Ok, so I attemped to make some loops for a Gumpaste bow last night, I let them dry overnight and when I went to handle them this morning, one of them just fell apart. I knew that Gumpaste dried hard but good grief!!! Is it supposed to be that fagile?
Yes, it can be very fragile. I always make extra, knowing some may break.
actually I would say your problem was they were not dry enough overnight is not long enough for larger or wired gumpaste to dry I let bows dry 4 or 5 days to make sure they are strong enough
but yes it will break if you drop it even a short distance but if dry they do not usually shatter from touching Ihave had customers keep flowers for Years.
it shouldn't "Fall apart" but they can break easily.
I made gumpaste booties last weekend for a baby cake and my husband dropped his cell phone on them last night and they shattered It was for a friend's new baby as a welcome gift with no dead line so I'll just make them again this weekend. DH feels so bad but I told him not to worry because I wasn't that happy with them anyway
It depends on how thickly you roll your gumpaste out. The thicker it is the stronger but the longer it takes to dry.
I use it for flowers but mix it 50/50 with fondant for bows.
If you are unsure of drying time..make an extra loop as a "tester". When that piece is dry to your satisfaction the others should be as well.
Oh man! I wish this would happen to me!
I don't mean to hijack the post, but I'd like to know how thick you roll out gp for bows? I pretty much teach myself as i go along, and I usually do 1/16", but maybe that's too thick??
I made loops Monday nite, let dry on a dowel for 24 hrs, then another 24 of air-drying on their side, they were still quite soft, but held their shape. Weds nite, I assembled the bow using chocolate as glue. This morning, the bow is still kind of soft.
I just posted last nite "why does gp hate me?" LOL Am i doing it wrong?
I have a pasta roller..I roll the paste out to the thinest size. When I get it on my board to cut I give it a roll with my plastic rolling pin or it will flatten if you use a textured pin as well.
I make my 50/50 bows about three days ahead and they are plenty dry by then.
What I have done also after noticing that my gumpaste flowers would turn out dry and brittle and easily break is use a 30/70 mixture of fondant and gumpaste. BTW, I use Nick Lodge gumpaste recipe.