cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:12am
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I have the hardest time trying to get things to stick together when I make characters or things made out of fondant or gumpaste. I actually switched from fondant to gumpaste because the fondant never dried and it was impossible to keep things together. Even with the gumpaste, it is hit or miss with things "sticking". Ears fall off heads, limbs don't want to stay, and everything else I make falls off itself. I use water to make things stick, but in a last second crisis ended up gluing on an arm with chocolate.
What's the trick to make it stick?

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Price Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:27am
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Use edible glue. Add about 1/4 tsp. of Tylose powder to about 1-2 Tbsp. of warm water. Stir and let it sit until it dissolves and is clear. Works great, but you just want to use a small amount. If you use too much, it will cause your pieces to slip apart instead of sticking. HTH

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:31am
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Where can I get Tylose powder? Is it only available online?

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:31am
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Dissolve gumpaste in warm water for a glue-like consistency. This should work fine for you. Also, if you keep it covered, it will last a good, long time. I keep all my bits of gumpaste and let them harden... when I need to make glue I have a ready supply!

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:36am
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Does the gumpaste glue work better than just wetting the gumpaste peices I'm working with?

backermeister Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:41am
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yes gumpaste glue works better and then you don't have to worry about the tylose powder. icon_smile.gif

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:44am
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Fantastic. Thank you. I'll try it tomorrow!!

Uniqueask Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:44am
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I like the gumpaste better than the tylose glue, (personal preference) But if you use the gumpaste glue, make sure to store it in the fridge when not in use, or it will get mildew, (Lesson Learned).

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:45am
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Absolutely. It is of a thicker consistency. Now, things like arms, etc. need to be "propped" overnight in most any situation. What I do is build my figure, then I use a ball tool to make an indentation - just like a true socket in humans. I put the glue in the socket and apply the arm. Then I roll a bit of bubble wrap to fit the space between the surface of whatever the figure will sit/stand upon. The bubble wrap props the appendage up, but does not cause any indentations or wrinkles in the surface of the arm.

Little things like eyes, noses, ears, etc. will adhere immediately.

Also, a good rule of thumb for a figure is 50/50 gumpaste and fondant. I actually go about 60/50 gumpaste to fondant. It gives you time to work with the figure while forming it, but dries hard on the surface so you can proceed fairly quickly.

HTH!

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:46am

I'll heed your warning. I prefer to learn from other people's mistakes icon_smile.gif

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:48am

Yes, it does, Win. Thank you.

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 12:48am
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Originally Posted by Uniqueask

I like the gumpaste better than the tylose glue, (personal preference) But if you use the gumpaste glue, make sure to store it in the fridge when not in use, or it will get mildew, (Lesson Learned).




I like it much better as well... however, I never store mine in the fridge and have never had it mildew either. hmmm... I have used the same batch at room temp for as much as two weeks at a time. I just make sure to securely close the lid when I'm done for the evening.

cakefort Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 1:15pm

It worked! It worked! I made the gumpaste glue last night and this morning my peices were nicely stuck together. THANK YOU!!!

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 8:22pm

Wonderful!!! So glad you had success! thumbs_up.gif

Uniqueask Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 6:15pm

Mine mildew in the summer time, and it is fine in the winter.

StefanieLRyan Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 10:02pm

It seems like the problem has already been resolved, but here's some extra advice, in case you need an alternative...
I mix 1 tbsp of merinque powder with 1 tbsp of warm water and use that as "glue". For "heftier" gumpaste creations, I also sometimes use toothpicks and small wooden skewers to give the creations some internal support; most people don't eat the gumpaste sculptures (from my experience) so you don't have to worry about people getting poked from a toothpick. As a previous post mentioned, I also "prop" up certain appendages of gumpaste sculptures to help them dry in their proper shape. Hope this helps. Happy baking and creating!

cakefort Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 10:42pm

Thanks. Extra tips are always welcome!

Win Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 10:43pm
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Originally Posted by StefanieLRyan

It seems like the problem has already been resolved, but here's some extra advice, in case you need an alternative...
I mix 1 tbsp of merinque powder with 1 tbsp of warm water and use that as "glue". For "heftier" gumpaste creations, I also sometimes use toothpicks and small wooden skewers to give the creations some internal support; most people don't eat the gumpaste sculptures (from my experience) so you don't have to worry about people getting poked from a toothpick. As a previous post mentioned, I also "prop" up certain appendages of gumpaste sculptures to help them dry in their proper shape. Hope this helps. Happy baking and creating!




I have found that most kiddos will tend to snatch a figure off a cake and bite its head off... Spaghetti has become my favorite internal support system. That way, I never,never have to worry that I might have forgotten to warn people that toothpicks/cocktail sticks are inside. icon_biggrin.gif

melissagarron Posted 16 Apr 2010 , 10:51pm

OMG i have been also struggling with my figures to stick together! i am so glad i read this thread, thanks everyone it will be so much easier when i go to do my "in the night garden" figures tonight!

jesslh827 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 4:32am

AI need to save this thread; not sure how to except by replying. I love this site :)

bct806 Posted 28 Apr 2013 , 9:41pm

Definitely dissolve the gum paste into water. This is how I was taught to do it in the Wilton decorating classes and it always worked for us.

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