Hi. I'm just starting out on fondant (just made my first batch of marshmallow fondant today!) and now I'm wondering if it's worth the investment/money to purchase fondant/modelling tools? The online shop I've been "window shopping" on recently went on sale with a 10-pc MINI modelling/fondant tool set from $3 to $2.50. There is also an 8-pc regular sized modelling/fondant tool set for $5. Would either of the two be worth it? And also, will size matter with tools for fondant? I'm planning to order some things I've been coveting for a while and want to make it just one ship. Here is a pic of the 8-pc modelling set.
I can't see your picture. However, the cheap set I purchased is good for texturing, so I am glad I got it, but you'll want to order a quality ball tool (metal - no seam) for smoothing edges of cut-outs or doing flowers. The ball tool in my set has a seam, so it's completely useless to me.
As far as "mini" or regular, I think that would be your preference as far as what you are comfortable holding. If you can handle a short pencil, the mini might be okay. You might have more control with the regular set, but that would be a personal preference. HTH
I don't know where you are, but have you looked at local shops? If you use a coupon at Joann's for instance, you can usually get a good deal.
For a ball tool, 640Cake, I found some small wooden "doll" forms, like you would make a tiny wooden doll out of at Joann's and I love them. I didn't feel like paying $6 for a nice ball tool, so I paid $1, and I love them!
Just look around your local store and see what speaks to you!
All tools work, no matter the size. As for ball tools having a seam, yes, the cheaper ones do have a seam but nobody is telling you to use it vertically... you can easily use it at a slant and then the seam does not come into play. As a person who has recently invested into tools, I can say that you can use things you have instead of special tools, e.g. the handle of a paintbrush will do for frilling fondant edges or even a toothpick! A bamboo skewer will do for putting dimples into models, holes for eyes. A knife will create a shell effect, will create hair effect, etc. But it is nice to have a special tool set where you have all your modelling tools together and you don't have to look for them. Since you have found some specially priced modelling tools, I say, buy them. If you decide to go pro, you can buy the better quality, but in the meantime you can do your job with them. :)
Local shops from where I'm from that sells special baking/deco supplies are 30+ miles away from home and have to take a long ride. I would only travel so far as that when it really requires me, but for this, I don't think it's worth the travel when I can find one online.
I guess I would try out the one on sale for now, and see how it feels. It's not like I'm going to do some extensive fondant projects right away, anyway. Thanks, guys!
ATTENTION: I ordered a pack like the one you posted a photo of for my daughter to play with. It broke within the first half hour. It was of really disappointing quality although in the photo it looked identical with my more expensive ones. So I take back my advice to buy the cheaper set. Buy a known brand to save yourself the heartache and trouble of reordering. It seems that China is churning cheap copies of things but they don't pay attention to the moulding and sticking of items. My daughter's set had its heads coming off from the start... that would make it unhygienic for food use as you cannot clean inside those tiny holes successfully. I am sorry for saying any set would do. I was basing my reaction on the sets I have personally seen in the cake craft shop I go. Argh!
OMG. That's awful! I haven't sent my order yet, so that's fine. Thank you for taking the time to inform me of this. I'm going to look at another shop for fondant tools. What brand are you currently using, if you don't mind me asking? Most fondant/modelling tools I see online are unlabeled or Chinese made. So far I haven't seen any bad reviews about their fondant tools breaking.
Ι bought a Wilton set from Amazon and moaned about the cost even though it had been discounted. I also moaned that it wasn't complete but come to think of it, it has what I need. This is the one I bought: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IE6Y6S4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01 I love the mini palette knife and the tweezers. Makes easy work of putting round balls in the centre of flowers or making decorative borders and can catch bits that the fingers can't catch and pinch fondant to make it look furry/hedgehog-y...
Wilton products are aimed to mums that want to bake but serves our needs well, too. I love the carry case as it keeps everything neat and tidy and I can add my other tools in it.
My other tools were purchased from PME and they are OK although the one I will show you was redundant because ... nowadays you can make ears by sticking a blob of fondant and then pressing your ball tool in it to make a cavity. Wish I had known! You can still use the half moon for smiles on cartoon type models. http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/equipment/tools/modelling-tools/scallop-and-comb-modelling-tool.html
And the following was the first tool I had bought which I have used quite a lot: http://www.sugarshack.co.uk/equipment/tools/modelling-tools/tool-4-dresden-veining.html I can tell you it was good quality.
If you must buy online, consider buying off Amazon because of their guarantee. If what you get is not what you expected, you can get your money back. I had an apologetic email from the seller of my defective tool set saying that usually their quality is high and this must have been a defective batch. They offered me my money back even though I had not asked for this which is decent of them. What more can I ask! :)
Oh before I forget, you will find a pair of embroidery scissors like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004NRSR7Y?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00very handy. They are used to cut flowers from a teardrop shaped piece of modelling paste. You snip pointing the scissors downwards and they produce little triangles which you can then manipulate into petals. You can make many flowers like this.
Which country are you in then?
I'm from the Philippines.
I have a set of clay modeling tools, made of metal, I purchased at an art supply store. A bit more expensive that tools designed for cake decorating, but not that much more. But they are better made. A pastry chef I know who also teaches tells her students to buy the clay tools as well.
I see, that's interesting. I'll see if art stores here have them.