DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Today I’d like to share with you my new favorite tool: the ribbon cutter. But not just any cutter! There are a few readily available products on the market, but, unfortunately, they either hard to get hold of, or create more of a headache then anything, or they cost a small fortune and still I wish they were performing better.

This one you can…

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Today I’d like to share with you my new favorite tool: the ribbon cutter. But not just any cutter! There are a few readily available products on the market, but, unfortunately, they either hard to get hold of, or create more of a headache then anything, or they cost a small fortune and still I wish they were performing better.

This one you can easily make yourself, it can make almost any width strips and ribbons out of any rollable moldable medium that can be cut with a pizza cutter. And it makes beautiful clean cuts on any thickness of rolled fondant, dough or clay!

 

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

OK, enough talking! Get ready for a quick trip to kitchen tool section of your nearest supermarket, department store or even a dollar store, and then another quick stop at hardware store (like Home Depot or alike), and you are done!

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Get a few (minimum 2 to begin with) pizza cutters. Not any pizza cutters, but the ones where the blade is screwed with a nut and bolt type of fixture. Unscrew it and take apart. You are going to need the blades only.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Take them with you to the nearest hardware store and now find a threaded rod (ask for help if you are not sure where to look for that). They are usually long so you can make a few different length ribbon cutters for yourself, or make a couple extra for a nice gift (just cut them with a hacksaw). They also come in a few different diameters.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Your goal would be to find matching rod diameter for the hole in your pizza blade. They should fit snugly. Once you found the rod, get two metal nuts of the same size for it.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Now we need spacers for our cutter, they will determine the widths of our ribbons and strips. Get the PEX drinking water pipe (it’s made of flexible, but sturdy plastic, see image #3). Mine came in a length of a few feet (may be 10), and cost only a couple bucks. It can be easily cut with PVC plastic pipe cutters.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Cuts like butter! You can measure it with a ruler, make marks, and cut as thin or as thick as you like, and because you have a lot of it, you will be able to make a huge selection of whatever width spacers you might need, and continue making them whenever you need a new, different size spacer.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

And if you slide two pieces of pipe on the sides of the rod to rest your fingers at while cutting, you’ll get a very smooth consistent roll!

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Put a few blades on it to make many ribbons at once, or just two to make one ribbon.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

DIY multi-blade ribbon/strip cutter for fondant, gum paste, dough, playdough, polymer clay (FIMO) or clay.

Make one with fluted blades if you are lucky to find that kind of pastry cutters.

Enjoy!

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Read more http://cakes.keyartstudio.com/tutorials/item/83-diy-multi-blade-ribbon-strip-cutter.html

If you prefer, you can find this tool at Craftsy. Click here.

Originally posted 2011-03-02 13:58:00.

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