I bought The Mat for my very first try with fondant and it was amazing.
The fondant was perfect on the 8-inch round cake, no bubbles, no ruffles, no ridges. The Mat is a must for anyone working with fondant, amateur or professional. Why complicate matters when there's such a simple, fool-proof tool! I am a self-taught lifelong hobbyist but I strive for professional-level results and I am glad I bought The Mat for my first time working with fondant.
1/4" X 12" - Replaces old fashioned wood dowels. These dowels cut easily with scissors/shears. For extra support insert 2 small dowels into large dowel. Sanitary and easy to see when disassembling cake. Also, use for gumpaste flowers- drying tube and applique.
This small (12") poly dowels can fit inside the large (16") poly dowels if you need some extra strength for your structure.
Poly-Dowels® US Pat. 8,196,879