Gumpaste Is Drying Out

Decorating By Lezlee Updated 18 May 2010 , 12:24am by Lezlee

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Lezlee Posted 16 May 2010 , 12:52pm
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I have an ongoing problem with gumpaste. I use the Wilton ready made. It starts drying out as I am coloring it. By the time my color is mixed its difficult to work with. It cracks and isn't as pliable. Is there any way to reconstitute it, or remoisten it once the color is mixed? It seems to happen whether I use Wilton colors or AmeriColor. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Texas_Rose Posted 16 May 2010 , 12:59pm
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Try kneading the color into a small piece, making it more intense than you want the color to turn out, and then knead that piece with a larger piece.

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chellescountrycakes Posted 17 May 2010 , 9:09pm
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are you keeping crisco right there to keep on your hands? I keep a 'blob' of it on my tray that I am working on. I also prefer to mix fondant in, it seems to make it easier to work with for a longer period.

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pat-a-cakes Posted 17 May 2010 , 9:23pm
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I use the Wilton pre-made as well as the Wilton dry mix that you add water to. The key is the shortening, I have never had your problem and I always use shortening on my hands and mix a bit in.

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mamawrobin Posted 17 May 2010 , 9:28pm
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I never touch gumpaste without shortening on my fingers. I learned that from Edna icon_biggrin.gif

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tmac670 Posted 17 May 2010 , 9:31pm
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Ditto for the shortening. I just colored gum paste black, red and caution sign yellow- when it started to feel tacky I put more shortening on my hands. Worked with it today and it was great!

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Lezlee Posted 18 May 2010 , 12:24am
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Thank you for all of the responses! I will try to be a little more liberal with the shortening! And I will also try Texas-Roses's uggestion of coloring a small piece first!

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