My Gum Paste Won't Stick To Itself

Decorating By flourxxchildxx Updated 13 Jan 2013 , 12:59am by flourxxchildxx

flourxxchildxx Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 2:50am
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AI've been having trouble with gum paste flowers and figures! I tried making a zebra figure out of gum paste . I made the body parts separately, wrapped them in plastic wrap and then went to assemble everything. I put a dab of water on the torso and the arm, just enough to get it moist, and when I tried to put the arm on.. it just got slimy and fell off. nothing sticks! same with flowers. I made the rose petals separate and went to put the together but they just slid off. what am I doing wrong?!:(:(:(

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pieceofcaketx Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:00am
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Sounds like you are getting it too wet.

Try some gumpaste or tylose glue instead of plain water and just a tiny bit on one piece, it doesn't really have to be on the torso and arm.

heartsnsync Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:05am
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Once gum paste starts to dry out even a little bit it no longer will adhere to itself with a bit of water.  You have to have a pretty thick gum glue, use royal icing, or melted chocolate to get it to adhere at that point. Learned that the same way you did! HTH

flourxxchildxx Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 3:56pm
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AI've never thought of royal icing, ill have to try that. andis gum glue just some gum paste mixed with water?

ddaigle Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 4:01pm
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Or try a little chocolate.   It's a great glue and dries super fast.

BlakesCakes Posted 11 Jan 2013 , 11:47pm
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Originally Posted by flourxxchildxx 

I've never thought of royal icing, ill have to try that. andis gum glue just some gum paste mixed with water?


That will work.  A stronger product comes from mixing water with some tylose, cmc, or gum tex, letting it sit long enough to form a glue consistency.



flourxxchildxx Posted 12 Jan 2013 , 1:01am
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AI have some tylose powder, do you know the ratio?

BlakesCakes Posted 12 Jan 2013 , 4:05am
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Sorry--no exact recipe for me.


I take about 1/4 c. of very hot water and sprinkle on about 1/4 tsp. of tylose.  I mix it well with a toothpick--there will be white clumps.  I like it to set up like a glue.  If it doesn't, I heat it in the microwave and add another small bit of tylose.  I  only use it once cooled.





cardicard Posted 12 Jan 2013 , 9:22pm
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HI, I had the same problem and found out by experimenting that I was using to much glue and making it to wet.

You only need a tiny amount and wait approx 10 seconds for it to go tacky, works every time for me now.

Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif 

flourxxchildxx Posted 13 Jan 2013 , 12:59am
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Athank you so much, I had a feeling it might be too much water. and letting it sit a minute is a great idea! ill give it a go. :-)

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