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post #361 of 492
I got bit by the GB bug last night watching Food Network Challegne. Never made one before, but thought why not. I have started my sketching out my structure....what a trip on the math icon_razz.gif

Question for you ladies though, any tips on evergreen trees? I have seen some the beautiful one you all have made.

BTW amazing houses and so inspiring!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures

TIA
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post #362 of 492
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Originally Posted by cupcakeatheart

I got bit by the GB bug last night watching Food Network Challegne. Never made one before, but thought why not. I have started my sketching out my structure....what a trip on the math icon_razz.gif

Question for you ladies though, any tips on evergreen trees? I have seen some the beautiful one you all have made.

BTW amazing houses and so inspiring!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures

TIA



here's a great "how to" on evergreens...

http://cakecentral.com/articles/113/ice-cream-cone-trees-great-for-christmas-cakes

You can also roll a cone of fondant, let it set up for about 10 minutes then snip triangle shaped cuts into it from the bottom upwards. Gently lift the cuts to give it some shape. Here's Lorraine (Aine2) to show you how:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDvpQn3fUcg

Good luck and have fun!
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

My favorite gingerbread books are:
(Stellingwerf's topping the list.)



Oh boy, I haven't looked in this thread since it began icon_eek.gif I couldn't agree more about Steven Stellingwerf's book~! My absolute favorite in my collection. I built that gorgeous carousel he designed in that book, and loved working on it.. one of my most loved creations.. He is such a master~!
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post #364 of 492
Finished the majority of the candy decorating...who knew it would be sooo much fun. I'll be starting the gumpaste work tomorrow. First time ever for that medium....wish me luck.

I've uploaded my recent photos so check 'em out. I'm pretty happy with the progress.

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Originally Posted by PenGwenny

Finished the majority of the candy decorating...who knew it would be sooo much fun. I'll be starting the gumpaste work tomorrow. First time ever for that medium....wish me luck.

I've uploaded my recent photos so check 'em out. I'm pretty happy with the progress.

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It's looking great! One thing you might want to do is combine your gumpaste with fondant for a more workable medium. The gumpaste dries very quickly when it is by itself and you might, just might, find it hard to get things done to your liking. A lot of people suggest 50/50 but I actually find 60 gumpaste to 40 fondant is a better ratio for me.

yesterday, I took the kiddos I baby-sit out to buy candy for their houses. This is the first year they have had any active interest in the house, since they are still fairly young (but already know to expect one each year!) They had a blast picking out candy. It's such a great memory for the little ones and we grownups have a blast as well!
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Thanks Win!
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post #367 of 492
I'm baking my pieces right now. Win's recipe is GREAT! I love it. It's the best I've ever used.

Thanks Win!
post #368 of 492
I think my little guys turned out ok for a first attempt at gumpaste figures. Think they make a nice addition to the GB Ice Castle. Maybe I'll make some snowballs to pile around and still have my ice pond to make, but then I'll calling it quits. It's been tons of fun and lots of work.

I uploaded some new photos of my gumpaste efforts.
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Originally Posted by Rylan

I'm baking my pieces right now. Win's recipe is GREAT! I love it. It's the best I've ever used.

Thanks Win!



got your PM as well! I'm so excited for you, Rylan --hope it turns out great!
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post #370 of 492
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Originally Posted by PenGwenny

I think my little guys turned out ok for a first attempt at gumpaste figures. Think they make a nice addition to the GB Ice Castle. Maybe I'll make some snowballs to pile around and still have my ice pond to make, but then I'll calling it quits. It's been tons of fun and lots of work.

I uploaded some new photos of my gumpaste efforts.



Uploaded the final photo just now.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1529277&sub=1531170

I think I'm finally done!!! It's been a blast to do, but now I can sit back and enjoy the holidays and my creation.

Thanks so much to everyone on this forum who have offered up help, advice, tips/tricks, and support. I couldn't have done it without all of you..so thank you so very much.

I've learned some things along the way too so I'll be more prepared (experienced icon_biggrin.gif ) for my next project...and there will definitely be one. I'm hooked!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #371 of 492
Win, I finished baking 90% of the pieces at 5 AM. I had to make another batch so I can finish the rest--which I will be baking later on.

I really love how strong it is. I also had minimal distortion--thanks to your tips. I'll probably start assembling tomorrow.

PenGwenny, I love your gingerbread house! Love the colors you used. Oh and the penguins are sooo cute! I wanted to add something like that to my last gingerbread house but I had no idea how to make them.
post #372 of 492
PenGwenny; TOO RIDICULOUSLY CUTE!!! Love those penguins!

Rylan: Go to bed and get some sleep! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #373 of 492
I just finished assembling mines--still haven't decorated it yet. It's the biggest gingerbread house I will be making, about 4 feet wide.

I changed plans, none of the gingerbread walls will be exposed (most of them are burnt but no worries since it's only for display). As you can see, I used the back side of the gingerbread as the front. I had to do it because I will be covering the walls with gumpaste.

My question. How will I be able to attach fresh gumpaste on the gingerbread? What glue do I use? The gumpaste will not be dry. I am worrying that the gumpaste might soften my gingerbread. Last year, I made my first gumpaste (Wilton) but attached it dry with royal icing. Anyone have experience with attaching fresh gumpaste on gingerbread? I will be using fondant with lots of tylose.

Here is the picture (forgive the messy royal icing on the gingerbread, it will be covered anyways).
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Originally Posted by Rylan

I just finished assembling mines--still haven't decorated it yet. It's the biggest gingerbread house I will be making, about 4 feet wide.

I changed plans, none of the gingerbread walls will be exposed (most of them are burnt but no worries since it's only for display). As you can see, I used the back side of the gingerbread as the front. I had to do it because I will be covering the walls with gumpaste.

My question. How will I be able to attach fresh gumpaste on the gingerbread? What glue do I use? The gumpaste will not be dry. I am worrying that the gumpaste might soften my gingerbread. Last year, I made my first gumpaste (Wilton) but attached it dry with royal icing. Anyone have experience with attaching fresh gumpaste on gingerbread? I will be using fondant with lots of tylose.

Here is the picture (forgive the messy royal icing on the gingerbread, it will be covered anyways).



I have mine up, but am wrestling with roof angles... not even half as big as yours, Rylan --just a simple Georgian Farm House, but I'm loving the look of my walls... I "stuccoed" them with royal icing.

As to gumpaste and glue... I always make my glue from bits of gumpaste dissolved in warm water. You can make it rather thick for gingerbread. I'd put a good bit into the warm water so that the thickness would be the same as a hobby glue. I've done that often. I don't think you will have to worry about the gumpaste softening the gingerbread. It will harden as it dries, and if the glue is thick enough, it will dry as well. (I have painted my roof with vodka and gel color and it has not softened even a little bit so don't worry about yours.)

I use Wilton's premade gumpaste in the bag. I find it to be a perfectly acceptable gumpaste, and can get it quite cheap by the time I've used a coupon from one of my local Hobby stores (Michale's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's)

Your structure looks awesome! Keep us posted.
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post #375 of 492
Win, thanks again for your tips. I'll dissolve gumpaste so I can use it later on. Hopefully fondant turned gumpaste will be okay.

I can't wait to see your Georgian Farm house!
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