How To Get Gumpaste Shiny Without Steamer?

Decorating By greengyrl26 Updated 26 Jan 2010 , 5:08pm by milkmaid42

greengyrl26 Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:33pm
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I'm working on a small high heel shoe. After it's dry, how do I make it shiny? This shoe is very delicate, so I'm afraid the heat from my steamer will weaken it too much. Is there a glaze or something I can brush on? I've always used a steamer, so I'm kind of at a loss here.


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rltmeng Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:55pm
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I have this edible varnish recipe saved from another cc'er, pinkbox, so I copied and pasted it for you, hope it works



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It can be used when needing a glassy like appearance on fondant. (ie a windshield like on this car
It dries to a shine. I have doulbed, tripled with no problem.

Edible Varnish
1 tsp gelatin
3 tsp water (out of tap)
1 tsp liquid glucose ( I used corn syrup)
Sprinkle gelaitn in the water. Let stand until it becomes spongy.

Dissolve until clear over hot, not boiling water.
Add liquid glucose/corn syrup and stir until ingredients are well combined.
Pour into an airtight container. The mixture will become hard/stiff.

To use it, heat the varnish in a container of hot, not boiling water.
Paint onto item to be vanished while mixture is still hot.

Renaejrk Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 1:55pm
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I actually have used thin gum glue before (tylose mixed with water). I just painted it on and it looked great! I haven't tried using piping gel. I know others have used different techniques - hopefully everyone will give you great tips!

milkmaid42 Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 4:46pm
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I have used confectioner's glaze. (It is an edible lacquer). I used it on my Lil Einsteins cake and rose topper. It makes a nice shine. However, you really have to clean your brush well with the thinner which has a strong solvent odor.

greengyrl26 Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 4:52pm
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Oh, and forgot to ask, but how long does it take these methods to dry??? icon_wink.gif

milkmaid42 Posted 26 Jan 2010 , 5:08pm
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Gosh, I'm not really sure of the time. I have never used it when I was in a crisis type rush. I don't recall it taking an inordinate amount of time though. I just don't want to leave you with no answer from me. Maybe the other posters can give you better info.

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