Leaf Tip

Decorating By cakefort Updated 20 Feb 2010 , 4:41pm by TexasSugar

cakefort Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:24pm
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Every leaf tip I have breaks off the leaf at the tip. I would love to get a perfect flower and leaf! Any suggestions?

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JGMB Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:28pm
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Have you tried tips 349 and 352? They always make great leaves. If that's not the problem, could it be that your frosting is too stiff?

cakefort Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:34pm
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I use 68 and 352. Not sure if my frosting is too stiff. I will definitely make it softer and try it again. Thanks!

TexasSugar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:38pm
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Let me guess, the tip you are using is probably a 67 or right around there? Take a knife or spatula and work it between the two prongs and open the tip up. That will help it form a better leaf with that tip. To me there is this perfect thin consistancy that will give your pointed leaves with that tip, you just have to play with it a little.

Or you can look into the 352. I refer to it in class as the bird beak tip. This one will give the the pointed leaf every time.

cakefort Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 5:41pm
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TexasSugar. 352 breaks, too. As for opening the tip, am I separating between the major opening or between the small opening that forms the vein?

TexasSugar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 6:00pm
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On the 352, are you tilting the bag up before pulling it away? If you do that then the top of the tip will dig through your icing.

Are you also using a soft or thin icing?

On the 67, slide the spatula/knife along the major opening, along the long opening, and wiggle a little. If you have a tip saver, you can use it to open it up as well.

cakefort Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 6:16pm
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My icing probably isn't soft enough.

I have tried both tilting the bag and not. Not just stretches the leaf.

I'll try using softer icing and opening the tip with a spatula.

Thanks for the suggestions.

TexasSugar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 6:35pm
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After you try again, if you are still having problems, would you post a picture of it?

cakefort Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 8:47pm
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Absolutely! Thank you!

joyfullysweet Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 9:57pm
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I have trouble with my leaves too. Would you believe that my Wilton instructor actually told me that the only way to really get a point is to let it crust and the push the points together?! :/

TexasSugar Posted 19 Feb 2010 , 10:06pm
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Joyfully, has your tip been opened yet? If not try that. Then also look into the bird beak tip. It's my favorite.

ninatat Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 6:04am
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349 and 352 i was so happy when all of you told me this, my instructor while showing us how to make on say's this doesn't do a tip on the end but that's the way it works, you would have thought she would have known being an teacher

kiwigal81 Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 7:07am
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A related question: I bought a 115 tip, the giant tip that doesn't fit any coupler I have. I couldn't get a point for the life of me, but using the same icing, could with the smaller one...so I assume it wasn't the thickness that was wrong. Does anyone have any tips for using the giant leaftip?

Thanksharla Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 9:48am
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My Wilton instructor told us to add some piping gel to the icing to help get the perfect tip on the leaves. It helps give the icing some elasticity. I've tried it and it does work. You do need to find the right thin consistency of the icing too.

joyfullysweet Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 1:23pm
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Yes my 115 was opened. Ugh, my instructor stank. She didn't even know what cakecentral was! lol

kjt Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 1:38pm
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

the bird beak tip. It's my favorite.




This made me laugh...in MY head I call these (349 and 352) the fish mouth tips! They are my favorite leaf tips, too...they make a nice shape with a very pointy end.

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cakefort Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 1:57pm
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TexasSugar, thinning my RI did help considerably! My leaves look great, but lily petals aren't perfect. That could be operator error, though! Thank you so much!!

TexasSugar Posted 20 Feb 2010 , 4:41pm
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Originally Posted by kjt

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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

the bird beak tip. It's my favorite.



This made me laugh...in MY head I call these (349 and 352) the fish mouth tips! They are my favorite leaf tips, too...they make a nice shape with a very pointy end.

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I like the fish mouth. I've always used bird beak so I can tell my students to remeber the bird is hungry when they ask which direction the tip goes. I love using visuals like that.

I'm not sure what the 115 looks like. I'll have to look it up to see.

The 68 is like the 67, so open it up. And sometimes with the lily I have a few of those petals that just dont' want to work right either.

Please remember Wilton Instructors are just people too. We do have some training but aren't all knowing. Some people are also very Wilton, happy with doing what is in the classes and don't look further out there for anything else. And there are others, like me that loves what the classes teaches but want people to realize there is so much more out there.

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