Glossy Gumpaste Figures????

Decorating By CinHan Updated 27 Nov 2009 , 2:40pm by CWIL

CinHan Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 3:34pm
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Hi There-
I just finished making some gumpaste figures for a Strawberry Shortcake cake. I painted them with icing colors. I love the way they turned out EXCEPT, I would like them to look glossy. Any suggestions? Thanks!
LL

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pennywells Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 3:55pm
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I just saw Cakeboss using a clothing steamer to make the fondant glossy. Haven't tried it so don't no how it works. The other thing is painting over it with clear alchol and when it dries it leaves it looking glossy.

louw48 Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 4:08pm
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Spray lightly with PAM or spray in a small container and brush on. Look at the gloss I have on my pool ball cupcakes.

CinHan Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 4:23pm
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Thanks! I tried the Pam and it looks great.

cylstrial Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 6:56pm
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Yeah, just a little bit of pam looks nice. I still want to try the steamer though.

Cristi-Tutty Posted 23 Nov 2009 , 10:33pm
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wow thank you for the tip I am going to get pam to put in my next figurine...thank you

anmnewlin1 Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 1:06am
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You can use and edible Lacquer Spray made by Confectionery
Arts International. I found that Global Sugar Art is the cheapest vendor for us. It is running about $30 a can and does not leave the after taste that Pam or a non stick spray does. Hope this helps.

hugs28 Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:05am
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I steam alot of my fondant and gum paste work with the clothing steamer that cake boss doesicon_smile.gif it comes out great. I love the shine it gives it.

BTW nice figurines icon_wink.gif

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:45am
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Originally Posted by hugs28

I steam alot of my fondant and gum paste work with the clothing steamer that doesicon_smile.gif it comes out great. I love the shine it gives it.

BTW nice figurines icon_wink.gif




I tried steaming and it was nice and shiney but the next day it was back dull again. Not sure if I am doing something wrong.

Texas_Rose Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:52am
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Originally Posted by hugs28

I steam alot of my fondant and gum paste work with the clothing steamer that doesicon_smile.gif it comes out great. I love the shine it gives it.

BTW nice figurines icon_wink.gif



I tried steaming and it was nice and shiney but the next day it was back dull again. Not sure if I am doing something wrong.




No, that's what happens for me too.

If I need something really glossy, I paint it with confectioner's glaze.

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 5:54am
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Originally Posted by JustToEatCake

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Originally Posted by hugs28

I steam alot of my fondant and gum paste work with the clothing steamer that doesicon_smile.gif it comes out great. I love the shine it gives it.

BTW nice figurines icon_wink.gif



I tried steaming and it was nice and shiney but the next day it was back dull again. Not sure if I am doing something wrong.



No, that's what happens for me too.

If I need something really glossy, I paint it with confectioner's glaze.



I'm going to buy some of that but I need something for Thurs so I am going to try the pam method this time.

CinHan Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 1:39pm
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Thanks everyone. I would like to try the glaze, but I need it for the holiday weekend as well. The Pam worked and I doubt that anyone will be eating them anyway. Next time I will try the glaze. Thanks for the help and looking at my first try at lifelike figures. The only others I have tried were Halloween ghosts and ghouls. Maybe Santa is next! Sooo much fun!

CWIL Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 2:03pm
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I just made a racecar cake and used a "glaze" by another CC'er and it worked just awesome!! You use a 50/50 mix of vodka and corn syrup and paint it on. I didn't have any brush streaks and it dried in less than 24 hours. It's great.

CinHan Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:08pm
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That sounds great! It would be nice to not have to buy the glaze. I don't think I will use it on my Strawberry Shortcake cake for a second year bday party though. I might get some heat for that. LOL

jones5cm Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 4:41pm
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I had this same dilemma last week with a small golf bag and was told to rub it lightly with glycerin...wish I had known about the spraying method, would have been easier than handling it yet again (I was afraid that it was going to crumble in my hands for the second time!!) Thanks for the great tips...I'll keep them in mind for future referenceicon_smile.gif

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 7:58pm
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I actually made a glaze mentioned on here (vodka or everclear and piping gel). You just use the alcohol to thin the piping gel. It looks nice but it stays sticky BUT in a pinch it's pretty. I think the karo might be sticky too, was it?

jones5cm Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 8:10pm
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No, mine didn't stay sticky; but then again I used such a little bit of it mostly on the edges. I really didn't want a 'shine' on it; but just want to give it a moisterer look (is that a word??icon_smile.gif. I have pictures posted of before and after, if you're interested.

CWIL Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 8:25pm
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The vodka/corn syrup mix does not stay sticky. It dries hard.

hugs28 Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 8:38pm
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If you use the pam, won't that give it a greasy feeling and funky taste? Never tried before, so don't know, but just curious.

CinHan Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 9:05pm
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Can you taste the vodka????

CWIL Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 9:11pm
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No, you can't taste the vodka. A little goes a long way. I used a 1/4 cup syrup and 1/4 C vodka and still had plenty of leftovers after "shellacking" (don't know if that's a real word or if it is, if it's spelled correctly) a racecar.

CinHan Posted 24 Nov 2009 , 9:14pm
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Great! I think I'll give it a try

jones5cm Posted 25 Nov 2009 , 12:48pm
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Great! I think I'll give it a try


CinHan: I'll be anxious to see the results; please post an 'after' pic.

apie08 Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 2:30am
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I have a cake due Sat., fall themed wedding. I'm brushing my gumpast leaves with petal dust and lemon extract, but they look very dull. Can I use the Pam on them or does anyone have any other ways to give them a glossy look, don't wont a real glossy look just enough to give them a little shine. Thanks

CWIL Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:40pm
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If you just want a little shine and not a gloss, you could use luster dust.

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