The Sugar art is really easy to do actually. Im having a lot of fun teaching myself how to work with it. Buy a few Silpats ( They cost about 15-20 bucks depending on where you buy them, Ive got SiliconZone ( Generic Silpats) but they work just as good. You can start by just melting down the sugar in batchs like-
2 1/2 cups of Granulated Sugar
2/3 Cup Light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
And keep cooking spray handy for whatever your going to mold or etc. I like to use a nonstick pan for cooking the sugar. You just mix all of the ingredients together cold so they are well incorporated, and then put it on medium heat with a candy thermometer. Do not stir or shake, or jiggle the pan while the sugar heats up, let it sit completely still. The sugar in the picture above was cooked to 285 Degrees. Then, pour it into a large GLASS bowl , Or I used my Big Pyrex Glass measuring cup. You can add Food colorings for cool stained glass looks. From this point theres a few easy techniques you can do to make it fun.
If you have any cool cookie cutters, spray them with cooking spray, and set them on the silpat. Pour sugar into them, to make about a 1/8th thick layer, and then weigh the cutter down with a can, so sugar cannot seep under the edges.
If you put the tines of a fork into the sugar once it has cooled just slightly, it will create sugar threads. You can wrap this up, and garnish a dessert with. Or you can drizzle them over an upside down greased bowl to make Cages to plate over desserts.
And if you pour some sugar onto your silpat and let it cool until plyable, you can work it into different shapes (But be careful, it is hot, Not too hot to handle but pretty warm.)