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Sizzix with fondant?

post #1 of 36
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Have any of you tried cutting out shapes with a Sizzix? I've got one and was just wondering how it would work. If I don't hear otherwise from anybody, I may give it a shot when I'm "playing" this afternoon.
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post #2 of 36
What is it, Crimsicle?
post #3 of 36
I haven't tried it but I imagine it would work if the fondant isn't too sticky.
post #4 of 36
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Sweet Success -

It's a little machine used to cut out shapes - mostly for scrapbooking. One of the dies I've got makes gift tag shapes. I can just see one of those done in fondant and "tied" underneath a fondant bow with a message on it.

If this works, it could be great for cutting out letters and numbers, too. The alphabet and number dies are waaaaay expensive, though.

The thing applies quite a bit of pressure while cutting. I'm probably going to try it with waxed paper on both sides of the fondant. I'll report back later in the day unless someone comes on here and says "don't do it!!!"
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post #5 of 36
i'd give it a try- can you give it a light coat of crisco? maybe try that to make sure it won't stick- let us know
post #6 of 36
I was just thinking about that also since I have one too. I would definitely do the waxed paper on both sides so it doesn't stick to the die itself.
post #7 of 36
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Update:

I've been working with this for the last couple of hours or so. I don't think this is a real possibility. I have five "tags" to show for my work, and a couple of them are not very good.

I tried waxed paper, greased with crisco, greased with Pam and heavily coated with confectioner's sugar.

I tried waxed paper on one side. Plastic wrap on the other.

I tried plastic wrap on both sides...plain...greased with Crisco...greased with Pam.

I tried cellophane, greased both ways.

Tried glassine paper, greased both ways.

I also tried adding a single layer of paper towel under the fondant, thinking that would give a cushion and the die would then go ahead and cut through better. Nope.

After all that....Plastic wrap on both sides works best. Doesn't seem to matter whether it's heavily greased on heavily dusted with confectioner's sugar.

The problem is the cutting action. For whatever reason, the die doesn't go all the way through the fondant. I even tried this on a brand new die, thinking maybe my package tag die was worn. Nope. The cuts are rough...not clean as with paper. I may give it a shot one more time when I get my shipment of wafer paper later this week. But, I'm not hopeful.

Too bad. They have some super dies!
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post #8 of 36
having worked with the teacher version of those....

I'm betting the problem lies in "thickness"

the dies are made to cut at most card stock (= about 5 sheets of regular paper)

betting you'd have to roll the fondant between the plastic wrap or wax paper until only as thick as card stock. at that point fondant that thin is practically unworkable and fragile
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post #9 of 36
I'm not sure what it is you are talking about, but i have used those paper punch press (which sounds similar to what you are using) It does work on gumpaste, never tried with fondant, but what i do with gumpaste is run it through a pasta machine to the thinest or nearly thinest setting, let is crust up slightly then press it out, i have one of the edge cutters that works well too. It cuts a lacy heart edge.
post #10 of 36
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I got the stuff pretty thin...figuring I'd peel off the top layer of plastic/paper and let it dry with the bottom layer still on it before trying to handle it. I think it was thin enough. Just to be sure, I cut through several layers of other kinds of paper, and I think my fondant sandwich was well within those limits. Maybe the fondant is "healing" after the cut. Maybe I'll go back in there and try making it tissue thin and see what happens. I hate to give up on the concept...they have so many neat dies.
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post #11 of 36
another possibility..

paper is dry, and semi-brittle (if you will)

bet sizzix wouldn't cut wet paper very well either

so...what if fondant was allowed to get semi-hard or even almost all the way hard. bet it would cut better.

roll out some and let set harden, then give it a whirl
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post #12 of 36
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You're a genius, Doug. I rolled it to the thickness of card stock. Let it dry for a while (probably could have dried longer, but I was impatient). It worked great! I left the bottom layer of paper on it for final drying, so it was easy to handle, even though it was so thin. I'm planning to use wafer paper as a backing sheet when doing this to apply directly to cakes. That way, I can leave the paper on and just slap it on the cake. It'll hold its crisp lines that way and not get bent out of shape.

The machine is expensive, so I don't know if I'd encourage anybody to go out and invest in this. But, if you've got a machine already, it's neat to know you've got this in your bag of tricks. Some of the layered cutouts can be really nifty.

I'm attaching a picture of my last tag. It's probably a shade under 3 inches long. I'm planning to write birthday greetings, etc., on this with edible marker and then attach it with a thin strip of fondant, probably under a bow.
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post #13 of 36
YEAH!!!! glad to see it worked.

now I finally have a reason to get one too. (and do it' when half-off at AC Moore or Michaels or w/ a coupon...speaking of which Michaels has a 50% off for today and tomorrow -- uh oh...I feel a shopping trip coming on icon_rolleyes.gif )
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post #14 of 36
Wow! That looks great! Cool tool. I don't have one but I would definitely use it with fondant after seeing your results.
post #15 of 36
question:

wonder how it would work w/ rice/wafer paper alone? (or maybe two or so sheets at same time???

think of possibilities for taking them and coloring them (doesn't sizzix have a butterfly pattern?)
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