At this point, I have the very basic fondant tools.
2 rolling pins (large & small)
gumpaste flower set (Michaels)
Cutter (Wilton one with 3 rollers...don't really like)
3 circle cutters
Ribbon Cutter Set (Wilton...but not sure how to use it)
I think that is about it. I'm wanting to branch out and try some new stuff beyond my dots & stripes. Any suggestions on some tools?
How about some molds and veiners?
Check out jennifer dont'z website. She has some cool stuff. They are very well priced.
IMPRESSION MATS, SILICON MOLDS, THERE ARE ALOT OF COOL THINGS OUT THERE OR YOU CAN USE COOKIE CUTTERS, OR RUBBER STAMPS ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF.
Love the impression mats and holly molds for figures and fairies
sugar-craft gun, veining tool, different size ball tools
Thanks...when I start looking, I get overwhelmed with all the choices!
There is an endless list of tools you will eventually find out that you want. The more you learn, the more tools you realize you need.
So I don't overwhelm myself, the way I accumulate my tools is to look for things In other people's cakes that interest me and that I want to try. Then I find out what tools I need to do that thing. I buy the tools, learn the skill and get that skill under my belt. Then I look again and find the next skill I want to learn and aquire the tools I need to do it.
This way my skills grow, slowly and well, and my tools accumulate right along with them. Then each new cake I make is based on the solid skills I know with new things added each time.
I agree with artscallion, I accumulated tools based on new techniques I wanted to try. But my fav fondant tool is the Ateco fondant mat. Once I started doing fondant on that mat I never looked back, it helped sooooooo much, I love it.
I have the Ateco mat but I never got the chance to use it. I find it easier to lift it by hand.
SHogg- Do you find that the Ateco mat has some type of smell?
The things I find myself using the most aren't specialized fondant tools.
I have a pastry wheel I got at Target for $4 that cuts very well and has a comfortable handle. I also bought a herb mincer there, which works great for cutting 1/4" wide strips of fondant. I use silicone mini muffin pans for flower formers, and I just got a pastry scraper and can't imagine how I've done without it for so long. I have a couple of silicone baking pan liners that I use for small fondant work, and a big piece of thick clear vinyl for bigger stuff. The vinyl seems to be more nonstick than the silicone mats.
You should buy some daisy cutters too...it's amazing how fast and easy it is to make daisies. Wilton's white plastic daisy cutters make nicer daisies than the ones in the gumpaste flower kit.
RylanTy, I've had the mat for so long now the smell is gone!! But yes I seem to remember a smell to it when I first got it.
I do have a pastry scraper I bought a month or so ago at Williams-Sonoma.
I will definitely look into the silicon mat & more cutters.
Thanks for all the great advice!
You pretty much need all of them.
There is little you can do to resist this phenomenon.
You can take your time but you're going to buy them all.
lol I can see that it quickly becomes an obsession...and I've only been doing this since August.
Don't fight it--save your energy.
pizza cutters and a ruler , those baller tools (i'm gonna try those gianormous roses!!) scrapbooking stamps (i prefer the clear ones) but now i really want one of those easy rose cutters (jem i think-oh i'm drooling) it's definately hard to stop looking-whenever i'm at micheal's i'm scoping every idea wondering if i can use it for cakes
I haven't been doing this long but one of my favorite things I learned about here is the Makin Clay extruder, the green one. I love it! I found interesting looking things on the clay isle at Hobby Lobby that would be fun to try, too.
After reading this post I went to Jennifer Dontz's website as RylanTy suggested and I found this tool: http://www.jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol007
I was just wondering if this is the tool most people use when doing a design like on the bottom tier of this cake (which I LOVE by the way) http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1299073
Whenever I have tried to do a design like this on a cake I have always just used the square cutters and flipped them sideways to look like a diamond and it always comes out un-even like they arent evenly spaced and have always wondered what the heck I am doing wrong! So is this tool the answer to my problem??? I hope so!!
Check out Global Sugar Art- LOTS of stuff and they are very helpful. Prices are cheaper than some other places also.
The tool that you saw on Jennifer's site is a diamond quilter and that is what I use when I do the diamond quilting around a fondant cake.- it makes an impression
This tool that you saw is not what was used on the cake that you looked at - diamond cuttters were used. Sharon from Sugarshack sells this item on her website.
Are there any retail stores besides Hobby Lobby, Michael's, & Wal-Mart that sell fondant, tools, etc.? I shop online, but there's something about seeing and touching something before I buy...
Thanks SHogg. I thought I was the only one.