Cake That Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 1:13am
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I recently bought a Tappits set and absolutely love it now that I have figured out how to use it flawlessly, which admit took a bit of practice. I was going to buy some other Tappit sets, but on GSA's website I saw Clikstix which have ejectors to remove the letters instead of tapping them out. Does anyone have any experience with them and if so which do you prefer? Do they work just as well?

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MBalaska Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 3:18am
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The Windsor Clikstix are two piece.  the top piece makes an impression in the letter/number and then after you lift it up it helps pop it out.  So it makes a kind of a 3-D letter.  

 

Both kinds are cool.  The blue numbers are Clikstix and the green letters & numbers are tappits.

Happy New Year. Swiss Meringue Buttercream icing with tylose fondant decorations.

Godot Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 8:05am
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AI like them both for different applications.

The Clikstix do indeed have an ejector, but if your paste isn't rolled thin enough the ejector causes these ugly little ridges on the letters.

MBalaska Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 8:51am
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Cake That: Here’s a nice youtube video by Lorraine McKay that shows how to make thin gumpaste letters with Clixstix without any ridges. Her letters are beautiful.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iQ0AjUCGl8

 

Here’s a good youtube video by Alan Tetreault of GlobalSugarArt that includes Tappits. His are also perfect.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hERhCed6dWo

 

Hope this helps the both of us :)

Cheers,

MB

MBalaska Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 10:05am
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Here’s another youtube video where the lady cuts them upside down with a rolling pin.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA0SAtcGy2E

 

HTH

cupcakemaker Posted 26 Jan 2014 , 10:58pm
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AClikstix! But yes you roll the paste really thin so you don't get those indentations.

MBalaska Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 4:34am
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A feature of the Clikstix is the back piece which has an imprinting embosser and ejector.  There are so many different styles of stix.  The embosser works similar to a plunger cutter.  If you want the fondant/gumpaste embossed;   cut, press, then eject.  If you don't want the impression;  cut, then eject.

 

The back piece comes off so it can be cleaned.  Alan T's video says to use Mexican paste rather than Gumpaste, as it's less stretchy.

Cakepro Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 5:32am
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I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

MBalaska Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 9:58am
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Originally Posted by Cakepro 
 

I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

You all have convinced me to try it without the back.  Never hurts to try something new.:)

morganchampagne Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 10:18am

AI wonder if there's a compraison video out there. I have every single set of tappits out there and I really like them. But I bought then when I was new to decorating so I don't have experience with anything else

cupcakemaker Posted 27 Jan 2014 , 6:34pm

AAren't clikstix without the backs just tappits?

MBalaska Posted 7 Apr 2014 , 11:09pm

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Originally Posted by Cakepro 
 

I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them. ......."

 

Cakepro:  I tried this today.  It worked really well.  Thanks for sharing your idea.

Cakepro Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 2:08am
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Originally Posted by cupcakemaker 

Aren't clikstix without the backs just tappits?

 

 

Pretty much.  

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Originally Posted by MBalaska 
 

 

Cakepro:  I tried this today.  It worked really well.  Thanks for sharing your idea.

 

I can't take credit for it being my original idea, but am glad you were able to get those pesky things to work better.  :)

MBalaska Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 2:27am

they were also a breeze to wash & dry, without the backs.........little bonus!

BeesKnees578 Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 2:58am

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Originally Posted by Cakepro 
 

I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

 

I was disappointed when I received them because of the ejectors!  Once I read that they could be removed, I was so very happy!

MBalaska Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 3:03am

Yeah, I felt the same way about the Tappits.......those tiny little devils.  Until I read about the Saran Wrap method.  Now I love them.

Mel37 Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 10:14am

AJust curious, what's the Saran Wrap method MBalaska?

I use both types of cutters and love them, so much neater! I still have the backs on my Cliksticks though, I just pull the back up a bit when cutting, keeping the flower paste very thin, then out they pop. I struggle more with getting tappits out, so if there's a sneaky method I'd love to know it! :grin:

MBalaska Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 6:46pm

The saran wrap method was something posted here on cakecentral.  I tried it and it worked beautifully!

before you press the tappit on the fondant/gumpaste/Mexican paste (doing everything that you normally would to prepare the paste for cutting) place a single layer of plastic wrap (saran wrap) on top of the paste.  Cut the letter, lift off the cutter, lift off the saran wrap, your letter stays on the board.

 

ps: (I'd better add......cut the letter as you normally would, you know how you kind of press down and move it around in a circle)

Mel37 Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 6:49pm

AOoh interesting, I will have to give that a try - thank you! :-D

MBalaska Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 6:55pm

You're welcome. :)

Julia Hardy Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 7:18pm

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Ooh interesting, I will have to give that a try - thank you! icon_biggrin.gif

Hi.  I would be very interested to hear how you get on with that method.  I tried a few weeks ago and I just couldn't make it work :sad: - I did wonder whether our wrap is different......  For me the Tappits are quite frustrating but worth the stress and I love my groovy Clickstix but I did remove the ejector.  I just wish both types were available in far more sizes and fonts - I would buy them all! :grin:

nannycook Posted 9 Apr 2014 , 7:35pm

AJulia, I have most of them if not all of them, have to admit they drove me nuts to being with, the lady in the cake dec shop says she removed the injectors that comes with some of them, and hey Presto, perfect, no ridges, etc, honestly its worth a go, and roll your fondant very very thin so you can almost see thro it.

I just bought cupcake letters, they are the smallest letters I've ever seen, havn't used them yet, but as soon as I do I'll let you all know how they are.

Julia Hardy Posted 10 Apr 2014 , 5:45am

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Originally Posted by nannycook 

Julia, I have most of them if not all of them, have to admit they drove me nuts to being with, the lady in the cake dec shop says she removed the injectors that comes with some of them, and hey Presto, perfect, no ridges, etc, honestly its worth a go, and roll your fondant very very thin so you can almost see thro it.

I just bought cupcake letters, they are the smallest letters I've ever seen, havn't used them yet, but as soon as I do I'll let you all know how they are.

Thanks for that nannycook.  Cupcake letters sound interesting - I don't make cupcakes but I do like the sound of very small letters - I'm off to Google :)

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