Silhouette Without The Linda Mcclure Accessory Kit?

Decorating By jolie1977 Updated 24 Jul 2011 , 3:48pm by littlestruedel

jolie1977 Posted 28 Jun 2011 , 4:31pm
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Has anyone out there tried to cut gumpaste without the Linda McClure accessory kit?

I'm aware that the blades that come with the Silhouette cannot be used for cutting gumpaste, that we at least need a deep cut blade. Has anyone tried it by just simply changing the blade, or is Linda's kit absolutely 100% necessary?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Joline

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linedancer Posted 28 Jun 2011 , 7:56pm
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Your best bet is to get Linda's kit, it has everything you need.

ibmoser Posted 28 Jun 2011 , 8:11pm
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I have had a Sil for several years that I use only for sugar paste and I get great cuts with the regular blade. I do not use a colored cap - I use the bare blade. I'm sure that Linda's new accessory packet is better and offers more support for the blade, but I haven't had any problems since I just took the caps completely off to get more room for thicker material. I know another Sil owner that filed down one of the caps to get extra space - that worked for her. Probably voids your warranty, but I didn't care about that.

jolie1977 Posted 23 Jul 2011 , 2:57am
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Thank you so much for your posts! You have no idea how much that is appreciated! If I had more time, I would certainly order the Linda McClure accessory kit, but I don't so I have to get creative!

Question for you ibmoser... When I gave it a try without the cap, it did work (sort of) except that the black rubber rollers indent the gumpaste. I tried to move them, but was afraid to damage something so I thought I'd ask before going further.

I also think that I either rolled my gumpaste too thin as it teared while ejecting from the carrier, or didn't refrigerate my gumpaste long enough. I refrigerated it for 15 minutes (I saw on a blog post somewhere that this would be fine) and it seemed to be hard enough, but maybe I should've left it in longer or let it air dry? So many questions, I apologize, but if anyone could be of any help, I would be forever grateful!

Thanks in advance!

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sweetcakes Posted 23 Jul 2011 , 3:38am
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LInda and Jeff told us at a recent cake show we were at that we could buy the deep cut blades that cricut has as the blades are all the same, and use those. The cutting edge is just a little longer then the regular blade. SHe has the deep cut housing for those blades, whether they fit the regular holder i dont know.

ibmoser Posted 23 Jul 2011 , 1:02pm
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I firmly grabbed those rollers and rolled and slid them to the side. I did not have to cut them off - I can still pull them back into place if I ever need to. They sit in little indentations in the bar, so once you get them out of that little "rut", they move easily. I do not refrigerate my gumpaste - that causes condensation as it begins to warm and makes the paste really sticky. Humidity here is brutal, so that is always an issue for me. I use Linda's recipe and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes before cutting, and I can roll it to the thinnest setting on the KA with no tearing or stretching.

bonniekaye Posted 23 Jul 2011 , 5:06pm
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You can use the cricut deep cut blade as the replacement blade for the blade holder that comes with the Silhouette cake package. The cricut blade will not work with the blade holder that comes with the Silhouette for cutting paper. The problem with the paper cutting blade holder is the knife does not extent out the bottom enough to get a good cut for gum paste or an icing sheet. Removing the cap, or sanding it down helps some, but still doesn't work as well. The shape of the Silhouette cake blade allows the gum paste to cut cleanly and not allow the gum paste to get caught up in the blade holder.
When you get your Silhouette from Linda McClure ( as I did ) not only do you get a great machine for cake decorating, you also get her expertise with using the machine. She has been doing this longer than anyone else and can help trouble shoot any problems you may be having. If you already have a Silhouette the cake package has everything to get you started.

jolie1977 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 3:03am
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For those of you who have purchased the Linda McClure cake package, do you remember how long it took before you received it? I have 5 business days to work with before having to cut this really detailed Jeep Logo... do you think I would even stand a chance of getting it this last minute?

tiggy2 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 3:28am
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Originally Posted by jolie1977

For those of you who have purchased the Linda McClure cake package, do you remember how long it took before you received it? I have 5 business days to work with before having to cut this really detailed Jeep Logo... do you think I would even stand a chance of getting it this last minute?


Give Linda a call and ask her how long it would take to get it mailed to you.

littlestruedel Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 3:49am
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Do you know if the silhouette works on fondant as well? I have seen her cakes that have a lot of gumpaste decoration on them and while they are beautiful, I wonder about serving them to people with all of the hardened decoration on them. Or does her gumpaste recipe not get that hard?

bonniekaye Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 2:02pm
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Originally Posted by littlestruedel

Do you know if the silhouette works on fondant as well? I have seen her cakes that have a lot of gumpaste decoration on them and while they are beautiful, I wonder about serving them to people with all of the hardened decoration on them. Or does her gumpaste recipe not get that hard?




You can cut fondant, but it is soft and the cut pieces are difficult to apply to a cake. They tend to break or stretch out of shape. The gum paste is rolled very thin, to #8 on the KA pasta attachment. The designs are strong enough to put on a cake, but thin enpugh that they usually break apart when cutting the cake. I use white shortening to attack my designs, so they are easy to just pull off before serving. This is useful when I have a wide border around a cake.

You can also use icing image icing sheets. They are very easy to cut through.

tiggy2 Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 2:11pm
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If you add tylose to fondant and let it dry a little before cutting (after rolling very thin) it cuts ok. Not as good as gumpaste but not bad. I've switched to icingimages frosting sheets, much easier and so much faster.

littlestruedel Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 3:48pm
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Thank you very much! I think you guys have just convinced me that I need to order the Silouette! And some icing sheets!

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