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post #16 of 58
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Yes it's edible. But because it is used for flowers where you are using wires then I wouldn't suggest anyone actually eat the flowers.

The Sugar City link shows a picture of the container. It tells you what it is made from.
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post #17 of 58
You know it's funny, I know Dianne well and I've worked with the platinum paste before and frankly I can't stand the stuff! icon_lol.gif I know I know, to each his own. I prefer gumpaste. But hey, to those who like doing gumpaste flowers, I would suggest getting some platinum paste and doing a few flowers the same way out of that -- it gives you a much longer drying time which lets you play with it longer and according to a friend of mine, the flowers have a more natural bend to them. Personally I disagree, but hey, try it and see. That's what I tell all my students. What works for you might night work for me. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #18 of 58
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Oh I agree, not everyone will love it. Ruth also mentioned that her shop uses ChocoPan Gumpaste. One of the girls has trouble using the Platinum paste cause it gets sticky on her.

I do think it is worth trying it out. After using it, and having the experience I did coming home, I'm a believer in it.

I like Wilton's gum paste, have used it many of times with out issues. But it's delicate and fragile. When trying to tape Gerber Daisies together I ended up breaking petals off of them. I know with out a doubt if the same flowers I carried home were made with Wilton's they would have been in pieces.
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post #19 of 58
Jennifer Dontz also sells it on her website!
post #20 of 58
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Jennifer Dontz also sells it on her website!



Could you provide a link? I tried to find it on her site, but no luck.

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post #21 of 58
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Jennifer Dontz also sells it on her website!



Could you provide a link? I tried to find it on her site, but no luck.



http://www.jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol016

Platinum paste is wonderful. It works differently than reg. gum paste, though.

You roll it out by hand (so thin that you can see thru it) so that after it's rolled out, you MUST flip it over so it doesn't continue to stick to the board when you use a cutter on it. You don't roll it thick enough to insert a wire in it--it defeats the purpose. You "twiddle" a piece of paste onto a wire and while it's still tacky, you apply your petal/leaf. You don't use water or anything to attach it (water will melt the paste).

Dianne says you probably could run it thru the pasta machine, but then you lose the drier vs. tacky side and it wouldn't work the same way.

As for figures, to me, it's too expensive to use on something bulky. It's really designed for making soft, natural looking items like flowers, quilled shapes, etc.

It does go a long, long way, so in the end run, it's not that expensive for flowers.

These were all made in classes with Dianne Gruenberg using platinum paste:
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post #22 of 58
Those are pretty. So, let me see if I got this straight, great for flowers, but you gotta work fast and you don't have to do the dusting to roll out like you would use regular gumpaste? Plus, heavy duty which is a plus. I had just run out of tylose, didn't know it, and made the Wilton's gumpaste. Man, do those flowers break SO EASILY just to wire them. I was very frustrated, cause they were hibiscus and I couldn't just whip up more petals. Even my extras broke.
post #23 of 58
Oh, yes, this stuff is amazingly sturdy, especially given how thin you roll it.

As for working "fast", if it's a normal humidity---25%+--it actually has a long working time. Now, if it's bone dry (like it was in Vegas--5% humidity), you have to work fast, but no faster than you would have to w/ regular gum paste.

The beauty is that you can assemble flowers and still be able to bend petals, etc. No need for "flower formers".

You generally work on very small gauge wires, too--#30 & #33.

No dusts to roll on. You just condition your board once with the barest smear of crisco and you're set.

To set colors, you use thinned confectioner's glaze. You can steam them, but I don't because if the steamer spits, the paste will melt at it's thinnest spots.

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post #24 of 58
Yes, that's about it. You don't use cornstarch to dust, you WANT it to stick to the board.

By the way, for anyone having problems wiring gumpaste, put a fluffy white towel folded underneath the flowers while they are being wired -- trust me, IT WORKS!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #25 of 58
I,ve taken demos at ices convention with Beth Parvu using this medium. She usually demos every year. I think she will be also this year. Its been out for a while now.
post #26 of 58
I have a cell board, so not too many problems with wiring. I LOVE the fact of no flower formers. Sometimes having the right flower former can really make how a petal looks and if you don't have it. Well, it kind of sucks. And I ment they were breaking like crazy when I was actually wiring the petals togther. I mean the petals would brush together and brake, I had to go real slow and with a real delicate touch. I usually use Nick Lodges' paste, but I really like the thought of shaping the petasl by hand and them keeping the shape. Now let me go see how much it cost...icon_smile.gif
post #27 of 58
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I have a cell board, so not too many problems with wiring.



You definitely DO NOT roll it thick enough to use the grooves on the CelBoard--that's why you "twiddle" paste onto the wire & apply the cut out petal to that.

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post #28 of 58
"twiddle"? Twiddle it is. icon_wink.gif
post #29 of 58
Yep, actually referred to as twiddling when classes are taught.

You take the wire, hold it horizontally, put a small ball of paste (think very tiny pea) onto it, down about as far as the petal is long, and, using your thumb and forefinger, gently twist/pull/coax the paste to the end of the wire. Place the petal in the veiner (if you're using one) sticky side up and apply the twiddle to it and press. Takes a bit of practice to learn the skill.

Very important that both the twiddle & the petal remain fresh (sticky on one side).

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post #30 of 58
I do all my leaves this way, with any g/p. (twiddle)
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