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Cutting fondant from a template - crisp edges?

post #1 of 14
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If I use a template to cut around... say a number or a shape on cardstock... how do I get it to look clean? I've tried an exacto knife but it's still not crisp and clean - it kinda drags through it a bit and leaves a little jagged/pulled edges. I mix my fondant with some gumpaste so it will dry quick and hard. What am I doing wrong?
post #2 of 14
you can try putting some shortening on the blade, but dont cut yourself. you may have to do it several times.
post #3 of 14
Let your rolled-out fondant sit for a few minutes to firm up. You may even want to flip it over a couple of times so it doesn't stay sticky on the underside.

If the fondant slides around too much, you can smear a tiny dab of shortening on the work surface to help hold the fondant in place while you cut. Ditto for the template if it slides around on top of the fondant.
post #4 of 14
I use the PME cutting wheel tool and get a pretty smooth cut http://www.fondantsource.com/pmecuwh.html
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post #5 of 14
tiggy, I think you were trying to link to this tool: http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=17375&name=PME%20Cutting%20Wheels

I like that tool too, but still prefer an Xacto knife for intricate patterns and thicker fondant.
post #6 of 14
Yes I was Diane, thanks
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post #7 of 14
I use the PME tool as well but, I'm not too happy with it. Not as crisp as I would like, maybe it's just me.
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post #8 of 14
whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by drakegore

whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.



I have a small fiskars wheel that works well too. I got it at Walmart for about five dollars in the sewing aisle.

(Don't use it on your silicone or vinyl mats though)

Here's a question about xacto knives...mine always unscrews as I'm working. Am I doing something wrong with it or is it defective or do they all do that?
post #10 of 14
i love the small one icon_smile.gif.
i like that fiskars have the retractable shield to for when they are not in use.

my exacto gets loose too, but i maybe have to tighten it once or twice if i work with it for an hour.
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post #11 of 14
i also use the pme cutting tool.. love it..
post #12 of 14
I have to tighten my xacto every five minutes. It keeps me from using it much. The last time I bought one was 15 years ago and it cost a lot more, but I don't remember it loosening at all during use (we used it for dissections in school).
post #13 of 14
You need a different exacto knife. I have a cheaper one that comes loose, and I have an awesome one that stays so tight it's hard to change blades! My best one is black and kind of "cushy" in your hands. HTH
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by drakegore View Post

whenever/wherever i can, i use a cutting wheel, but i don't use the pme one, i use fiskars which you can find at most sewing stores (jo-ann's with a coupon). i have large and small wheels and they work very well on straight or round edges. makes a very clean edge. still have to use an exacto knife for the detailed stuff, but i dip it in crisco before i cut.

Hi drakegore, is this the wheel you're talking about? http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-9521-Contour-Rotary-Cutter/dp/B000B7M8WU

Do you find it easy to clean?
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