SpoiledSweet Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:07am
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So I just tried using the Wilton letter cutters for the first time today! Oh my gosh! What a pain! The fondant just got stuck in there and by the time I managed to get it loose from the cutter, the letters looked horrible! They were all mis-shaped, and torn. I tried using powder sugar, and crisco to keep the fondant from sticking, but it still didn't work. What are your guy's tips for using these???

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cakestyles Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:19am
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I've used those a few times in the past and what worked for me was to roll the fondant on the thin side and let it sit a bit to dry. Dust the cutters with corn starch and when pressing into the fondant wiggle them (to get clean edges).

I used the end of a paint brush or a tooth pick to push the fondant out but usually it would just fall out because of the cs.

HTH

tracey1970 Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:20am
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Never used them - I use tappits or clickstix. I have used patchwork cutters too, but they are a bit more tricky.

I have had success with the above cutters mostly because I roll out my fondant mixed with gumtex or plain gumpaste on corn starch, roll it VERY thin (see through kind of thin), let it sit for a few minutes to dry up a bit, and then use the cutters.

The patchwork cutters are much like the Wilton ones, where you have to pick the letters out, and they seem to get damaged a lot. Tappits and clickstix pop the letters right out.

CocoaBlondie Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:47am
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I second the tappits. You can find them on amazon or GSA. I used the wilton cutters prior to these & didn't care for them. Tappits have a much cleaner look & are more user friendly.

carmijok Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 4:57am
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I too use Tappitt's letters but I don't find them very easy to remove...HOWEVER...there is a trick that I learned here on CC that not only works for the Tappitt's but would work for you as well. Get a piece of cling wrap and put over your gum paste or fondant and then press your letter on top of that. The cling wrap not only stops the letter from sticking to the cutter, if you wiggle it around a bit, the sides are smoother and not as raggedy. I used this method on some sticky fondant and a star cutter today and it worked perfectly! HTH! thumbs_up.gif

caymancake Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 5:05am
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Originally Posted by cakestyles

I've used those a few times in the past and what worked for me was to roll the fondant on the thin side and let it sit a bit to dry. Dust the cutters with corn starch and when pressing into the fondant wiggle them (to get clean edges).

I used the end of a paint brush or a tooth pick to push the fondant out but usually it would just fall out because of the cs.

HTH




Same here! Works like a charm for me every time!

caymancake Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 5:07am
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Originally Posted by carmijok

I too use Tappitt's letters but I don't find them very easy to remove...HOWEVER...there is a trick that I learned here on CC that not only works for the Tappitt's but would work for you as well. Get a piece of cling wrap and put over your gum paste or fondant and then press your letter on top of that. The cling wrap not only stops the letter from sticking to the cutter, if you wiggle it around a bit, the sides are smoother and not as raggedy. I used this method on some sticky fondant and a star cutter today and it worked perfectly! HTH! thumbs_up.gif




I use cling film for my tappets as well! I need more practice, but they definitely work better with the cling film then without!

tracey1970 Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 2:22pm
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I've never found that I needed to do much else with the tappits except tap them against the counter (sometimes a little harder than other times...)

The patchwork and JEM cutters were a pain in that they recommend using a hat pin to pick out the letters, so there is often some damage to the letter. I should try the cling wrap thing with these! The letters I use, though, are very thin and small. Not sure whether I'd get much letter out of it with clingwrap in the cutter as well.

This is why I like the clickstix. No tapping and no picking. The backing strip just pushes the letter right out of the cutter. They do make a number of print styles, but I hope they get more letter styles!

carmijok Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:00pm
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The letters I use, though, are very thin and small. Not sure whether I'd get much letter out of it with clingwrap in the cutter as well.
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You'd be surprised! Those funky alphabet letters have some really thin areas and they come out fine! I wish I could just 'tap' the Tappits. I've tried every way there is...including pulling back and letting it bang on the counter. Nothing...or half of it comes out and the other half is still in dangling in the strip. Cornstarch, powdered sugar...you name it, I've coated them with it. So far cling wrap is my go-to! icon_lol.gif

triquetra33 Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 3:55pm

does anyone know where I might find clicstix for sale?

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