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Have any of you used either the Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines? If so, are they worth the investment and/or good and bad reviews? Thank you, Renee Olsen, Casper, Wyoming
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Mine was a waste of money. Sitting gathering dust at the minute. If you can put the time, effort and money into the massive learning curve then go for it. I tried different methods a few times ie super thin, frozen gumpaste, dried out (for 10 mins ish) gumpaste very little shortening, a lot of shortening, icing sheets... none of those worked for me. 

post #3 of 28
I use my silhouette cameo all the time. Mainly to cut around edible photo designs and to make wafer toppers (like the butterfly ones on my cupcake pictures). I have used my Cricut once, it has sat in my cupboard for the past two years.
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post #4 of 28

Hi, for silhouettes I found these cutters and they work great.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200971155281&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

post #5 of 28
Dude she means the Silhoutte cutting machine
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Hi, for silhouettes I found these cutters and they work great.....
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200971155281&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #6 of 28
Love my Silhoutte. I wouldn't purchase a circuit because of the limitations of cartridges

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

post #8 of 28
I have my blade on 5 (was on 4 but got a bit dull). I tell the software I'm using heavy card stock so settings are 3 & 33

www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

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It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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www.VeryDeliciousDesserts.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delicious-Desserts/207874222593145

 

It's never "just cake!"

 

You may get a cake for $way to little but you won't get this cake!

Animal
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post #9 of 28

For me, the Cricut Cake was a complete waste of money and time trying to figure it out. I got it when it just came out too. Paid almost $400. UGH!

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post #10 of 28
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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

 

If you contact Linda through email or a phone call she will do her best to help you, even if you did not get your machine from her. She was a great help to me from the beginning and I use my Cameo all the time with my cakes. I can successfully cut icing sheets or gum paste. You do not want to cut through the paper, just through the icing sheet (not the backing paper). I do not use the blade that comes with the Silhouette, but the modified blade I got with my Cameo from Linda's company. It works the best for all my sugar products.

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@LindseyJHills What are the recommended settings for cutting through the edible paper? I purchased a bundle a couple years ago from Icing Images (the printer, their flexible paper & the silhouette cutter) but frankly haven't had much success getting the machine to cut through the paper. I haven't received much support from Linda McClure's company or Icing Images on this matter either.

I also have a modified blade. . I switch my blade between 3 & 4 depending on what I'm cutting. Eg. Wafer paper (rice paper) 3, edible icing sheets 4. Like DeliciousDesserts I tell the machine that it is heavy card stock for edible icing sheets. For wafer paper I tell it that it is paper, but I manually adjust the setting on the screen if it's not cutting right. For me, the learning curve came with getting the calibration right with print and cut especially when using a cutting mat. It took me a good few hours to get it right!
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post #12 of 28
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I also have a modified blade. . I switch my blade between 3 & 4 depending on what I'm cutting. Eg. Wafer paper (rice paper) 3, edible icing sheets 4. Like DeliciousDesserts I tell the machine that it is heavy card stock for edible icing sheets. For wafer paper I tell it that it is paper, but I manually adjust the setting on the screen if it's not cutting right. For me, the learning curve came with getting the calibration right with print and cut especially when using a cutting mat. It took me a good few hours to get it right!

 

May I ask, do you use the sticky cutting mat with rice paper.  I snooped and had a look at your cakes, lovely!

post #13 of 28
Thanks Lisa icon_smile.gif I actually use a thin, food safe acetate sheet (same as the ones I use for chocolate work) as a cutting mat. I smear a very thin layer of Trex (same as Crisco I think) on it, just enough to make the rice paper adhere. And then feed it through as I would a normal cutting mat.
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post #14 of 28
I mostly use my silhouette to make stencils to airbrush or to make cutting templates. I love it for lettering too, when I give myself enough time!
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post #15 of 28

Anna Bakes Cakes - I am having trouble getting my Silhouette to cut stencil with even the thinnest of acetate, and highest blade setting. I'd like to be able to wash and reuse the stencils - what material and setting are you using?

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