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Topic: Has anyone used "The Mat" fondant application system?
LuvMaerz 02/19/2011 3:03 PM
I just came across this yesterday and I am intrigued. If it works, I would like to have it (though 15.99 plus shipping seems a bit expensive for two pieces of vinyl). Has anyone here used it?
heartsnsync 02/19/2011 7:55 PM
I was curious about this, too as I have used a small silicone mat and it works wonders. My Joanne Fabric store here has heavy clear vinyl on a roll that can be cut to size. I can't see any reason why this would not work just as well. Can any of you?
cakedujour 02/19/2011 8:58 PM
I've been using fabric store vinyl for fondant since I made my first fondant cake over 18 years ago. It is inexpensive and works great.
Grammacindy 02/19/2011 9:47 PM
Do you use the clear vinyl?
cakedujour 02/19/2011 10:08 PM
Yes, the clear vinyl. You want to get a medium weight. Too heavy and it doesn't have needed flexibility, too flimsy and you get no support. When you see and feel the different weights you'll be able to figure out pretty easily what you need to get.
Grammacindy 02/19/2011 10:36 PM
Thanks, I think I already have some in storage. I used to make vinyl purses.
heartsnsync 02/19/2011 10:40 PM
Glad to know cakedujour! I thought that was doable when I saw the vinyl in the fabric store. This rolling out and up 20" and larger pieces of fondant and then getting them on cakes in tact is bound to be easier with the mat!
HeyWife 02/19/2011 11:04 PM
I have The Mat and love it! There's a bit of a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it's awesome.
LuvMaerz 02/20/2011 1:56 PM
Thanks, good to know cakedujour :-) Much cheaper I am sure, especially with a 40% off coupon.

HeyWife, what exactly makes The Mat different than a sheet of store-bought vinyl? Does it have measurements, etc printed on it?
ginnyl 02/20/2011 2:19 PM
I use the Mat technique with pieces of vinyl I bought at Walmart. Works well.
Also, has anyone ever used the fondant lifter I have seen on some web sites?
Thought I might try to make one myself...~~~~
bunnywoman 02/20/2011 8:26 PM
I believe the "Mat" comes with the dimensions printed right on the vinyl. I could be wrong, but I thought I heard the lady say that in the video I watched of it.

What you can do is lay down the Wilton cutting guide underneath your clear vinyl and VIOLA! You have a guide too. I use the clear vinyl from Wal-Mart. I just bought some last week. One yard was $2.97. I brought it home and cut it to the size I needed and washed it in extremely hot dish soap. Dried it between two dish towels and rolled it up for storage.
gon-icing ;) 02/21/2011 12:57 AM
I took the plunge and bought one. We shall see when it arrives how it works, but after the gumpaste drying out sooo fast here in Denver it really gave me the extra push to get one.
ginnyl 02/21/2011 6:58 PM
gon-icing, please keep us posted on how the lifter works for you..Thanks ginnyl~~~
HeyWife 02/21/2011 10:46 PM
I have never used store-bought vinyl so I really can't say what the difference would be. There is no measurements on teh one I have but I believe SweetWise plans on making one with measurements. I liked the fact that it was food-safe vinyl. Plus I think the store-bought vinyl has a weird smell to it. But that's just me as I'm pretty sensitive to that stuff.
Foxeylady212 03/03/2011 8:17 AM
Just ordered me "The Mat" and the Silpin rolling pin. I had been using an old rolling pin that was my grandma's so quite excited to get these 2 items and try them. Will let you know how I like it when they arrive. They should be here tomorrow.
HeyWife 03/04/2011 4:01 PM
I just love my silpin too. Works great for cookies as well as with The Mat
sugarplumcakes 04/05/2011 9:30 AM
Where did you see it for $15.99?
cakediva wannabe 04/05/2011 2:33 PM
I just got my MAT last week and absolutely love it! I had a class with Michelle Bommariton on Sunday and brought it...she was very impressed. I loved the way you could add a blob of fondant to the middle if you need to make your piece really worked, just like the video! I couldn't hold out for the one with the ruler markings on it, but can't wait to see that one!
HeatherM31 04/07/2011 10:26 AM
I think they raised the price on The Mat. The first time I looked at it, about a month ago, it was $15.99. When I went back to buy it it was $17.99.
trecur 07/21/2011 4:50 PM
@BW, you have the best ideas, no wonder everyone loves you