If you can find gum tragacanth (berbelit lidah..) you can use this recipe to make your modelling paste. Suitable to make all 3D figures.
280g icing sugar
3 teaspoon gum trag
1 teaspoon liquid glucose
6 teaspoon water
315 g ready fondant/sugarpaste (refer to my earlier post for the recipe)
Sift icing sugar and gum trag. Add glucose & water. Mix. Knead until you get a dough consistency. Lastly mix together with the ready fondant. If the final dough is too dry, you may add some shortening.
You can use cornflour to dust your surface top.
I personally have not tried making the above recipe.. I’ve been searching everywhere for the gum trag but can’t find any..if I ever find it I suspect it will be very expensive. However, modelling paste is excellent as it is more pliable, dries faster and harder compared to using fondant (added with Gum-tex).
Speaking of gum-tex, I bought a can a few weeks ago..
Gum-tex is made from karaya (maybe slightly cheaper than gum trag). One can of about 170gm cost me RM30.00. Hope you can see the recipe on how to make gum paste below :
I’ve been wanting to make this recipe but got no time yet.. coming soon. I guess you can use this gum paste mix to make your flowers, as well as all the 3D figures. It should be better than using fondant which turns all soft in our weather. Fondant is perfect for covering cakes but to make figures, not recommended. You have to add gum tragacanth or gum-tex to it.
Hope the info is useful..and for those sugarcraft experts out there, any other tips?