caseyhayes Posted 7 May 2010 , 7:49pm
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I put it off till the last minute because I was busy making other cakes... I have a shoe that needs to dry ultra fast! Any one have tips on getting 100% gumpaste to dry faster? Thanks in advance icon_biggrin.gif

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cakebaker111 Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:02pm
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If you have tylose powder put in a little extra and sit the shoe in to the oven with the light on.

caseyhayes Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:08pm
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NO tyloseicon_sad.gif I need to get some. I will try the oven though... thanksicon_smile.gif

linstead Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:09pm
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I stick in my sauna on low heat (like 100 degrees) so oven probably will work too!

caseyhayes Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:17pm
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Ooooh SAUNA!!! I want one sooooo bad! Lucky you!!!

jewels710 Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:20pm
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Sauna really? Wouldnt that do just the opposite? Too hot & humid I would think.

I aksed the same question last week. Ended up putting it in my freezing cold basement with a fan blowing on it. I only had about two hours and it wasn't enough, but better than nothing.

caseyhayes Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:33pm
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Hmmm... I have overnight. Oven or fan???

cakebaker111 Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:43pm
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oven, I do it all the time. It should be ok if you don't need it until tomorrow.

all4cake Posted 7 May 2010 , 8:47pm
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I have success with the microwave...6-7 completely....another 6-7 completely....repeat as necessary (usually only takes 3 sessions to completely harden the piece.

for an upright piece(like booties)...dust heavily a piece of parchment with a bootie(one bootie per piece(makes it easier to keep an eye on while it's nuking). Dust the inside really well and place a small wad of heavily dusted parchment in toe and a well dusted parchment covered tubular piece in the shaft(no matter how tall or short that area is) area for support.

keep a close eye on your piece while nuking....keep finger over stop button should you see something amok...

nuke one,,,then the other

do something while they cool otherwise you may be tempted to 'check' it out.

caseyhayes Posted 7 May 2010 , 9:49pm

way cool!!! Thanks!!!

sweettoothmom1 Posted 7 May 2010 , 9:49pm

i heard dehydrator is awesome for fast drying. but unfortunately i dont know more.

CakesbyCristina Posted 7 May 2010 , 9:57pm

I've been using the oven to speed my drying up. It works like a charm. Usually after a few hours stuff is set up pretty well. I think I am going to have to give that microwave trick a try though...sounds like it would save a ton of time, and lightbulbs!

dalis4joe Posted 7 May 2010 , 10:11pm

i like that micro idea.... will it work for flower petals???

pattycakes55d Posted 7 May 2010 , 10:29pm

Sorry for barging in - Would the microwave work for a last minute tiara? How would I position it?

Marci Posted 7 May 2010 , 10:32pm

I have used a hairdryer in a pinch. My husband has a heat gun that I have used too. (it's like a hair dryer, but it gets the air hotter but doesn't blow with as much volume of air - you use it for remove paint from wood). Just heat and let rest until cool.


linstead Posted 7 May 2010 , 10:56pm
Originally Posted by jewels710

Sauna really? Wouldnt that do just the opposite? Too hot & humid I would think.

I aksed the same question last week. Ended up putting it in my freezing cold basement with a fan blowing on it. I only had about two hours and it wasn't enough, but better than nothing.

This is an Infrared Sauna which is dry and not humid at all (electric heaters).

all4cake Posted 7 May 2010 , 11:35pm

I'm grandbaby came for a visit.

Anything on a form is tricky. I've never tried it with a tiara in the microwave. I have in the oven though...turned on the oven to its' lowest temp then turn it off and placed it inside and not removed it 'til the next day...and it was perfectly dried.

all4cake Posted 8 May 2010 , 12:01am

If I were drying flower petals (individual, unwired ones), I would give them only a couple seconds per session because of their thinness

Sassy74 Posted 8 May 2010 , 12:14am

I've used my dehydrator many times. Works for small pieces, especially flower petals or 2-D cut-outs. AJust be sure to put it on it's LOWEST setting. My 3 year old son cranked mine up full blast one time when I had DOZENS of quilled flower petals in it and they were ruined lol. Well, I can laugh about it now...when it happened, I almost lost control of my bodily functions. They were for a cake that was due in a few hours. Sigh...

pattycakes55d Posted 8 May 2010 , 6:06am

thanks everyone I'll try it and let you know. Good luck Caseyhays.

tesso Posted 8 May 2010 , 6:11am

oven on 200, check every 10 minutes or so, I have a gas oven and too dry too fast, or too long, and I got cracks.

caseyhayes Posted 8 May 2010 , 9:42am

Oh wow! I just got on here to check for a good gumpaste glue recipe and found all of this wonderful advice!It's 4 in the morning here... Thunderstorm is brewing and the thunder woke me upicon_sad.gif I hate bad weather. An F4 tornado went north of town two weeks ago and completely destroyed about 15 houses, a church, and a chemical plant. Anyways... I checked on the shoe. It's dry!!! The oven barely on with the light on did the trick. I would have tried the microwave but I don't have one. ( I got rid of it for healthy issue reasons. But I'm thinking of getting a small one for cake stuff) I thought while I was up I could glue the heel on and let it completely finish before day time. Thanks for all your help! I'll post a pictur of the shoe and purse cake tomorrow sometime when I can get a decent pic of it.

By the way linstead the infrared sauna is the one my husband and I wanticon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 8 May 2010 , 4:04pm

It turned out great! 21 hours drying time????

Stay safe!

dalis4joe Posted 14 May 2010 , 10:13am

any pictures???? i have to dry a handle for a hammer.... my oven's light is not working... can I put the oven on the lowest temp... and place the piece there?

pattycakesnj Posted 14 May 2010 , 10:46am

If you have a gas oven, just place it there, the little heat from the pilot light will do the trick, no need for the light.

dalis4joe Posted 14 May 2010 , 11:02am

thanks.... will put it there now...

neelycharmed Posted 14 May 2010 , 11:04am

I don't have a gas oven, curious to know what tempertature would be o.k. to dry the gumpaste? and for how for how long?

Baker_Rose Posted 14 May 2010 , 4:00pm

I would put it in front of a fan pointed just over the top to move the air.


pattycakes55d Posted 15 May 2010 , 7:42am

I made my tiara, put it in the oven and left it for awhile. when I checked, I didn't turn the dumb oven on LOL! So, I tried to get as much circulation around it and thank goodness it was sunny and I put it outside which did the trick. It took almost 10 hours and it was still a little soft.

luciescakes Posted 5 Jul 2014 , 12:23pm

I made a house and it collapsed, so I had to make a new one quick!! I used fondant the 1st time, why I do this to myself I will never know - USE GUMPASTE!!

Thank you to everyone for your advice, I stayed up until 11:30 making the little house and put it in the oven with the light on, it dried enough for me to be able to put on the cake.


I was a little scared because the light didn't seem to be doing anything, but when I woke up this morning, I could feel the heat in the oven.



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