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Is cracks in gumpaste unavoidable?

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Thread Starter 
The problem I am having is the gumpaste not "going" together. I don't mean when it's dry...I mean when I take it out of the bag and knead it, with color or not it doesn't seem to want to go together and I have cracks then. I add crisco to my hands and keep working it. For instance if you take some and roll it out a little like a log and fold it then try to knead it, you can still see the crack where it went together, they won't blend. To soft? To much crisco?

Thanks!
post #2 of 4
What are you making with the gumpaste? If you are using it for modeling try making a 50/50 mixture of gumpaste and fondant. How old is your gumpaste?
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Thread Starter 
I did mix some mmf in with it, and it's fresh, made it this am. I think I may be using to much crisco and it wont blend into each other.
post #4 of 4
Gumpaste (and fondant) dry quickly and form a 'skin' on it keeping it from being sticky when folding and shaping.

One think would be to work quickly. Another thing is to apply pressure to it. To get cracks out of a ball you press pretty hard between your hands while rolling to get a smooth surface, then you will relax some to get it to the shape you one.

I would say just add more pressure while you are needing and working it.
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