Thank you, Mel - I've heard about using something to secure it to the cake, but as I'm going to be highly pearlising it, I worry about the stencil or the band taking off the pearl? I'm just going to have to practice next week and see what works best for me. Finding the right consistency for the royal icing will be key, too. I'm thinking toothpaste-like? LOL - maybe I should toothpaste a dummy first? LOL!!!!!