I have been watching youtube vids today and noticed quite a few people working with gumpaste have a mat or board that they work on. It's not very big, but it looks to be non stick, so it's easy to work on. The ones I saw were blue or green.
Does anyone know what these are or where to get them from?
I think that TonEdna had one, and Aine2 did for sure.
I think Wilton sells one...I think it's their practice board. I just use my granite counter with cornstarch.
the practice board looks a little smaller than what they were using. It looked a little bigger than a sheet of computer paper. Thanks though!
Also, my counter has texture so I wouldn't want to use that. I'm going to look around and see what I can find, thanks!
Wilton sells an actual roll out mat for fondant and gum paste. here is the link...
I have the roll and cut mat and I am very unhappy with it. It's not heavy enough to stay in place and the edges have to be held down so that they don't curl up. I use my counter with cornstarch.
I have that roll out mat too, I don't like it either, It came in my course 3 kit and it was folded, I can not get the creases out despite what my teacher said on how to get rid of them. Plus it slides all around, it's very annoying, lol!
Here's a like to one of the video's I saw it in, it's right in the beginning so you don't have to watch the whole thing.
Here in the US, they are called Cel Boards and you can buy them at Global Sugar Art and many other online cake supply stores.
They are not green over here, though.
Awesome! Thanks Sherri!
Yep Cel boards. I prefer using my granite countertop or my marble pastry board.
You are most welcome.
If you buy the grooved Cel Board, you will love it for wiring leaves and petals. The flip side of the grooved board is flat and slick and excellent for correctly cutting out GP, as it allows the entire rolled-out piece of GP to slide around with a minimum of cornstarch on the board.
I use a piece of Corian countertop that was leftover when my kitchen was redone. About the size of a 1/2 sheet pan so it gives me enough working room. Also have a glass cutting board that is great to use for cut out pieces as the cutters will not scar the glass and I get a nice clean edge.
Honestly, the one that Aine2 uses kind of looks like the little cutting mat that you use to cut out patters a circular blade at JoAnn Fabrics. I'm thinking about getting one to try it out.
for those that have the wilton mat and say it slides around, I bought 2 cheap clamps at home depot and clamp the mat down at the counter edge. (Just make sure you get a clamp size that is big enough for the thickness of your countertop.)
My granite counter tops work great...they are always cool to the touch, and smooth. I also have a glass cutting board which is totally smooth and great for cut outs. In my experience the roll up mats are a pain. They slide around, the roll back up, and all that.
I use a piece of freezer paper (shiny side up of course) and tape it to my countertop using blue painter's tape. Works like a charm.
I have a mat that I use that slides so I put a damp dish cloth of dish towel under it and it stops it from sliding. It works for me. Hope it helps.
The Wilton Roll 'n Cut mat and the Cake Dividing Wheel (this is the mat that comes in the Course 3 kit and is round) work perfectly fine when used UNDER a sheet of heavy vinyl.
i use a glass cutting board i bought at walmart, one side is rough and the other is smooth, of course i use the smooth side, i use to use the wilton mat but also had trouble with it.
I ran to Joann's fabric and bought a very big piece of clear vinyl, it covers my entire kitchen island. It's perfect for large fondant work. I have the wilton roll up mat which is not great, I also have a square vinyl placemat I use for small cut outs but I may be switching to small glass cutting board based on the posts here.
Thanks for starting the thread...
i have had success using wax paper. i flatten the fondant out to start w/ my hands then put it between 2 sheets of wax paper and roll away! the fondant peels right off the wax paper and there is no need for cornstarch, crisco, powdered sugar, etc! you just have to roll slow and w/ even pressure to keep the wax paper from wrinkling.
I do not like my Wilton mat either!! It always rolls up on the sides and gets in the way. Wetting the back with a cloth will make it stick to the counter, but not the sides/corners.....those darn things! I used a knife on it and it cut right thru.... I think I will get the glass cutting board and give it a try.
A suggestion for those that have issues with mats rolling back up while trying to work with them... When you store it roll it with the markings on the outside.