Friday, July 29, 2011

DIY Gumpaste Extruder!

So, since I made the graduation cake from my last post (specifically the tassel), a gumpaste/clay extruder has been on my "must buy" list.  I've been doing a bit of research and was trying to decide between the very popular Makins Model or the Walnut Hollow one that I came across on Amazon.  I went to YouTube so see if anyone had compared the models and found this tutorial to make your own! 

Because the models I was looking at are $20-$26 I think I will give this a shot before investing the money in a "fancy" one.  She mentions in the video that the she spent about $0.99 for most of the pieces, and the others I'm sure are not too much more.  The extruder "discs" are Wilton Tips, held on with a coupler... Hey, I've got some of those!  I love "Do It Yourself" projects... There is something incredibly satisfying about building, making or fixing something all on your own, and having it work!

So enough of my gushing!  I just want to be clear that this is not my tutorial, I wish I was the genius who figured it out, but I am not.  The credit must go to GardenOfImagination over at YouTube!  Here is the video if you want to check it out for yourself:

I'm hoping to make it to the hardware store this weekend to put one together, if I do (and have time to play with it) I will let you know how it turns out!  Oh, and for the "food safety" concerns...  The pipe and fittings are for plumbing, a faucet part in fact.  If my drinking water can flow through it, I'm guessing it must be food safe - along the lines of PVC used in cake decorating.

Happy Caking :)

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