I am making my mom a bud vase of gumpaste roses, complete all the way down to the thorns (similar to that fab rose bush Scott Clark Wooley has in his book). I was wondering if anyone has set gumpaste in poured sugar. I would like to use poured sugar as the water in the bud base so I can say that everything is sugar except the vase itself and the floral wires in the stems.
I am concerned that the hot sugar (isomalt) will damage the gumpaste, so I was wondering if anyone else here has tried it before I go through the trouble of doing a trial run.
This sounds beautiful! I have no idea about what the heat might do to gumpaste. Could you fabricate some sort of "shield" around the gumpaste flowers until the Isomalt cools? Maybe sacrifice a silicone pot holder or something? A shield wouldn't protect the thorns, but maybe..... If the gumpaste is totally dry, it may not get sufficient heat to be affected. ???
I don't know about the sugar water but... could you instead make a vase using the beer bottle technique here at CC (only use a vase instead of a bottle) and then skip the water all together and youcould still say it was all edible.