uberathlete Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:34pm
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Hi everyone. Just wondering what I can do to harden gum paste. I'm going to make long thin shapes out of gum paste but I would like it to harden really well if possible. What can I do to achieve this? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Edit: Actually, I guess what I should be asking is what can I do so that it hardens faster, because I'm a bit pressed for time.

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smbegg Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:44pm
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Just leave it to airdry. Gumpaste will dry hard.


Stephanie

Teekakes Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:50pm
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Gumpaste needs nothing added or done to it in order to harden completely. You will likely find your long thin strips will be near brittle once they have dried for 24 to 48 hours. Be careful handling your gumpaste pieces once they are dried.
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Teekakes Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 9:57pm
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Gumpaste needs nothing added or done to it in order to harden completely. You will likely find your long thin strips will be near brittle once they have dried for 24 to 48 hours. Be careful handling your gumpaste pieces once they are dried.
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weirkd Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 10:12pm
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You can put a fan on it to rush the process.

Callyssa Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 10:16pm
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I don't know if this is right or not LOL! but I put mine in the oven on a very low temp (I can't remember what......maybe 175-200) on a cooling rack, and it did definitely dry faster than when I let it air dry.

Word of caution if you try this though; DON'T try to pick it up to check on it, the outsides will seem very dry but the inside gets quite soft from the heat (and it gets hot too). Just leave it alone and make sure it doesn't burn. I think I left mine in for a couple of hours. I've only done this for bow loops, so I don't know how well it would work for thicker items. HTH!

classiccake Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:41am
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Get a dehydrator and put the gumpaste pieces in the trys. The paste dries twice as fast.

Put is oven by a pilot light (If you use gas.

Set the paste in front of a fan.

millermom Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:58am
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I have put mine in an oven with the light on. Just the light bulb alone gives enough heat to speed up the drying process

MBoyd Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 5:08pm
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If you're making your own GP, if you add extra gum (I use Tylose) it usually dries faster than if you use the recommended amount. don't know if that will help you ad this stage of the game, but you can always just knead some in before you make your shapes.

loriemoms Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 5:20pm
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Originally Posted by classiccake

Get a dehydrator and put the gumpaste pieces in the trys. The paste dries twice as fast.

Put is oven by a pilot light (If you use gas.

Set the paste in front of a fan.




I also bought a dehydrator...I use it to try fondant faster too! It works really well. Same word of caution, allow the pieces to cool off.

CristyInMiami Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 11:33pm

What I do is I get a small table lamp and get a cooling rack and lay the piece that needs drying on it. I then place the rack on top of the lamp shade for about 30 minutes or so if its thin like #'s or letters.

Mandy3442 Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 12:36pm

How long do you put it in the dehydrator for?

TexasSugar Posted 30 Mar 2012 , 3:33pm

I've dried pieces on a bed of cornstarch, with a fan, and also under a desk lamp.

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