Help With Modeling Gumpaste

Decorating By dawnybird Updated 1 Oct 2011 , 1:35am by gidgetdoescakes

dawnybird Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 1:25am
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I need help, please! I'm so frustrated! When I try to work with gum paste or a fondant/gumpaste mixture, I can't roll it into a smooth ball. I knead it to soften or to work in coloring, then when I try to roll it into a ball or sausage for making figurines, it has creases and parts of it won't stick to itself, so I can never get a smooth ball. What am I doing wrong? I've watched tutorials and done everything I can think of, but it still won't work. I'm using Wilton products. Please, someone help!

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tracycakes Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 1:43am
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It's one of the reasons I now prefer to work with modeling chocolate for molding or figures. Just keep rolling it in your hand and eventually the creases will go away,

irishnonna Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 2:09am
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I was having the same problem until I started kneading the gumpaste for a longer time before starting to work with it. Sometimes putting it in the microwave for a few seconds before kneading also helps.

gidgetdoescakes Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 2:54am
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I like to use a little modeling chocolate in with my fondant its so much nicer and forgiving to use. I know that a wee touch of crisco and warm hands are suppose to do the trick, but my hands must not get warm enough try mixing a little mod choc into whatever your working with and see if that helps icon_smile.gif

MarianInFL Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 3:07am
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I have the same problem. I don't think I've ever rolled out a ball without cracks. Very frustrating!

dawnybird Posted 30 Sep 2011 , 3:30am
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Thank you for all the answers. At least I know I'm not the only one having this problem! For those who suggested modeling chocolate, I assume you mean white modeling chocolate so it can be colored. Also, I didn't realize you could combine chocolate with fondant! I never would have thought of that.

gidgetdoescakes Posted 1 Oct 2011 , 1:35am
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I like to make red mod choc and then its already red hehe and mix it about a third that and the rest fondant and it colors it red....easy peazy.....I try and use colored chocolate wafers when I can, otherwise yep you can color it

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