Help!!! Can't Make A Bow For The Life Of Me.

Decorating By bulldog Updated 29 Sep 2005 , 10:14am by vitade

bulldog Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 12:48am
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I have read all of the well written step-by-step articles on bow making, and still I can't do it. I understand the concept, but I think my medium is all wrong. I have been using straight MMF. From everything I have been reading you all are saying to add GumPaste. Does that mean make the MMF, make the Gum Paste, combine them, roll out, cut the strips, and so forth? Please, give me an answer that a 10 year old could understand. I just need some help. Sorry, I sound so crazy. Thanks!

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peg818 Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 12:53am
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Try using straight gumpaste, the MMF is just too soft to hold itself like the gumpaste will. Make sure to dry your bow loops befor assembling it will make a big difference

bulldog Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 12:58am
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Thanks, how long do you usually let yours dry? I have been asked to make a small wedding cake for a lady at my husband's office, and I really want to make a good impression. If the cake goes over, I'm sure that I will get many more orders. Thanks again, I will let you know if and how it turns out.

good36 Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 12:59am
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Glad to hear I'm not the only one who can't make a nice bow. I tried with fondant and my piece's kept breaking on me, at the end I only had a few loops left and not enought to work with. Next time I will use gumpaste as Peg suggested.
thanks the posting

tanyascakes Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 3:59am
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You mean it isn't just me?? I have tried and tried to get one of these made, to no avail. Maybe I should try again using the gumtex instead, too. Thanks for the advice,peg818!!


peg818 Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 9:13am
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gumpaste doesn't take long to dry it should dry overnight, but it really depends on how humid your enviroment is. The more humidity the longer the dry time. I hang mine on a pasta drying rack, using wilton plastic dowels as support for the loops. I use about 20 loops to a bow that will fit a 6in cake. Glue together with chocolate it hardens much quicker then royal and you should have less breakage

vitade Posted 29 Sep 2005 , 10:14am
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If you add Gum-tex to your MMF, it will harden.

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