First Time Gumpaste User

Decorating By sarah5008 Updated 3 Dec 2009 , 4:17am by tonedna

sarah5008 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 6:59pm
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I have a casino theme cake coming up that I am making and thought of using gumpaste for some of the decorations. I am new to gumpaste and don't know a whole lot about it. I would like to use it to make playing cards and poker chips. Does this sound like a good idea or would something else work better? Any tips on gumpaste would be great! Also- is it better to buy it ready made (if so what brand) or make it yourself?

Thanks so much!

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d3sc3n7 Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:05pm
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I'm just going to lurk, if that ok. I'm going in the next day or two to get some gumpaste...and I've never touched it before either!

tonedna Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:10pm
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Gumpaste works well..also 50/50 gumpaste/fondant. You can use fondant and add tylose too.
As for recipes you can check my Youtube tutorials. There is one on how to make gumpaste.




There is a few more on making gumpaste roses and calla lilies..
Hope it helps!
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idgalpal Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:16pm
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Edna's tutorials are the best! I'm hooked on her gum paste rose method!

tonedna Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:20pm
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Aww..thanksigapal!..that means a lot. I just added a new one on Powder dusts!
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sarah5008 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:17pm
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Thank you Edna! I checked out your videos and I love them! They are easy to follow and have great information- plus your cakes are BEAUTIFUL. I look forward to new ones you post.

grandmom Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 4:34pm
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And Edna is beautiful too. I don't let my DH watch Edna, even though he is very interested in what I'm learning icon_lol.gif

Rylan Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 5:35pm
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And Edna is beautiful too. I don't let my DH watch Edna, even though he is very interested in what I'm learning icon_lol.gif





Oh yes, she is so beautiful!

badkitty Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:03pm
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Originally Posted by idgalpal

Edna's tutorials are the best! I'm hooked on her gum paste rose method!




Yeah, what she said!! Edna's tuts are very helpful!!

I have a question about gumpaste. I'm pretty new to the cake world and I've been practicing with a fondant/Tylose mix and it molds beautifully!!! But I haven't used regular gumpaste yet! What is the different between the two?

I'm trying to find the perfect mixture for sculpting figures! I'm used to being able to squish and smoosh my clay, and while I love the texture of straight fondant, I need something that will dry faster and be stronger. (At least I think I do!)

Any info would be helpful!

susanscakecreations Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:36pm
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And if someone could give me a tip or two on why my gumpaste wants to 'wrinkle' and crack, I would be most appreciative!!!!
I'm working on a figure now, and the knees and elbows want to do this.......why?????
Thanks!

Jeff_Arnett Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 6:45pm
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Originally Posted by sarah5008

I have a casino theme cake coming up that I am making and thought of using gumpaste for some of the decorations. I am new to gumpaste and don't know a whole lot about it. I would like to use it to make playing cards and poker chips. Does this sound like a good idea or would something else work better? Any tips on gumpaste would be great! Also- is it better to buy it ready made (if so what brand) or make it yourself?

Thanks so much!


WARNING..once you start with GP you will become addicted!! THe possibilities are endless! Yes you can make card and chips...what ever you need and many months ahead of time.

Ready made is good for a beginner to get the feel of handling it....but homemade is much much cheaper!

tonedna Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 8:41pm
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Originally Posted by grandmom

And Edna is beautiful too. I don't let my DH watch Edna, even though he is very interested in what I'm learning icon_lol.gif




Haha..oh lord a needed a good laugh today!...I am getting that a lot lately. One of my students said her son loves to watch the tutorials too. But he doesnt decorate! icon_surprised.gificon_redface.gificon_razz.gif

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tonedna Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 8:47pm
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Originally Posted by idgalpal

Edna's tutorials are the best! I'm hooked on her gum paste rose method!



Yeah, what she said!! Edna's tuts are very helpful!!

I have a question about gumpaste. I'm pretty new to the cake world and I've been practicing with a fondant/Tylose mix and it molds beautifully!!! But I haven't used regular gumpaste yet! What is the different between the two?

I'm trying to find the perfect mixture for sculpting figures! I'm used to being able to squish and smoosh my clay, and while I love the texture of straight fondant, I need something that will dry faster and be stronger. (At least I think I do!)

Any info would be helpful!





Tylose and fondant is pretty good, but the elasticity of gumpaste can be even better. So if you need a very delicate flower, is best to do them in gumpaste. Not to say you cant do the, with fondant/tylose, but once you try it you will see a difference.
MY favorite recipe is in my website under the recipe link with the tutorial on how to make it.
I have used wilton premade and sometimes if it's too dry I add fondant.
Satin Ice is ok.. not my favorite. It takes longer to dry. But works well for other details
You will find that all the gumpastes have differences that can help you with different details.
The only one I dont like is bakels..that one never dried for me..
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PS..Thanks Rylan.. Your cakes keep looking more beautiful every time I see a new one.. thumbs_up.gif

tonedna Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 8:49pm
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And if someone could give me a tip or two on why my gumpaste wants to 'wrinkle' and crack, I would be most appreciative!!!!
I'm working on a figure now, and the knees and elbows want to do this.......why?????
Thanks!




Too much cornstarch...maybe need some crisco when you massage it. Try adding a bit of fondant it sometimes help.
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badkitty Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 9:00pm
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Thanks Edna, the lack of elasticity is what's been giving me problems. icon_smile.gif

trfeist Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 9:02pm
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Hi Sarah5008 I am also new to this site and gumpaste. I just finished a carousel cake that I made the top out of gumpaste. I received a lot of tips and advise from CC forums. I made the gumpaste myself, tinted it green, Then I cut and folded a paper plate to make a form for the gumpaste to sit on to take the shape that I wanted. It worked perfectly!
HTH and good luck with your cake!

tonedna Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 9:09pm
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Thanks Edna, the lack of elasticity is what's been giving me problems. icon_smile.gif




Yeah, thats usually the problem with the tylose/fondant. Is good but the elasticity is less..
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sarah5008 Posted 15 Oct 2009 , 8:12pm
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I finished this cake and the photos are now in my photo section. I did really enjoy using the gumpaste. I think that the cards and poker chips turned out great! I also had another cake that same weekend and I tried using Edna's way of making gumpaste roses and they turned out BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much Edna for your instructional videos. They really helped me.

tonedna Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 4:17am
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I am glad it worked out!
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