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I recently bought a Tappits set and absolutely love it now that I have figured out how to use it flawlessly, which admit took a bit of practice. I was going to buy some other Tappit sets, but on GSA's website I saw Clikstix which have ejectors to remove the letters instead of tapping them out. Does anyone have any experience with them and if so which do you prefer? Do they work just as well?

post #2 of 23

The Windsor Clikstix are two piece.  the top piece makes an impression in the letter/number and then after you lift it up it helps pop it out.  So it makes a kind of a 3-D letter.  

 

Both kinds are cool.  The blue numbers are Clikstix and the green letters & numbers are tappits.

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I like them both for different applications.

The Clikstix do indeed have an ejector, but if your paste isn't rolled thin enough the ejector causes these ugly little ridges on the letters.
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Cake That: Here’s a nice youtube video by Lorraine McKay that shows how to make thin gumpaste letters with Clixstix without any ridges. Her letters are beautiful.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iQ0AjUCGl8

 

Here’s a good youtube video by Alan Tetreault of GlobalSugarArt that includes Tappits. His are also perfect.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hERhCed6dWo

 

Hope this helps the both of us :)

Cheers,

MB

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Here’s another youtube video where the lady cuts them upside down with a rolling pin.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA0SAtcGy2E

 

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Clikstix! But yes you roll the paste really thin so you don't get those indentations.
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A feature of the Clikstix is the back piece which has an imprinting embosser and ejector.  There are so many different styles of stix.  The embosser works similar to a plunger cutter.  If you want the fondant/gumpaste embossed;   cut, press, then eject.  If you don't want the impression;  cut, then eject.

 

The back piece comes off so it can be cleaned.  Alan T's video says to use Mexican paste rather than Gumpaste, as it's less stretchy.

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I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

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post #9 of 23
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I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

You all have convinced me to try it without the back.  Never hurts to try something new.:)

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I wonder if there's a compraison video out there. I have every single set of tappits out there and I really like them. But I bought then when I was new to decorating so I don't have experience with anything else
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Aren't clikstix without the backs just tappits?
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I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them. ......."

 

Cakepro:  I tried this today.  It worked really well.  Thanks for sharing your idea.

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Aren't clikstix without the backs just tappits?

 

 

Pretty much.  

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Cakepro:  I tried this today.  It worked really well.  Thanks for sharing your idea.

 

I can't take credit for it being my original idea, but am glad you were able to get those pesky things to work better.  :)

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post #14 of 23

they were also a breeze to wash & dry, without the backs.........little bonus!

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I have all of the Clikstixs and love them now that I have removed the ejector pieces off of them.  I hated those things!!

 

I still think Tappits are superior though.

 

I was disappointed when I received them because of the ejectors!  Once I read that they could be removed, I was so very happy!

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