m just sorry you went through all the same frustrating experiments that I did.

Yeah, you cannot use a heat gun with isomalt in a hard state like this directly on your work. You need to spread the hot, melted isomalt first roughly, and then use the gun to spread it further/even it out.

I use it only for coating with clear isomalt at max. 180 C, not detail work, and for melting small batches, as I  don't own a microwave.

Oh, Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)  thank you for another tips.  Now I think I want to try isomalt again!!! 

Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)  Thank you for leaving comment❣️

I have been looking for an edible glaze spray but I cannot find one in Japan, I am afraid they are not sold here.....  (this is the thing I am sure to get when I go overseas)   After I put outlined with black royal icing, I have tried to add isomalt.  This time, I made very very thin isomalt first and place it on my cookie then I used that heating tool that you had told me to spread the isomalt to the edge.    My cookie got cracked!  😱 Last time I have burned my cookie when I used that heating tool....😰. sigh   Isomalt and gelatin...  I really cannot get along with them.   The solutions I can think of is that I sit next to you and watch how you do, I cannot think any other thing.

Yeah, you cannot use a heat gun with isomalt in a hard state like this directly on your work. You need to spread the hot, melted isomalt first roughly, and then use the gun to spread it further/even it out.

I use it only for coating with clear isomalt at max. 180 C, not detail work, and for melting small batches, as I  don't own a microwave.

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Christine, @Sweet Prodigy   I know my cookie for this entry is not going to be featured because if I were a judge, I won't choose mine. 🤣  Other cookiers' stained glass cookies are soooo beautiful and really original.   Just looking at them makes me happy.  Unlimited possibilities.


I have thought  different ways, I have also changed my designs a couple of times, tried many ways on the way and that means a lot for me.   I stick to gelatin even if I still have gummy bear (see, a bucket of gummy bear from Costco😅) because I have never used gelatin for my cookie.   I was very very curious.

I have been participating the challenges since I joined Cookie Connection and there are 3 challenges that I am still thinking why I cannot make what I want.  This challenge is one of them.   

Including you, many people give me ideas!  That's why I 💖Cookie Connection.  Thank you for this challenge.  I am going to try vinyl backer for sure, and thank you @Julia M. Usher    Cookie Connection is surely wonderful place.

I love you and your attitude, Ryoko! ❤️

I wait expectantly for your entries every time, because each is better than the next. It's been wonderful to witness your cookie journey over the years - truly impressive!

I love it Ryoko! Stunning 🌸🌸❤️🌸🌸

Thank you   @Evelindecora  Under the sea cookie by you, the example Christine gave us for this challenge is so beautiful.  I wish I could make the stained glass cookie like you do. 

@Zeena posted:

Lovely work Ryoko. Beautiful kimono design.

Thank you @Zeena  I wanted to put chrysanthemums on kimono and because of that my cookie became big.   It was fun to design our traditional wear. 

Thank you for sharing the different methods that you tried and the results. There is a lot that we can learn from it all. Also, it looks like you poured your gelatin onto parchment paper whereas Shelby used a vinyl backer, so that might have made a difference - at least with the buckling. That said, the final cookie really looks like a beautiful piece of opaque stained glass art.

Christine, @Sweet Prodigy   I know my cookie for this entry is not going to be featured because if I were a judge, I won't choose mine. 🤣  Other cookiers' stained glass cookies are soooo beautiful and really original.   Just looking at them makes me happy.  Unlimited possibilities. 


I have thought  different ways, I have also changed my designs a couple of times, tried many ways on the way and that means a lot for me.   I stick to gelatin even if I still have gummy bear (see, a bucket of gummy bear from Costco😅) because I have never used gelatin for my cookie.   I was very very curious. 

I have been participating the challenges since I joined Cookie Connection and there are 3 challenges that I am still thinking why I cannot make what I want.  This challenge is one of them.   

Including you, many people give me ideas!  That's why I 💖Cookie Connection.  Thank you for this challenge.  I am going to try vinyl backer for sure, and thank you @Julia M. Usher    Cookie Connection is surely wonderful place.

What a wonderful design, Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. ❤️❤️❤️!!!

I've never used gelatin this way, but I have a suggestion for you to try: Before applying the gelatin to sugar veil or royal icing, spray the outlines first with an edible glaze spray lightly several times in all directions for good coverage. That should repel the water content in the gelatin, and still make it adhere to the outlines.

Sonja @iSugarfy (aka swissophie)  Thank you for leaving comment❣️

I have been looking for an edible glaze spray but I cannot find one in Japan, I am afraid they are not sold here.....  (this is the thing I am sure to get when I go overseas)   After I put outlined with black royal icing, I have tried to add isomalt.  This time, I made very very thin isomalt first and place it on my cookie then I used that heating tool that you had told me to spread the isomalt to the edge.    My cookie got cracked!  😱 Last time I have burned my cookie when I used that heating tool....😰. sigh   Isomalt and gelatin...  I really cannot get along with them.   The solutions I can think of is that I sit next to you and watch how you do, I cannot think any other thing. 

Thank you for sharing the different methods that you tried and the results. There is a lot that we can learn from it all. Also, it looks like you poured your gelatin onto parchment paper whereas Shelby used a vinyl backer, so that might have made a difference - at least with the buckling. That said, the final cookie really looks like a beautiful piece of opaque stained glass art.

What a wonderful design, Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. ❤️❤️❤️!!!

I've never used gelatin this way, but I have a suggestion for you to try: Before applying the gelatin to sugar veil or royal icing, spray the outlines first with an edible glaze spray lightly several times in all directions for good coverage. That should repel the water content in the gelatin, and still make it adhere to the outlines.

Thank you @Petra Florean   My mind melted like gelatin on the way...  and dried and shrank...  but now I feel so good to have shared what I did because I fount out that I am not the only one.   

exactly ,you are not only one and I found it great and I learned a lot from you today❤️

Thank you so much, @Heather Bruce Sosa   I didn't need to post my clip for this challenge.....   but if I do, people look at what happened to my gelatin.  And I truly thought that's very important on Cookie Connection.

I am still wondering why I couldn't make stained glass with gelatin and why others can do make beautiful one.   Like me maybe there are some people who didn't know gelatin shrinks when it dries, they are going to find out better ways to prevent it.   

You were very generous and humble to share what may look like a failure, but without failures we can’t reach the best we can offer! Thank you once again, dear Ryoko♥️

Amazing class as said @Heather Bruce Sosa  appreciate it dear Ryoko, we make experiments and not every time we get the result we expected, love your theme you choose, thank you very much for step by step how you worked on this creation ❤️

Thank you @Petra Florean   My mind melted like gelatin on the way...  and dried and shrank...  but now I feel so good to have shared what I did because I fount out that I am not the only one.   

Amazing class as said @Heather Bruce Sosa  appreciate it dear Ryoko, we make experiments and not every time we get the result we expected, love your theme you choose, thank you very much for step by step how you worked on this creation ❤️

Gorgeous, Ryoko! Love this design.

I’ve had the same experiences with gelatin that you described. Even if it looks right at first, it eventually dissolves the royal icing. The only success I had using royal icing with gelatin was with my sun catcher cookies when I made dried gelatin “plastic” first, and then cut out pieces and piped royal icing onto the dried gelatin. (Using gelatin after it has dried also bypasses the shrinking/warping issue.)

😳OMG, Samantha, you did the tutorials for us and why did I forget?   Each tutorial of yours is soooo beautiful and I think "wow" when I look, but I don't try, that's why I forget....  I am full of regrets now. 

I watched the video by Shelby Bower and I sticked to her way, why didn't I make the gelatin dry and shrunk first then use it like you did???  My brain is getting hard and shrunk like gelatin, gee. 

Now I know what I should do, I really try your tutorial. 

Thank you, Samantha.  I can sleep well tonight. 

@Kanch J posted:

Wow! You did many experiments and finally you have come with an amazing master piece and the wonderful theme. I love every bit of it. ❤️ Thanks Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. for sharing the steps and your challenges with us.

Thank you @Kanch J   I tried this and that many time, many days but I have not found out the answer.  Kanchana, I am full of whys. 

Gorgeous, Ryoko! Love this design.

I’ve had the same experiences with gelatin that you described. Even if it looks right at first, it eventually dissolves the royal icing. The only success I had using royal icing with gelatin was with my sun catcher cookies when I made dried gelatin “plastic” first, and then cut out pieces and piped royal icing onto the dried gelatin. (Using gelatin after it has dried also bypasses the shrinking/warping issue.)