From start to finish in minutes, literally!
Step 1. Select the color of Smart Lace that you would like to use, and the lace decor mat that strikes your fancy. (elapsed time: 5 minutes)
Step 2. Use a teaspoon to dollop a small amount of Smart Lace onto your chosen lace decor mat. (elapsed time: 3 seconds)
Each Smart Lace package contains enough product to make about 30 standard lace butterflies.
Step 3. With an off-set spatula or whatever straight-edged tool you prefer wipe the product over the crevices in your lace mat. (elapsed time: 1 minute, if you are trying it for the first time ever : )
Be generous with the product, especially if your mat has deep crevices — when you're done, just return the excess Smart Lace to the container so that it will be ready to use next time!
Step 4. Dry the lace, however you like. Fast: on the lowest setting of your oven (180ºF) a standard lace pattern will be ready ready in 12 minutes, or if you have a dehydrator that has a low temperature of about 100ºF it will take about 20 minutes to set. If you live some place dry (like Las Vegas!) it should air dry in about 2 hours, while if you live in a place that's a little more humid (like Houston!) 8-10 hours will typically be required for it to be ready. If the lace looks wet to the touch like when first applied it's still not ready. You will be able to tell when it's ready.
Step 4b. We recommend storing the Smart Lace container in the refrigerator, where it will keep comfortably for two years. The next time you use it you will notice that its consistency is more gelatinous but it will perform just as well.
Step 5. It's time to remove it from the mat. Smart Laces detaches from silicon mats very easily. if your mat is very large or the pattern is incredibly intricate you may want to take extra care while peeling it from the mat, but Smart Lace removes easily and is ultra pliable and ready to be used as soon as it has been removed from the mat.
If you are prepping your lace in advance for a project you will be completing later in the week, just place it in an airtight container (like a Ziploc bag) and it will maintain it's pliability and be ready to use when you need it.
When you are ready to apply your lace. simply dab it with a little cold water and it is ready to adhere to your fondant covered surface.
Feeling extra creative? When not turn your Smart Lace creation into a 3D embellishment? Simply form the element into the desired 3D shape and allow it to dry further — Note: your 3D shape will become brittle and more delicate, so handle with care!
With Smart Lace your creativity is not limited to just cakes or cookies, or even by the lace decor mats you own or can buy. Spread it over a silicone baking mat, and create a pane of "sugar glass" that you can then trim and fold. Or, put it in a piping bag and let your fantasy run wild...