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I am so frustrated with gum paste I could scream!!!  I let it dry for a week and then when I "paint" it, it goes all limp on me again like it was the first day I made it!!!  I realize I'm adding moisture back into it, so is it just best to paint it the same day I make it???  How much longer do I need to let it dry???  Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!  I am all "self taught" with tons and tons of thanks to people here and youtube! 

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hello Mandie, what are you using to paint ?

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What are you painting? I took the wilton classes and we used luster dust to paint on flowers . We didn't use anything wet at all we dry painted the flowers
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A gum paste dried to a week should be rock hard. What r you using to paint? you should use gel colors only diluted in something that evaporates quick.

Usually people uses vodka.. I use any kind of extract.

 

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!

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The best thing to use on any sugar work if you must paint wet is grain alcohol. EverClear or rectifed spirits have next to no water in them. Even vodka has too much water content to safely use on thin gum paste. Grain alcohol has only 2-4% water content whereas vodka has anywhere between 50-80% water depending upon maker.

 

Ultimately you want the highest proof clear and flavorless alcohol you can legally buy. Grain alcohol is illegal in some states (not sure if you're in the States or not) so it can be hard to get. I use Spirytus Rektyfikowany, a Polish rectified spirit that's 192 proof - or 96% alcohol. It's perfect if you can find it.
 

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post #6 of 20

I think the better question is what kind of gum paste are you using?  I've painted gum paste that's dried within hours and it doesn't go 'limp'.   I also use Wilton's premade gum paste.  I like it much better than adding Tylose to fondant.  I also use either vodka or lemon extract to paint and have found the lemon extract dries much faster. 
 

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post #7 of 20
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I am using gel colors with vodka...I've tried all different types of gumpaste...one I made myself, store bought (Wilton), and just tylose added to fondant.  I will look for the grain alcohol (I live in Michigan) to try that as well as the lemon extract which I have here on hand.  Thank you for the responses!!! 
 


Edited by Mandie51 - 12/10/12 at 6:01pm
post #8 of 20
I think that's your problem you are using gel colors then diluting it more. I'm not sure and hopefully someone here will correct me if I'm wrong but to paint on gumpaste you are suppose to use a colored power like disco dust then dilute with the vodka or grain alcohol. Right now you are using to much ddiluted liquid I think I might be wrong
I believe it's almost be like a thin paste
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Ok it's not disco dust that's to sparkly it's petal dust or luster dust. I know micheals sells luster dust in the cake isle that's what we used to dry paint our flowers in class..here's a website for petal and luster dust
http://www.candylandcrafts.com/dustingpowderindex.htm
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=7nX11ANeilU how to use luster dust
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Petal dust dries to a dull finish
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Global sugar art.com has had problems with people's credit cards being used after they have purchased products from that website I don't recommend buying from them
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=tX8eqct6W-A she mention ordering from Cobol sugar art being of the recent problems I wouldn't but it was another video to show you how to paint gumpaste
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