Practicing on a Dummy
I practiced decorating a 10"x4" styrofoam round dummy cake. It was iced with IndyDebi's buttercream with royal icing piped on to it. I tried out several different designs ... now my arm and wrist are dying. I've never really piped all that much besides simple borders. I definitely need more practice. A dollop of corn syrup was added to the royal icing which seemed to help with the consistency. All this was done with Wilton tip #3. Which do you like best?
curly S's and drop strings
um ... cage thingie and basket weave
dots and swirly border
hearts and other swirly border
... MORE DOTS!
I like the cornelli lace because it's mostly continuous.
You don't see many points where the tip was picked up.
This would look better with a smaller tip.
I like these swirls because they're a little more interesting.
It wasn't until later that I realized I could avoid the ugly peaks if I drew the swirls in reverse (inner to outer).