reneegolsen Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 2:58pm
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AHave any of you used either the Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines? If so, are they worth the investment and/or good and bad reviews? Thank you, Renee Olsen, Casper, Wyoming

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LisaPeps Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 3:55pm
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Mine was a waste of money. Sitting gathering dust at the minute. If you can put the time, effort and money into the massive learning curve then go for it. I tried different methods a few times ie super thin, frozen gumpaste, dried out (for 10 mins ish) gumpaste very little shortening, a lot of shortening, icing sheets... none of those worked for me. 

lindseyjhills Posted 7 Oct 2013 , 4:13pm
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AI use my silhouette cameo all the time. Mainly to cut around edible photo designs and to make wafer toppers (like the butterfly ones on my cupcake pictures). I have used my Cricut once, it has sat in my cupboard for the past two years.

cakeart105 Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 2:01pm
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Hi, for silhouettes I found these cutters and they work great.....

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 4:32pm
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ADude she means the Silhoutte cutting machine

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 4:33pm
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ALove my Silhoutte. I wouldn't purchase a circuit because of the limitations of cartridges

SweetnessBakeshop Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 5:39pm
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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 6:30pm
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AI have my blade on 5 (was on 4 but got a bit dull). I tell the software I'm using heavy card stock so settings are 3 & 33

doramoreno62 Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 7:34pm
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For me, the Cricut Cake was a complete waste of money and time trying to figure it out. I got it when it just came out too. Paid almost $400. UGH!

bonniekaye Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 9:34pm

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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

 

If you contact Linda through email or a phone call she will do her best to help you, even if you did not get your machine from her. She was a great help to me from the beginning and I use my Cameo all the time with my cakes. I can successfully cut icing sheets or gum paste. You do not want to cut through the paper, just through the icing sheet (not the backing paper). I do not use the blade that comes with the Silhouette, but the modified blade I got with my Cameo from Linda's company. It works the best for all my sugar products.

lindseyjhills Posted 8 Oct 2013 , 9:45pm

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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

I also have a modified blade. . I switch my blade between 3 & 4 depending on what I'm cutting. Eg. Wafer paper (rice paper) 3, edible icing sheets 4. Like DeliciousDesserts I tell the machine that it is heavy card stock for edible icing sheets. For wafer paper I tell it that it is paper, but I manually adjust the setting on the screen if it's not cutting right. For me, the learning curve came with getting the calibration right with print and cut especially when using a cutting mat. It took me a good few hours to get it right!

LisaAF Posted 20 Nov 2013 , 10:39pm
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I also have a modified blade. . I switch my blade between 3 & 4 depending on what I'm cutting. Eg. Wafer paper (rice paper) 3, edible icing sheets 4. Like DeliciousDesserts I tell the machine that it is heavy card stock for edible icing sheets. For wafer paper I tell it that it is paper, but I manually adjust the setting on the screen if it's not cutting right. For me, the learning curve came with getting the calibration right with print and cut especially when using a cutting mat. It took me a good few hours to get it right!

 

May I ask, do you use the sticky cutting mat with rice paper.  I snooped and had a look at your cakes, lovely!

lindseyjhills Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 12:52am

AThanks Lisa :) I actually use a thin, food safe acetate sheet (same as the ones I use for chocolate work) as a cutting mat. I smear a very thin layer of Trex (same as Crisco I think) on it, just enough to make the rice paper adhere. And then feed it through as I would a normal cutting mat.

Annabakescakes Posted 21 Nov 2013 , 1:00am

AI mostly use my silhouette to make stencils to airbrush or to make cutting templates. I love it for lettering too, when I give myself enough time!

JuliaMUsher Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 12:28am

Anna Bakes Cakes - I am having trouble getting my Silhouette to cut stencil with even the thinnest of acetate, and highest blade setting. I'd like to be able to wash and reuse the stencils - what material and setting are you using?

tonylee5566 Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 12:30am

silhouette to make stencils to airbrush :) 

Annabakescakes Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 12:54am

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Anna Bakes Cakes - I am having trouble getting my Silhouette to cut stencil with even the thinnest of acetate, and highest blade setting. I'd like to be able to wash and reuse the stencils - what material and setting are you using?

I recycle my acetate backing from my icing sheets ;-) I don't know the setting off hand, though.

JuliaMUsher Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 2:28am

Thanks!

Lorabell Posted 19 May 2014 , 1:22am

AIf anyone is interested in selling their cricut cake, let me know. I am looking for one reasonably priced. Just e-mail me or P.M. me. Thanks! Lori

howsweet Posted 19 May 2014 , 2:29am

ANot sure what you're saying, but when a customer says they are looking for a cake reasonably priced, I usually assume they mean anything but a reasonable price. ;)

DeniseNH Posted 19 May 2014 , 2:39am

There's quite a learning curve that I didn't have time for.  Made a series of cuts for a cake for a show then never touched it again.  Gathering Dust.  I keep saying I'll get into it some day but that day never comes.  The one thing that bothers me about it is that the designs are flat.  When Sugar Lace or Sugar Dress came out, it caught my eye since all of the lace has dimension.  I love the concept of the Silhouette but don't have the time to play with it and lost interest.  It's a shame - each year I swear I'll lock myself in a room somewhere and stick with it for two weeks until I've mastered it or it kills me - one or the other, but I never seem to find the time.

Lorabell Posted 19 May 2014 , 4:35pm

AA cricut cake....

GottaLuvCake Posted 29 Jul 2014 , 3:16am

AHaving trouble finding this subject. ..I'm wanting to cut fondant stencil from premade fondant icing sheets on silhouette and adhere stencil to a buttercream cake. Any ideas? Or best to just make the stencil with the silhouette and use buttercream? If so, what do I use to make the stencil out of? New to this, thanks for any help

morganchampagne Posted 29 Jul 2014 , 4:06am

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Having trouble finding this subject. ..I'm wanting to cut fondant stencil from premade fondant icing sheets on silhouette and adhere stencil to a buttercream cake. Any ideas? Or best to just make the stencil with the silhouette and use buttercream? If so, what do I use to make the stencil out of? New to this, thanks for any help

Not sure what you mean, but I'll try to help!

You can do it that way, but when you say it's a fondant stencil attached to buttercream, do you mean like a cut out? If you're going to make an actual stencil and like run icing over it then peel it off, best to use like a vinyl material.

DeniseNH Posted 29 Jul 2014 , 11:36am

Cutting an image out of fondant then sticking it to buttercream can be done with either a Cricut machine or The Silhouette.  Either way - just for that one cake it's going to cost you 3 hundred dollars or more just to get a machine to do this.  Are you sure you want to go that route.  You can purchase a few appropriate shaped cutters and make your own design out of gumpaste but you need to cover the parts you're not working on because it dries fast.  You can go to a DIY store and purchase stencils then placing them against the dry buttercream or fondant cake - using fresh buttercream, create the look of the stencil.  I guess we just need you to give us more information or specifics.

roxylee123 Posted 29 Jul 2014 , 5:36pm

I have the cricut cake and I love it, I had never actually heard of it until I saw it on a shopping channel and had to have it. I use fondant mixed with tylose powder to cut out my designs and have had great success with it, some of the smaller parts like eyes on characters don't cut well but I just add them in myself. I find it great for lettering to.

GottaLuvCake Posted 30 Jul 2014 , 2:39am


i have a friend who has the silhouette and she is wanting to get the cake cutting tool. the stencil is pretty detailed and I originally thought of cutting it from fondant to apply to buttercream but I am wondering if it is too detailed to do that, so you kind of answered my questions, I can have her use the silhouette to cut my stencil from a vinyl material? do you have a specific place that is food grade vinyl that you recommend? how thick does it need to be? thank you so much for your help

Bosbakingco Posted 30 Jul 2014 , 4:42am

I have a Silhouette and don't know how I survived without it (the machine, Linda's special gum paste cutting tool, and manual).  However, it takes quite a bit of practice to learn how to properly condition gum paste for this machine, and it doesn't work for some designs.  It sometimes takes longer to set up the machine to cut one design out of fondant than it does to cut out the designs manually.  It is very helpful for cutting shapes out of cardstock and using the cardstock as a stencil for fondant.  Mixed feelings on this one! 

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