Can someone please tell me if modeling paste used to make figurines is the same thing as gumpaste or if they are two completely different things? In the Debbie Brown book she says to use 1lb fondant and 2 tsp tylose to make the modeling paste. I was wondering if I could just use my Nicholas Lodge gumpaste recipe to make my figurines.
Modeling paste is made as Debbie Brown describes because you get the strength of gumpaste and the smoothness of fondant. Straight gumpaste might be too stiff or dry to quickly to make figures from. Modeling paste can also be made by mixing fondant and gumpaste. Start with a 50/50 mix and see how you like it.
I use the gumpaste for figurines. I'm just starting out but I find it pretty easy to work with but you have to work quickly to keep it from drying out.
I guess it depends on your preference.
Thanks Stephanie and Alana for the great info. I am going to try it both ways.
One more question Alana do I have to let the 50/50 mix mature for 24 hours?
If your fondant and gumpaste have already matured (if it is homemade), then no. Just mix it together and go for it.