Put Me Out Of My Misery...

Decorating By Melvira Updated 30 Sep 2006 , 2:26am by Melvira

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:38am
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I insanely agreed to do a cake that is slowly killing me. It sounds innocent enough... just a sheet cake. And she wants it to look like a folded red flannel shirt. I have gone through testing about 6 methods of how to make it look like that... disaster after disaster. I made MMF with red coloring in it, it looked great until I tasted a bit. A half batch of MMF in the garbage because it tasted like mouse fanny. ( icon_confused.gif Um, don't ask... icon_confused.gif) Then I tried some buttercream options, they didn't look so good. Then I tried MMF airbrushed red, we're onto something here... then I was going to do the black pattern with a food writer... I hate Mr. Wilton. This is the worst invention known to man. Finally... I sat and hand painted with a teeny paintbrush and liquored up gel color. icon_mad.gif I only got the collar and pocket done tonight as the cake is due Saturday and I want them to set up a little(at least the collar) but it's too soon to do the whole cake. (That's what tomorrow is for) I am crying inside thinking about how long this is going to take. icon_cry.gif But, with any luck it will look good! icon_biggrin.gif But I won't be getting paid NEAR what it's worth! icon_cry.gif But it will be consumed in a large setting with tons of potential clients! icon_biggrin.gif Mood swings? Why no... I've never had those. icon_lol.gif Well, anyway, here's a preview of the collar and pocket trying to dry... is this even worth my time or does it look awful? I can't tell anymore.
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joanmary Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:42am
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Holy moly!! Looks great but you have a busy day tomorrow!

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paxpuella Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:45am
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OMG !!! I'm with joanmary, what you have done so far looks absolutely fantastic. I would never guess that is not edible. It looks so real !!!

Good luck with the rest of it !!! icon_smile.gif thumbs_up.gif

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Charb31 Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:45am
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Mel,
Girl you got some serious flannel happenin there! It looks AWESOME!! Keep your chin up, you'll get it done, and you will get great exposure! We'll all drink a margarita for ya!! Or you wanna beer???

Great job!!

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lmn4881 Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:46am
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Looks incredible! You're really talented. Hang in there, we all have off days. I'm trying to make tiaras right now and after the 4th layer of Royal they just look like blobs of icing... I'm sure it will be beautiful and very much appreciated. Good luck tomorrow.

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TiffTurtle Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:47am
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that looks awesome!! wish i could turn out something like that!!

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rezzygirl Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:48am
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Looks fantastic so far! Do you have the equipment to do edible images? That's another option. I never realized the potential of edible images until someone here at CC posted this link!
http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=68099

-Rezzy

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kaste28 Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:48am
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Holy cow, Melvira! It looks real!

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:50am
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I love you guys man!!

Yes, I do have an edible print set up, that was one of the options I considered, but it was not feasible as I couldn't find a straight bit of the pattern to use. I searched the web, but NOT!! The only thing in this pattern that I could find was already made into a shirt and I couldn't pull out a sample of the pattern from it. UGH!!

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MSurina Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:53am
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I looked at the picture first and then read the post. The entire time that I was reading the post, I was trying to figure out what you were doing with the flannel shirt? Geez, does it ever look real!! Awesome job!!

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:54am
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Originally Posted by Charb31

We'll all drink a margarita for ya!! Or you wanna beer???

Great job!!




*Chanting* 'Rita 'Rita 'Rita...

Actually, while mixing a little rum into the gel color, I truly considered just swigging it right out of the bottle. icon_lol.gif

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:56am
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I looked at the picture first and then read the post. The entire time that I was reading the post, I was trying to figure out what you were doing with the flannel shirt? Geez, does it ever look real!! Awesome job!!




Ok, that made me laugh out loud! Bless your heart!

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mhill91801 Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:57am
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What you have done so far is amazing!! It's just unbelievable. I can't wait to see the finished product. Great work!!!!!

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gmcakes Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 4:10am
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Originally Posted by Melvira

...I have gone through testing about 6 methods of how to make it look like that... disaster after disaster. I made MMF with red coloring in it, it looked great until I tasted a bit. A half batch of MMF in the garbage because it tasted like mouse fanny. ( icon_confused.gif Um, don't ask... icon_confused.gif)...

...icon_biggrin.gif Mood swings? Why no... I've never had those. icon_lol.gif...




icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif OMG that's funny! Had to read this one to DH! Direct quote: "Don't ask? Well, I hope not, I don't wanna know how she knows about mouse fanny!"

I was in tears after that... icon_lol.gif icon_cry.gif icon_lol.gif icon_cry.gif icon_lol.gif icon_wink.gif !

Seriously though, what you've got so far looks great. It's definitely worth the trouble and will make a great picture for your portfolio! icon_wink.gif

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BarbaraK Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 4:17am
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Looks fantastic! Cannot wait to see the finished product.

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AuntEm Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 4:22am
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Oh My it looks marvelous! I wish I could do something like that.
Good Luck!

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projectqueen Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 4:32am
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PHENOMENAL!!!

You have the makings of one fine flannel shirt there! Keep up the good work, can't wait to see the photo of the finished cake.

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rosiecakes Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 4:43am
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I love you guys man!!

Yes, I do have an edible print set up, that was one of the options I considered, but it was not feasible as I couldn't find a straight bit of the pattern to use. I searched the web, but NOT!! The only thing in this pattern that I could find was already made into a shirt and I couldn't pull out a sample of the pattern from it. UGH!!





Well how about going to "paint" on your computer and creating your pattern there and then replicate it? I had to do that to make the invitations and cd label (favors) for my daughter's bday party.

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katharry Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 7:19am
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That's incredible!!!! Will be watching to see how it all turns out.... great job thumbs_up.gif

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 12:58pm
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Well how about going to "paint" on your computer and creating your pattern there and then replicate it? I had to do that to make the invitations and cd label (favors) for my daughter's bday party.




Wouldn't you know I'd think of that WHILE WRITING that post last night! DUH??? That was a real head slapper. It probably would have been easier, but at least this way I can try that, and if it works I can laugh at what a sucker I was for hand drawing this one! icon_lol.gif Today is the day, but I am going to spend a little time with baby before I start... then daddy will take over while I bake. (His day off, thank GOODNESS!!)

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cakeladywalker Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 1:05pm
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That's AWESOME!!!!! Your doing an outstanding job!!!!!!

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tporbz Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 1:15pm
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Looks like your are going to be real busy, but how realistic does that flannel look?!!

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rosiecakes Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 1:16pm
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can't wait to see the finished product!


Happy friday y'all!

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LilBlackSheep Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 1:17pm
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WOW, that's so realistic!!! icon_surprised.gif

Great job!!!

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leepat Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 1:19pm
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Unbelievable!!! That is absolutely gorgeous.

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sweetamber Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 2:54pm
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WOW icon_eek.gif ! How cool- it looks so real! I hope you're charging enough to cover the time you've spent on this AMAZING cake- Hope the image thing works for you!

Amber

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BeckySue Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:22pm
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It looks amazing - truly. I will be a ton of work, but well worth the effort I am sure - especially with potiential clients there. You should treat yourself to a manicure when you are done. (That hand massage would feel great!) Can't wait to see the finished cake! Enjoy the weekend - you deserve it!

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chaniliz Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:23pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

I love you guys man!!

Yes, I do have an edible print set up, that was one of the options I considered, but it was not feasible as I couldn't find a straight bit of the pattern to use. I searched the web, but NOT!! The only thing in this pattern that I could find was already made into a shirt and I couldn't pull out a sample of the pattern from it. UGH!!




OMG you are incredible. You can possibly go to your closes Staple, bring the shirt and color copy. Then use it as a pattern for youe edible image. I already use some frabric but for my scrapbook. Hope it helps

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Momof3boys Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:39pm
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WOW! icon_eek.gif That's incredible!!!!!!

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Melvira Posted 29 Sep 2006 , 3:41pm
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OMG you are incredible. You can possibly go to your closes Staple, bring the shirt and color copy. Then use it as a pattern for youe edible image. I already use some frabric but for my scrapbook. Hope it helps




Unfortunately I don't even have a shirt to do that with! icon_cry.gif I am totally doing this off the cuff (no pun intended!) just from memory of what I have seen them look like. That's where I like to let the creativity take over! Thanks everyone for the amazing support. I will not be getting paid 1/10th of what this cake is worth, but as I am seeing it come together, I don't care all of a sudden. I am seeing this as bragging rights if it turns out well, and therefore I don't mind making a minimal amount on it. And hopefully people will be impressed and order more (but easier) stuff! thumbs_up.gif

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