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post #31 of 94
Here are my own shortcuts too! icon_lol.gif
1.I use apple trays for flower formers.
2.A sawn piece of curtain rail for a ribbed rolling pin.
3.Thick chopsticks for dowelling.
4.Plastic placemats for texturing and embossing.
5.A plastic ball cut in half as a mould for anything round that needs to dry hard.
6.Plastic scourer for texturing fondant grass.
7.Plastic doll cut vertically in half for moulding people.
8.Play dough tools.
9.Buttons, buckles etc for texturing
etc etc.
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post #32 of 94
Teey please how do you use the dolls for the moulds i beg.
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post #33 of 94
DH works in metal shop so he makes tools i dream up out of scrap stainless steel.
plastic palette knifes instead of metal (1/10 price)
rubber non slip mat as impression mat.
plastic packaging for molds


gotta go look for more! Thanks o.p.!!!
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post #34 of 94
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Originally Posted by RylanTy


Trays for deviled eggs to dry gumpaste petals.



Now that is brilliant! ~ I'm vegan and won't handle egg cartons... you just solved my problem for drying flowers. Thanks RylanTy!! icon_smile.gif
post #35 of 94
This thread is great! Tee-Y - how do you use the plastic doll as a mold?
post #36 of 94
Oh and I also use a $12 marble pastry board as my board where I do my flowers.
post #37 of 94
This is such a great thread! Lots of great tips!
post #38 of 94
Just as I said, you can experiment with different cheap plastic dolls based on if you want it to be male,female or a child. I basically use only the torso and face and do up the rest by hand i.e the arms and legs,though I can actually mold a torso by hand I always use a mold for the face so that it is more realistic.So I take a doll,remove the head and with a sharp blade cut it in two vertically i.e from the middle of the head down the ears to the neck,put in a ball of modelling paste,press the two back together and then remove it.When its dry I use various petal dusts to paint on the features.HTH.
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post #39 of 94
I keep my egg cartons for flower formers and paint pots
hubby got me a 3"dia piece of PVC pipe to roll my fondant twice the pin, half the work
paper towel roll tubes to dry bows
cheap knee high for PS puff
pasta cutter to make this fondant ribbons
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post #40 of 94
Great tips! Tee-Y, I love the plastic doll idea.

I use a single piece of granite tile (cost $4.00 at Lowes) to cut and roll small amounts of fondant and gumpaste for decorations. I use a playdough barber shop toy to make hair.
post #41 of 94
Oh and plastic spoons to dry/form petals. I think Ron Ben Israel has cut plastic spoons glued onto a board.
post #42 of 94
Gluing cut plastic spoons to a board!Wow! Great idea Rylan Ty! More room for more spoons and petals,I love that!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #43 of 94
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Originally Posted by RetiredNavyChief

a garlic press for hair, or stringy things. I have also used buttons for imprints.



Love that idea!!! Thanks!
post #44 of 94
Wow! What a lot of great ideas. The only one that I can think of that is not already listed is my daughters round bar from her easel (you know what holds the paper?!?!) I take it out and put my loops for my fondant bows on it to dry.

It is so funny to go shopping and be in a a non-related cake aisle and say, "Hey.. that will work for...." AND now, I get excited to go to the hardware store with my husband. He thinks I am nuts!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #45 of 94
I took a gum paste flower class and the instructor used a CELERY STALK to vein the individual Tiger Lilly petals. Cut the petals, pressed them against the outside "ribby" side of a big piece of celery. She said she uses all kinds of things like that. She used corn meal for the centers of Cala lillies, and nutmeg for the pollen on the Tiger Lilly stamens.

After that class I look at the texture of everything!
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