How do you attach different parts of modeling chocolate/candy clay together? For example, if I wanted to make a figurine...how do you attach the limbs to the torso of the body? Or is it not possible? Should all pieces be dry before attaching? Thanks!
Ok, I've made several figurines and have tried a few different methods. I first started by trying to attach the arms to the torso at the shoulders, this didnt work, the clay, although it had no problem sticking to my hands, would not stick to itself so I ended up using teeny toothpicks to help them stay on. The next thing I tried was using corn syrup as a kind of glue, that wasn't so bad but the heavier the object, the more slipping you'll have.
Finally (sorry this is taking so long ) I started making the arms and the chest out of all one piece, this for me, is the best way to get everything attached and have it stay that way.
You can make gum glue by either dissolving cmc/tylose in some water and letting it sit overnight, OR taking some actual gumpaste, and placing in a small amount of water. Microwave it in 20-30 second increments stirring in between until it melts. If it's too thin, more gumpaste, too thick, add a little more water. This type can be used right away but will also keep well in the fridge.
Thanks for writing about your experiences. I've made gumpaste figurines before, but I've never worked with modeling chocolate. It's good to know what happened with corn syrup and toothpicks. It looks like I'll try the gumpaste "glue" or have to make the figurines as one whole piece. (However, I think that's going to be too difficult for me!)