Is there really that much difference between using metal vs. plastic tools for modeling gumpaste? Please explain. I have several sizes in plastic. Do I need to buy metal as well?
Well, I've just barely started doing flowers, so I'm not positive, but I think the big thing is whether your tools have a seam. I had the Wilton tools, but the seam would rip my gumpaste. I got a couple of seamless acrylic ones, and they work nicely, but they're pretty big - too big for most things I try to do. I got a small metal one for my birthday that I've used now for lots of stuff.
Thanks kbochick. That makes sense. The tools I have don't seem to rip the gumpaste, so maybe I'm okay.
I have both metal and plastic sets. When thinning petals, I prefer using the metal ball tool for its weight. Some of my metal tools also do not have a plastic equivalent. Mostly though, I use the yellow and white plastic set made by PME.
Thanks Miriel. Hey, I'd like to see some of your creations. Do you have a website?
I can email you some of my cake pictures.
Yah, I like the ones that PME have also. I still have a couple of my first tools left from Wilton but anything that you need to have weight to they snap in half! So I suggest the PME ones for plastic and miriel is right with the metal ball tool. It frills the petal better if it has a little weight to it. All what you get used to.
Metal ball tools make all the difference in the world to me. Plastic tears the edges of your petals when you try and thin or ruffle. And I have had all of my metal ball tools for 7 years, I broke a Wilton plastic tool, snapped the head right off.
Metal for me. I like the weight and I have better control.
I guess I'm going to have to buy metal.
Does anyone know where one can buy metal tools?
Global Sugar Art. Scroll down to Cel Cakes metal ball tool, medium and small.
That's the thing about CC - everytime I come on, I find out about something else I just "have" to have. (Fortunately the having of no money keeps things sensibly in check!)
I’m looking for a set of metal tools with multiple sizes (from extra small to extra large). Does anyone know who makes a set like that?
AI got a cheap set of metal ball tools on eBay. Came from Hong Kong. Loads of sizes.