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post #16 of 121
Which Mat is everyone talking about?
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post #17 of 121
go to sweetwise website and look at "The Mat"
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post #18 of 121
Ok, what's the website address?
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post #19 of 121
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post #20 of 121
I'm not ready to give up on it quite yet, so I'll definitely keep trying. Thanks for the tips... I thought I had wiped the shortening off pretty well, but maybe I'll lay some paper towel between the mats and roll them up to try and absorb any excess and prevent the air bubbles. I have another cake to make this week... we'll see how it goes. In the video and from what I've read they do stress the fact that a well seasoned/used Mat works better....
post #21 of 121
You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money. It is the same thing. People have been using those sheets for years to roll out fondant. It is nothing new.
post #22 of 121
Thank you for posting the link. I took a look at it, and I used to roll out my fondant very similar to that, on my silpat. I used crisco to grease the silpat, and when I was done rolling out the fondant, I would flip the silpat over and pull it off the fondant like she did in the video.

Then I took a class from Geraldine Randelsome (Creative Cutters), and she used a very little bit of cornstarch on her silpat instead of crisco. I found it much easier to roll out the fondant, and have been using that method ever since.

I also agree with KathysCC, if I were going to try that method again, I'd go buy some sheets of vinyl at the craft store and save myself some money...although $16 for that set of 2 mats isn't all that outrageous of a price.

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post #23 of 121
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Originally Posted by KathysCC

You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money.



Everyone on this site is always stressing "food safe". The sheets from Wal-Mart...are they food safe??
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post #24 of 121
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Yes, I did use an excellent batch of MMF that had no cracking, no elephant skin, no sagging etc.

It *may* be the MMF, but honestly with the cost of pre-made fondant, and all of the time that goes into levelling, filling, trimming and crumb coating, I'm just unsure that I want to 'risk' using the mat and having another bad result.

I think if I really want to give it another whirl, I'll just try it on a dummy cake or something just to get the hang of releasing the fondant from the mat. However, at this time I don't think I'll be using it again for an actual cake to make.
post #25 of 121
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Originally Posted by chelleb1974

Thank you for posting the link. I took a look at it, and I used to roll out my fondant very similar to that, on my silpat. I used crisco to grease the silpat, and when I was done rolling out the fondant, I would flip the silpat over and pull it off the fondant like she did in the video.

Then I took a class from Geraldine Randelsome (Creative Cutters), and she used a very little bit of cornstarch on her silpat instead of crisco. I found it much easier to roll out the fondant, and have been using that method ever since.

Chelle



You are welcome! Funny you mentioned the cornstarch because going back to the Wilton class again. My teacher taught Crisco for rolling out for the cake but corn starch for small things like flowers??? Why they teach that, I am not sure...I'd take corn starch over crisco any day for both.
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post #26 of 121
I just got The Mat too and used it on my lego cake; I'm glad I had to put the 'lego's all over it, because I couldn't get it smooth - I couldn't use my smoothing tool because the fondant was too sticky. I'm going to try it again though - wipe off the initial rub down with crisco that I did a little more and see if that helps.
post #27 of 121
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Originally Posted by KathysCC

You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money.



Everyone on this site is always stressing "food safe". The sheets from Wal-Mart...are they food safe??



I'm pretty sure that they are. I know people who have used them for years. All plastics can leach chemicals but clear vinyl is clear vinyl and the mat looks like it is just clear vinyl to me. They are claiming it is food safe but not saying what it is made from. I don't see any proof that it is anything different than what you buy at the fabric store. In fact, I'm guessing it is the exact same thing.
post #28 of 121
Just a comment. I just cover my first two tier cake with the Mat. My MMF was very dry and a little crumbly but it worked great with the Mat and the second tier I used MMF with jello it was like a large flavored marshmallow but it rolled out great. I love it and works great.. Would recommend to anyone.
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post #29 of 121
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Originally Posted by KathysCC

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Originally Posted by Suzisweet

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Originally Posted by KathysCC

You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money.



Everyone on this site is always stressing "food safe". The sheets from Wal-Mart...are they food safe??



I'm pretty sure that they are. I know people who have used them for years. All plastics can leach chemicals but clear vinyl is clear vinyl and the mat looks like it is just clear vinyl to me. They are claiming it is food safe but not saying what it is made from. I don't see any proof that it is anything different than what you buy at the fabric store. In fact, I'm guessing it is the exact same thing.



NO, IT'S NOT THE EXACT SAME THING..................The Sweetwise people have gone to great lengths to develop a product using food safe materials. They had cheap vinyl analyzed and then made sure that the materials used in their product would be safe for use with food.

They HAVE explained in more than one post about how they went about developing a FOOD SAFE product, spending a good bit of time and money on it so that people would have a FOOD SAFE alternative to the cheap vinyl sold at fabric stores.

Just because it looks the same, doesn't make it the same.

Please--- don't speak of things that you don't know about or don't fully understand icon_confused.gif It just confuses the issue.

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post #30 of 121
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Originally Posted by KathysCC

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Originally Posted by Suzisweet

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Originally Posted by KathysCC

You can buy the big sheets of plastic at Walmart or a fabric store and save a lot of money.



Everyone on this site is always stressing "food safe". The sheets from Wal-Mart...are they food safe??



I'm pretty sure that they are. I know people who have used them for years. All plastics can leach chemicals but clear vinyl is clear vinyl and the mat looks like it is just clear vinyl to me. They are claiming it is food safe but not saying what it is made from. I don't see any proof that it is anything different than what you buy at the fabric store. In fact, I'm guessing it is the exact same thing.



NO, IT'S NOT THE EXACT SAME THING..................The Sweetwise people have gone to great lengths to develop a product using food safe materials. They had cheap vinyl analyzed and then made sure that the materials used in their product would be safe for use with food.

They HAVE explained in more than one post about how they went about developing a FOOD SAFE product, spending a good bit of time and money on it so that people would have a FOOD SAFE alternative to the cheap vinyl sold at fabric stores.

Just because it looks the same, doesn't make it the same.

Please--- don't speak of things that you don't know about or don't fully understand icon_confused.gif It just confuses the issue.

Rae



Thank you!! this was all in another forum getting old already
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