can anyone tell me what the difference in the consistancy/ hardening of mmf & gumpaste.... i always try to use just the mmf but the figures usually squish down a little before drying.... didnt know if the gumpaste would be any different... Please help and thank you....
Gum paste is supposed to dry hard. By adding some gum paste to mmf, it should firm up the mmf. Recently, I made penguins with mmf. The 'squashed' down a little while drying, but I left them. I was trying to make a specific penguin, and he kind of slumps when he sits, so it all worked for me.
This week I made a hermit crab (I'll upload tomorrow after I deliver the cake)
and he sits just fine. The gum paste also leaves a little more room for details as in sculpting.
My suggestion to you would be to do what I did. Purchase some gum paste and give it a try.
I hope this helps, Don't be afraid to try new things, that's how we learn!
MMF certainly will never harden enough to hold a shape for figures. I use MMF with Tylose powder added to it, and it works very similarly to gumpaste. It's more economical for me to use MMF + Tylose, rather than purchasing pre-made gumpaste. You can also use Gum-Tex ( a Wilton item), which will essentially achieve the same desired effect, but I do prefer Tylose powder. It seems to work faster, and doesn't have the unpleasant smell of the Gum-Tex. Although Gum-Tex is easier to find.