Painting Timber Props

Decorating By RickMeasham Updated 27 Nov 2011 , 1:44pm by RickMeasham

RickMeasham Posted 12 Nov 2011 , 10:52pm
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Im making a cake for which I'll be making a (visible) timber prop (struts on a rocket). What do I paint them with? They'll be in direct contact with cake and fondant and I'm averse to poisoning people icon_biggrin.gif

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Momofjaic Posted 12 Nov 2011 , 11:18pm
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I don't know what a temper prop is, but if this helps somewhere don't remember where I read you can color dowels with food coloring and water. HTH

RickMeasham Posted 17 Nov 2011 , 4:07am
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Originally Posted by Momofjaic

I don't know what a temper prop is




Not "temper prop", Timber prop .. something made of timber that props up something else. In this case it will be the fins of the rocket.

Food coloring will just tint the timber. I need to paint it glossy white or bright silver.

Nancy_TX Posted 17 Nov 2011 , 4:57am
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Why wouldn't you use gumpaste, or fondant with tylose, for the fins?

RickMeasham Posted 17 Nov 2011 , 5:09am
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Originally Posted by Nancy_TX

Why wouldn't you use gumpaste, or fondant with tylose, for the fins?




Hi Nancy! The fins will hold the cake 4 to 5 inches off the ground. The rocket itself will be about 2 foot tall. No sugar-based substance is likely to be strong enough icon_biggrin.gif

Nancy_TX Posted 17 Nov 2011 , 1:27pm
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Got it. So cover the wooden fins with gumpaste or fondant, and warn the recipient not to take a nibble.

RickMeasham Posted 27 Nov 2011 , 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by Nancy_TX

Got it. So cover the wooden fins with gumpaste or fondant, and warn the recipient not to take a nibble.




Duh! Thanks Nancy! Rather obvious solution really. icon_biggrin.gif

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