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There are so many lovely things that I've seen for working with fondant and so many of them are so expensive that I'll probably never get them. I'm a hobby baker so I can't justify huge expenses for equipment and I only have one birthday a year icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

So what inexpensive things have you found that work as fondant tools? Here are mine:

Piece of vinyl for a rolling mat
Pattern tracing wheel
Fiskars 18mm rotary cutter
hollow plastic lollipop sticks (for making flower center impressions and dots)
Herb Mincer (it cost $5 at Target and I've gotten a lot of use out of it)
slant-tip tweezers
pastry wheel
bench scraper
Placemat and clear plastic stamps for impression mats
Chocolate molds for fondant designs
post #2 of 94
What do you use the herb mincer for?
post #3 of 94
I too make cakes just as a hobby .But I've ended up spending soo much on equipments icon_sad.gif

I wish I could use alternate equipments like u Texas_Rose .tx for sharing ur tips thumbs_up.gif
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post #4 of 94
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What do you use the herb mincer for?



It will cut a bunch of narrow, even strips at once. You can use several strips stuck together to make a ribbon with lines down the middle, or use single strips for narrow stripes or even tiny bows for mini cakes.

Here are a couple of things I've used it for:
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post #5 of 94
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Originally Posted by SUELA

What do you use the herb mincer for?



I just used mine to make a pattern on my stripes for this cake:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1408584
post #6 of 94
Texas_Rose I use a lot of the same things you do, but I'm just a hobby baker and I just can't bring myself to spending a lot of money on some of the things. I was looking for a nice smaller cutting board to use with gum paste and small amounts of fondant. I wasn't willing to pay the price so I picked up what I thought was 1 "chopping mat" for $5, when I got it home it was actually 4 and I use them almost everytime I bake for one thing or another.

I also had an "ah ha" moment. I was shopping at Target one day and I walked down the isle where they have the cream hair remover. It happened to catch my eye because it had a little squigy thingy attached to it, in the middle of the store out loud I said "AH HA, that's what I need" (I'm pretty sure that the people around me thought I was nuts). I now use that on my chocolate molds to smooth them out and clean up the edges, it works much better than trying to use a spatula or knife.

Still need to get a piece of vinyl for my counter top.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SUELA

What do you use the herb mincer for?



I just used mine to make a pattern on my stripes for this cake:

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1408584



I was pleased to see that someone else had the same idea that I did. Hey, the one Target has now has a blue handle and a metal plate over the wheels instead of a green handle and plastic plate...I'm really silly but I keep hoping mine will break so I can get that one instead.

You know what else is cheap and good?

Scrapbook punches...the little dollar ones are perfect for making stars and tiny flowers. They make nice crisp edges. I use a regular metal hole punch too, to make round centers for flowers.
post #8 of 94
And Martha Stewart punches...love those, especially when I have a Michael's coupon. Ok, old tubes that beads come in, for making circles is another thing I hang on to.
post #9 of 94
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I have Martha's snowflake punch and it's great!
post #10 of 94
Even as a pastry chef and professional cake designer, I use a lot of tools that are not meant to be cake tools. I tell people all the time to not limit themselves. A lot of tools and equipment (especially those sold by Wilton) were created and specifically marketed as money makers and geared to the casual decorator anyway. A lot of professional toolboxes look more like they came from the hardware store than from the cake decorating store!
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
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Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
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post #11 of 94
I use the plastic net bag that onions come in, as presses for the center of my daisy,(just press on top of daisy center)
I use a baby sock that I bought in the dollar store, as a duster for my corn starch (just fill and tie the top),
I use plastic doilies/runners as impression mats,
I use silk/plastic flower parts as veiners
post #12 of 94
a garlic press for hair, or stringy things. I have also used buttons for imprints.
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post #13 of 94
I use a pastry wheel from Target and 99 cent store.
Trays for deviled eggs to dry gumpaste petals.
$20 dollar pasta machine from Ross.
Clear boxes from Walmart to store cutters/tools.
post #14 of 94
My favorite modeling tools are metal knitting needles. I cut them down so they're about the length of a pencil so they're easier to work with. They don't snag or stick to gumpaste or fondant at all.
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post #15 of 94
I use the clear plastic egg cartons that the expensive eggs come in when I attempt to make flowers! icon_lol.gif

I also swear by the plastic quilters cutting mat that I have that I flip over and use to roll fondant.
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