I know this question has probably come up over 1000 times but I could not find a solid answer so I am hoping that some of you can help. Can you tell me if the cake blade sold by Deseret Designs is required if using a Silhouette Cameo to cut icing sheets, fondant, or gumpaste? Or, will the blade that comes with the machine work?
ANo to both. The blade that comes with the machine will not work, but you don't have to use the one from Desert Designs. Use the craft blade sold in most craft stores.
AThanks! I looked online and only saw 2 blades for this machine - replacement and fabric. Is there a different one I should look for when I go to stores tonight?
I'm thinking of purchasing one can anyone give me advice if it is worth it Please
No to both. The blade that comes with the machine will not work, but you don't have to use the one from Desert Designs. Use the craft blade sold in most craft stores.
The blade housing that is sold by Deseret Designs is modified to fit the Silhouette. You cannot buy it from a craft store. The replacement blade (or knife) can be bought at a craft store. I use the Cricut deep cut blade when I need a replacement. If you already have a Silhouette you can get just the accessory package that includes the blade, but most important the instructional book.
The blade that comes with the machine can be used to cut icing sheets. Icing Images sells the Silhouette and it includes several icing sheets, but it is not sold with the accessory package for gum paste.
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The blade housing that is sold by Deseret Designs is modified to fit the Silhouette. You cannot buy it from a craft store. The replacement blade (or knife) can be bought at a craft store. [B]I use the Cricut deep cut blade when I need a replacement.[/B] If you already have a Silhouette you can get just the accessory package that includes the blade, but most important the instructional book. The blade that comes with the machine can be used to cut icing sheets. Icing Images sells the Silhouette and it includes several icing sheets, but it is not sold with the accessory package for gum paste.
I should have said in my post I'm thinking of buying a gum paste cutting machine...not sure which brand though...Any advice :)
Any electronic cutter work if the blade holder has a knife that comes out far enough to cut gum paste. There are several on the market, Cricut, Zing and Silhouette just to name a few. As far as food safe, nothing touches the gum paste except the knife, so it is food safe. (This has been discussed before)
I have used several and find the Silhouette to be the best. The Silhouette program is excellent to work in, the blade holder that comes with the Silhouette from deseretdesigns works the best for gum paste. The best feature of the Silhouette is the print and cut feature. I can print any design on gum paste or an icing sheet and the Silhouette will cut the outline of the design. You need a printer to print the design.
AThe big difference between a Cricut and a Silhouette Cameo is that with the Cricut you need to keep on buying cartridges with the designs, fonts, etc. and with the Cameo, you can get any drawing or font to cut once you have it in the right format. No cartridges to buy, ever. With the Cricut, you have to keep on buying.
I've also heard there's a difference in precision between the two. Cameo is more precise and can cut intricate designs, while Cricut has to stay on the safe side with simple and big shapes (but of course all their shapes come in a cartridge and you have no choice about the "shape" part.
You should probably start another thread with a "Silhouette Cameo vs Cricut" title, to get more input.
AI broke down and ordered the accessory package from Linda. I can't wait to see how good it is.
How did you like it? I have a cricut cake and many cartridges, and enjoy not having to figure out how to import svg's and such. My cricut cake can take a program, and old one that allows it to cut from graphics on the internet. It is a lot of work for me since I grew up with no computer courses, and an old fashion type writer. I prefer the icing sheets over making the gumpaste, since I usually don't plan ahead. Intricate details have to be cut on the slowest numbers to come out. Is it easy to take a picture off the internet with the silhoutte, or are there multiple steps? I have a silhouette, but have never used it yet, thinking of giving it to my 20 y.o daughter who has computer skills. Cricut is good for what I need. I bought the program 2013 from etsy but an old version.
AI still have not been able to use it. I tried once using linda mcclures gumpaste recipe but the cuts did not come out right. Not sure if gumpaste was too thick because I don't have pasta roller. I haven't had much time to try it again
ABonniekaye, which silhouette can print AND cut? The cameo? Is this usable with edible ink? I am confused, i thought the cameo can cut only?
I thought I would answer in case Bonniekaye doesn't come back. You're right, the cameo can cut only.
She did say this: You need a printer to print the design.
What she meant to say was probably that with the cameo, you can create/copy/bring your design to the computer, from where you can print it (using an edible ink printer) and then use that same graphic to get it cut.
AI just purchased the silhouette and have been looking into getting Linda's blade kit but I just can't seem to swallow the cost. If I am reading this thread right, I have to buy it to use with gum paste but can use the housing with the circuit replacement blade? So there is no way around buying Linda's blade kit if I want to use it with gum paste? Sorry to be repetative but I just want to be sure. Thanks!
Yup Divinecc, you have that right. I bought a regular Silhouette (not cameo) and really need to hunker down and learn it. Despite all the help Linda and her wonderful husband gave me - plus the learning DVD that came with the machine, plus my many years at computer company...........I have to admit that the Silhouettes learning curve intimidates me and I wish there was a Craftsy Class on it from beginning to end - including setting selections. A family member gave me a Cake Cricut and I am going to try it out to see if the difference is huge or not. When you're in the throws of doing a complicated cake, you don't need the added stress of learning a program but then again if I was a lot smarter I would have thought this out ahead of time. My bad. Sigh................
There's a big difference between Cake Cricut and a Silhouette. I think Cake Cricut is easy, but then again, once you have a Silhouette and know how to use the program, you don't have to buy any cartridges to do things.
A class at Craftsy would be a great idea, but I'm not holding my breath because not everyone can afford a Silhouette. I've found classes that seem reputable at Kerri Bradford Studio blog (haven't bought any yet). I do think it's best to start cutting paper first.
If you are using the silhouette to cut icing sheets from icing images, do you need to take the back off before you put the icing sheet in the machine?
Hi, Have not used my e cutter since superbowl to print the team names. I used a cricut. I did not take off the backing to cut. I hope this is helpful to you.