From what I have been able to glean from past threads it appears that pastillage dries faster than gumpaste and is more challenging to work with.
Does anyone here work with pastillage at all? If so, what do you use it for vs gumpaste? I know they are a similar product, each with pros and cons, however I am looking for any info related to pastillage, its uses, ease of use, etc.
Hi tripletmom - there's a great pastillage demo on egullet.org at this link
I'm very interested in it too (haven't dived in yet as I still need a few items) and this demo makes it seem within reach. HTH
I've done it once, simply because I needed large playing cards to put on a poker cake and waited too long to trust gumpaste to dry. They're not lying...it dries ultra-fast...too fast for me. If you don't work quickly enough, the top surface starts to set, and when you move it, it makes a ton of tiny ripples. I worked faster with it and was able to avoid the rippling, but I didn't much care for it. Gumpaste is more enjoyable to me.
I've used it on occassion. I use it for buildings as it seems to be stronger then gumpaste, but yes you do have to work fast with it.
I want to make an open standing greeting card. Would I make it in 2 pieces and attach at the spine somehow or make one rectangle and fold?? need help please!!
Crazygrammie, I have worked with both pastillage and gum paste. For larger projects, I used pastillage which does indeed dry fast. But for a greeting card, I was very satisfied with gum paste. I made a rectangle and laid it over a folded card stock form, (which I braced with a strip of tape to hold its shape under the weight.) I made two in case of breakage. I think it turned out well. Here is a picture:
beautiful!!! did you make your own form?
Thank you! I just cut out a rectangle of heavy card stock, scored it so it would fold cleanly and folded it to the angle I wanted. I secured the bottom edges together with a piece of tape so it wouldn't spread any further when supporting the weight of the gum paste. I rolled and cut out the gum paste, using an oval piece of cardboard as a template for the cut-out. After drying for a couple of days, I applied pearls around the opening, painted the message and placed it on the cake. It was remarkably sturdy and I didn't need the spare I had made.
I don't think you will have any difficulty when making your greeting card.