Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Make Gumpaste Cutters

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Have you ever needed a gumpaste cutter and didn't have a specific type? If you keep some basic equipment on hand you'll be able to make your own using aluminum cookie cutter material.

Here's a video on how to do them using an eyelet setting clamper thingy:


If you don't have the eyelet setter, you can tape the ends together using double-sided tape. That works, but it doesn't offer a permanent hold since the tape can lose its stickiness over time. But it will work in a pinch.

The materials you'll need are listed here:

                      
If you're not sure about what shape to make your cutters, you can get a real flower and take it apart to see what the petals look like, or you can do a search for that type of cutter and see what kinds of shapes come up. A lot of cutters don't really look like the petals do, though, so you don't need to make them exactly like the ones that are sold for gumpaste. Wing it and adapt the shapes to be what you need.


Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC,  online cake supplies at  www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com

3 comments:

Anna said...

I have used strips of aluminum flashing, which is super sharp, and I hold it with JB Weld, but you have to let it set overnight. I love the little grommet.

Kara Buntin said...

yeah, the flashing is sharp and I'm scared of it. The benefit of buying the stuff that's made specifically for cookie cutters is that the edges are usually ground so that they're not going to slice your hand open.

Anna said...

ironically, I just cut myself on the aluminum. I wasn't even using it, it was in a drawer I needed in, and it popped out. it went though about 6 layers. I'm not bleeding, but it stings