How To Add Gum-Tex

Decorating By Naiina Updated 30 Aug 2013 , 9:17pm by Rohini

Naiina Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 7:10pm
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he i got the gum- tex a few days before and today when i opened the can i was surprised to see powder. I was surprised as i expected it in liquid or gel form. the powder wont work the right way. please can someone guide me how do we exactly make use of gum-tex and in which form. I expect that maybe its added like gelatine in hot water.

 

please help :)

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Rohini Posted 30 Aug 2013 , 9:17pm
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Hi!

 

It does usually come in powder from and you mix a little of it into fondant (sugarpaste) to make it more like gumpaste (i.e. the pieces you model with this mixture dry harder than using only fondant). You add 1-3 tsp to 1 lb of fondant and knead well. I use something called cmc powder that does the same thing as gum-tex. I have never needed to make as much as 1 lb so I usually sprinkle a little over the piece of fondant I'm modelling with and knead well before I make figures, flowers etc. You can also use it to make edible glue. I'm not really sure of the ratio of gum-tex to water, but when I make edible glue with cmc powder I add 1/2 tsp of cmc powder to 2 tbsp of warm water and mix well. It looks clumpy, but I leave it overnight in the fridge and the whole thing dissolves and becomes clear. It can be a little thick, so I just add a little water to it. A little goes a long way, so I take out the amount I need into another clean container and work with that while the rest stays in the fridge.  Here are two links that explain things in more detail: http://thesugarlane.com/2009/05/12/whats-the-difference-tylose-powder-cmc-powder-trag-powder-gum-tex/ and http://cakecentral.com/t/35700/gum-tex-gum-paste-gum-trag-fondant
 

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