Selena125t Posted 12 Sep 2012 , 10:45pm
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So I made some MMF on Monday and I shaped some bow loops for a bow on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I laid ALL of my loops on their sides and some of them dried a little wonky, they are really circular, they are looking crooked when I put them on their backs to see how they'll look when assembled. So I'm wondering, can I pop them in the microwave for 5 secs to get them soft so I can lay them down and stick balled up plastic wrap in the centers so they maintain shape or will I just be weakening my loops therefore ruining my bow?
I would hate to start over but I'm afraid of what the bow might look like, I was also wondering if anyone had any solutions to getting the excess cornstarch off the loops as well? My grey loops look like they're coated in heroin on one side. Please help, my cake is for a 70th birthday on Saturday and I don't know if I start over if it will set up by then. I am supposed to assemble the bow with royal icing Friday morning so that the icing has time to dry and harden. Thank you all! icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

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Rose_N_Crantz Posted 12 Sep 2012 , 11:51pm
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hmmm, never tried this. And it's such thin pieces too i'm sure. I would try the microwaving on one or two pieces, see if it works. If not it's back to the drawing board.

A brush would work to dust off some of the cornstarch.

If you have to start over with the bow, make the loops and then let them sit in the oven overnight with your oven light on. The light inside is just enough heat to speed up the drying process without melting the fondant. Just don't do what my husband did and turn the oven on with the loops inside!

Another alternative would be to use gumpaste for the bow. Gumpaste dries harder and faster than fondant. Not edible, but it'll do in a pinch.

RinaM Posted 13 Sep 2012 , 12:14am
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I have tried this and ended up with boiling hot fondant in the center and soft outer edges,
be very careful you could hurt yourself if this happens. Fondant becomes as hard as rock
after microwaving and is totally not edible. thumbsdown.gif

dawnybird Posted 13 Sep 2012 , 12:22am
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Someone on here once advised me to use a brush dipped in vodka to clean excess corn starch off of your gumpaste. Just dampen the brush, not drippy wet. The vodka evaporates almost immediately and won't get your gumpaste or fondant wet.

carmijok Posted 13 Sep 2012 , 12:23am
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Go get some Wilton's premade gum paste at Michaels or Hobby Lobby and start over. It dries extremely fast and won't go 'wonky' on you. And since you'd be using gum paste you'll want to use Crisco instead of cornstarch so you won't have that powder residue. I use it for all my bows and flowers and anything that has to be firm and stand.

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