June 16, 2011
Behind the Scenes: Dylan's Candy Shower
Posted by Erin Furey
Working on Dylan Lauren's sweet soiree for the Summer 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings was such a treat -- literally! Using candy delicacies from all over the country (and the world, for that matter), we created crowns, rings, bouquets, and necklaces. Our gumball garlands and giant chicle-gum mosaic were huge successes, too!
After many hours spent gluing tiny gems in place, drilling giant jawbreakers, and eating far too many of this story's tempting medium (malted milk balls and gummy grapefruits were some favorites), our story was fit for the Queen of Candy herself, Dylan Lauren.
1 The team: Jasmine, Jody, Katie, Naomi, Britney, and me.
2 My disaster-zone desk during candy experimentation.
3 What you're seeing: Fancy Flours pink candy pearls, delicious Madelaine pale-pink malt balls, hot-pink Sweetworks gumballs and pearlized Sixlets candy-coated chocolate-flavored candies, and Midori ribbon in "Kiss."
4 Here, Naomi making a marshmallow bunny ribbon.
5 Candy on ribbons and strings.
6 Our boxed treatment of the Ring Pop.
7 This is the gumball garland design in its initial stages.
8 Naomi proudly shows our first strand of hot-pink gumballs.
9 The finished product looked beautiful strung from the stair railing.
10 When Jody discovered the Escriba candy rings, we called Barcelona immediately! They come in hundreds of styles.
11 Check out our home-made rings. The rock candy ring with pink sugar pearls beat out the pop rock ring concept.
12 The final ring selection: A mixture of Escriba candy rings and some of our own creations.
13 Here, the first stages of the candy necklace. When we found the Fancy Flours giant candy gems, the necklace really began to take shape.
14 One by one, we glued the Fancy Flours pearls, dragees, and various gems onto muslin to create the finished piece.
15 A ribbon tie finishes off the necklace. What do you think?
16 Our beautiful bouquets were made from candy flowers from Fancy Flours.
17 Naomi created this bouquet of Fancy Flours sugar hibiscus, pansies, and daffodils.
18 Here, the first stages of our gum mosaic.
20 It took more than 5,000 pieces of gum to finish the mosaic.
21 The crown of Glinda -- the good witch from Wizard of Oz -- was our inspiration for the candy crown.
22 This painting of Katy Perry by Will Cotton got us thinking, too.
23 We tested out candy gems for the crown.
24 More testing. . . .
25 And more testing. . . .
26 We decided to keep the crown clear with yellow touches at the end.
And check out the rest of the story here!
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