So now that you have some lovely isomalt to mess with, what can you do with it? I don't have any special equipment for pulling sugar or anything like that, so I usually just use molds when I work with it.
I think that I do have asbestos hands, or just a resistance to heat, because I can pick up hot sugar and isomalt and mess with it without being bothered by the heat. I don't recommend that, so if you're not comfortable with the idea of being burned you should wear latex gloves. That way if you get isomalt on your hands you can rip them off in a panic and get if off of your hands. Having a bowl of cold water to shove your hands into in case of burns is also a good idea.
Choose a brooch mold that has a jewel cavity, or one of the break-apart molds for individual jewels. Anything that has the faceted jewel on it. When you pour the isomalt into it don't fill it all the way up to the top edge, just fill to immediately below it so that you don't get an edge on the top of the jewel.
The molds and isomalt are available in my Etsy shop!
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com