Uber Shine--Easy Peasy--A New Twist In The Plot

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-K8memphis Posted 15 Jan 2013 , 5:10pm
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after testing i wrote this it for a cake buddy doing a dirt bike cake and i thought it might be of interest to more of us


he asked how to shine up his dirt bike parts--like the engine cover & stuff


if anyone has some marshmallow fondant and would like to test this--those results would be nice to include here


Originally Posted by -K8memphis

ok so my suggestion is to mix gum arabic* with a little water and paint your object for a nice engine cover sheen or whatever you want uber shiny


gum arabic comes in a mccormack spice type bottle with a screw on lid


a few bucks--may be available at your cake deco store (not hobby lobby type store)


but def available online


but there's another way to get *gum arabic easy peasy


in a reverse process


you can buy 'white edible glitter' at the hobby lobby type stores and cake deco stores


i don't know if wilton makes this --i've never seen their brand of it


it comes in a wilton food color style little jar


it looks like the lightest weight tiny paint chips --would blow away in a breeze or a snort


lighter than air


it's gum arabic just not in powder form


make a paintable substance with it


dissolve a teaspoon of it in a little water and paint it on store bought fondant or candy clay--easy peasy--works to perfection--


it does dry fine on s.b. fondant and candy clay--i just tested this for you


does not dissolve in alcohol (which is often used to mix cake deco dusts)


for nice shine but not as bright as the gum arabic you can paint the s.b. fondant piece with vodka


most of it evaporates away--does not leave much alcohol taste if any--just cleans it up nice


candy clay stays it's same finish kinda matte-- even with the vodka scrub (i used everclear today)


the warmth of your hand will restore candy clay surface (before the gum arabic is applied of course)

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KHalstead Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 2:29am
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I've painted fondant with egg whites and it dries uber shiny as well!!

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howsweet Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 5:10am
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Hmmm, I think I have some gum arabic somewhere...

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-K8memphis Posted 25 Jan 2013 , 1:33pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead 

I've painted fondant with egg whites and it dries uber shiny as well!!


got uber? uber much? icon_biggrin.gif


question for you, please


how did you handle it in the sense of getting it the same thickness, did you beat it, add water or anything?


or did it just absorb--onto fondant or gum paste or both


hmm~~wonder if any of these ideas works on buttercream--prolly would just bead up huh--i don't know though--guess i haven't tried it --ga works good on royal & fondant & prolly gum paste


what was your method to use it and what did you use it on?


more than one way to shine it up!

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