Make It Shine By Brushing With Corn Syrup????

Decorating By EvMarie Updated 1 Dec 2010 , 1:19am by EvMarie

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EvMarie Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 6:38pm
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Hi Everyone -

I made a black gumpaste flower for a cookie favor idea I had. It's a whimsical type flower and it's imprinted with little squiggles. A fun look -'s a bit dull. I know I read somewhere about people using corn syrup & something for shine. But, can't remember the other "thing" that's mixed in.

Anybody know?


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mandymakescakes Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 6:57pm
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Corn syrup & vodka is what I use. The vodka evaporates/dries leaving only the shine and very little stickiness.


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multilayered Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 7:20pm
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I brush on a little Pam cooking works great

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EvMarie Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 7:59pm
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Thanks for the quick responses! Both great ideas! I'll give them a whirl!

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drakegore Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 9:23pm
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Did you steam the flower? It won't make it really shiny but it does improve upon the texture and dullness of fully dried gumpaste. if you want really shiny though, this won't help too much icon_smile.gif.


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EvMarie Posted 1 Dec 2010 , 1:19am
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Thanks a bunch drakegore - I'll put that in my "bag of tricks" too. It might be a better trick for more delicate flowers. This flower isn't of the delicate sort. More - cartoon-ish...teenager-eee. Funky? I actually have the same flower on the purple cake I added to my gallery. Not sure if you can see it....I didn't take very good pics.

The only thing I had in the cupboard was corn syrup. So - I just mixed it with a tiny bit of water and brushed it on. It looks real nice. Just a tiny bit tacky...but none of the black comes off on your I think it's acceptable.

I will for sure try all these things down the road. I guess I should just trust myself more often. Sometime you don't know what you don't know & therefore prone to messing things up!

Anywho - thanks again everyone!

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