When I roll a ball of gum paste, there is almost always a crack. I don't have any problems with small balls but the larger the ball the bigger the problem gets. I have rolled over and over between my palms but I can't get the ball completely smooth. Any suggestions?
AWhen that happens there is not much you can do except re-knead it to get it warmed up and pliable (or put it in the microwave for a few seconds then knead), and start your ball again. If the problem persists, try adding a little Crisco to the paste.
I put mine in the microwave as Dayti suggested. It always works and once it cools down it dries faster.
Thank you for the responses. I have rekneaded and used shortening but doesn't seem to help. I will try the microwave too. Thanks again.
AI have found that the larger fondant balls require a lot more pressure than the smaller balls to avoid cracks.
AI can't remember who did a video tutorial on this, and not sure if I can explain with text.... I make my ball, maybe a tiny bit bigger than I need, then work it like everyone else has explained. With any cracks left after that I keep working/pulling that crack toward the bottom of the ball until eventually you have a tail that you keep pulling and smoothing till it breaks off. Then roll it around to make it round again. Maybe someone knows of this method and can explain better.
AThere is a great class on making fondant animals on Craftsy by Sharon Wee.She has excellent tips on fondant handling.