Hope this helps
(though chances are that you guys may do this already..... )
I dont have a clay extruder gun, and needed some long snakes/ropes, for a graduation cake(In my photos). I was getting fed up of rolling out snakes, as I never achieved an even thickness. So instead, I placed some fondant in an icing bag and microwaved it for 20 seconds, enough for the fondant to become soft. I then kneaded the fondant, snipped off the end of the bag and piped the fondant onto a mat. You can achieve different thickness by varying how much you snip off the icing bag.
Hope this makes sense! :
I plan to buy an extruder soon but this is great advice I just tried it and it worked like a charm although it was a bit hard to press out of the piping bag
I like to roll out using a fondant smoother - works quickly and perfectly each time for me.
That is a fantastic idea...I will try that next time. I have not tried the fondant smoother, but I have used pieces of cakeboard (the shiny side) to roll an even thickness before.
Also, I've learned that modeling chocolate lends itself to even ropes a LOT easier than fondant.
DivaJai. Try another blast in the microwave. When the fondant is warm it is very easy to push through the bag.
Another trick while trying to roll out a snake is once you get the fondant partially rolled you can place an object next to the fondant for example a pencil and continue rolling both the fondant and the pencil next to each other. You'll end up with a snake the same circumference as the pencil. Then use the fondant smoother, piece of cardboard to finish the rolling process