Covering Dummy In Fondant - Need Buttercream?

Decorating By 1234me Updated 7 Apr 2010 , 7:58pm by PDXSweetTreats

1234me Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 10:24am
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I am covering a styrofoam dummy with fondant to make a shopping bag - not very big. Do I need to put buttercream on the dummy for the fondant to adhere?

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Caths_Cakes Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 10:39am
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you can use the tiniest bit, some people just use a bit of water or piping gel, you only need a tiny bit to make the surface tacky

bashini Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 10:43am
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Hi, I use water. icon_biggrin.gif

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 10:58am
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I use a tiny bit of buttercream only if there are marks on my dummies (I've reused them a few times). If the dummy is already smooth, just use water, piping gel, or shortening.

1234me Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 5:28pm
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thanks for your help on this! Hoping to get it done today to leave time to dry icon_smile.gif

TexasSugar Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 5:31pm
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Spritz with water, very lightly though. You can also use piping gel or corn syrup.

KHalstead Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 5:45pm
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I always brush with corn like a charm!

PDXSweetTreats Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 5:59pm
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Don't mean to hijack your post; but this is related: How do you get the styrofoam dummy smoothed before putting the fondant on? I've seen posts citing both RI and regular spackling paste. Which works better? I tried RI this past week on a styrofoam separator, but it didn't work too well. Perhaps I didn't let the RI harden sufficiently before "sanding" it down? Thanks!

BlakesCakes Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 6:45pm
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I use crisco on my dummies--no water, no buttercream, no gel.

I find that it fills in the imperfections very nicely and it's easy to move the fondant around, if necessary. I just massage it all over the dummy & cover.

I sand all of my dummies with fine grit sandpaper before doing anything. If big sections are missing or damaged, I get another dummy. Most anything you use will shrink away over time if used to fill a very large hole.


PDXSweetTreats Posted 7 Apr 2010 , 7:58pm
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Thanks, Rae! I'll give that a try.

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