Is it right to use water as glue? The answer is yes. Certain details can be glued with a brush and water, but you have to keep in mind that water is not alcohol based, so it doesn't dry as fast. If you put too much, you will have a real slippery mess.
So, the question is how much is needed? Think about when you clean a table with a moist towel. That's about how much water is needed. Small details like stripes, dots and other things like that
will be fine to glue with water.
Another glue that is very common is your basic extracts. Extracts are alcohol based, so it gives you moisture, but it will dry more than water will.
Next we go to Edible Glue with a little bit of more substance. Why would you need it? Maybe a heavier piece, or a more intricate detail. For example a small swag on a cake or some fondant swirls. And this type of glue is used for making gumpaste flowers as well.
For Edible Glue I start by breaking small pieces of gumpaste into warm water, and letting them dissolve for 15 minutes. You can decide how thick you want your gumpaste to be by how much gumpaste you add to the water. Or if it's too thick, just add more water.
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The other type of glue is based on Tylose powder. For
this one, you can take a 1/2 cup of hot water and add a
1/4 teaspoon of Tylose to the water. Mix it well and
let it rest so it can cool down and dissolve.
If you want a thicker consistency, add more Tylose.
If you want it more thin, add more water. This is my
favorite gum glue ever. It will last for a long time in
the bottle with no refrigeration.
Both of these you can store in an airtight container, like a small Tupperware or a baby food jar. For a longer shelf life store them in the refrigerator if you want. They can last from 30 to up to 60 days.
Some people will use egg whites for gumpaste flowers as a glue. But if you are not comfortable with raw egg whites, just know you have other options.
Hope this helps!
Until next blog..ta ta!