Help with Fine Detail

Hi, all. Looking at these pictures of all these cookies is somewhat intimidating. I'm decorating 6-8 cookies an hour on average - and they aren't even that fancy! Anyway, I'm having a hard time with detail. Every time I try to imitate simple patterns or lines that involve a smaller tip, it just gets clogged or stuck. I use frosting tube thingys with a 1 tip. I watched the parchment cone tutorial a couple days ago and plan on trying that, and I've tried bags unsuccessfully - any other tips on getting fine detail?

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Well, 6-8 cookies an hour is a lot of cookies! I know that some people are incredibly fast, maybe you are one of them, but I need an average of 30 min per cookie. Sometimes also a lot more, depending on the complexity

And icing consistency is a major point. If your #1 tip clogs, maybe your icing is too thick. The smaller the opening, the looser the icing needs to be. Another possibility is that the powdered sugar you use is not fine enough. If there are still too many large crystals in it, no sieving will help. Try a different brand.

Last but not least, practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more. Don't give up, improvement is just around the corner!

I think all of the above suggestions are great. Only one thing to add: if you pipe with bottles (not sure what "thingys" are), then I would suggest moving to bags or cones. I think it's much easier to apply even pressure to bags/cones and to ultimately have greater control.

P.S. There are at least two other forum topics on a very similar/same subject (plugging of tips), so you may want to read them. They have some great advice. (Also, please be sure to search our existing forum topics before creating new threads on already covered topics. It just keeps the forums more organized to have everything in one place. Thanks!)

http://cookieconnection.juliau...r-using-smaller-tips

http://cookieconnection.juliau...e-nozzle-blockages-1

Based on info I got here, I have since switched my small/detail Wilton tips to PME.  They are more expensive, but I prefer the PME.  Practice, practice, practice. Sometimes you just need to sit down with a piece of wax paper (or whatever else you want to use) and play!!

If things keep getting clogged up, it sounds like your icing is a little thick.  All of these cookies with super fine details can be really intimidating.  Just remember that you'll find your own style and what works for you with plenty of trial and error.  Maybe try a little painting with a fine brush, or even some food color markers for fine details.  There's no right way, just have fun!!

Laegwen posted:

Well, 6-8 cookies an hour is a lot of cookies! I know that some people are incredibly fast, maybe you are one of them, but I need an average of 30 min per cookie. Sometimes also a lot more, depending on the complexity

And icing consistency is a major point. If your #1 tip clogs, maybe your icing is too thick. The smaller the opening, the looser the icing needs to be. Another possibility is that the powdered sugar you use is not fine enough. If there are still too many large crystals in it, no sieving will help. Try a different brand.

Last but not least, practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more. Don't give up, improvement is just around the corner!

I spend 2-3 hours on a character cookie... )))) but i also have a baby which is ruining everything when he is alone...

юлия кузьмина gingerfairy yulia kuzmina posted:
Laegwen posted:

Well, 6-8 cookies an hour is a lot of cookies! I know that some people are incredibly fast, maybe you are one of them, but I need an average of 30 min per cookie. Sometimes also a lot more, depending on the complexity

And icing consistency is a major point. If your #1 tip clogs, maybe your icing is too thick. The smaller the opening, the looser the icing needs to be. Another possibility is that the powdered sugar you use is not fine enough. If there are still too many large crystals in it, no sieving will help. Try a different brand.

Last but not least, practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more. Don't give up, improvement is just around the corner!

I spend 2-3 hours on a character cookie... )))) but i also have a baby which is ruining everything when he is alone...

There are cookies I need way longer than an hour, too. I don't have a baby, but believe me, three cats can also cause havoc *lol*

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