If I read your post right your letting them dry on the broom stick???
Just put them there to kinda dry some while making them.. Then take them off the stick and stuff them with cotton balls and let them dry laying on there side or flat.. There is a step by step in the articles section that may help you...
It may be that they were not all the way dried.
When they fell apart, did you notice that they seemed slightly pliable, but just cracked and broke? If that's the case, let them dry even longer, because they aren't quite dry enough.
This often happens in more humid areas.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS:
To dry, you can place the formed Gum paste piece on waxed paper and turn it carefully once a day to ensure even drying.
But, don't put Gum paste in an low temperature oven to dry!
While placing pieces near a heat source, such as an oven light, may hasten drying, the oven itself will not work.
You can also place pieces in front of a fan, especially if it is humid outside. To speed drying, you can lay it on pieces of Styrofoam which allows air to circulate on both sides. (Sprinkle your foam square with cornstarch and work it in with your fingers. Then, lay the shape on the foam).
Could it be that they stuck to the broom stick ? and they fell apart when you tried to get them off. I have see that technique where you use a horizontal rod that is supported on either side to dry the bows and give them that shape, so I know that technique works. All i can think of is that your fondant was just way too thin or they just stuck to the stick. Dusting the stick with corn starch will help prevent sticking.
hello! i got this great tip on how to make fondant bows. instea of drying it on a stick. try drying them on a cookie sheet sideways. to form the loops you can stuff the loops with tissue or paper towels. ti would be easier to remove them and you can even make the loops bigger too.
thank you all, kika
P.S. i was however able to make a small bow nothing like the one i planned but its better then nothing!!!
Thats what it all about practice practice practice...!