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post #16 of 32
putting the plastic wrap on the fondant.....that is BRILLIANT. I will try this. I never use the tappits because of the problem getting the letters out. thanks for the tip!
post #17 of 32
Personally I choose letter cutters based on the font - if it's a style & size that I can use often, I'll buy them.

I have both tappits and cliksticks... I would say the Cliksticks are much easier to use straight off. But really, tappits are equally easy IF you have the hang of them...and it does take a bit of perseverance and experimenting to get the hang of them. When you get the knack for tappits you DON'T need to pick the letters out with a pin, at all, ever - they come out easily every time with a sharp slap of the cutter on the work surface. But yes, they can be frustrating before you get the feel for them and many people do resort to pin-picking the letters out, which tends to mangle the letters.

If you end up with Cliksticks just remember to roll the fondant thin enough so that the ejector bits are not making any impression in the letter you're cutting out...(I've seen a few cakes pics on here where these marks are clearly visible on all the letters & they really shouldn't be!)

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post #18 of 32
All4Show thank you for the plastic wrap on the fondant. Can't wait to try it! icon_smile.gif
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by Coral3


If you end up with Cliksticks just remember to roll the fondant thin enough so that the ejector bits are not making any impression in the letter you're cutting out...(I've seen a few cakes pics on here where these marks are clearly visible on all the letters & they really shouldn't be!)

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Well, it depends on the Clikstix font you're using. My Groovy letters are actually dimensional, so to get the nice, sort of puffy parts on the letters, you need to have the fondant rolled thick enough.

I actually press the letter up against the "positive" cutter in order to get better definition.

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post #20 of 32
Hmm...I'm not so sure they're designed to be used like that. I would have said the ejector parts were intended purely to eject the letter (not for embossing as well), but hey, I could well be wrong (wouldn't be the first time - won't be the last!!).
post #21 of 32
Not sure if you can really make it out very well, but with this Clikstix font, when I did it the way I describe, I get a lovely raised edge around each letter:

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I think it's visible on the G and on the exclamation point (which is acutally a capital i)

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post #22 of 32

Add me to the list of Clickstix lovers.  Tappits always frustrated me although I did get them to work sometimes.  Clickstix just seems sooooo much easier.

post #23 of 32
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I put plastic wrap over the top of my fondant and then use the tappits. That way you don't need to tap or pick the letter out of the cutter. I let it dry on my silicone mat and then move them to where I need them.

Genius!!  Thank you!!  

post #24 of 32
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Originally Posted by All4Show View Post

I put plastic wrap over the top of my fondant and then use the tappits. That way you don't need to tap or pick the letter out of the cutter. I let it dry on my silicone mat and then move them to where I need them.

 

what a fab idea! i have some tappits and have been trying with these with not much luck and was considering getting the clixstix as they seemed easier to use but before i do i am going to give the clingfilm/plastic wrap a try!!

post #25 of 32

I am a Tappit lover.

I mix a little gumpaste into my fondant , roll it to about 1/8 of an inch and let it dry slightly. Then I cut out my letters.

I have never had a problem with them sticking this way and I haven't needed to use any cornstarch. I swear by them!

post #26 of 32

I have pretty much every tappit ever made. While I have no problems using them ,  I have recently invested in quite a lot of Clixstix , I love, love, love, love, love them . The time they saved me on one cake , paid for themselves. 

post #27 of 32

just to say that i have tried the plastic wrap/clingfilm idea and it does work!

 

i only used sugarpaste rolled very thinly and smoothed the wrap over the top, used the tappit and pop out they come! i did have to tease the sugar paste off the wrap but i think if i left the sugarpaste a few minutes before cutting the letter out then it will work better which i am gonna try next time, will be purchasing some more now!

post #28 of 32
Are there any available in a bigger size? These are all only about an inch.
post #29 of 32

Love, Love, Love  both Tappits and Clickstix.    And dang..... the saran plastic wrap trick workS like a CHARM!!!

 

It is one of the best investments in decorating tools that I have made this year.

 

With a slight touch up with a toothpick to straighten out the letters before they dry, WooHoo,  Letters and Numbers that can be read.  No more crappy hand-piped writing for me.

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post #30 of 32

Oh... Am.... I.... slow......I just realized that the plastic wrap worked so perfectly for the teeny tiny tappits..........It will also work with all the other Patchwork cutters.

The little letters and all the cute designs.......OMG.  No more worrying about sticking in the cutters. 

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