I finally took the Wilton Advanced String Work class on May 19, 2017. Wilton Advanced String Work is a project class. Wilton Course 1, Wilton Course 2, and Wilton Course 3 are Course classes.
My teacher said it took her 5 years to master the string work techniques. She calls herself a perfectionist. She said she worked as a chef at the World Trade Center in New York City before the 9/11 attacks in 2001. When she saw my string work on the Wilton Deluxe Practice Board during the class- she said I’m doing well for a beginner. She said my string work is consistent. (One loop of string is the same as the second loop of string and third loop of string, etc). I can practice more at home because I have the Wilton Deluxe Practice Board. The Wilton Deluxe Practice Board is a requirement to bring to the Wilton Advanced String Work class. I bought it at Joann Fabrics a few weeks before the class.
I noticed that she used a metal spatula to scrap off the icing work on the surface of her own Wilton Deluxe Practice Board. We are not supposed to use metal spatulas to wipe off the icing work off of the practice board. Using a soft spatula (e.g. silicone spatula) is okay to use to wipe off icing work from the practice board. The teacher had two metal spatulas on the table during the class. She told me to use one of the metal spatulas to wipe off the icing work on my Wilton Deluxe practice board. I did what she told me. After I came home from the class- to my dismay I saw a few scratches on the surface of my practice board. It’s from the metal spatula. I said to myself, “For now on- I will not use a metal spatula to wipe off the icing work on my practice board. Instead I will use a soft spatula- like a silicone spatula.” I tried to remove the scratches on the window of the practice board. I detached the window of the practice board and I wiped it with toothpaste. I left the toothpaste on the window for a few hours. After a few hours- I rinsed the toothpaste off of the window. I inspected the window. I noticed there were a few scratches left- but they were barely noticeable.
String Work can be done with either buttercream icing or royal icing. I prefer to do string work with buttercream icing. I used royal icing for my Wilton Advanced String Work class.
Here are photos of my practice during the class. Not bad for a beginner. I need more practice after taking the class. The icing was beginning to melt towards the end of class.
These are the practice sheets used for the Wilton Advanced String Work Class.
These practice sheets came with the Wilton Deluxe Practice Board. Not all practice sheets of the Wilton Deluxe Practice Board are for the Wilton Advanced String Work Class. There are 23 practice sheets total in the Wilton Deluxe Practice Board. There are 89 techniques total in these practice sheets.