I am looking for a "Chevron" cutter or mold. I was hoping to find one made out of metal as I thought one made out of metal would be easier to use than a silicone mold. Do any of you have any experience using a "Chevron" mold? I have seen the silicone molds on Global Sugar Art's website. Have any of you used these molds? What has been your experience? Thank you for your help.
AI have chevron cutters and a mold. I got the cutters from etsy, and the mold from the.marvelous molds people. Personally I like the cutters better, but people swear by those molds so if you like the silicone onlay method that could be an option.
You can have a look on Etsy for the cutters, although mine are not metal. They are plastic
AThe marvelous mold onlays are very flexible silicone, not hard plastic. I have one (not the chevron one) and it makes decorating the sides of a cake with a repeat pattern a cinch. There is also some kind of math formula in the designs so your onlay pieces will always meet up on a round cake.
AYes you are right. Bad wording on my part. I was trying to say convey that the sp holds its shape
I have the onlay chevrons and there is a slight learning curve. I pushed down on them with a roller and the results were awful (made them move all over the place and distort) so I learned that you need to lay the mold down - put thin gumpaste on top of it and press down lightly and repeatedly then place them on a piece of lightly greased waxed paper - arranged perfectly then lift up the paper and press the chevrons onto the surface of the cake. I used colored gumpaste for mine and slightly moistened the front of them (which will eventually be the backs) with Karo syrup - instead of water. With water, they might bleed. No bleeding with Karo. Hope this helps. Oh and the reason I chose the onlays is because they're open ended which eliminates seams.
AI just bought one from not just cakes by Annie. Haven't used it yet :)
ALooks gorgeous! Can I ask, did you use fondant or gum paste? I'm worried about them distorting when I pick them up and how do you know you're putting them straight on the side of the cake?!
Thank you :) I just used plain fondant (not gum paste or added tylose) and rolled it out quite thinly because there was a 2 tier cake going on top of the board, so didn't want the cake being lop-sided. The chevrons didn't really distort when I picked them up but because they were thin I had to get them in place before they dried out too much. Still trying to figure out how to get them around an 8" cake without breaking and them being nicely positioned. Much more practice to do, best of luck with your cutters too :)
I got mine at cheapcookiecutters.com
It is metal, and some practice is needed before placing on cake, at least for me anyway!
Thank you all for your input. I have found what I wanted and appreciate all of your help.
I have templates downloaded from the web, that i resize as needed and print out on card stock. I use a box cutter blade to "chop" them (I don't use exacto knives, they can drag and warp), for perfectly straight edges, without warping. I don't like to confine myself to the size that a cutter will provide, so I don't buy molds and cutters. Just another idea for you. Box cutter refill blades, used without the cutter, just hold with your fingers:
Where did you get the pattern online?
Just Google chevron template, or chevron pattern. Pick one.
AFirst let me say I've had the expensive marvelous mold for the chevron for years not once got it to work for me.
I bought a plastic single open ended cutter of each size (sm med lg) off etsy and I use that. It's brutal. Never a clean cut but I do my best making a super long strip. After I do 5 strips the length needed for my tier I then put them on a cutting board taking my exacto making the edges lean.
I use the wax paper method taught on craftsy. I PRINT 5-6 pages of the chevron pattern, tape them together, tape wax paper to that and I line all mine up evenly FACEDOWN with shortening. Once they all are on I put shortening again on the backside. Lifting the wax paper I place it on the cake bottom even and push it onto the cake turning my Table all around hold the wax paper for [IMG]http://www.cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3325335/width/200/height/400[/IMG]dear life. [IMG][IMG]http://www.cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3325334/width/200/height/400[/IMG][/IMG]