I am planning to make a bird cage with sugar paste. It's going to be a hollow cage so the whole cage, (bars) must be strong. Therefore does anyone have any other strong paste, which is stronger than gumpaste/modelling paste please?
Yes--mexican paste & pastillage, in that order.
From Globalsugarart.com :
Mexican paste recipe
8 ounces (2 cups) 10x powdered sugar
3 teaspoons Gum Tragacanth -Buy Here
6 teaspoons cold water (plus or minus a teaspoon depending on your sugar)
Blend together 10x sugar and gum tragacanth in a bowl. Add water and mix with a heavy spoon until most of the sugar is absorbed. Pour onto a clean work surface and knead, picking up the extra bits of moist sugar as you knead, until the dough is smooth and pliable. Place in a sealed plastic bag and place that bag into another sealed bag. Leave overnight on the counter to cure. DO NOT REFRIGERATE! The paste will be very hard the next day. Break off a small piece and knead until soft before using.
You can keep Mexican Paste for up to 10 days as long as you knead it every 2-3 days. If you want to keep it longer, it freezes very well. Do not refrigerate Mexican paste.
You can find a pastillage recipe here:
Thanks very much! I will have a go! Wish me luck!
I second mexican paste. It dries strong, but brittle, so I usually mix just a little fondant into it which makes it a lot less brittle while still retaining strength.
Thanks! Now I wonder what's the difference between mexican paste and gumpaste! Book time!