Funky Letter Tappits...what Am I Doing Wrong?

Decorating By Bellatheball Updated 13 Jun 2008 , 4:26am by dragonflydreams

Bellatheball Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:16am
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I bought these a few weeks ago for a cookie order that I have due tomorrow. For the life of me, I cannot get these things to work. I have used corn startch on the tappit, on the fondant, I've tried banging them out, coaxing them out. You name it. Is there a trick to these things?
I've even watched Aine2s video and I still can't get them to work.

18 replies
Bonnie151 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:57am
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Is it actually fondant that you are using? I use flower paste and a little bit of white fat on the tappits and find that they don't even stick to the tappit - they stay on my worktop & I just peel them out of the excess flower paste. The only letter I've had a problem with is the "D" which I had to cut around with my little wheel cutter.

tonedna Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:11am
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It needs to be gumpaste!..

milissasmom Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:15am
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I roll out my fondant/gumpaste 50/50 mix or fondant with Tylose added and let it set for about 10 minutes and then I dust it with cornstarch along with dusting the Tappit and I never have an issue. Just let your fondant sit out for a bit, it should help!!

MikeRowesHunny Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:18am
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I used these last night, and yes, because of all the fiddly swirly bits, they are a pain to use, much worse than the standard lettering! I find rolling the gumpaste out thinly and letting it sit for a bit helps too, but not much! I had to cut my A about 5 times !

saracupcake Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:23am
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I was stumped by the funky tapits too and I can use the other ones no problem. I have totally given up trying to tap, bang or flick them and now use a really soft paint brush each letter has a tiny gap on the other side so I gently push until I get the letter to start coming out then turn he thing over and get the paint brush under the loosened bit and gently work the whole thing out. The brush I use has bristles about a centimeter long and is a size 1 so it is really fine and doesn't mark the paste.

It really works for me so it might be worth a try!

I've attached a link showing the brush I use to give you an idea of how fine it is - it is the 5th one down on the right - the liner #1


BarbaraK Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 10:29am
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I use fondant and have not had any problems. I roll out the fondant thinly, cut in into strips and then leave it to air dry for about 1 hour. When you allow the fondant to air dry the cut out letters do not stick to the cutter. Just a gently tap and the letters just fall out. icon_biggrin.gif

Bellatheball Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 2:07pm
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Thanks guys! I wanted to use fondant because they are going on soft sugar cookies. I thought the gumpaste might be a bit too hard. I'll try leaving it out for awhile before cutting them and try using crisco too. I appreciate it.

golfgirl1227 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:46pm
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When I use Patchwork cutters, which I assume are similar (not sure since I don't have the letters, but PC cause the same problems for me)- I use a paint brush and apply Crisco to the cutter, then cut the gumpaste. I tried using fondant, but wasn't successful, but I'm not sure I rolled it thin enough. I think letting it set for a bit might help. let us know what you come up with!

erinalicia Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 4:45pm
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What the heck are tappits? Guess I'm behind on this one. icon_smile.gif

pianocat Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 4:59pm
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There's a tutorial on Youtube by Aine2 that is great.

fiddlesticks Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:16pm
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Funky Letter tappits.. Where can I find them or order them ?? I have been wanting them and cant find them !!!Thanks to any one that can answer !

pianocat Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:18pm
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Try (on this page).

erinalicia Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:19pm
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thanks... where can I find those?

pianocat Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:28pm
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Fiddlesticks and erinalicia

On go to fmm sugarcraft.

fiddlesticks Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:33pm
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found them on globalsugarart but they are out of stock !!! anywhere else ???

beachcakes Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 2:09am
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I just posted this same question last week... I had NO idea Lorraine did a tutorial!! Would've helped me immensely last weekend! icon_smile.gif I had to cut the A like 5 times!!

fiddlesticks Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 3:23am
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I just wish I could find them somewhere in stock !

dragonflydreams Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 4:26am
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. . . if you google "fmm tappit alphabet" several UK suppliers come up (if your really keen on getting them before Globalsugarart gets them in stock) . . . here is the link to Globalsugarart . . . . . . I bet they come in regularly . . . and they do have the other alphabets in stock right now if you are looking for a different font . . .

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