Larkin121 Posted 27 Jan 2010 , 6:15pm
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If I use a template to cut around... say a number or a shape on cardstock... how do I get it to look clean? I've tried an exacto knife but it's still not crisp and clean - it kinda drags through it a bit and leaves a little jagged/pulled edges. I mix my fondant with some gumpaste so it will dry quick and hard. What am I doing wrong?

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sweetcakes Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 3:02am
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you can try putting some shortening on the blade, but dont cut yourself. you may have to do it several times.

DianeLM Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 3:08am
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Let your rolled-out fondant sit for a few minutes to firm up. You may even want to flip it over a couple of times so it doesn't stay sticky on the underside.

If the fondant slides around too much, you can smear a tiny dab of shortening on the work surface to help hold the fondant in place while you cut. Ditto for the template if it slides around on top of the fondant.

tiggy2 Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 4:22pm
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I use the PME cutting wheel tool and get a pretty smooth cut http://www.fondantsource.com/pmecuwh.html

DianeLM Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 7:04pm
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tiggy, I think you were trying to link to this tool: http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=17375&name=PME%20Cutting%20Wheels

I like that tool too, but still prefer an Xacto knife for intricate patterns and thicker fondant.

tiggy2 Posted 28 Jan 2010 , 11:31pm
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Yes I was Diane, thanks

Musings9 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:03am
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I use the PME tool as well but, I'm not too happy with it. Not as crisp as I would like, maybe it's just me.

drakegore Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:33am
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whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.

Texas_Rose Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:38am
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Originally Posted by drakegore

whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.




I have a small fiskars wheel that works well too. I got it at Walmart for about five dollars in the sewing aisle.

(Don't use it on your silicone or vinyl mats though)

Here's a question about xacto knives...mine always unscrews as I'm working. Am I doing something wrong with it or is it defective or do they all do that?

drakegore Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:43am

i love the small one icon_smile.gif.
i like that fiskars have the retractable shield to for when they are not in use.

my exacto gets loose too, but i maybe have to tighten it once or twice if i work with it for an hour.

icer101 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:44am

i also use the pme cutting tool.. love it..

Texas_Rose Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:47am

I have to tighten my xacto every five minutes. It keeps me from using it much. The last time I bought one was 15 years ago and it cost a lot more, but I don't remember it loosening at all during use (we used it for dissections in school).

greengyrl26 Posted 29 Jan 2010 , 12:59am

You need a different exacto knife. I have a cheaper one that comes loose, and I have an awesome one that stays so tight it's hard to change blades! My best one is black and kind of "cushy" in your hands. HTH

MidtownSweets Posted 4 Jul 2013 , 1:34pm

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Original message sent by drakegore

whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.

Hi drakegore, is this the wheel you're talking about? http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-9521-Contour-Rotary-Cutter/dp/B000B7M8WU

Do you find it easy to clean?

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