I need to purchase a ball tool for thinning fondant and / or gum paste when making roses. In your opinion, is metal or plastic better? Is the a specific brand that you prefer? I'm going to have to order one, I've been everywhere and cannot find one locally. I even checked craft stores in the modeling clay area. Nothing.
I have both. When I first started decorating cakes, the plastic one was what was readily available. It seemed to work ok, but somewhere along the line I picked up a metal one. To me, the metal one seems to flow more smoothly over the fondant and gumpaste, so that is my preference. Others may disagree with me, but I do find that it seems to be smoother rolling.
Gerle is right on the money there, I feel exactly the same. I think it's the extra weight to the metal one plus the lack of seam, along with the smoother surface - all combine to make it roll more smoothly.
A high quality metal ball tool will have no seam, good weight, and last forever. It's a solid investment tool--a tool that does the work without much effort.
Thank you, all. Metal it is!