I have a question, Do you have to put vegitible oil in gum paste to make it mold-able?
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Hi there, I haven't made it at home. And haven't heard anybody using oil to make this.
The easiest way to make gumpaste is add 1/2 teaspoon of CMC/tylose powder to 250g of fondant and knead well. Or you can mix store bought fondant and gumpaste 50/50.
And when you knead it you may need a bit of shortening.
Vegatable shortening can be used but not oil. Its also good to work a little bit on your hands before you knead the paste and also a little on your work surface.
Depending on what you are making with it, ie: flowers, people or structures, is how you should make your paste. So if your using it for flowers you want something that will give and be able to stretch and become almost transparent. But you do not want that quality if your building something that needs to be firm like a boat or roof for a pagoda lets say. Gum trag will give you the stretch and tylose will give you the firmness. So it depends.