angelcake4u Posted 20 Sep 2005 , 3:55pm
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When do you add the gum-tex to MMF? Does it matter when?

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NEWTODECORATING Posted 20 Sep 2005 , 4:08pm
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Do you mind if I jump on board and ask why it is added? I think it hardens it but not sure. My Wilton III said not to use it (she wasn't a great teacher) I trust you all sooooo much more.

Misdawn Posted 20 Sep 2005 , 4:30pm
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Not exactly sure when you add gum-tex, as I have never done it before. But I do know that you add it to add strength to the fondant when it dries. For instance when making bows and such, things that need to be thin, but also need to stand up one their own.

angelcake4u Posted 20 Sep 2005 , 5:21pm
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Gum-tex is supposed help the bows keep their shape. I'm just not sure when you are supposed to add it to the MMF. Before you add the powered sugar?

NEWTODECORATING Posted 21 Sep 2005 , 12:04am
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I thought I would send this back to the top again in hopes of a response. Thanks

vitade Posted 21 Sep 2005 , 9:55am
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You do want to add it if your going to use it to make bows or flowers. It will help dry it but gives it the stability to hold shape. Don't use it in the MMF to cover the cake.

My suggestion is to add it after your MMF is done and cooled and you are preparing to use it. Not much is needed I don't have that info near me but you would want to check that first. (Sorry). I would take a "block" of MMF make a indent with your thumb in the middle, add gum-tex in the indent and slowly cover it up with the MMF. It is really easy to do this and not have Gum-tex flying around if after your indent is filled with gum-tex, put the whole thing in a ziplock bag and knead inside the bag. Make sure you incorporation the gumtex well. Make sure you keep the MMF airtight when not using.

Hope this helps icon_smile.gif

Rose

leily Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 12:19am
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Rose

Thanks for the great advice! I am going to attempt to make some MMF with Gum-tex, hopefully it will be dry in a couple of days when I need to make the cake. (if i get time to make it tonight)

How long do you usually need to let it dry? The thickest part of what I am making will be 1/8 to 3/8 inch thick down to about a 1/16.

It is not humid out (right now) However I am not sure what the weather will be like in a couple of days.

Thanks!

Leily

vitade Posted 28 Sep 2005 , 10:07am
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leily,

One thing I've learned from being on this site is that things do seem to go differently for everyone depending on where you live based on weather. But for me here in MI I would usually make something at least two or three days in advance. I do this for two reasons, one to make really sure my item is dry and second if it doesn't go the way I plan, I have time to re try or fix it. It doesn't hurt having it made ahead, it's if you don't and then it doesn't have time to dry that you would run the problem of freaking out icon_cry.gif

Rose

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