How Do I Prevent My Gum Paste Figures From Looking Chalky

Decorating By la122475 Updated 28 Sep 2009 , 3:11am by sugarshack

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la122475 Posted 27 Sep 2009 , 1:37pm
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Hi all you wonderful bakers. I have a question
I am baking a large cake foy my neice and I thought I would get a head start on all of the figures(3 weeks in advance). I used a 50/50 mixture of gum paste and fondant. Once all of my figures dired, they look chalky and dull. I tried to dry paint on some Pearl Dust, while it did five a slight shimmer, they still look dry and boring.
Can someone offer up some advice and tips

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cheeseball Posted 27 Sep 2009 , 11:44pm
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Are you talking about excess powdered sugar and/or cornstarch on your figures? Or did the color fade? If you had a fade out, you can mix some color with some vodka or other clear alcohol, test the color on a paper towel and then paint the figures with that mixture and let it dry. If that is what happened, you've probably already figured out that sugarpaste usually dries lighter than the color you've kneaded in and you have to make it a little darker to get the color you want.

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la122475 Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 1:12am
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Yep..I think I might have used too much corn starch while making them.
So now they just look "dull"

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Teekakes Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 1:29am
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Very lightly brush them with vodka and it will take the extra cornstarch away. icon_smile.gif

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sugarshack Posted 28 Sep 2009 , 3:11am
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shortening rub down

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