No Time To Search Cricut, Can You Help?

Decorating By sister340 Updated 11 Oct 2009 , 3:53pm by dutchy1971

sister340 Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 1:51pm
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I'm working on a wedding cake, trying to cut with cricut. Still not cutting as well as I want. Rolled paste to a 5. Cutting a scroll, what is happening is that the ends of the scroll (intricate part) rolls after being cut. Don't know if my paste is to thin. I've decided it needs to dry longer than 10 min as Linda recommended. How long do you allow yours to dry on the mat before cutting? Knife on 6, doesn't seem to be cutting all the way through paste. This and the curling of the edges is my main problem. Any suggestions?
j.

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sister340 Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 2:14pm
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Another problem is that the paste is so stretchy. If I do get a pretty good cut, it gets ruined trying to get it off the mat. pulls out of shape.
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sister340 Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 2:45pm
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using MMF with tylose added. maybe that's the prob. I have some satin ice fondant, think I should try that? Would you add tylose to that?
j.

MissyTex Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 3:05pm
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Well, Ive really only done it once on a cake and my DH did all of the Cricut work, so I might not be much help. I used Satin Ice with Tylose added. I did allow it time to rest overnight, though, before using it. If you dont have that much time maybe you could add a LOT of Tylose and let it sit for a few hours. Ive never made MMF, but it sounds like it is too elastic. Sorry, not much help. Good Luck!

These were the settings we used:

Deep cutting blade, setting 3
low speed
min pressure
fondant rolled at 3-4 setting on pasta roller

jillangel Posted 9 Oct 2009 , 7:20pm
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Originally Posted by MissyTex

Well, Ive really only done it once on a cake and my DH did all of the Cricut work, so I might not be much help. I used with Tylose added. I did allow it time to rest overnight, though, before using it. If you dont have that much time maybe you could add a LOT of Tylose and let it sit for a few hours. Ive never made MMF, but it sounds like it is too elastic. Sorry, not much help. Good Luck!

These were the settings we used:

Deep cutting blade, setting 3
low speed
min pressure
fondant rolled at 3-4 setting on pasta roller




Did you allow it to rest overnight before or after it was cut? I am assuming after it was cut so it could be dry enough to work with and not stretch out of shape.

Chels335 Posted 10 Oct 2009 , 5:26am
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I was just wondering what the pasta roller is or where I can find one? With the cricut blade do you insert a new one each time you cut with it for cakes? I love my cricut and would love to use it with cakes! Thanks

sister340 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 4:14am
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The cake turned out okay, but I really need to keep working with the cricut and the paste.
To answer your question about the pasta roller. It's just a little hand cranked kitchen gadget designed to make pasta noodles. But it works really well to run gumpaste through for use with Cricut. You keep changing the thickness and then you put it on a cricket mat. I just wipe off the knife after each cut to keep it clean. Use the deep blade housing. I use different mats and knives for paper than I do for gumpaste. Lots to learn, but lots of potential. Search the other sites here that talk about cricut.
j.

debster Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 4:44am
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I got her DVD and doesn't she use gumpaste not fondant? I've only had time to watch it once so I really don't remember. That could be why she's getting a crisper cut and no stretch, check it out.

sister340 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 1:06pm
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I got the DVD too, watched it a couple of times. I made her recipe for gumpaste and I messed it up. Put something in at the wrong time or something, had to throw it away. Then because I didn't have time to redo it, I used fondant with tylose mixed in. I need to try her recipe again, I've used Nicholas Lodge's recipe, but because of time, this was the fondant/tylose mix.

Stretchy isn't good with scrolls................each one had a little different curve although I tried to match them up.

Wonder what people are thinking works best in the cricut?
j.

dutchy1971 Posted 11 Oct 2009 , 3:53pm
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it really looks as if it comes down to personal preference on this one. If you read the other threads you can see some are using fondant w/tylose added and having great success. Personally so far wilton gumpaste mix = YUCK and no good, wilton premade = success. I'm waiting for some free time to try using fondant.

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