Folding Parchment Triangles.....i'm Very Frustrated

Decorating By montanamommy Updated 16 Nov 2009 , 3:33pm by ninatat

montanamommy Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 5:23pm
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I've seen people using tiny parchment bags to do intricate piping. I have tried and tried to fold my parchment triangles into something usable but I fail every stinking time. If I try to use a tip in it, the end separates, and if I dont' use a tip, I can't get a nice round end. Are there any tutorials on here for parchment triangle folding? Specifically the tiny ones?

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Spoiled1 Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:19pm
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I found this on youtube....

(if the link doesn't work, I just searched "cake decorating parchment paper"

I actually sat here thinking on how I would explain this...... hhhmmm.... should be fairly easy to explain.....hhhhmmmmm..ok I wrote it over and over and I confused I hope the video helps....


another helpfull hint (for me anyway) when I first started using parchment I had trouble making it stay together so I "cheated" and used a bit of scotch tape on the outer seem.

metria Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:23pm
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sometimes I staple the parchment together ... I've tried to use tape, but that always ends up coming off for me

idgalpal Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:26pm
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Oh cool! I can't wait to check out the youtube link when I get home from work! I bought a package or triangles a year ago, and never could figure out how to fold them.

kello Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:28pm
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scotch tape or any tape for that matter has stayed on for me.......I thought it was just me, cause I heard that all the time. Tiny ones never seem to want to stay put on their own. I'd like to know the secret too please!

metria Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:35pm
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kakeladi Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 6:38pm
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......I staple the parchment together .............

Totallly NOT a good idea. That staple can come loose & fall into the icing icon_sad.gif

Cakepro Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 7:10pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

......I staple the parchment together .............

Totallly NOT a good idea. That staple can come loose & fall into the icing icon_sad.gif

The staple won't randomly come loose and fall into the icing. I've had quite a few students staple their parchment bags over the 12 years I've been teaching and the staples stay right where they are.

metria Posted 12 Nov 2009 , 8:08pm
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Actually where I staple it, I also roll up the parchment paper over it. If it came loose, it would end up in the folds and wouldn't have a way to fall in to the icing.

cylstrial Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 12:31pm
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Don't worry - A LOT of people have the exact same problem. I teach Wilton cake decorating classes and I have to go around and make every single one of them.

And I sure didn't get it the first 10 times that I made one either.

majka_ze Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 12:57pm
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Actually, I find for intricate piping cellophane much better then parchment paper. Simply cut triangles from cellophane, you can "glue" it together with water (simply wet the edge where it overlaps) and it holds much better together. This is what some decorators here use for the gingerbread cookies (similar to Kraach's cookies). It gives better precision than anything else I tried.
Here you can see it.

minicuppie Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 12:58pm
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Place a piece of blue tape over the staple if you must. Just because no one has died YET doesn't fly with the HD.

laidbackluvvie Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 6:37pm
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im glad its not just me, i have watch the tutorials followed them step by step and still cant make that triangle i think i must be parchment bag challenged lol

ninatat Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 2:05pm
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i had to learn to make them for my henna, couldn't get it for the life of me, finally i did, once you get it right it's quite easy go figure,

ericaplh Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 3:16pm
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majka_ze... can you please explain how you use your cellophane method? Do you use something as basic as saran wrap??? Awesome job!!!

cabecakes Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 3:38pm
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Sometimes, when I'm using a lot of different colors of royal icing, I just use quart-sized freezer bags and snip a tiny bit off the corner of the bag. That is what I did with the Spongebob RIT in my photos.

majka_ze Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 4:48pm
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Originally Posted by ericaplh

majka_ze... can you please explain how you use your cellophane method? Do you use something as basic as saran wrap??? Awesome job!!!

The cellophane isn't the same as saran wrap - it is more like foil gift wrap, but food safe. Here I found it for you so you can see how it looks like.

I buy the rolls here, cut a triangle and fold the cone exactly like when using parchment paper. But it is much easier to work with, perfectly grease proof (and moisture proof) and holds the form better together. And you can use simply water to glue it together - wet the edge between the two layers and it will hold together. I can simply archive more control with this than with any other method.

But some decorators here are using the small freezer bags and get stunning result with them.

ninatat Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 7:52pm
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I use mylar for henna, and some use celephane is really thin and has alot of static, it's much harder to work with and not sure if it's food safe, mylar has color on it. saran wrap won't work,well it could work but i wouldn't try to stickey you could use a baggie and it will work. the one on u-tube is good, you take the long part of your triangle, and turn the corner about half way. pulling from one side till you get a point at the bottom, you can adjust the width at the top once you get the point, when you increase the size at the top keep pulling the one side up. and your point will get smaller, watch the video with paper in hand. i don't usually use it but with the cake i just made needed alot of little amounts of colors, i find when you pull up on one side it's much easier, taping along the seam if you have to use smaller amounts of tape you can go the length down the entire seam , once it's held hope this helps,

ninatat Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 5:02pm
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if you need to you can go to the henna tribe page and buy pre-made clear celephane cones, or the henna page

ninatat Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 3:33pm
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no don't go there they are a dollar each

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