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Rejuvenate older gumpaste to reuse

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I have a softball size clump of tan colored gumpaste left over from a project (a failed project at that!) I worked on a couple of months ago. I wrapped it in a zip loc bag and stored it in a small, sealed plastic tub. My question is....

It is a bit firm, too firm for rolling. I wish to roll it out and cut it into small rectangles for a brick wall on a cake I am making. It will lie flat on the cake. What is the best way to soften this to roll out.? Microwave? Kneading the crap out of it? Is this even possible?

I also need to recolor it....any shade of red to resemble bricks. I'm not really fussy on this. I have Americolor Red Red, Tulip Red, and Terra Cotta.

This is only my second time using gumpaste so I am at a loss here on the ability to even reuse it. Thanks so much for any guidance you may have for me.
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Well it sounds like this gumpaste needs some humidity. So add the colour, that may be enough. If not, then add a 1/4 teaspoon smear of corn syrup and keep kneading.
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Thanks so much, Irene! You were spot-on correct. I gave a little squirt of Tulip Red into the ziploc bag and kneaded until most of it was incorporated. I then greased up my hands with a little Crisco and kneaded it with my bare hands. Other than a few tan colored hard specks (which were easily picked out), it turned out perfect! Thank you again. icon_smile.gif
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I just revived a piece of rock hard gum paste this weekend. It crumbled into "rocks" when I tried to knead it, so I put a couple of drops of glycerine on it, then smeared it over with Crisco and started kneading. To my surprise, it came out soft and supple and smooth!!
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