Originally Posted by fondantfrenzy
Here is instructions on how to use the normal with fondant
1. First you need gumpaste. Fondant is too soft and doesn't dry fast enough. If you can't find gumpaste, mix about 1 tbs of gum-tex per lb of fondant.
2. Roll out gumpaste into a thin 'sheet' using pasta machine. You need to get the gumpaste as thin as you can get it without being able to see through it when you hold it up.
3. Let gumpaste dry slightly - just dry enough to hold it's shape but not so dry that it cracks or isn't at all pliable. This is the most important thing about all of this - too wet and it makes it bunch up too dry and it pushes it ....
4. Prepare mat - remove glue form mat OR use the backside of it! OR get a regular plastic chopping mat found a the Dollar store and if necessary cut it down to fit your machine. Lightly 'grease' with Crisco/shortening - this will act as the 'glue' to hold the gumpaste while being cut.
5. If making a small cut, position gumpaste or image 'between' the machines rollers (so that they don't leave a mark on your image). If making a large cut you need to move the middle rollers to the sides.
6. Use any cartridge you have for your to cut out gumpaste images or use any SVG file you have via SCAL or MTC software.
Machine Used: Expression
Blade: the regular blade (not the deep cut one)
Pressure Setting: settings vary depending on how dense/stiff the gumpaste has gotten - mine is usually set to 4 but I've also used 5. What I do is make a test strip of gumpaste and then play with the pressure setting until it works/I get the result I want.
Speed: is always set to medium (by default) - I just leave it there.
If you search Google and YouTube you will find various methods for cutting gumpaste and for cutting a cool prodcut called SugarVeil. Plus a lady who is selling a video she put together. I've never seen it so can't comment on it's content. And Provo Craft (the company that makes the ) has now built and is selling a version of the machine just for cake decorating. I'm sure others will follow
I thought this looked familiar - and then I realized it was quoted from my blog
I had tried various things mentioned here on CC and other threads/sites and had a difficult time making it work so played and played and then it worked! This was a compilation of what others have shared all brought together with few points of clarification and things that worked for me added in!
As I stated in a recent post on my blog (http://cloesspace.blogspot.com/
) , IMHO it all comes down to the medium used (the fondant and gumpaste).... it varies so much that you need to play with it to make it work - once you know what 'pliability' to aim for you are set and can repeat it!!
Thanks again to all those that post their experiences and share!!