JWinslow do you still use the platinum paste and if so do you find that your flowers harden. I notice on one site that it said it was for the 'soft method of flower making', whatever that is.
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I use Platinum paste for many of my flowers when I want a very thin petal. I love how it behaves.
Yes it hardens. Humidity is unfriendly to all gum paste petals.
When you use Platinum Paste you have to remember that you can really roll it paper thin. It is amazingly strong. I've also mixed it with Nicholas Lodge's paste to make his paste really elastic.
The soft method involves Twiddling where you take a piece of small paste and work it down the wire and you glue that to the back of your petal instead of wiring into a groove.. Platinum Paste is ideal for this. Jennifer Dontz uses this method when making her large orchids. She has a DVD.
I used the paste to make peonies using a Celboard, really putting it to the test. I still have them 2 years later.
My Sources: AvenueSweetChoices to get a 350g container - processing & shipping on the slow side but it's the only place I could find in the US with this quantity. If I need it fast, I use SugarDelites and I have in 2 two days but smaller quantity only. If others have good sources for Platinum Paste, please post
Hope this helps,.
Your very welcome. I contacted Avenue Sweet Choices to find out if they had a source in Australia. I probably won't hear back until tomorrow.
Now I was taught very precise measurements, something like this: To a fistful of fondant, knead in a chunk of Platinum Paste about the size of the tip of your thumb up to your cuticle. If you're talking to Evan or Dimity at Iced Affair, they love to pass on useful tips and instructions. I spent an hour and a half there today, buying stacks of stuff and taking on board lots of very useful tips. (Please tell them Cheryl says hi.)
I'm hoping some one from Canada will jump in for you but I contacted my supplier here (US) and asked for contact information on the main supplier in the UK. No guarantees they will give me anything, but I asked just the same.
The supplier for Platinum Paste for the US & Canada is AvenuesSweetChoice. Diane is very helpful and will be able to tell you if she supplies in your area. Just Google the name and the site will come up.
Hello fellow Canadians,
I absolutely love Platinum Paste. Icing inspirations in Kitchener, ON used to sell it. They were the only place in Canada to carry it but it didn't sell, so they stopped. I get mine from Diane Gruenberg at Avenue Sweet Choice in Bay City, MI. She is the only distributor that I know of. I believe she has sole distribution rights. She is a great lady, an amazing teacher and extremely helpful. If you have never used Platinum Paste for flowers, you are missing out. It is very easy to use and you can literally roll it out paper thin. The petals you can make are almost transparent they can be rolled so thin. You use it a little differently than regular gum paste in that you roll it out on your non-stick cell board and allow it to stick to the board. Let it dry on top a bit, then turn it over to cut it out. Then you feather the edges and form it, same as regular gum paste. Another benefit of using it is that you can "twiddle" it on a fine 33 gauge wire and attach it by simply putting it on your impression mat and it sticks to the petal. No more feeding wires into ridges on the back of petals.
Someone asked about making figurines with it but I wouldn't recommend it because it is quite pricey. It is worth the price for flowers though. I am fortunate in that I belong to the Michigan branch of ICES (International Cake Exploration Society) and I see her at the DOS (Days of Sharing) in the spring and fall. I have also driven up to her shop in Bay City, MI too and she ships to me in Detroit. I go over and pick it up at UPS depot. I am sure that she could ship to Canada if you were willing to pay the shipping etc. If I knew how to attach a picture, I would post one for you.