Gumpasting Work Area & Storage Items

{A Gumpaster’s Work Space}

A Gumpaster’s Work Space

Which furniture you choose and where you locate your work station can play an important role when it comes to the ease and comfort you will enjoy while gumpasting. The amount of space you have available in your home or apartment to dedicate to gumpasting will dictate whether it is a permanent space or temporary one. Being an empty nester, I am fortunate to have been able to commandeer my son’s old bedroom, so I have permanent gumpasting quarters. It is nice because I don’t have to go to the trouble of gathering all my supplies and resetting things up when the urge to gumpaste beckons me.

{Work Area for Gumpaste & Fondant}

There are some basic things that you will need for a good, functional work area. First and foremost is finding a flat surface that is big enough to accommodate all your gumpasting tools, equipment and materials. A table, a counter, a workbench or even a sheet of plywood on a couple of sawhorses will do the job. Definitely find a comfortable chair or stool since you will be seated for most gumpasting tasks. Good lighting is also a must for gumpasting since it quite often requires intricate visual work. It will also help you select colors that are truer to what you are trying to duplicate in your project. If you can appropriate an area that affords you natural light, that would be ideal. Finally, as they say, “You can never have too much closet space.”, so if you have closet space available for storage, avail yourself of it. When it comes to gumpasting though, I would go one step further and declare “you can never have too many easy-to-reach shelves”. That is why the walls in my work area are abundant with shelves for storage.

Pretty It Up - If you can make your work space pretty and one that reflects your personality, by all means do so. I have done so by adding my personal touches such as an assortment of ceramic mugs with pretty flowers on them to store my tools as well as a couple of mementos that remind me of the people I love. One of them is a Portmeirion clematis tray that I keep my tools on that was given to me by someone I love and treasure. Some other little things you could do would be maybe to add some pretty, paper-covered boxes and/or attractive baskets to hold some of your gumpasting items. Maybe hang a picture or two or even display a plaque with a positive quotation that inspires you. I know that when I am surrounded by artistic and inspirational things they help to spark my creativity, so paying attention to all these small details will help make your workspace a happy and harmonious area in which to create your beautiful sugarcrafted masterpieces.

{Dusting & Painting Area for Gumpaste/Fondant}

Pretty It Up - If you can make your work space pretty and one that reflects your personality, by all means do so. I have done so by adding my personal touches such as an assortment of ceramic mugs with pretty flowers on them to store my tools as well as a couple of mementos that remind me of the people I love. One of them is a Portmeirion clematis tray that I keep my tools on that was given to me by someone I love and treasure. Some other little things you could do would be maybe to add some pretty, paper-covered boxes and/or attractive baskets to hold some of your gumpasting items. Maybe hang a picture or two or even display a plaque with a positive quotation that inspires you. I know that when I am surrounded by artistic and inspirational things they help to spark my creativity, so paying attention to all these small details will help make your workspace a happy and harmonious area in which to create your beautiful sugarcrafted masterpieces.

Storage Items

Number one on my list of storage items is an assortment of different sized plastic containers (preferably clear). Not only will you need these storage containers for your tools, equipment and materials, but they are also a must to store your finished gumpaste floral pieces. One of my favorite plastic containers is the Iris Scrapbook Case (14 3/8" x 14 9/16" x 3 1/8") because it is the perfect size to store all my various cutters, petal dusts, veiners, wires, tools, etc. Since it is clear and not too tall I can easily identify its contents. Add to that the fact that it is stackable which allows me to use my limited storage space to its fullest. I also have many small, clear, plastic containers that have dividers in them in which I store precut wire, assorted stamens, premade items such as rose cones, clematis centers and sweet pea keels, as well as other odds and ends that I want to keep organized.

{Storage Boxes for Gumpaste & Fondant Items}

One of the things that I use to hold my cutters, tools, dried gumpaste pieces, little parts of projects that I am working on, etc. came as a nice surprise when I stumbled upon it. It is to use lids from small and medium-sized metal boxes. The reason they are so great is because they are shallow enough to see everything that is on them, while at the same time keeping things neatly in their place and not scattered all over my table. I, of course, have a couple of trays that serve the same purpose, but I really appreciate the versatility of the different assortment of sizes and shapes (round, octagon, square and rectangle) that these tin lids provide me.