Anyone know how to make Royal Icing Butterflies. I see them mentioned on photo descriptions but no articles or forum posts come up in a search . Thank you
I've not made them, but have read how some do it. Using a template, make the royal icing wings separate from the body of the butterfly. Then once fully dry attach both wings with a stip of royal down the center for the body. Let dry in a flower former or something similar that will hold the wings in the position of your choosing. HTH
It actually is the technique "ColorFlo" which is also known as run sugar or run in work.
On plastic wrap over your picture Outline your figure w/full strength royal.
Soften some of that icing by adding drops of water. The proper consistency is reached when you spoon some out, then drop it back into the icing & count slowly to 10 the amount you dropped in has melted back into the icing and can't be see.
If it melts before the '10' you have added too much liquid. If it can still be seen you need to add another drop or two.
Using a spoon or piping bag flow this softened icing into the outline. Use a toothpick to ease the flow into tight spots making sure it touches the outline totally. Make sure you add enough flow that it puffs up until it *almost* runs over the outline.
Allow to dry 24 hrs or longer depending on size and weather conditions.
More than one color can be used in basically the same way. If yu want the colors to stay separate, you have to put an outline of full strength RI to stop it. If the colors can 'meld' together or you want to swirl just add drops of the other color onto the basic flowed color.
Hope this is clear as mud