Can I Shave / Carve Hardened Gumpaste?

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chudimac11 Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 7:33pm
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I'm working with gumpaste for the first time.  I made baby alphabet blocks out of solid gumpaste from a home recipe.  They are starting to harden and I noticed how uneven they are.  When they are dry, is there some way I could shave them or carve them to form perfect blocks?

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knlcox Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 9:58pm
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You can always try! I've never shaved gum paste but you can try using a sharp knife to scrape away and see what happens.  It could work! 

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KatieKake Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 10:35pm
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gum paste when dry is fragile, occasionally, you might be able to shave it, but you would probably end up with a lot of breakage.  One thing you might try is to very gently file down the rough uneven areas with an emery board.  I don't know it it would work or not but you can try it. Make extra for sure.

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-K8memphis Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 10:45pm
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shave gum paste yes --


carve perfect blocks out of hardened gum paste--tall order -- be real cool if that worked for you --


for going forward-- make 5 gum paste squares ( i would use fondant + cornstarch kneaded in)


and place them around a block of cake or rice krispie treats--you can cover the joins with tiny piping --


or you could miter the edges after drying and fit them together --miter with a microplane


could do it with chocolate or marzipan  too --


gum paste would be the last medium on my list

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-K8memphis Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 10:46pm
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i've shaved it with a potato peeler to get to the good stuff inside when i stored it and the outside hardened

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yortma Posted 24 Nov 2013 , 2:39pm
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I have filed it with a clean metal file with no problem, although just small amounts - rough edges and slight contour changes.  

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