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Old 07-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
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Plain old wax paper works. You will be able to place a paper pattern under the waxpaper that allows you to trace the letters until your hand gets steady. You can even scrap off failures, add new wax paper and keep practicing. It's not complicated or expensive.
It is better is she has something solid to work on. A piece of vellum or plastic. The top or cover of a large food storage container works best if she doesn't want to invest is expensive equipment. But she does't want something that is bigger than the top of a cake. She needs to keep the lettering withing the bounds of a regular size cake. I learned on a flat dish.
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I use a thrift store cookie tin to store icing tools, tips and pastry bags and have more than once practiced writing on the lid of the can. It's cake sized, round and elevated. You can wash the lid when you're finished. Easy, cheap and useful.
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I use a thrift store cookie tin to store icing tools, tips and pastry bags and have more than once practiced writing on the lid of the can. It's cake sized, round and elevated. You can wash the lid when you're finished. Easy, cheap and useful.
Those sound like excellent ideas.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:29 PM   #14
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I use a thrift store cookie tin to store icing tools, tips and pastry bags and have more than once practiced writing on the lid of the can. It's cake sized, round and elevated. You can wash the lid when you're finished. Easy, cheap and useful.
I have my buttons in a tin like that. Where was my brain when I was practicing? I just used a flat dish. You definitely want to priactice on something the size of the cake. The problem with the practice sheets is that they are square and small.
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It just occurred to me that you could wrap a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper around the cookie can lid and put the lid back on the can (this tightens up the paper nicely).

No washing!
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thank you so much for all the tips! I didn't get a chance to practise this weekend, but when I do, I will be using the wax paper etc.

Thanks again!!
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I would suggest using a #2 or #3 writing tip, #3 is the easiest for a beginner to use that still looks nice. I wouldn't suggest a #1 because it is very small and prone to "squiggling" if the pressure isn't just right.
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What I do with my students is just print off some sheets of different fonts with the alphabet (upper and lower), certain words (Happy, Birthday, Anniversary, etc.) and slip them into page protectors (plastic sleeves you can buy at an office supply or anywhere that sells school and office supplies). I buy the heavier ones but you only need a small pack because you just wipe them off and reuse them over and over.

Much cheaper and with more variety than anything you can by through the cake supply companies.

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Thanks for the tips! It looks like its going to be a rainy weekend here in Melbourne so I plan to spend the day practicing! Will post my attempts once I've done them :)
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