Decorating By JSKConfections Updated 9 Jan 2014 , 10:12am by MBalaska

JSKConfections Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 11:27pm
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I have read twice now about people using an extruder to get those nice rolled long fondant pieces...what kind? Where did you buy it? What an awesome thing that would be to have. Thanks!!!

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Smashme Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 11:41pm
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i bought mine at hobby lobby in the clay department. its green and comes with a lot of disks. the brand is makin's i belive with the 40% off it was like $10. hth

JSKConfections Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 11:49pm
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We don't have hobby lobby in Minnesota, but I'll check Michael's and JoAnne's and see if they have them...Thanks so much!

JSKConfections Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 11:52pm
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Just check on google and found it for sale all over!! i will just buy one online! Thanks!

nikki4199 Posted 29 Jul 2011 , 11:58pm
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I bought a small push down extruder way to hard to use. need to buy a crank one or something.

JSKConfections Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 12:15am
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I'll give this makin brand a go...Nikki what brand is yours? Is it the Makin dark green one? I just placed an order on Amazon, added a couple other things and got shipping free! Love free shipping! icon_smile.gif

Nazarine Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 12:28am
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I just got one today at Michaels! I settled on the plunger one instead of the crank. I think I'll be buying the crank one if I use it enough, but it was 3 times more expensive. I put a tiny bit of Crisco in the tube to help the fondant glide through a little better. With the 50% off coupon, it was $5.50.

nikki4199 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 12:57am
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I think it was called Darico brand small silver plunger one. I am gonna have to try adding Crisco in it see if that helps. The palm of my hand hurts when i try to push out. Need to get a crank.

joycesdaughter111 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 1:27am
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I strongly recommend the one from Michael's that has the crank. It's much easier on your hands. Comes in very handy. Also, use very fresh fondant. thumbs_up.gif

JSKConfections Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 1:39am
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Would a person even consider spraying the inside with Pam spray? Or maybe that would change the fondant? Just thinking out loud! lol I would probably use good ol crisco tried and true! thanks for the input on these, very helpful!

instant-gratificaketion Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 1:45am
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I have heard that using cornstarch in the extruder helps more than shortening.

Nazarine Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 1:46am
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I'm definitely going to try that! I was also using some old leftover fondant because I was too impatient to try it out when I got home.

joycesdaughter111 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 1:58am
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Originally Posted by Nazarine

I'm definitely going to try that! I was also using some old leftover fondant because I was too impatient to try it out when I got home.

Fresh fondant makes all the difference. I learned this the hard way!

carmijok Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 2:00am
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I have a Makins green extruder and it is worth every penny. I think Tonedna has a youtube tutorial on how to use it and why it's the best. I use it a lot!

cohen1 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 2:10am
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I saw this on the WE TV show amazing cakes and then made one like it. I bought a heavy duty caulk gun, piece of pvc to fit in it, a cap and solid round disk. I had my hubby drill a hole in the end of the cap, screwed it on the pipe and then placed it in the gun. yes, I washed and sanitized it before I used it but it works great and cost me less than $10. However, i need to buy more caps so that we can create various designs. The one we made only does the long rope.

HappyCake10609 Posted 30 Jul 2011 , 2:10am
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So after I made a graduation cake that had a tassel, and I rolled each little string by hand I had decided that I MUST get an extruder. I was doing my due diligence on Amazon researching brands and reading reviews. I decided to check out YouTube to see if anyone had posted a comparison or review video for the 2 brands I was looking at... but I found something even better! Here is a link to a video to make your own clay extruder with parts found in a cake decorators favorite aisle of the hardware store... you guessed it, the plumbing department!

The "discs" are Wilton Tips, which we all must have a large collection of! Anyway, it looks like it's probably a little more difficult to use than the Makins one or the other I was looking at, but if it will get the job done, it's still got to be better than rolling strings by hand! I want to try and make one this weekend, if I get to it, I'll let you know how it worked out!

LizzieAylett Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 7:08pm
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I know this is an old thread, but can you use these with modelling chocolate?

MBalaska Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 8:24am
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I'm with you Lizzy.  This is an old thread but I'm just learning to use the extruder myself.

Can you use Modeling Chocolate in the extruders?

LizzieAylett Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 10:00am
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ATo reply to myself (I'd forgotten I'd asked this!), yes you can. I warmed it up a bit in the microwave first so it was pretty soft, and then extruded it. By the time it had come out it was cool enough to hold its shape (although I only tried this with a medium round hole, I would expect it to work with most of the others). I had to do it a smallish bit at a time and kept re-heating the modelling chocolate to keep it the right consistency, but it worked ok for me :-)

MBalaska Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 10:12am
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Thanks.   I'm trying to use modeling chocolate in every way possible, as it is so delicious.

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