How Did I Ever Live Without This?!

Decorating By emiyeric Updated 14 Dec 2009 , 4:15pm by Cristi-Tutty

emiyeric Posted 13 Dec 2009 , 10:27pm
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Holy cow! I bought a little clay gun at Michael's awhile back, and hadn't used it, until this weekend when I made an electric guitar and used it for strings. WOW!!!! HOW IN THE WORLD did I EVER get by without this thing?!?!

I'm looking back through all of my pics, noticing all of the details I could have done better had I used it for my other cakes. I LOVE this thing! Just thought I'd share. icon_smile.gif

18 replies
cylstrial Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 2:46am
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LOL! I use mine all the time too. It's so easy to work with and clean up is simple as well.

Glad you finally busted it out of the package. hehe.

aundrea Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 2:56am
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is a clay gun like an extruder? because i think my extruder broke and would be great if i get something like it from micheals.

anricat Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:03am
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Is it this?

I think I need one of those!!

Cristi-Tutty Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:09am
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I love it too...it is great for decorating around the cakes....

FromScratch Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:28am
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If you are going to get a clay gun/extruder, pay the extra bux and spring for the one with the hand pump. The ones from Michael's are fine and they work okay, but your hands get sore and tired if you have to use them for any length of time. I have this one ( http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=20006&name=Sugarcraft%20Gun ) that I bought from GSA... MILES better than the little makin's one I had before.

tonedna Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:36am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FromScratch

If you are going to get a clay gun/extruder, pay the extra bux and spring for the one with the hand pump. The ones from Michael's are fine and they work okay, but your hands get sore and tired if you have to use them for any length of time. I have this one ( http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=20006&name=%20Gun ) that I bought from ... MILES better than the little makin's one I had before.




I had that one and I will say this to you, is ok until you try this one..
http://designmeacake.com/catalog/i8.html

Once you use it you will never think the same way. Even arthritic people can use it!
Edna icon_smile.gif

wrightway777 Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:42am
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I agree Edna! Thats the one I have too (bought at Michaels)! Love it! And Michaels carry extra discs that dont come in the original package! Plus you get to use your 40% - 50% off coupons. I had heard too many bad reviews of the sugarart one so I never bothered with it. Plus I never bothered with the really cheapy silver one either at Michaels.
Oh if you ever do a parrot tulip (you tube or video) please e-mail me....why dont they do a spotlight on you here???

cakesrock Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:28am
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Glad to hear it cause Santa bought one for my stocking tapedshut.gif (and I have a guitar cake for Jan!) Happy holidays.... icon_smile.gif

madgeowens Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:45am
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Thanks Edna, I been trying to figure out the best one to go with. icon_smile.gif

sugarandslice Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:52am
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Edna, that's the one I have too and it is AWESOME!! I'd highly recommend it.

olsen Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 5:18am
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hello I'm planning to buy one of those but just want to ask which is better the Makin Extruder brand or the Sugarcraft gun which is more expensive?

thank you

tonedna Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 6:14am
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I have used 3 different ones. And Makins is the best. I highly recomend it. The gumpaste comes very easy with no strain.
Edna icon_smile.gif

emiyeric Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 1:02pm
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Ooooohhhhh, I love the one you showed, Edna! Soooo many discs! I didn't get that one, I got the cheapie, but for the number of cakes that I do, it's fine for now. Although I'm noticing my guitar strings look a little ... well ... drunk, right about now. Heehee! Not the strings' fault, more like the line in which I set up their pegs ... but oh well! icon_smile.gif

dynee Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 1:27pm
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I had the push type extruder and used it once and it made my hands hurt so bad that I never used it. Then I used my HL 40% off on the "Makins Ultimate Professional Extruder" and it is a WORLD of difference. Just twirl the handle and it comes out so easy and smooth.

cib Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 1:40pm
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But how big is the barrel on the makins one? My dh just broke my giant clay gun and I'd like to get another. Just don't want to pay the $60 again. Do you have to stop and refill the barrel on the makins? My small red/black clay gun is great for small items, but to go around the base of a larger cake, I need one with a larger barrel for greater quantity of fondant. Any suggestions?

crazydoglady Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 3:02pm
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i'm chiming in to say that the cheap extruder at michael's is difficult and painful to use. i wish i had spent a little more and gotten the green one.

tonedna Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:06pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cib

But how big is the barrel on the makins one? My dh just broke my giant clay gun and I'd like to get another. Just don't want to pay the $60 again. Do you have to stop and refill the barrel on the makins? My small red/black clay gun is great for small items, but to go around the base of a larger cake, I need one with a larger barrel for greater quantity of fondant. Any suggestions?




The makins barrel is bigger than the typical one, but is not as big as the
giant clay gun. That is a major buy and for what I use it I am ok with the makins.
Edna icon_smile.gif

Cristi-Tutty Posted 14 Dec 2009 , 4:15pm
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I bought one from my teacher..really cheap and like the Michaels one it is hard to work with....next time I will spent a little more in anything...

thank you edna...

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