(Closed) Centerpieces – with Hair Gel?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I’m conflicted. Part of me says EEEWW. The other part says, well that doesn’t look bad.

If there is alcohol in it, it’s probably flammable. I wouldn’t put it near a candle, thats for sure. Scary. What about using Jello?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t like the bubble look it has. The jello actually looks more elegant and less icky! 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

They make Floral gel that can be used for this purpose. I think it would likely be less costly as you can buy it in bulk.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Ah, yeah I don’t like the bubbles look.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I actually like the bubble look, Embarassed but not clear. Definitely with a contrasting colour than what your flower is to be.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Read the ingredients list in the gel.  Most have a warning on them about not using near open flames, but I’m not sure it’s really required.  Most hair gels have alcohol in the ingredients (that’s why it dries so fast) so most are flammable when wet.

If you can’t find cheap floral gel on ebay or something and you don’t like the jello, try agar-agar.  Its seaweed flakes.  You heat them in water and get the same effect as jello without the color (unless you add it) or the melting since it sets at room temperature.  Or you can always use regular gelatin (jello without the additives) also, but it will probably melt if kept outside for any length of time.

If you really like the bubbles you can always stir the agar-agar before it completely sets.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

i think the bubbles make it to busy.  Maybe with less, like your planning on doing, it will be calmer.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Perhaps if you make Jello with seltzer or something carbonated, the final look would be bubbly.  I’m not sure, but it’s worth a try.  Plus, no fire hazard.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

With less bubbles, I think it could be pretty.  I never would have thought of using hair gel!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you set the gel out over the course of a day or two? I bet it dries up/shrinks/gets kind of crusty. That would mean that you couldn’t make them that far in advance. I would really recommend going the jello route. Also, agar, when done at that volume, will have a milky look – not clear.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most hair gels I’ve come across have distinct smell, so that would bother me if I had to eat near it. I would just use water instead of gel, if you really wants bubbles than use sparkling water.

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