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Metal vs. Plastic Ball Tools for Working Gumpaste

post #1 of 15
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Is there really that much difference between using metal vs. plastic tools for modeling gumpaste? icon_confused.gif Please explain. I have several sizes in plastic. Do I need to buy metal as well?

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Sandra
post #2 of 15
Well, I've just barely started doing flowers, so I'm not positive, but I think the big thing is whether your tools have a seam. I had the Wilton tools, but the seam would rip my gumpaste. I got a couple of seamless acrylic ones, and they work nicely, but they're pretty big - too big for most things I try to do. I got a small metal one for my birthday that I've used now for lots of stuff.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks kbochick. That makes sense. The tools I have don't seem to rip the gumpaste, so maybe I'm okay.
post #4 of 15
I have both metal and plastic sets. When thinning petals, I prefer using the metal ball tool for its weight. Some of my metal tools also do not have a plastic equivalent. Mostly though, I use the yellow and white plastic set made by PME.
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post #5 of 15
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Thanks Miriel. Hey, I'd like to see some of your creations. Do you have a website?
post #6 of 15
I can email you some of my cake pictures.
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post #7 of 15
Yah, I like the ones that PME have also. I still have a couple of my first tools left from Wilton but anything that you need to have weight to they snap in half! So I suggest the PME ones for plastic and miriel is right with the metal ball tool. It frills the petal better if it has a little weight to it. All what you get used to.
post #8 of 15
Metal ball tools make all the difference in the world to me. Plastic tears the edges of your petals when you try and thin or ruffle. And I have had all of my metal ball tools for 7 years, I broke a Wilton plastic tool, snapped the head right off.
SHIRLEY
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post #9 of 15
Metal for me. I like the weight and I have better control.
post #10 of 15
I guess I'm going to have to buy metal.

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post #11 of 15
Does anyone know where one can buy metal tools?
post #12 of 15
Global Sugar Art. Scroll down to Cel Cakes metal ball tool, medium and small.
http://globalsugarart.com/cat.php?cid=677
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post #13 of 15
Thanks Shirley!
That's the thing about CC - everytime I come on, I find out about something else I just "have" to have. (Fortunately the having of no money keeps things sensibly in check!)
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I’m looking for a set of metal tools with multiple sizes (from extra small to extra large). Does anyone know who makes a set like that?

post #15 of 15
I got a cheap set of metal ball tools on eBay. Came from Hong Kong. Loads of sizes.
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