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post #16 of 94
Ok, here's a few things I use....
knee high for my tips and small things to put in the dish washer (yes ladies and gents, it was brand new!! icon_biggrin.gif ) I use a disposable cutting mat to roll out fondant (doesn't stick), Stamps to emboss (like the ones you would use to scrapbook-CLEANED,CLOROXED,CLEANED,CLOROXED...YOU GET THE IDEA!!!!), I use my cricut tools such as the small spatula and the scraper (they work AWESOME cause they are small), I have so many stencils and such for scrapbooking that come in VERY handy for cakes, and one other thing that I can think of really wasn't made for cake decorating, but I like to use it that way....."it" would be my daughter!!!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif She comes in quite handy when I need an extra hand, a "quick...get it out of the oven" moment. That's all I can think of at the moment!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #17 of 94
One thing I use for forming gum paste and fondant is crumbled up the pulled out tin foil to get a wave like in ribbons. I also made flower former set by cuttin paper towel rolls in half lengthwise!

Thanks for this thread I have picked up a few good ideas!
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post #18 of 94
I use my DH fairly new Matco portable tool cart as my favorite work station (yes cleaned, scrubed, bleached, toothbrushed, and toothpicked) and my DD plastic barbie accessories ie. barretts, rose bouquets... for impressions on fondant and such. And my new "how did I ever do without" tool a clear yard of vinyl from the fabric dept. at Hobby Lobby.
post #19 of 94
I use the corn husks (for tamales) as flower veiners.

Small pizza cutter for cutting fondant.
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post #20 of 94
I used Pampered Chef pan scrapers for smoothing small chocolate molds. I think you can get a pack of 3 for under $5. Also, if you need to cut dowel rods, my Wilton instructor gave us the tip of getting some dog nail clippers from the pet store. Mine cost $10, but cut wooden dowel rods perfectly and even sharpens them without all the hassel.
post #21 of 94
I love all of the ideas! I'm not that creative yet. Although, I have a set of plastic cutting boards that I got at Ikea for 2.99 that I roll out everything on!
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post #22 of 94
I have used zippers for impressions and to make the zipper pull. As well as my daughters klutz book that has plastic impression mats in them. The ones they make to put paper on and color over with a crayon to make patterns. Also the wooden cuticle pushers I use for flowers. I have more but can't think of them yet ; )
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post #23 of 94
I have used zippers for impressions and to make the zipper pull. As well as my daughters klutz book that has plastic impression mats in them. The ones they make to put paper on and color over with a crayon to make patterns. Also the wooden cuticle pushers I use for flowers. I have more but can't think of them yet ; ) Also I use fimo tools and even clay modeling books are good for ideas for fondant. They have great fimo molds as well!
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post #24 of 94
Here are some of the things I use.

1. Any of the plastic cutters and tools(the fun factory is awesome!) from the play dough kits I use to cut fondant shapes.

2. A plastic putty knife and tiny sponge like paint roller (the roller that Melvira suggests)from the hardware store for smoothing icing.
post #25 of 94
PVC pipes (many sizes) for rolling fondant.
Brand new toothbrushes to make impressions on daisy centers.
Textured wallpaper to make impressions on bows and other decorations.
post #26 of 94
What great ideas!

I too have my yard or two of plastic vinyl from the fabric store.
I use styrofoam egg cartons for flower formers.
Decorating tips to make circles and the small end of the round tips to make flower centers.
I could not live without my little thin palette knife (got it at Michael's in the Art Dept), I use that for everything.
And I picked up some great little Plaid brand stencils that were on sale at my local paint store.
post #27 of 94
I bought some eggs(2 1/2 dz) and on top was this plastic thing to protect them. But if you look at it, it looks like eye balls. So I am playing with that for Halloween. Put gum paste or fondant in there and mold eyes. The unique things we have to make our cakes..hehehehe
post #28 of 94
I buy alot of my molds, cutters tools in the clay and soap isle of Hobby Lobby. Much cheaper. Also I use my daughters play dough extruder for ropes, hair etc (and yes I wash it first).
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post #29 of 94
I have a list of cheap goodies and cheap buys too!

I got a kids plastic baking mat at the dollar tree and I use it when working with all my gumpaste and small fondant pieces. Nothing sticks.. they are awesome and only a buck.

I always stock up at Crafts 2000 on the discount satin ribbon bin, you can get 15.00 rolls of ribbon for 2.00.

I always use Joann fabrics 50% off coupon for disposible decorating bags ,Wilton extracts, or merange powder.

In the doll house section at the craft store you can get mats that are used for flooring and wallpaper in a doll house. great impression mats.

The polymer caly flower kits come with cutters and vieners. Way cheaper.

I use the scrapbook stencils too.

Instead of the expensive cake stencils, just use the regular stencils from craft store.

I print out lettering and different figures on my computer and cover fondant with wax paper then the computer print out and cut out designs and letters.

I use chalk instead of petal dust on flowers that dont touch the cake.

I know Ive got weird stuff in my cake cabinets that I just cant think of right now. I will have to go look.
post #30 of 94
I've picked up some great tips! My only contribution is that I use impression mats for clay to use on fondant because they are sooooooooooooo much cheaper.
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