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post #16 of 31
Hahaha! I normally find mine eventually on the floor ..... But how they got there I don't know cos I don't aim the tappit to the floor it near the floor lol!!

But I'm certainly glad I'm not the only one LOL!! Yay!! Hehe
post #17 of 31
I was utterly perplexed one tappit time: 'tap tap'..... 'Tap tap'...... Hmmmm....... 'Whack!!!'...... 'Search search search, walk round the room looking on the floor, behind everything, under everything'....... The next day i found it stuck under my shoe! I musta stepped back onto it as i began searching the room!

....i wonder if there are any ironic ones; has anyone accidentally P'd in the dish water or had a B land in the flour???
post #18 of 31

I have had them fly all over the place.  I actually roll out more fondant just in case I lose most of them to the great unknown.  Sometimes I hear an occasional snort and that's one of my Bostons who came in and inhaled any rogue letters off the floor.

post #19 of 31

Oh yeah, they should call them whack-its, because I can never get them out with a tap.

post #20 of 31
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I have tried piping but have ruined cakes in the process.  I think because I haven't picked it up straight away, gave it up as a bad job.  Tappits now going in the bin.

post #21 of 31

I roll out my fondant; place plastic wrap over the strip of fondant & then press hard enough to cut through the fondant.  Plastic wrap keeps it from sticking in the cutter & warping out of shape.

post #22 of 31

No need to throw your tappits away.

post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by mummybear46 View Post

I have tried piping but have ruined cakes in the process.  I think because I haven't picked it up straight away, gave it up as a bad job.  Tappits now going in the bin.

What? Why? If you follow the tips in this thread, they work fine. Much easier than practising piping until you get carpal tunnel!

post #24 of 31

With tappits, I've found using gum paste far, far, far, far, far better than fondant.

 

Roll it thin. No, thinner than that.  Can you get it even slightly thinner?  Yes, good, that's about right! icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif  Now leave it for a few minutes to go 'leathery'.

 

I don't whack mine...  I use a a very fine scriber - almost like a large needle - http://www.cakedecoration.co.uk/product.php?id_product=1878  to carefully pic them out. 

 

However, what people always love is when I pipe the inscription.  I usually use a 1.5 tip to pipe it and I use royal icing.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/u/20877/Relznik/sort/album_create_time/photosets/1/page/20/

 

It certainly gives you more flexibility if you can pipe, because you can do it to the size you need.

 

When I have large spaces to fill, that's when I tend to use the tappits.  Otherwise, I pipe!!
 

Inside this fat body, there's a thin woman screaming to get out...... but I can usually shut her up with chocolate!
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Inside this fat body, there's a thin woman screaming to get out...... but I can usually shut her up with chocolate!
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post #25 of 31

Clikstix are what I use instead of tappits. With straight gumpaste.Way easier.
I was looking at a tute on writing/piping and what was suggested was to print out your message from the p.c using the font of your choice and practice getting your piping to look like the message. I think it was a ********* tute.

post #26 of 31

I'm really bad at piping lettering too so I just bought some tappits off amazon.


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post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by Bluehue View Post

 

LOLLL, my very first letter was an R......pressed it, formed the R shape...tapped it on the bench then Pfftttt....gone...I looked for 15 minutes...couldn't find it anywhere.... then 2 days later when I was wiping over the top of the fridge....guess what got stuck to the cloth..... A pink R.  icon_redface.gif

It just flew off behind me and hid on the fridge.....  I am hoping we all have a missing R some time in our tappit lives...and that we cant be the only two who have had this icon_redface.gif moment loll

 

Bluehue

I just got my tappits in the mail today, so it looks like I've got something to look forward to.icon_biggrin.gif

post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill View Post

Oh yeah, they should call them whack-its, because I can never get them out with a tap.

 

LOL, I agree! I use tappits on almost all my cakes, and have whacked the lower case block ones so hard that it cracked a little.. I can still use them now (taking care to hold the cracked section for support), but have ordered a back-up set, just in case. As for flying letters, that happens to me ALL the time, and is quite funny (if you get past being frustrated). I tend to lose the dots over my "i"s and "j"s :)

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post #29 of 31

I find it useful to put the fondant filled mold in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. Just long enough for it to stiffen up a bit and hold the shape of the letter or figure I want to get out icon_smile.gif.

post #30 of 31
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I have just bought some clikstix letter cutters.  Rolled out some thin fondant dusted slightly with cornflour.  They cut like tappits but they push out the letters.  I bought the groovy ones which looked great.  The customer was so impressed and I was so relieved they worked!  They weren't very expensive and I also bought the numbers as well.  I think they are a great investment.  I made the letters ahead to take the worry out of it. I'm all for the easy option.  

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