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katiejanae Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 4:03am
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Hello everyone icon_biggrin.gif I am a student of Wilton classes, and just had my first Wilton class on Saturday. I am so excited to get started!! Does anyone have any tips or advice? Thanks in advance!!

~Katie

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manddi Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 4:47am
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AThe wilton classes are a really great place to start.

Word of warning: Your wilton instructor will [most likely] talk about how great wilton products are and you'll [most likely] want to run out and buy every neato gadget they make. Don't. Just don't.

Most of wiltons products are cheaply made and you [most likely] will not be happy with them.

My other words of advice: Practice practice practice!

Good luck!

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 4:49am
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None from me, at least that I can think of, but welcome to the squirrel-cage, and look out for the nuts.

manddi Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 4:52am
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AOh! And when you get to the gumpaste class, take wiltons plastic ball tool (comes in the kit) and throw it in the trash (that's about all is good for; there's a seam in it that will rip your gumpaste). Check out the clay aisle in your craft store and get a metal ball tool (or 2 or 3 of them). ;)

vgcea Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 5:03am
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Original message sent by manddi

Oh! And when you get to the gumpaste class, take wiltons plastic ball tool (comes in the kit) and throw it in the trash (that's about all is good for; there's a seam in it that will rip your gumpaste). Check out the clay aisle in your craft store and get a metal ball tool (or 2 or 3 of them). ;)

Or you could get a new nail file and just file down the seam :D

manddi Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 5:17am
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AI tried that with mine. Maybe the file I used was too rough because it just made it worse.

vtanderson Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 6:13am
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When I started making cakes I started a notebook (my bake book) so that I wouldn't forget things that I learned by trial and error.  Eventually things become second nature, but it's also really cool to look back to see how far you've come.  Looking at old idea's can also spark new idea's later on when you have more skills in your belt.

 

And Cakecentral is always an awesome place to get advice if your not quite sure about something.  We're all in this together icon_biggrin.gif

auntginn Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 6:29am
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Take pics of your work,  it will help you as you see things you might otherwise miss and compare your progress.  But don't be too hard on yourself.  It takes time to learn.

katiejanae Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 2:06pm
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Thank you for all the helpful advice! I will be sure to remember that! thumbs_up.gif

Punkilicious Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 3:53pm
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Welcome to Cake Central! This community has been the greatest help along the way for me. In fact I am about to start a discussion to get a little advise. One note, a LOT of the cakes on here are absolutely amazing and are made by seasoned vets. Don't let their perfection frustrate you along your path of learning. We will all eventually reach that level of greatness, we just have to continue to build and perfect our skills and techniques.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 4:48pm
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I'm strictly amateur, myself, entirely self-taught, and haven't the time or energy to take any formal classes at the present, and I can say that while many of the opinions I've stated have met strong disagreement, and discussions over how best to implement ideas I've had have gotten spirited at times, I've never received so much as a single unkind word about any of the baked goods of which I've posted pictures (see my Flickr "baked goods" set here), even though they're hardly in the same league with most of what gets posted here. So photograph everything you do, and feel free to post it here (you probably don't want to use Facebook for hosting your images, because there have been reports of unkind remarks there [I don't do Facebook, ever, myself]), and let us know whether you're just showing it off, or you want feedback, or you want help with some specific problem.

kikiandkyle Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 5:04pm
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ADefinitely don't get caught up in the Wilton sales pitch, you will end up with a bunch of stuff you never use! But if you get a good instructor you can still learn a lot. And remember that it takes time and practice!

KarenK55 Posted 10 Jul 2013 , 6:13pm
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Welcome Katie!  Everything everyone has said so far is so true.  No need to purchase everything Wilton have learned along the way.  As vtanderson stated, definitely keep a notebook, it sure does come in handy.  Just keep practicing and keeping good notes and you will soon find yourself amongst the major league.

I too am only a beginner and have used CC for ideas, suggestions, feedback etc....  Wish you the best, enjoy and have fun..birthday.gif

katiejanae Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 11:35pm
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Thank you for the advice! I have learned alot. Luckily I have an amazing instructor who doesn't make you buy everything from Wilton. She will tell you if something isn't necessary, or if you could use something else. :)

katiejanae Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 11:35pm
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Originally Posted by hbquikcomjamesl 

I'm strictly amateur, myself, entirely self-taught, and haven't the time or energy to take any formal classes at the present, and I can say that while many of the opinions I've stated have met strong disagreement, and discussions over how best to implement ideas I've had have gotten spirited at times, I've never received so much as a single unkind word about any of the baked goods of which I've posted pictures (see my Flickr "baked goods" set here), even though they're hardly in the same league with most of what gets posted here. So photograph everything you do, and feel free to post it here (you probably don't want to use Facebook for hosting your images, because there have been reports of unkind remarks there [I don't do Facebook, ever, myself]), and let us know whether you're just showing it off, or you want feedback, or you want help with some specific problem.

I personally think your creations are great! I love the strawberry cake :)

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