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I saw some beautiful bowls online that were carved of wood and clay and wanted to create my own "carved" bowl because I really appreciate the architecture of it all. To create this piece I used a very stiff icing. The "sketch" done in white icing is the exact same piping sequence as the one done on the cookie, but with the pattern continued to the end. Very interesting to see how different icing consistencies can produce very different outcomes!

There are not a lot of lines on this cookie but it took me an entire day as I had to pipe very slowly to make sure everything lined up perfectly from all angles. Also, I had to use my scribe to very gently move the lines when it didn't. This was my third attempt as the first two were "learning cookies."

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Petra Florean posted:

Oh my God !!! CanCa believe it what have you done!!! SPECTACULAR, INCREDIBLE    

Petra Florean posted:

Still watching at your  incredible creation with open mouth .... You are moving in different  levels  different dimensions on different frequency.You are a royal icing architect😍😍😘😘

Love it!! 

Thank you so much Petra @Petra Florean! It's all about learning and challenging onself! ❤️

Sweet Prodigy - Christine posted:
carouselselsel posted:

WOW, Chistine, what you did is a miracle!!! Amazig piese of cookie, art and architectire! Respect!

Thanks Zara @carouselselsel! Will you give it a try? 

To be honest, my hands are itchy, this is so amazing, but I'm afraid I can't be that perfect. I'll practice with some cross-stitch cookies first.

carouselselsel posted:
Sweet Prodigy - Christine posted:
carouselselsel posted:

WOW, Chistine, what you did is a miracle!!! Amazig piese of cookie, art and architectire! Respect!

Thanks Zara @carouselselsel! Will you give it a try? 

To be honest, my hands are itchy, this is so amazing, but I'm afraid I can't be that perfect. I'll practice with some cross-stitch cookies first.

I have lots of cookies that are not perfect...eventually I get it right. And then I post - having learned tremendously. 

Christine @Bakerloo Station further to our FB conversation, you wanted to know how my strings don't sag. This cookie is a good example for me to explain. As mentioned, my icing has to be fairly stiff. For this cookie, the dark blue did not have to be as stiff because each line is supported by the lines below, which are very close together. As you go outward (colors get lighter) the lines become farther apart and the icing needs to be stiffer to hold its shape. Once I got to the lightest line, my icing was so stiff I had to squeeze with two hands to get it out of the bag. And my icing kept breaking (I lost count of how many times I had to re-pipe a broken line). And, as you can see, the lines were just starting to sag at this point, which is why I ended it where I did. Fortunately, it worked out just right for this pattern! 

Sweet Prodigy - Christine posted:

Christine @Bakerloo Station further to our FB conversation, you wanted to know how my strings don't sag. This cookie is a good example for me to explain. As mentioned, my icing has to be fairly stiff. For this cookie, the dark blue did not have to be as stiff because each line is supported by the lines below, which are very close together. As you go outward (colors get lighter) the lines become farther apart and the icing needs to be stiffer to hold its shape. At this point, when I pipe my lines, I'm essentially stretching them to be as taut as  possible. Once I got to the lightest line, my icing was so stiff I had to squeeze with two hands to get it out of the bag. And my icing kept breaking from trying to pull it so taut (I lost count of how many times I had to re-pipe a broken line). And, as you can see, the lines were just starting to sag at this point, which is why I ended it where I did. Fortunately, it worked out just right for this pattern! 

First, thank you for indulging my curiosity!  Second, now that I know how you do what you do, I am even more in awe!  You are a string work master.

Well Christine... any word won’t be enough. 

I keep watching every picture and reading your comments! There is so much work behind this cookie... I can’ even imagine squizing the bag with two hands and keep the line so straight!

I ‘ve seen beautiful straight line projects inspired by your work recently (and so sadly no attribution or even just a reference) and even if they looked yours at a glance, then at a closer look they couldn’t be yours at all! Your perfect and straight lines have became your signature.

Manu posted:

Well Christine... any word won’t be enough. 

I keep watching every picture and reading your comments! There is so much work behind this cookie... I can’ even imagine squizing the bag with two hands and keep the line so straight!

I ‘ve seen beautiful straight line projects inspired by your work recently (and so sadly no attribution or even just a reference) and even if they looked yours at a glance, then at a closer look they couldn’t be yours at all! Your perfect and straight lines have became your signature.

Thank you @Manu for such a nice compliment. I think it's also a compliment when anyone tries to do what I do (and I still hope that one day I can teach what I do). It would be nice to be referenced, but my designs and the technique that I use (piping lines that cross over each other) are two separate things, and this is a technique that I do not own (I'm just the one who's associated with it). Most of the time people don't give credit for all of the techniques that they use, they usually (and hopefully) just give credit for the designs, in which case, I would like to be credited for an obvious copy.

 

That said, if I could be so well known that people will just look at someone else's work and say, "Oh, that's a Sweet Prodigy design" (just like SweetAmbs' filigree), then I will be happy. 

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Wow Christine!! I love the design and the beautiful monochromatic blue colors . Such a pretty cookie . Would love to see a tutorial of this technique some time (???). ❤️❤️

Thanks, Carol @Cookies Fantastique by Carol! I'm an epic failure when it comes to videos. So my daughter is helping me (read: doing all of the work). She filmed a short video of one of my "mistakes" being crushed , which should be up on IG soon. Sadly, the only thing that takes longer than piping my cookies is learning how to videotape them! But - baby steps - I am trying 

swissophie posted:

This is just so.... way beyond amazing, Christine! Imagine how this would look in tiles around a cake... just unreal! Way to go! Can't wait to see what else you will come up with !

Already got more stuff done! And I can imagine the cake...with its super fragile icing...and me yelling, "DON'T TOUCH THE CAKE!!!!" 

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