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post #16 of 33
It must be you and your GP. Lots of people (including me) use them with no problem. Been using them every day for many years without a problem.
post #17 of 33
I make a little pile of cornflour and dip the letter into the pile, tap it to get the cornflour off, then go for it. You can't let your fondant/GP dry for too long, or it's more likely to break.
post #18 of 33
Yep I only use them with fondant. I roll it super thin, let it dry for 10-15 minutes, dip the Damn its in powdered sugar and then press them. I push mine down, kind of "scrub" it against the counter, then whack it out. Sometimes I get too excited with the tapping and my letters go flying all over the floor.
post #19 of 33
I have used Tap-its for a couple of years but it took a while to find the "trick" to using them. As everyone else has said, let the GP or fondant air dry (I let mine dry anywhere from 10-30 mins), cut your paste into little squares a little bigger than the letter or number you are cutting, press down firmly and kind of "scrub" the cutter back and forth on your cutting surface. Then whack that sucker until the letter pops out. The thing I do differently than most people is I spray my cutter first with a little vegetable spray then tap it against a dish towel to remove the excess. Another alternative is to rub shortening into your cutting surface so the GP or fondant adheres to the shortening instead of the cutter. With that method you will need to let it sit until it is partially dry so the letter doesn't distort when you lift it with your palette knife.
post #20 of 33
Thanks for the tip Bonnell.
post #21 of 33

Thanks so much for all the hints...I think I threw away a couple of sets of these stinkin' things because I just CANNOT make them work...all the stupid letters do is stick and rip. But now, I think I'll go back and see if I still have a set or two and try these new methods. I've really been angry because they weren't cheap but have so far been nothing but trouble!

post #22 of 33
I usually just apply a tiny amount of trex on the tap its or the fondant /gum paste works fine and gives a nice shine to the letters once they're out of the tap its. Have to agree tho I hated them until I started to use the trex. Hth
post #23 of 33

Tried my funky letters again yesterday.  Yes, adding Tylose to the fondant really helped.  As did letting it dry for a while first. As did rolling it on Crisco so the letters stuck to the board instead of the cutters. As did freezing them before trying to remove them from the board.  The plastic wrap method didn't work as well, but I want to try it again. Thanks to all of you, I may not throw the rest of these away - I can now see the possibilities..
 

post #24 of 33
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 press down firmly and kind of "scrub" the cutter back and forth on your cutting surface. Then whack that sucker until the letter pops out. 

This. Their true name should be "Whackits"

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post #25 of 33
I run my fondant/gumpaste thru my pasta machine, thin it to #2 and I never have to wait for it to dry; the pasta machine does the trick. I immediately cut my letters and they always come right out. I don't even have to use cornstarch or anything. HTH
post #26 of 33
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I run my fondant/gumpaste thru my pasta machine, thin it to #2 and I never have to wait for it to dry; the pasta machine does the trick. I immediately cut my letters and they always come right out. I don't even have to use cornstarch or anything. HTH

Great idea. must give it a try.

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post #27 of 33

This is what I do also! I spray my letters with vegetable spray, wipe off access, cut the letters, then tap them out. Works really well!
 

post #28 of 33
I'm so glad I found this thread!
I bought those things on amazon a year ago. Never been able to use them properly. Always have a mess to deal with, lots of frustrations and having to find a plan B! I can't wait to try them again.
Thanks to all of you. I'm learning so much
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post #29 of 33
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I'm so glad I found this thread!
I bought those things on amazon a year ago. Never been able to use them properly. Always have a mess to deal with, lots of frustrations and having to find a plan B! I can't wait to try them again.
Thanks to all of you. I'm learning so much

 

I just used mine yesterday without any problems.  I used Mexican Paste.  It is a bit dryer than gum paste or fondant and pops right out. 

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post #30 of 33
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I just used mine yesterday without any problems.  I used Mexican Paste.  It is a bit dryer than gum paste or fondant and pops right out. 

 

Another vote for Mexican Paste.   And Saran Wrap, that helps sooooooooo much.

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