This was my first cake with a loopy bow. Though made 4 days ahead, the loops refused to dry! Luckily, no one at the shower knew what it was supposed to look like and they loved it. (Yay!) Interestingly, I salvaged the bow after the shower and took it home and took it apart and set it aside to see how long the loops would take to really dry. Two weeks later when I threw them away, they were still limp and droopy. I've since learned that Pettinice gumpaste by itself never dries. Who would've thought?!