When forming figures using fondant and gum paste (mainly gum paste!) how do I keep it from forming cracks and lines? I've tried dabbing vegetable shortening on my hands and smoothing out the figures with some success, but need a better solution! Any help would be appreciated - just don't want imperfections taking away from the look of my figures!
I've found that some gum paste recipes work best for flowers and other recipes work better for figures. So you may want to experiment with different recipes.
Also, make sure your gum paste is very well kneaded and soft. Kneading in a little shortening will help make it smooth.
One thing I've found that works well for me is to completely cover what I'm working on with shortening. For example, when I make a head... first I roll the gum paste into a smooth ball, then I completely coat it with shortening before I start forming the head and facial features. This gives me a longer working time and also makes the gum paste easier to shape. This helps both gum paste and gum paste/fondant mixtures. You can continue to coat your piece with more shortening as you work to keep the gum paste from drying and cracking. When you finish, the gum paste will absorb the excess shortening and dry. HTH
Thanks FlourPots! Does the tylose do that well at stabilizing the fondant? I have to admit, I have not tried making MMF yet - been relying on Wilton fondant so far. Would you mind sharing your recipe/method for making MMF? Thanks so much for your help!
What perfect timing! I just started my first figure using Aine2's tutorial today. Not bad but not good so far either. I have been using gumpaste which is new for me. It seems sticky one minute and dry and cracked the next. I want to try the fondant/tylose mix.
Anyway, when I got on CC tonight here was this post. Flourpots, would you mind sending any helpful tips you have? Your work is beautiful.