How To Prevent Gumpaste From Cracking?

Decorating By sweet_2th_fairy Updated 13 Jul 2008 , 7:49pm by JoAnnB

sweet_2th_fairy Posted 13 Jul 2008 , 3:05pm
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I was wondering if there was a way to stop gumpaste from cracking. These cracks appear after they have dried. Is there something that I can add to prevent this or is there something I can add later (i.e glaze or lacquer, etc.)? I did noticed that the evidence of cracks lessened when I used shortening to coat my hands rather than the powdered sugar. Any tips?

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JoAnnB Posted 13 Jul 2008 , 7:49pm
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It helps me, when I pull off a small piece of gp to work with, I knead in a little dab of shortening. It makes the piece more pliable.

I never use powdered sugar, once the dough is ready and not sticky. I do use a superfine duster to cornstarch the work surface for things that need not to stick.

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