Piping Dots

Yes, I use a looser icing of "beadwork consistency," which I achieve by adding about 2 to 3 tsp water per each cup of my Royal Icing "glue." You should never have to pat down dots after they're piped! If you use the optimum consistency, you'll also save a lot of time.

 

I have a blog post on my site about beadwork (aka piping dots) and one of the videos in my new video series also addresses the topic extensively.

 

I hope I've helped a bit! 

 

Link to post on my site: 

http://www.juliausher.com/kitc...dwork_technique_tips

Link to my video series: 

http://www.juliausher.com/store/video/videos_on_dvd

When I'm piping dots that I don't want to spread, I use the consistency of very thick "peak" RI and do the C trick used when making buttercream dots. You make the dot, let go of the pressure and make a C before lifting off. That should flatten the peak. I find using thinner icing can spread too much if I want really small or really rounded dots. 

I pipe with a parchment cone and always use roughly the same loose consistency for dots. I just hardly open the tip of the cone, if at all, if I want teensy-tiny dots. Cones offer a lot of precision for tiny detail work.

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