Help With Gum Paste/fondant Figure Modeling!!!

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FlourPots Posted 21 May 2011 , 9:38am
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Please let me know if you've received it...I got this error message twice...

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anitaw Posted 21 May 2011 , 10:40am
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Hi flourpots,

I loved to receieve your tips. Can you mail them to me?

Hug, Anita

lami Posted 21 May 2011 , 9:02pm
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I would also appreciate your tips too. thanks for sharing

stinkyhalf Posted 22 May 2011 , 2:50am
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Is it to late for me too? Thank you so much, and you work awesome.

FlourPots Posted 22 May 2011 , 2:54am
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crushed Posted 22 May 2011 , 4:16am
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Flourpots - I'm a huge fan of yours as well. I imagine you have tiny little fingers to sculpt such small, accurate pieces.

Is there a reason why you can't post your tips on this thread to cut down on all the PM'ing you're doing?

Otherwise, I would love to join the crowd and ask for your tips too. icon_wink.gif

FlourPots Posted 22 May 2011 , 5:27am
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Nothing on me could ever be described as tiny, hahaha!

Here it is:
The recipe is posted under my photo "Diaper Bag Accessories" the comments

* I've used a few different brands of powdered sugar successfully...the only one I didn't like was Wal-Mart's Great Value label.

* I use the same fondant recipe for cakes and modeling...I flavor it for cakes, I don't for modeling.
(The flavors I usually use are vanilla, almond, and Magic Line's Creme Bouquet)

* A microwave is the best tool to have when working with this particular MMF recipe.

* I melt the MM's & Crisco for 30 seconds, shake the bowl from side to side, mic again for 25.
At this point, if you were to look in the bowl, the MM's really don't look melted, just a bit puffy...that's good.
Next, I stir well with a butter should melt together now.
I add flavorings here (if covering a cake).
Then I add all 5 cups of PS into the bowl (I never sift), stir for about a minute with the same butter knife, then put the bowl in my empty kitchen sink, hold it with one hand, and knead with the other.
(I've never made it on a tabletop, or counter...too messy!!)
I usually mic at the very end for 25 more seconds just to make it easier to incorporate the last of the PS. It starts to feel like it can't take anymore, but I like to get as much of the 5c. in there as possible.
Finally, I wrap it in Saran, not even bothering to coat it in any more Crisco.

* For modeling: Since there's no liquid (flavorings or water), the fondant really firms up when left to set. It will have to be microwaved, but NOT the entire blob...if you did heat the entire thing, it would just firm up again before you've had a chance to use it all.
I basically slice off pieces as I need them.
If I have to color, I slice off a piece, microwave that amount to make it really pliable and easy to blend.
I do this for all the different colors.
I try to prepare them all a day or two before I plan to model with them.

* The prepared/colored fondant will definitely have to be microwaved again to get any kind of smooth finish. But I only do that when I'm ready to make the final piece.
Before that, I work with the colored fondant UNmicrowaved, to create a rough example of what I'll be modeling, or sometimes I use other spare fondant if I have it.
I'm not experienced in sculpting at all, so I do have to take the extra time to figure it out.

* As far as the amount of tylose...I don't have an exact measurement...I go by feel. I sprinkle it right into the fondant in my palm. If the piece is tiny, I push it into the tylose jar, and whatever sticks to it, is the amount.

I add tylose right before I'm about to model something. The coloring, rough example, and final warming have all been done.
If I'm not happy with the modeled piece and have to do it over, it's easy..unlike gumpaste which dries much faster, tylose gives you time to re-knead and may even have to re-warm.

* When making a figure, especially a female...if you're nervous about painting the eye area with a tiny brush, you CAN use fondant. I did it on both of my pregnant women figures.

Basically, you roll tiny amounts of fondant (on parchment paper) using your pointer finger. From there, you cut the outer rim, lashes, and eyebrows.

It's a little tricky (especially the first time), you absolutely will drop and lose such tiny pieces, and it might be a challenge to position on the face...but the second time is much easier, and the best part is, it looks painted, even up-close.

Of course, disregard this if you feel comfortable painting.

Hope this helps...any other questions, please feel free to ask.

tazkazykakes Posted 26 May 2011 , 3:25am
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If not too much trouble, I would love and welcome any tips you could offer. Your work is beautiful! Thank u much, Karen

FlourPots Posted 26 May 2011 , 4:38am
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The tips are posted above.

ssaammmmii Posted 26 May 2011 , 8:38am
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Hey, you mentioned using an extruder but I can't seem to get it to work, i use ready made fondant from the shop but it doesn't push through no matter how hard i try. Is it the fondant I am using do you think or am I doing it wrong?

(yay this is my first post!)

FlourPots Posted 26 May 2011 , 2:43pm
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What kind of extruder do you have?

If it's the push type one, I've never tried it, but no one who has seems to like it very much.

You could try kneading in shortening or microwaving your fondant before putting it in the barrel.

I like to microwave, roll into a snake, then coat lightly with Wilton glycerin.
(My recipe already has plenty of shortening)

ssaammmmii Posted 26 May 2011 , 3:24pm
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It is the push tye one, what other type is there? icon_smile.gif i'm kinda new to all of this!

And I did that(microwave and shortening) and it didn't really work but maybe I didn't do it right lol. But I will try the coating thing thanks icon_smile.gif xx

FlourPots Posted 26 May 2011 , 3:29pm
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A lady at Flickr posted lots of great pics that show the extruder I use:

There's no pushing, trying to force fondant out...instead, you turn the top and it comes out easily.

tutsie Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 11:21pm
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your work is really great. please pm me tips as well many thanks

FlourPots Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 11:38pm
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Thank you...the tips are posted above.

penelope01930 Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 12:53pm
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Originally Posted by FlourPots

I live in heat & humidity too, which I despise (whole other story)...

For me, using MMF + tylose + a microwave is the answer to cracking.

I honestly don't even notice the weather when I model something.
My fondant performs the same any time of the year.

(A member at Flickr posted pics of her pieces literally melting from the humidity...she was using gumpaste & fondant mixed...I've never had that happen either).

** great advice, I never would have thought of that until it was to late. just beginning my journey into modeling. Thanks!

CakesByRashmi Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 1:25pm
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Hello flour pots.... Love love love ur figurines.. They are so tiny yet so perfect...cud u pls mail me some info too .

FlourPots Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 2:28pm
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The tips are posted on pg. 7 of this thread.

(Glad to help, penelope01930)

funtodecorate2 Posted 21 Apr 2012 , 4:50am
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Flourpots ..... just finished looking at your photo gallery. You are simply amazing. WOW!
wonderful .

FlourPots Posted 21 Apr 2012 , 8:35am
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That's very nice of you to say...thank you very much!

jesswat Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 7:07pm
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Hi Flourpots! can you also send me your tips for figures? I am really new to decorating and was up all night trying to make a little doll for the top of my cake. My husband was even helping me icon_smile.gif We need tips.

FlourPots Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 7:10pm
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They're posted on page 7 of this thread.

jesswat Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 7:17pm
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I just saw them icon_smile.gif Thank you so much!! It's really nice of you to share them

FlourPots Posted 25 Apr 2012 , 11:35pm
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You're welcome...hope it helps icon_smile.gif

razangara Posted 4 Dec 2012 , 12:32am
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I just started on Cakes Central and am working on my first figurines.  I have to agree with all the others - your work is wonderful and I would also like getting your tips...




FlourPots Posted 4 Dec 2012 , 5:09pm
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Hi and welcome to CC icon_smile.gif


They're posted on page 7 of this thread...

rdiazgreenberg Posted 4 Dec 2012 , 10:33pm
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Hi Flour Pots! I love your work but I was not able to find the recipe! Could you please share it? Thank you so much and congratulations on your work!

FlourPots Posted 5 Dec 2012 , 12:47am
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Sure...and thanks for the nice comments regarding my cakes....


For modeling:

10.5oz KRAFT mini marshmallows (no substitutions)
1/2 cup Crisco
5 cups Powdered Sugar (Any brand but Wal-Mart's Great Value)

For cakes, add:

Flavorings of your choice (I usually use vanilla, almond, & Magic Line's creme bouquet)

crezart Posted 5 Dec 2012 , 12:53am
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it is important to begin each shape with a seamless ballicon_smile.gif

rdiazgreenberg Posted 6 Dec 2012 , 6:02am
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Thank you!!!!! I can't wait to try it!!!!

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