Is This Done Freehand Or By Impression Mat?

Decorating By ranbel Updated 7 Sep 2009 , 3:01am by tonedna

ranbel Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:09pm
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The swiss dot pattern, is this done freehand with a special tip and/or using a mat/guide?

I want the dots to be pretty much exact around the cake.

Thanks

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kakeladi Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:15pm
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It can be done either way. I think it's Earlene Moor who has a mat for sale....maybe others . I usually just eyeball it, freehand.

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:19pm
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There are mats that allow you to make the indentations perfect. I didn't want to purchase one, so I created the same effect by making a template and simply put a pinprick in each of the cross sections. I laid it on the side of the cake and went back over each of the tiny holes with another prick from a toothpick. When I removed the template, I had perfect markings and only had to go back over them with the round frosting tip for the dots.

The impression mat to which I refer is about 2/3 of the way down on the page I linked:

http://www.earlenescakes.com/store/impression_tools.html

HTH!

Win Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:21pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

It can be done either way. I think it's Earlene Moor who has a mat for sale....maybe others . I usually just eyeball it, freehand.




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tonedna Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 10:37pm
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I usually do them freehanded. If you are good with your eye measurement is easy. Is a good way to train
yourself.
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CutiePieCakes-Ontario Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:17pm
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I haven't tried this yet, but I would think about using a triangle with inches (and/or cm) (from a math/drafting kit) to start. Mark the distance between each row at the top (or bottom) then you can use the triangle to measure and mark the dot placement with a toothpick.

ranbel Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:28pm
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Is there a tip for this specifically? Or, do you just use the 2 or 3 tip to make they dots?

I looked at erlene's website, but I didn't see a mat for the swiss dots, only the single dots. Unless I missed it.

TexasSugar Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 11:37pm
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You can make your own, using a piece of glass from a picture frame and royal icing. On the black and pink cake in my photo's I piped the design onto a piece of glass in the royal icing and let it dry. After icing the cake, if using buttercream let it crust, you think press the glass against the side of the cake and it will leave the impression behind.

tonedna Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 3:01am
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I use tip #2 for the swiss dots
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