I have a question I did a gumpaste figure (3parts gp and 1 part fondant) I noticed yesterday he looks alittle dull and a few cracks on him, what can I do to prevent this from happening? How many days in advance do they have to be made prior to the event? And how can I keep them fresh looking? I want his colors to stand out but I don't know what to add, for you ladies that do gumpaste figures often any tips or suggestions or receipes on gumpaste that will help me improve my techniques.
Sounds like you have too much gumpaste in the figure. I usually start with a medium sized ball of fondant (fits nicely in the palm of my hand) and add 1tsp of CMC powder to that. It make a nice gumpaste, that I can work with and dries without cracking.
You can also use modeling chocolate, which dries hard and is very pliable to work with. Also, if your figures are made with brighter colors, it's best to store them in a dark cupboard so that the colors don't fade.