after testing i wrote this it for a cake buddy doing a dirt bike cake and i thought it might be of interest to more of us
he asked how to shine up his dirt bike parts--like the engine cover & stuff
if anyone has some marshmallow fondant and would like to test this--those results would be nice to include here
ok so my suggestion is to mix gum arabic* with a little water and paint your object for a nice engine cover sheen or whatever you want uber shiny
gum arabic comes in a mccormack spice type bottle with a screw on lid
a few bucks--may be available at your cake deco store (not hobby lobby type store)
but def available online
but there's another way to get *gum arabic easy peasy
in a reverse process
you can buy 'white edible glitter' at the hobby lobby type stores and cake deco stores
i don't know if wilton makes this --i've never seen their brand of it
it comes in a wilton food color style little jar
it looks like the lightest weight tiny paint chips --would blow away in a breeze or a snort
lighter than air
it's gum arabic just not in powder form
make a paintable substance with it
dissolve a teaspoon of it in a little water and paint it on store bought fondant or candy clay--easy peasy--works to perfection--
it does dry fine on s.b. fondant and candy clay--i just tested this for you
does not dissolve in alcohol (which is often used to mix cake deco dusts)
for nice shine but not as bright as the gum arabic you can paint the s.b. fondant piece with vodka
most of it evaporates away--does not leave much alcohol taste if any--just cleans it up nice
candy clay stays it's same finish kinda matte-- even with the vodka scrub (i used everclear today)
the warmth of your hand will restore candy clay surface (before the gum arabic is applied of course)
I've painted fondant with egg whites and it dries uber shiny as well!!
Hmmm, I think I have some gum arabic somewhere...
got uber? uber much?
question for you, please
how did you handle it in the sense of getting it the same thickness, did you beat it, add water or anything?
or did it just absorb--onto fondant or gum paste or both
hmm~~wonder if any of these ideas works on buttercream--prolly would just bead up huh--i don't know though--guess i haven't tried it --ga works good on royal & fondant & prolly gum paste
what was your method to use it and what did you use it on?
more than one way to shine it up!