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I found this string work to be much less stressful than the other.  It was much more forgiving.  I didn’t take any photos of the process because I wasn’t sure I would like it.  As it turns out, I do.  The β€œbridges” (I think that’s what they’re called!) on the base are made up of three stacked lines, extending from the center to the end of each point.  I used a PME 1 for the first half.  Then, I made a second series of bridges, where I stacked two lines on top of what was already there.  I switched to the PME 0 for the rest of the work.  I sprayed everything with gold luster and put a small round cookie on the bottom to elevate it a bit.  The star cookie is 6 inches.

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  My sisters think I’m fancy.

Impressive!!!  how long did that take??

Thanks Rebecca. It took quite awhile but I’m slow and did other things while I waited for it to dry. I probably spent about 90 minutes on it the first day but wasn’t sure thatI liked it. I spent another 90 minutes on it the second day but I also had to make new icing which is kind of laborious for the string work. Particularly for me as I have discovered over the years that I am a natural born corner cutter.🀣

Wow Lisa, I love your star!! So well executed, very tidy lines and lovely finishing to it. The gold enhances all your delicate lines so much. Congratulations dear friend β™₯️
PS. Do you sleep at all??πŸ˜†

Thank you Heather.  And, NO! I don't sleep at all.  I have terrible insomnia.  When I used to get too tired, my mind would wander into dark places.  I solved that by occupying my sleepless thoughts with cookie ideas.  True story!  It's usually about royal icing transfers and what I can swiftly duplicate 150 times.  But lately it's been string work.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Fabullous work Lisa and pity you didn't take pictures in progress,so we can learn more about this complex construction ,for people like me hepls a lot,great work anyway,I still admire your creation❀️

Thank you Petra.  I sometimes forget to take pictures but in this case, I didn't because I wasn't really sure it would work!  The only other picture I have of this is the one I took right before I sprayed the luster.  I was afraid the air flow would break the fragile string work and I wanted a record before I potentially blew it to bits.  I piped the star in the center afterwards (and sprayed it again) because my husband was adamant that it needed something in the center.  Normally, I ignore him but he started to drive me crazy.πŸ˜‚

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Thank you Heather.  And, NO! I don't sleep at all.  I have terrible insomnia.  When I used to get too tired, my mind would wander into dark places.  I solved that by occupying my sleepless thoughts with cookie ideas.  True story!  It's usually about royal icing transfers and what I can swiftly duplicate 150 times.  But lately it's been string work.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has doneβ™₯️ You are definitely a blessing to us, dear LisaπŸ₯°πŸ˜˜

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Thank you Petra.  I sometimes forget to take pictures but in this case, I didn't because I wasn't really sure it would work!  The only other picture I have of this is the one I took right before I sprayed the luster.  I was afraid the air flow would break the fragile string work and I wanted a record before I potentially blew it to bits.  I piped the star in the center afterwards (and sprayed it again) because my husband was adamant that it needed something in the center.  Normally, I ignore him but he started to drive me crazy.πŸ˜‚

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Oh how gorgeous Lisa @LisaF!! I love how you broke up the piping on each side of the star. The gold color is perfect, too. I love the finishing touches in the center and around the edges of the star. Incredible work my dear friend ❀️❀️❀️ Hugs. I'm so glad you found this to be easier than your previous entry . I had everything all planned out with cookies baked to participate in this challenge....of course, when it rains...Had a procedure done that resulted in unexpected flare ups. Hopefully, things will calm down soon so that I can "walk" enough to work in my kitchen .

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Oh how gorgeous Lisa @LisaF!! I love how you broke up the piping on each side of the star. The gold color is perfect, too. I love the finishing touches in the center and around the edges of the star. Incredible work my dear friend ❀️❀️❀️ Hugs. I'm so glad you found this to be easier than your previous entry . I had everything all planned out with cookies baked to participate in this challenge....of course, when it rains...Had a procedure done that resulted in unexpected flare ups. Hopefully, things will calm down soon so that I can "walk" enough to work in my kitchen .

Oh Carol!  I'm so sorry to hear about any procedural setbacks.  Wellness and comfort is so important.  I wish you a very speedy recovery.  Big hugs and healing from across the country!❀️😘

You definitely spun some fancy gold this time! Thank you for explaining the process. It looks like you had perfect icing consistency in order to pipe your elevated stringwork. And the small piped star in the center is perfect especially because it is balanced by the piped border - your husband was right about this one! Did you find yourself going cross-eyed with all of those lines?

You definitely spun some fancy gold this time! Thank you for explaining the process. It looks like you had perfect icing consistency in order to pipe your elevated stringwork. And the small piped star in the center is perfect especially because it is balanced by the piped border - your husband was right about this one! Did you find yourself going cross-eyed with all of those lines?

Yes, Christine, I did feel quite cross-eyed.  And, I know you're suppose to remember to breathe but I did a lot of holding my breath, particularly as I did the last layer.  As you have mentioned, the consistency really is the critical thing, isn't it? 

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Yes, Christine, I did feel quite cross-eyed.  And, I know you're suppose to remember to breathe but I did a lot of holding my breath, particularly as I did the last layer.  As you have mentioned, the consistency really is the critical thing, isn't it?

Consistency is definitely important. I find myself holding my breath a lot too. Sometimes I have to take a break - not from all that piping but rather from holding my breath for so long! πŸ˜‚