Hi everyone. Just wondering about how I can stick two dried pieces of gum paste together. I don't want to use royal icing if possible. Can I just use water? Are there any other glues that can be used?
water or gumglue would work as long as you can hold the pieces until set (maintain their positions that is). I chanced upon something that may be written somewhere....
I steamed (lightly) two pieces over the spout of my tea kettle which gave them enough tack to hold fast. As soon as they were cooled, they were stuck.
For the helmet face mask in my little avatar photo, I ended up having to use Elmer's glue on the 4 pieces that joined the mask together. I knew that the it wouldn't be eaten so I had no issue there.
You can also use melted chocolate.
I always use sugar glue.
Bashini is right, sugar glue is the standard
Egg white also works well as a glue for gumpaste. Just be careful not to get it all over your piece, because if you put luster dust on it after, you will be able to see the spots where the egg white is.
In a class with Nicholas Lodge, we used a tiny ball of leftover gumpaste (the same that was used for the items to be glued together or the dominant color) and added just a bit of water or gum glue, mooshed it together into a paste, and used the paste. Just be careful and don't use too much water in the paste or too much paste to glue the pieces together. This technique does need a bit of time to set up. I like chocolate or candy melts - sets up faster.