Stupid Question About Mixing Gumpaste And Mmf.

Decorating By LoriMc Updated 13 Oct 2008 , 12:02am by mellormom

LoriMc Posted 11 Oct 2008 , 9:35pm
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I need a bow for next weekend, and I wanted to try a mixture of MMF and gumpaste. I have done a bow with each one seperately. The MMF took forever to dry and the gumpaste seemed very brittle.

Do I just mix up each recipe then knead equal parts together? If I want my bow to be brown, when would you add the coloring?

Thanks!

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lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 12:50am
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Try a mixture of 60% gum paste and 40% MMF (eyeball it). It makes a mixture that is very easy to work with and will dry in a reasonable time. Add your color as you are kneading them together. HTH

beth2027 Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 3:57am
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I was just wondering if this could be done. Thanks for posting the question lapazlady. And thanks for answering LoriMc.
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LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 3:29pm
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Thanks!

What's the best thing to hang them on to dry? Last time I used the fattest broomstick I could find. Does something fatter make the loops look better?

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 4:40pm
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I've used a broom stick and another time, doweling. The size is really determined by the size of the loop you're making. Make up a loop in the shape you want and see what size makes it look best, that will determine the size of the doweling you hang the loop on to dry. Bigger is not always better. Loops are fun to make.

mellormom Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 5:10pm
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You can roll up a handful of tissues and then put the bow around that. You just lay the bow down on wax paper and let it dry. The tissue makes the bow nice and round or you can flatten it a little for a longer thinner look. Takes up a lot less space than a dowel or broom handle. icon_smile.gif
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LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 5:19pm
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You can roll up a handful of tissues and then put the bow around that. You just lay the bow down on wax paper and let it dry. The tissue makes the bow nice and round or you can flatten it a little for a longer thinner look. Takes up a lot less space than a dowel or broom handle. icon_smile.gif
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So you're saying I as soon as I cut the loop out of the fondant, wrap it around tissue paper and wet the ends and attach them?

I like the fatter loops that are more round than long. Mine always seem to look more oval and flat. So maybe I am not making them long enough?

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 5:51pm
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www.theredhotkitchen.com/PackageBowInstructions.html

Take a look at this way of making a bow. And, on the main page of CC, about 1/2 way down, is directions for making another style bow.

cutthecake Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 5:53pm
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Try setting the loops on their edges to dry--stand them up, rather than lay them on the flat side. You can then adjust the shape to suit you, and you don't need to stuff them with anything.

LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 6:05pm
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions you guys.

My gumpaste mix says to take 1 cup of the mix and add water. A cup of gumpaste with a little over a cup of MMF will be enough don't you think?

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 9:05pm
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A cup of gumpaste and 1/2 a cup of ready to go MMF is about right. Mix your gumpaste and allow it to sit, in an air tight container, over night (8-10 hrs will do) and they eye ball the amount a medium lump of gumpaste and less of MMF. Knead them together with the color. Have fun.

LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:32pm
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Somebody else on here said 60% MMF and 40% gumpaste. Is there really gonna be a difference?

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:35pm
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The more MMF you add the longer it will take for the bow to dry. I believe 50/50 is the usual amount. I try to do 60/40 to insure a quick, hard product. I amount you add is really a personal choice.

LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:48pm
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I have about six days for it to dry......hopefully that will be enough!

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:49pm
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2-3 days usually do the trick. You'll do just fine.

LoriMc Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:53pm
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Thanks!

lapazlady Posted 12 Oct 2008 , 10:56pm
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Your welcome. Have fun.

mellormom Posted 13 Oct 2008 , 12:02am
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So you're saying I as soon as I cut the loop out of the fondant, wrap it around tissue paper and wet the ends and attach them?

That is what Peggy Porchen says to do in her book. (sorry I can't spell her last name.) It works for me every time. You can just eyeball the mixture. It will work even if it is not exact. Mine usually dry within a few days.
I don't put the big loops on there side because the tops sag. But the tiny ones I put on there side and that works great for those.
Jen...

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