I'm aware that gumpaste figurines can last indefinitely and that they dry "rock hard." I will be making some figurines which will require a lot of "black" and I figured it would be easier to make the figurines in fondant or candy clay/modeling chocolate because it is easier to make(i.e. start with chocolate) or to buy the "black."
What is the time frame for fondant and candy clay/modeling chocolate? How far in advance can you make it? How long will it last? Any storage tips for leftovers and storage tips for the figurines after they have dried? I don't plan on having them being eaten.
Lastly...any favorite recipes? TIA!
If you aren't planning on anyone eating your figures you can make them well in advance. I would think they take about a week to dry rock hard, but don't quote me on that. Leftover fondant will keep a very long time, even in the freezer for up to a year, if you wrap it tightly in saran wrap and then in a freezer bag.
As for how to store the figures after you take them off the cake, I would think a cardboard box with some tissue paper would do fine.