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Someone mentioned this thread...LOVE IT!!! Anyone have any new "tools".....
post #259 of 266
i use pineapple slices tins to make mini cakes i can get 12 in my oven at once, i also use paper punches like snow flakes or holly with thinly rolled fondant, last christmas i used the christmas bells of the tree as bell moulds, but they looked better when greased with crisco and latticed with a tiny piping nozzle left overnight to try, to take mould out fill bell with hot water,which melts the icing and voila free bell shapes out of icing sugar, can be used for weddings etc,
childs rolling pin for flowers or small projects, pinking shears for fancy edges or ribbons. free chopstix from the chinese as dowels cut to length required, variouse ice cream wafers or buiscuits for textures on cup cakes, childs doll for small footprints, various soap making moulds for fondant, my pc for just about any font i want, a right angle triangle for diamond pattern and various foam packing for rolling flowers on, papercraft embossing boards and tools to use with fondant and unmounted rubber stamps dipped in food colouring for pictures and words, and a scoring tool to be used as a ball tool, i also use the bottoms of large coffee cans as cake boards covered in clear plastic,and i keep the empty glitter pots to make and keep edible glue in
post #260 of 266
A few things that have been mentioned in other threads:
Drywall cutter to cut perfectly round cake boards up to 16 inches in diameter.
For smoothing sides: Drywall trowel (or drywall knife, or mud knife, or taping knife) is often very wide (up to a foot?) and stainless steel. I don't think the paint edgers are stainless steel and may rust.
I have several graphic arts templates, e.g., one plastic rectangle with 20 different sizes of circles (or triangles, or ovals, or hexagons) cut out of it. You can use as a template on fondant to paint inside, or put it flat on fondant and use an X-acto knife to cut different sized circles (if you don't have cutters the right size) or you could trace around the shape gently with a stiletto to mark the shape and then trace with royal icing.
I took three onesies (different sizes), washed throughly in hot water and anti-bacterial detergent, and cut the tops and bottoms off so I had one straight loop of fabric. These are stretchy and can be soaked in water and put around cake pans for baking strips. If they are too big, they can be shortened several ways--pin, binder clip, sew a seam in the loop. If they are too wide, you can fold them into layers, or cut apart to make more than one strip.

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post #261 of 266
Wow, I just finished reading all 18 pages of this! These ideas are priceless and invaluable! Thank you so much everyone.

My own two cents:
- I use a big evenly shaped watermelon wrapped with plastic wrap for making bowls and curvy things when needed.
- I take thick leaves from household plants, wash them thoroughly and let them dry for a few weeks - and there's my free veining tool!
- Non toxic sidewalk chalk taken up and ground into powder makes for great petal dust.. after grinding, I put them in their own small individual containers you get from the dollar store - can't tell the difference!
- While working with gumpaste (and making mass flowers), I roll the gumpaste out huge and cut as many flowers as possible and put them in plastic sheet protectors (dusted with cornstarch) to keep air out - keeps them from drying out until I need to use them!
- I keep a small bowl or cup handy while working with gumpaste and use it to cover my unused pieces as a means of keeping air out until I need to use them.

Seems like everyone has said it all! As for the play-doh tools, can't wait to check out the local toy store! icon_smile.gif
post #262 of 266
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Originally Posted by LadyTangerine


- Non toxic sidewalk chalk taken up and ground into powder makes for great petal dust.. after grinding, I put them in their own small individual containers you get from the dollar store - can't tell the difference!



WOW, how did you even think of that!! LOL What do you use to grind it?
post #263 of 266
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Originally Posted by LadyTangerine


- Non toxic sidewalk chalk taken up and ground into powder makes for great petal dust.. after grinding, I put them in their own small individual containers you get from the dollar store - can't tell the difference!



WOW, how did you even think of that!! LOL What do you use to grind it?
post #264 of 266
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Originally Posted by LadyTangerine


- Non toxic sidewalk chalk taken up and ground into powder makes for great petal dust.. after grinding, I put them in their own small individual containers you get from the dollar store - can't tell the difference!



WOW, how did you even think of that!! LOL What do you use to grind it?
post #265 of 266
I'm a newbie to cake decorating, but I found this awsome tip that I thought I'ld mention here.
Heres a link: http://chefmommy-brandao.blogspot.com/2011/04/tip-best-tip-ever-for-filling-pastry.html
In case the link doesnt work I'll try to explain.
1. You need a plastic pastry bag, tip, coupler, and PLASTIC WRAP.
2. First step is to cut a sheet of plastic wrap.
3.Then, plop some frosting right in the center
Starting on one side, carefully roll up the frosting. Another great thing about using this method is that the plastic wrap hugs the frosting and eliminates air pockets.
4. Now, twist both ends tightly (like a big tootsie roll)
5. Pull back the pastry bag and insert the plastic wrapped frosting
6. Gently pull the plastic wrap taut straight out of the base of the coupler
7. Snip off the excessive plastic wrap at the base of the coupler.
8. Screw on tip
9. Add a pastry bag tie thingy if desired (but not necessary)
TADA!! You are now ready to pipe and frost.
10. When you are done, clean up is a breeze. Simple remove plastic wrapped frosting and save or discard. Wash the frosting tip and rinse out the pasty bag if needed. Mess free....got to LOVE it!!


I really hope the link works because it has great pics to demonstrate. Let me know if you try it and think its efficient.
post #266 of 266
I havent tried this one either, but thought I'ld share the idea.
http://potteryblog.com/2007/11/how-to-make-a-texture-roller-for-clay/

basically take your roller and draw the design on it then trace the design w/ hot glue. Wait for it to be completely dry then roll on fondant (making sure no glue gets left behind)
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