I am having trouble getting hold of an impression mat or guide to make a diamond pattern on fondant (which I would then put silver cachous in the joins).
How do you make the diamond pattern?
Does anyone know of where I could get hold of one in Australia? Tasmania?
Thanks in advance for your help
You could use the back side of one of you kitchen knives or an icing spreader and just push it into the side of the cake to make the impression.
But you would have to measure and make sure lines are even.
Try Blossom Sugar Art... the link shows a couple of rolling pins they have: they ship to Tassie too
Another site to check out is earlcraftncake - they also ship to Tassie:
For the top of the hat box cake in my pics I just copy/pasted a few of this diamond pattern onto a page and printed it on tracing paper. Then I lay the tracing paper on the cake and used my pastry bench scraper to mark the lines. Couldn't have been easier. And they have tons of other patterns. If you have a graphics program to manipulate the size to fit your cake, it's a helpful site.
Cut a right triangle that is at least as tall as the tier you want to pattern out of cardstock. With a quilting wheel (or other impression tool) trace along the long side at even intervals around the cake (I measure and premark the intervals for the size of impression I want using a piece of string). Then flip the triangle in the other direction and go back around the cake.
I prefer this method to an impression mat because I can make the diamond pattern as small or as large as I like without having to have multiple mats. I can also have more control if I want to quilt just a small section (like a quilted inset), and there's never a problem with having the pattern match up in back, etc.
Thanks for your advice everyone!
If your cake is 4" high you cut a triangle out of a piece of cardboard 4" by 4" by 4". Mark your cake on a cake divider how small you want your diamond pattern to be place the cardboard against the cake and line the cardboard against each mark and with a smooth tracing wheel follow the edge of the cardboard up and down the side of the cake once to the right and then to the left creating a quilting diamond pattern all the way around your cake. Hope that helps.
ok everyone, I guess I am just a visual person which is probably why I love cc, so much visual pleasure. Does anyone have a video or photos of this technic they describe above?