Can anyone tell me how to shine up my my gum paste finished pieces. I made a fork,knife and spoon for my cake set up and the fondant is very dull. I tinted the gum paste grey and plan to spray them with silver spray but I thought they would look better if they have a bit of a shine before I spray them.
Do the silver spray first if it is to completely cover the gumpaste. No need to waste time and material. You can use some extra fine 1500 grit sandpaper to take off any sharp corners and smooth the dried gumpaste.
You can add a glaze after the silver spray if you feel it is necessary.
You can also use a luster dust and lightly bush it onto your decoration, that will give it shine. Also, you might try steaming it. I know it sounds odd, but using a garment steamer on a light setting makes fondant and gum paste shinier, and it also "sets" colors and and things like luster dust. It brightens them and the colors last longer. I've also heard of people using their tea kettle and just holding the decoration in the steam for a second with the spatula. The trick is doing it quickly so your decoration doesn't get too wet.
Thanks, I've used steam in the past and forgot all about it.. That worked, just enought sheen.