I got the pasta roller attachment for my bday and tried to use it with just straight gumpaste. I think it bakel's. Anyway, it was super sticky and stringy and kind of clogged the roller up a little bit. I got it all out but I was wondering, for those of you that do this, what sort of tips or hints can you give me?? Thanks so much!! [....waiting with baited breathe.... ]
In my limited experience with gumpaste, if it is too sticky, add some crisco. When I put gumpaste into my pasta roller, I lightly brush each side with corn starch so it won't stick to the roller. Each time I feed it through I check to see if it needs more corn starch.
Jen! When I first read your reply I thought you said to use corn SYRUP on the rollers!!! LOL!!! Good thing I read that again!! Can you imagine that mess??
That's funny. That would have been a mess!!! Good luck and you can pm me if you have any questions.
I use shortening.. works great.. I grease the rollers. I use Nic Lodge's gumpaste recipe.. it's the best I have tried. Simple to make and not sticky at all.
1st off......make sure to open the rollers as wide as you can before starting to feed in your gp.
Everyone has suggested how to keep it from being sticky, but if the rollers are too tight for the thickness of the gp you will have the problems you describe.
With each pass thru the rollers tighten them up so it gets thinner & thinner until you are happy w/it. Roll it thru each # up to 7 times before going on to the next #. That's what they suggest for doing Sculpy/polymer clay
Thak You so much for the tips, I got a pasta roller to practice my GP flowers but I was going to give it away because I had so much trouble with it. I will try it again before I give it away.
One more thought - you said it might be Bakels gumpaste. I do not like that brand at all - it is soft and never, ever hardens . I do live in an extremely high humidity area, but even small pieces put in a food dehydrator for 7 days refused to dry. Nic Lodge's recipe is wonderful. Satin Ice and even Wilton pre-made (use your Michael's and AC Moore coupons!) are far better.