Sticky Gumpaste - Crisco?

Decorating By underthesun Updated 16 Apr 2009 , 9:53pm by bakingatthebeach

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underthesun Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 3:53pm
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Okay, while I wait for my tylose to be delivered, I am trying to make 3D people for a cake, so I bought wilton gumpaste. After adding color, it is very sticky. I've read through a few forums. I think I'm reading to use crisco on my hands? Doesn't this end up just making it more sticky when I'm shaping the figures? Should I add PS? Also, the few pieces I've made so far, seem to be cracking a bit. is there anything to do to try and keep it from cracking? Thanks for any tips you might have!

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jules06 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 11:00pm
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Surprisingly, you do need to add shortening !! Adding icing sugar will just dry it out.... keep kneading it & adding shortening until it's stretchy & pliable.....rubbing shortening on your hands before colouring makes it easier to wash the colour off too !

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classiccake Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 1:31am
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Ditto jules06...shortening does the trick!

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bakingatthebeach Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 9:53pm
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Just keep greasing your hands with the crisco (anytime I work with gumpaste the crisco tub is right beside me) and knead it. It becomes more pliable.

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