Just For Fun...weird Items In Your Decorating Kit.

Decorating By vickie43410 Updated 31 Jan 2012 , 8:30pm by MsGF

vickie43410 Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:03am
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I was sorting through my cake "tool box" and realized I tend to use alot of things that were not made for cake decorating. The strangest thing for me happens to be part of a flyswatter. Wait, wait...it was new/
I needed to make a diamond plate design for part of a cake. I could not find a mat that was just right for the job. Then on my way out of the store, I saw it. A perfect diamond pattern, and only 99 cents!!

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FromScratchSF Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:18am
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A syringe! I use it to get out air bubbles in my fondant. An actual medical syringe. Works great.

VentureSister Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:47am
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Unflavored dental floss for cutting and leveling cake.
Unused panty hose legs to filter out lumps when using royal icing and small tips.

Honeybees Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 7:03am
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Originally Posted by VentureSister

Unused panty hose legs.




I have some of those too but I use mine for dusting my surfaces with powdered sugar. I have a lot of toddler toys/snacks on my work bench too to distract my 14 month old son. He has figured out now if I'm at that table working then there is something yummy and sweet that he MUST HAVE!

msthang1224 Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 1:24pm
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Hi,

Good ideas icon_smile.gif

I save some of my bags/netting that onions come in and use it to make the designs on basketball cakes icon_smile.gif

traci_doodle Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 2:17pm
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This one isn't super weird, but I use a putty knife to smooth my cakes. It's my favorite tool, and it only cost me $2!

metria Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 5:36pm
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all thread (aka threaded rod) to make a ribbed impression:

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metria Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 5:37pm
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oh, and also (but i haven't tried this myself) my local cake shop holds classes for decorating. they use new, clean baby socks to hold powdered sugar or cornstarch in for dusting fondant/gumpaste.

bobwonderbuns Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 5:40pm
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I have a mesh that I got from Home Depot that is used for screen doors -- but it comes in a variety of different patterns. I have a diamond one that I use to impress fondant to make snakeskin! icon_lol.gif

jgifford Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 5:45pm
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Paint rollers, putty knife, dental floss, and a wrist rest my dh made from a camera tripod and a coffee can. thumbs_up.gif

Vista Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:00pm
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I use a pair of dog nail clippers (that were of course brand new) to cut my dowels. They are easier on my hands than traditional cutters.

sillywabbitz Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:31pm
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Metria, you're my hero. I need a line impression mat but that's so much better because it's much wider!

Love it.

I have the panty hose and level as well as a straight edge with a 90 degree straight edge on the bottom and the side but turns out I prefer my bench scraper.

And a heating pad for keeping chocolate soft.

Dayti Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 6:43pm
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Originally Posted by FromScratchSF

A syringe! I use it to get out air bubbles in my fondant. An actual medical syringe. Works great.




Such a good idea, I'm stealing this! Til now I would pop the bubble at an angle with a pin then try and smooth the air out, but I'm sure this works better.

vickie43410 Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 7:34pm
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You guys are great! I know that I love hearing tricks and shortcuts.

ButRCream Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 8:00pm
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Originally Posted by metria

all thread (aka threaded rod) to make a ribbed impression:

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Wow, metria - fabulous idea! Love that! Does it work well for texturing bows?

metria Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 8:07pm
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Originally Posted by ButRCream

Wow, metria - fabulous idea! Love that! Does it work well for texturing bows?




Yes icon_smile.gif This technique was suggested/demonstrated to me by my local cake club. I used it all over this cake in my blog post: http://cakeoricandothat.blogspot.com/2012/01/congratulations-francis-ann-marie.html

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theresaf Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 8:18pm
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That's exactly what I had in mind too - thanks to metria - and I have already texted one of my brothers, who is plumber, to get me one! Thanks for sharing all your ideas everyone!

MsGF Posted 31 Jan 2012 , 8:30pm
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Check out this cool idea. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan on making one.

http://cakes.keyartstudio.com/tutorials/item/83-diy-multi-blade-ribbon-strip-cutter.html

You guys are so darn clever, I will try some of those ideas too.

Happy Baking

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