Want Flexible Wafer Paper? Use This Recipe!

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There are a bunch of different sprays and liquids that you can use to make wafer paper flexible, but this is a simple version that you can make at home, and all it takes is a couple of ingredients.

I tried a few combinations or proportions before I ended up with the one that seems to work the best. It makes the wafer paper pliable but not too sticky.

That's wafer paper crumpled up inside my hand...

And here it is after I uncrumpled it. I wouldn't be able to do that with untreated wafer paper, it would be torn and ruined!

This is the formula I came up with:

1 pkg gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
2 Tbsp glycerine

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a microwavable bowl, and let it bloom for 15 minutes.

Put the bowl in a microwave and melt the gelatin, using 15-second bursts on high. Don't boil the gelatin, just melt it. You can remove the white foam off the top using a spoon or just leave it.

Mix the glycerine into the melted gelatin, and you're done!

Store in the fridge and reheat it to melt it when you need to use it. Brush a light coat onto wafer paper and let it dry before using it. You can also use this to stick wafer paper sheets together. Don't put too much on at one time or it can make the paper buckle.

I brushed this onto the paper, but you can try it in a spray bottle if you want to. Brushing it onto dark printed paper can smear the colors. Make sure that the spray bottle doesn't have any metal parts inside it, and you'll be able to put it in the microwave to heat up the gelatin when you need to use it.

If you do want to make the paper sticky, add more glycerine to the mix and it will dry and end up with a tacky surface that will stick to other pieces of paper.

Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at  www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

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