Wiring Sugarpaste (Fondant) Petal Disaster

Decorating By Crepastello Updated 19 Oct 2012 , 4:27pm by Godot

Crepastello Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 1:46pm
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HELP!!!! I am attempting to make some peonies with individual wired petals but as soon as I try to manipulate (move them around) the petals the wire pokes through!!!

I must add that humidity is high and the petals are not fully dry eventhough they have been drying for two days! Besides the humidity problem... I am afraid that I am not using the correct type of wire. I live in South America and when I request specific wire at the store they have no idea what I am talking about.... Do I HAVE to use floral wire? Is this wire extremely flexible? Or should it have some resistance??? Is the wire I am using maybe to thick?

Also added some gum tragacant to my sugarpaste becouse I read that it helps it dry faster and harder. But I see no difference...

HELP please!

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BakingIrene Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 1:49pm
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What you need is cloth covered wire, 22-26 gauge depending on the size of petals.

http://www.cortantescairo.com/espanol/productos.htm

is probably closest to your "local" or regional source. Excellent cutters of this brand sold in Canada.

Crepastello Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 2:20pm
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I will try the wire you recommend. and the link you posted is great!

leah_s Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 2:40pm
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And the petals have to be thoroughly, absolutely, completely dry.

Godot Posted 19 Oct 2012 , 4:27pm
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use gumpaste instead of fondant!

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