Gum Tragacanth - Paste Not Drying

Decorating By Littleangel1982 Updated 8 Jun 2014 , 12:38pm by Littleangel1982

Littleangel1982 Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 9:21am
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AOk, I've had a bit of a headache this week. I made a spiderman topper in stages using fondant with gum tragacanth added. I added the gum at the same time as the colour and left the sections to dry in phases. I made him over the course of 2 weeks and he never really went hard. He felt quite "sweaty" to start off with actually.

What am I doing wrong? I've never managed to get the paste to go hard no matter how much tragacanth I add!

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Siany01 Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 9:34am
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AMy understanding is you need to colour the paste, then add gum trag. Wrap tightly in cling film/Saran Wrap (whatever you call it) and then leave it to mature for 24 hours before using it.

Littleangel1982 Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 10:41am
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AHmm, that's what I thought. I did do that because the fondant I used was red and I wanted to let it "develop" overnight. I thought that I maybe was supposed to put in the trag then colour it after it rested but I tried that before and it didn't particularly work...

Jeff_Arnett Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 12:34pm
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AWhat brand of fondant did you use? Some will never harden into paste no matter how much trag or tylose you add.

Littleangel1982 Posted 8 Jun 2014 , 12:38pm
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AI've been using Sattina...

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