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Author Topic: internal support  (Read 66 times)

lynnsey

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internal support
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:08:18 pm »
Hi!  My daughter is attempting to replicate Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben clock.  It's a tall and skinny piece.  (4' wide by 18" tall)    Contest rules do allow nonedible internal supports as long as they are completely covered in edible product.  Are rice cereal treats my best option for keeping the sides from collapsing?  I'm also considering having her make a cardboard replica.  Then she can attach the gingerbread to the cardboard.  I just don't know how sturdy it will be.  Thanks.

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katepilki

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Re: internal support
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 07:55:07 pm »
I've never made something that tall and skinny - but when I made a lighthouse I used food-grade wood doweling rods that were drilled into the base to keep them firmly placed.  I have also used balsa wood that I covered with alfoil (for food protection) when I needed something wider than a doweling rod.  Balsa wood is light and firm so will give structural support without adding significant weight to your finished product.

I think the rice crispy treats would work a treat (;)) for structural integrity - BUT it will make your finished product quite heavy!

Let us know how you get along - would love the see pics of it when it's done.

 

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