There was a thread on here (I will try to attach) that suggested that instead of using vinyl from Wal-Mart instead of Wilton's Roll and Cut mat. I bought some today and worked this afternoon on gumpaste roses using the vinyl as a work surface. Let me tell you that it works AWESOME!!
I used a lot less cornstarch and shortening and had absolutely so problems with it sticking. That is a great idea and extremely cheap!
What kind of vinyl???
oops...just saw the link
Another good disposable alternative is Reynold's freezer paper. You can roll out fondant on the plastic side, doesn't stick. Can also cover cake boards with it. No mess. I hate washing that mat!
i was just thinking what i can use instead of my wilton fondant mat. the one thing that really p'd me off was how it rolls back on me while i'm trying to roll. I guess i could have taped it down (hindsite being 20/20) but still.... talk about a pita! Thanks for the idea!!!!
I just sprayed a little water under it when I laid it down and it stayed in place. There are several different thicknesses of the vinyl and I got the one that has blue paper - it wasn't the thinest, but the one just thicker than that.
When I was done, I just cleaned it off, dried both side and rolled it up. I also got a piece to 2" pvc to use as a rolling pin and I stored the vinyl inside of it. Works great! Regarding the pvc, you can buy a 2" length so I didn't even have to get my hubby to cut it for me.
I looked at my Wal-Mart today and there was no vinyl in the fabrics. I'll try a bigger store another day.
BUT....I was looking at the different contact papers/shelf liners and there is one that is heavy plastic and has little ridges in it. PERFECT for getting a great texture on loopy fondant bows. The picture on the package showed it covering those white wire shelves you use to organize things in your cabinets. I didn't buy it, but I know where to find it when I need it!