Although a non-stick board is handy (see Choosing the Best Board or Work Surface for Gumpasting), you do not necessarily need one to roll out gumpaste. The same cannot be said for using a non-stick rolling pin. A 9” long rolling pin with slightly rounded ends that is made out of non-stick polyethylene is the most universally accepted one used when gumpasting. The good news is that this type of rolling pin is relatively inexpensive and easy to come by. So, if you don’t already have one, there is no excuse not to get one.
Since you may do a lot of rolling you may want more than just one pin to assist you. When working with smaller pieces of gumpaste and/or making Mexican hat flowers, you will find that having a smaller rolling pin at your disposal as well can be a nice extra.
Pictured above is the 9” rolling pin along with three other possibilities that all have pointed ends which can be used for things other than just rolling. You will find that they are sold using millimeters, but I have included their measurement in inches as a convenience. The medium sized CelPins M is 10mm x 158mm long (6/16” x 6 1/16”) and is a great choice for a secondary, smaller rolling pin. Then there are two CelSticks that are called modeling sticks, but also I use them to roll out my gumpaste. They are most often sold as a set, but you can purchase the smaller one by itself. The bigger of the two is 6mmx 158mm long (1/4” x 6 1/16”) and the smaller one (often called a cocktail stick) is 3mm x 115mm long (1/8” x 4 ½”). I love all three of them and have been surprised how often I use them.
A Helpful Tip: If you have the small Wilton Fondant Rolling Pin that comes with two colored plastic thickness guide rings (1/8” and 1/16” in height) I suggest you not use them when creating petals and leaves because you will usually want to roll your gumpaste thinner than 1/16”. However, they could be useful when making thicker, rolled-out pieces for shapes when modeling.