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I was used to make these beaded bracelets with my friends when I was a kid (I grew up in the 鈥70.) We sketched our own patterns, we used the lid of a shoe box as a loom and we kept beads, threads and needles in the shoe box. 

Actually in these 鈥渃onversation鈥 cookie bracelets I piped royal icing beads only for the messages, hoping that the @SugarVeil 鈥淣eedlepoint Lace Grid鈥 could give the feeling of the beads on the whole bracelet at a glance.

A SugarVeil庐 grid eliminates the task of piping the grid by hand. It is made by spreading the SugarVeil庐 icing on the SugarVeil庐 鈥Needlepoint Lace Mat鈥. Once the icing is set (oven or air dried) the grid can be peeled from the mat and used to decorate the cookie. Michele Hester of SugarVeil庐 and @Julia M. Usher co-designed the 鈥淣eedlepoint Lace Mat鈥 back  in February 2016.  I have learned about the mat, and been inspired to use it, by watching Julia鈥檚 videos on You Tube.

The strings are piped lines of SugarVeil lace icing that I let air dry and then sticked onto the cookie.

The little hearts are the closest thing to conversation hearts that I was able to find for my backdrop (it looks like the messages moved from the hearts onto the bracelets). There is a shortage of sweethearts this year (due to the change of the owner following NECCO bankruptcy) but a lot of conversation heart cookies everywhere instead! This is my take and a variation on the theme

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Oh Manu...you are always so incredibly creative!!! I love this idea . I used to make the beaded bracelets in the '70s as well! You've taken it a step further into the artistic world of cookie decorating. Awesome work, as always @Manu 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

Thank you, Carol @Cookies Fantastique by Carol, you are so supportive! It is not always so easy to 鈥渃ookie鈥 a memory or a concept, and I have still something in mind, just because I learn by doing.

I loved to make the real bracelet. I did it with my daughter as well, and I am planning to buy some beads and to make some, just because I love hand made stuff! 馃挄

Julia M. Usher posted:

Love the idea! You've got to share this image with Michele - she'll love it too!

Thank you, Julia @Julia M. Usher! There will be some more 鈥渃ookie bracelet鈥. I still have something in mind. I will share these with Ms. Hester and I really hope she will like them!

Manu posted:
Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Oh Manu...you are always so incredibly creative!!! I love this idea . I used to make the beaded bracelets in the '70s as well! You've taken it a step further into the artistic world of cookie decorating. Awesome work, as always @Manu 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

Thank you, Carol @Cookies Fantastique by Carol, you are so supportive! It is not always so easy to 鈥渃ookie鈥 a memory or a concept, and I have still something in mind, just because I learn by doing.

I loved to make the real bracelet. I did it with my daughter as well, and I am planning to buy some beads and to make some, just because I love hand made stuff! 馃挄

I've always so loved and appreciated gifts that were handmade!! There's something extra special about them as the creator is thinking about the person who will receive the gift when they're making it @Manu!! Looking forward to  your next wonderful creation 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

Excellent as usual Manu! I love ALL of your work. Pleased to hear that you are kinda settled in Thailand, do you know how long you'll be there? I really sympathize with the humidity there ugh! How on earth do you cope with your decorating/icing etc? 


Carol-Anne posted:

Excellent as usual Manu! I love ALL of your work. Pleased to hear that you are kinda settled in Thailand, do you know how long you'll be there? I really sympathize with the humidity there ugh! How on earth do you cope with your decorating/icing etc? 

Thank you @Carol-Anne! Probably two more years. When I was in Italy I avoided to bake during the Summer... here it is always Summer, and I juggle with the A/C, the fan and the dehydrator especially during the rainy season. 

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