|A paste consistency|
I read an article by Lindy Smith about how to make your own glitter using gum arabic, but I didn't have any of that. I decided to try some of the fairly useless Wilton GumTex that I have sitting around, and it worked just fine.
(Edited to add: Also see this video I made more recently with a "secret" ingredient!)
Back to the recipe...
I used 1 tsp of gumtex, and added 1 tsp of water to begin with, but that was way too thick, so I added more. Because it was still so thick I eventually just stopped measuring it and started adding water directly from the tap, stirring it until it was about the thickness of tempera paint.
|Spread out on the mat|
At this point it was kind of a paste consistency, a little thicker than paint. I spread it all out on a silicone mat and put it into the oven at 275 degrees F until it dried out and started pulling away from the mat.
|Peeling away from the mat|
|The center is still slightly damp|
When it dries out you can pick big pieces of the sheet up and turn them over to make sure that any thicker spots dry out. Just leave it in the oven until it's totally dry.
|Store in a sealed container|
One warning is that it also pretty much tastes like butt if you eat it by itself (which I did to test it), but since you'll be putting it onto icing it shouldn't be much of a problem. The icing will disguise the gum flavor, or lack thereof.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC, custom wedding cakes in Richmond VA