Lace & Extension Work Substitute?

Decorating By Sweet_Toof Updated 18 Oct 2010 , 11:19am by Karen421

Sweet_Toof Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 10:35pm
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I may have a cake order for the following cake with a few alterations:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1620586.html

This cake was a fruitcake, and obviously took many many hours of work, which was fine because it was done in a class over 12 weeks and fruitcakes last many years!

The lady would like the cake in 3 tier chocolate mud cake. Cake decorating is not my full time job, so unless I charged her hundreds of dollars, I will not be taking time off work to do this cake.
So not only have we got an extra tier to cover, its a race against time with keeping the cake fresh.
She also wants the flowers in purple and white, not pink and white.
I still have these flowers at home, I'm thinking about using the same ones and just putting purple colouring over them, purple being a stronger colour, it would hopefully kill the pink - what do you think?

My main concern is what to tell her with all that lace and extension work? I would like to find a quicker substitute, has anyone got any patterns, cutters or ideas that might do the trick? I've let her know we will have to compromise on price and design due to the nature of that cake.

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playingwithsugar Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:11pm
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I see the lace points, but I do not see extensionwork. What I see is a scalloped, textured ribbon. Extensionwork has gaps between the threads that create light and shadow. There are no gaps between the ribs on that scalloped ribbon.

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Sweet_Toof Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:30pm
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I see the lace points, but I do not see extensionwork. What I see is a scalloped, textured ribbon. Extensionwork has gaps between the threads that create light and shadow. There are no gaps between the ribs on that scalloped ribbon.

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trust me, its extension work - I didn't swear and carry on with a 00 round icing tube and a cup of boiling water for all those hours for nothing!!!!

ChucKles Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:43pm
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A potential shortcut for lace, you could use patchwork cutters from the embroidery embossers set by marion frost. Obviously you would be restricted with the design and its not as fine as normal lace.
I just did a cake without extension but it sill had lace and a scallop piped underneath with embroidery, so it still looks similar but was much quicker.
I will try to attach pic of what i mean....
Ok, pic didn't attach, it's in my photos.....

playingwithsugar Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:47pm
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I see the lace points, but I do not see extensionwork. What I see is a scalloped, textured ribbon. Extensionwork has gaps between the threads that create light and shadow. There are no gaps between the ribs on that scalloped ribbon.

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trust me, its extension work - I didn't swear and carry on with a 00 round icing tube and a cup of boiling water for all those hours for nothing!!!!




Then that's the tightest darn extensionwork I've ever seen. Congratulations! Sincerely, I'm impressed.

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ChucKles Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:53pm
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Then that's the tightest darn extensionwork I've ever seen.




We were taught that when piping extension work there should not be room between the threads for another thread to fit in between. icon_smile.gif

playingwithsugar Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 11:58pm
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Isn't there a grosgrain ribbon texture rolling pin available? Those lines might be narrow enough to substitute for the extensionwork.

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aswartzw Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 12:16am
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Originally Posted by playingwithsugar

I see the lace points, but I do not see extensionwork. What I see is a scalloped, textured ribbon. Extensionwork has gaps between the threads that create light and shadow. There are no gaps between the ribs on that scalloped ribbon.

Theresa icon_smile.gif



trust me, its extension work - I didn't swear and carry on with a 00 round icing tube and a cup of boiling water for all those hours for nothing!!!!




Yeah, I can definitely see the spacing and that's definitely extension. Gorgeous job on that. I can't imagine the headache it caused you.

But maybe this:

www.wilton.com/technique/Fondant-Ribbons-Strips-and-Embossing

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 12:47am
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I think it would be just too heavy and probably just a fiddly trying to glue so many strips on.
I'm thinking a patchwork cutter, I just need to find some dainty examples and where to buy what cutter from....

ChucKles Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 1:37am
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I've put some pics in my photos of the patchwork cutters i was talking about for the lace. I got mine at Susie-Q.
For the extension could you cut a strip of scalloped fondant and go along at even spaced intervals with a toothpick or fine piece of wire, and press it into the fondant? then you could finish it off with a fine snail trail along the scalloped edge?
(Pic in my photos to show what i mean)

playingwithsugar Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 1:45am
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ok, please tell me - what's a snail trail?

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Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 2:07am
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I've put some pics in my photos of the i was talking about for the lace. I got mine at Susie-Q.
For the extension could you cut a strip of scalloped fondant and go along at even spaced intervals with a toothpick or fine piece of wire, and press it into the fondant? then you could finish it off with a fine snail trail along the scalloped edge?
(Pic in my photos to show what i mean)




Hey Chuckles
You've got a few pics there, can you paste us a link to the one you're talking about? Cheers icon_smile.gif

Loucinda Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 2:45am
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snail trail is the tiny borders - done with a 1 or 0 tip usually.

thatslifeca Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 2:50am
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I know a little cheat for the lace pieces, and I'm willing to share lol. I went on the Stephen Benison website and ordered a sheet he has with the lace pieces on it. You just place the sheet with the lace design on wax paper and put on the RI and scrape off the access. Peel off the sheet, let the pieces dry and slowly remove and put on cake. www.SugarArtistry.com is the web site. Good luck and hope that helped.

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 3:35am
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I know a little cheat for the lace pieces, and I'm willing to share lol. I went on the Stephen Benison website and ordered a sheet he has with the lace pieces on it. You just place the sheet with the lace design on wax paper and put on the RI and scrape off the access. Peel off the sheet, let the pieces dry and slowly remove and put on cake. www.SugarArtistry.com is the web site. Good luck and hope that helped.




What is RI? I have no idea what any of this is, I'll have to look into it as it sounds VERY interesting!

Loucinda Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 3:36am
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RI - royal icing!

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 3:38am
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RI - royal icing!




ah, DER!! sorry, LOL icon_smile.gif

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 3:54am
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I know a little cheat for the lace pieces, and I'm willing to share lol. I went on the Stephen Benison website and ordered a sheet he has with the lace pieces on it. You just place the sheet with the lace design on wax paper and put on the RI and scrape off the access. Peel off the sheet, let the pieces dry and slowly remove and put on cake. www.SugarArtistry.com is the web site. Good luck and hope that helped.




Hi ThatsLifeCA - are you able to tell me exactly where on the website these are? There's so much stuff that I'm having trouble locating them and trying to picture how its actually done...
Thanks so much for your help icon_smile.gif

thatslifeca Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 6:24am
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Hi ThatsLifeCA - are you able to tell me exactly where on the website these are? There's so much stuff that I'm having trouble locating them and trying to picture how its actually done...
Thanks so much for your help icon_smile.gif[/quote]

Hi sweet_toof I sure can tell you. You go to the web site and look under accessories then look under stencils. He has two there, one is lace hearts and the other is snowflakes. It makes doing lace pieces easy peasy. Just make sure you make lots, they break so easliy. Oh yes, and don't forget that if you order you are paying in British Pound, google "money exchange" and it will do the money exchange for you. Hope that helps.

ChucKles Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 7:23am
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I dont know how to attach a link, it's the first pic in my photos of the piece of paper with typing on it called 'Patchwork Cutters". all the pics im talking about are under that one page.

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 7:24am
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Originally Posted by thatslifeca

Hi ThatsLifeCA - are you able to tell me exactly where on the website these are? There's so much stuff that I'm having trouble locating them and trying to picture how its actually done...
Thanks so much for your help icon_smile.gif




Hi sweet_toof I sure can tell you. You go to the web site and look under accessories then look under stencils. He has two there, one is lace hearts and the other is snowflakes. It makes doing lace pieces easy peasy. Just make sure you make lots, they break so easliy. Oh yes, and don't forget that if you order you are paying in British Pound, google "money exchange" and it will do the money exchange for you. Hope that helps.[/quote]

I'm sorry, I'm hopeless. There's so much happening on that website. Do you know what page it is once I get into the stencil section?
On the side of the page, there is also a "BENISON-Sugar Artistry" link which then gives you a few options in there too but I don't know if those things you're talking about are in there?
Benison Books and Media
Benison Cutters
Benison Molds and Formers
Benison Side Design Rollers

Sweet_Toof Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 7:27am
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I dont know how to attach a link, it's the first pic in my photos of the piece of paper with typing on it called '". all the pics im talking about are under that one page.




Thanks heaps Chuckles, I worked it out!
For some reason I can't even click on your name from within this forum, luckily I was able to access your details through that private message you sent me icon_smile.gif

Karen421 Posted 18 Oct 2010 , 11:19am
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Thanks for that tip on Stephen Benison, his texture mats are really cool! thumbs_up.gif

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