I purchased a clay extruder from Michaels so that I can work on gumpaste and fondant and I about broke my fingers trying to work it. I put the fondant in the microwave for a little bit to make it smooth and it realy didnt help. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!! TFL
If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, the Makins green clay extruder is the way to go! It's pretty inexpensive, especially with a 40% off coupon. Out of desperation, I bought a cheap silver one from Michael's once (I was doing an OOT cake and there was no HL near me) and it was AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Put a nice coating of solid crisco on your fondant/gumpaste before you put it in the tube. Rub a light coating on the inside of the tube too. Makes it so much easier to squeeze it through.
I have the green Makins extruder too and it's great.
You can work some crisco into the fondant to make it easier to push through the extruder that you have, if you need to.
Hobby Lobby is selling online now too.
Definitely have to add a bit of crisco/shortening so it is pliable enough to push through.
I have the Makins and use the crisco and warm it or knead it really well before I push it through. It helps tremendously. It gets easier everytime I do it so I think it's just something you develop a feel for.
Crazy, but Michels carry the Makins discs but NOT the extruder !! A little Crisco is the answer.
i added crisco to mine but it is comeing out with rough edges not smooth any ideas plz x
Yes I also have the cheap silver one (was looking for the green Makins but Michaels didn't have it - like the pp - only saw the discs but no extruder - so the first time I ended up almost blistering my fingers trying to push the fondant through. Then on cc I realized I had to add LOTS of crisco and nuke it until it was soft as bubble gum and even with the cheapo silver one the fondant just zooms through nice and easy. Have to work fast though because as soon as the fondant cools it becomes very hard to work with again
Thank u everyone for ur help, I just got the Makins extruder n cnt wait to try it