Fondant Figures Keep "sagging"! Help!

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TiffyB73 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 8:30pm
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Hi!! I am new to all of this and I'm LOVING it!! I'm working on my 3rd cake and I'm attempting my first fondant figures...

It's a St.Paddy's Day cake with a leprechaun and a pot 'o gold. I have the figures sculpted and I like the way they turned out but it has been 2 days and they still aren't hard. They keep sagging and I am getting frustrated! I used 50/50 homemade fondant and gumpaste.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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TiffyB73 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 8:35pm
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poohsmomma Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 9:09pm
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Your homemade fondant may have been a little soft. I could only suggest increasing the gumpaste in your mixture. I know that doesn't help with the figures you've already made.

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sugarshack Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 10:17pm
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add some powdered tylose to the fondant; that will do the trick

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TiffyB73 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:00pm
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Thank you, Ladies!

Sugarshack, do add the tylose to the 50/50 mixture?

Thanks!

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pixiefuncakes Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:03pm
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You could speed up the drying process by putting them in airconditioning or in an oven with just the light on.

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wiggler Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:17pm
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I lean any of my figures that are heavy against something like a tin of beans until they are hard . They never lean now ! icon_smile.gif

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Kitagrl Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:36pm
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What I find works for me is that I make parts at a time.... I might make the legs or body first....then let it dry a few days...then add the head...etc. I just usually start figures a few weeks ahead of time, and then work a little at a time, maybe 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there.

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TiffyB73 Posted 19 Feb 2011 , 11:59pm
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Thank you all so much! It looks like I am on the right track, just need to be more patient! Good thing I started really early icon_biggrin.gif

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sugarshack Posted 20 Feb 2011 , 12:37am
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I don't use 50/50. Just tylose with fondant. And i agree with Diane. You cant put a big ole head on the body till it dry and ready to support the weight etc.... Hi Diane!!! (big wave)

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ali06 Posted 20 Feb 2011 , 12:57am
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Keeping them in a cool area helps them harden up faster (not the fridge). I usually will create the body and head seperately and let them firm up then insert a toothpick through the body and slide the head onto the toothpick attaching it to the body.

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