Wilton Advanced String Work on May 19, 2017

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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.

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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.

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I like the second one from the bottom left the best.

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I like the second one from bottom left the best

 

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.

 

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Happy Birthday and Congratulations cake

This is the first decorated cake I made after I completed my Wilton Course 2 and Wilton Course 3 classes. I created this cake 2 months after I completed my Wilton Course 2 and Wilton Course 3 classes. This cake says “Happy Birthday & Congratulations” I did not make this cake for anyone in particular- this is only a cake I made for practice. I completed this cake on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. The cake is chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing. The cake has six rosebuds, five roses with leaves, and a reverse shell border.

If I make more cakes in the future- I will post the photos of those cakes here. Stay tuned!

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Close up view of two buttercream roses on the cake. The instructions on making a Wilton rose say “make 3 rows of petals. first row = 3 petals. second row = 5 petals. third row =  7 petals. The rose (shown in the left of this photo) only has 2 rows because the icing wasn’t stiff enough for me to make a 3rd row. The icing isn’t stiff enough because of the tropical climate here. The next time I make a cake in the future- I need to add stabilizer to the buttercream roses.  Maybe I will try dried egg whites or cream of tartar as a stabilizer.

 

 

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Close up view of more buttercream roses on the cake.

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Close up view of rosebud with a stem

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Close up view of more rosebuds

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Close up view of another rosebud

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Close up view of another rosebud

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Close up view of side of cake

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The cake after one slice was cut

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Wilton Course 3

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Wilton Course 3 student kit and book

I took the Wilton Course 3 class on October 12 & October 13 2016. Wilton Course 3 is about fondant and gum paste.

The flowers taught in this course are roses, mums, daisies, calla lilies, and carnations.

The borders taught in this course are ball border, ruffle border, etc.

Other techniques taught in this cause are making ribbons, using cutters to cut shapes out of fondant, making fondant and rolling fondant, etc.

Here are photos from the Wilton Course 3 class I took:

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This is the cake I decorated. It has a ball border at the bottom. It has daisies, carnations, roses, calla lilies, and mums at the top of the cake

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top view of cake

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top view of cake

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close up view of daisies

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close up view of carnations

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close up view of calla lilies

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This is a present cake I decorated. It’s covered with fondant and it has a white fondant bow attached to it.

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These are extra roses I made in the Wilton Course 3 class

Wilton Course 2: October 5 &6 2016

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Wilton Course 2 student kit and book

 

Finally! I took Wilton Course 2 on October 5 & 6 2016.

I took Wilton Course 1 on August 8 & 9th last year in the year 2015. I took this class because I’m interested in cake decorating. I took Wilton Course 2 on October 5 & 6 2016. Here are photos of the decorations I made during this class. The decorations look good but they are not perfect. I will still practice the techniques I learned in Wilton Course 2 after completing this course. I will take Wilton Course 3 next week- in October 12 & 13.  I also want to take the Wilton Project Class Advanced String work. Hopefully I can take the Wilton Project Class Advanced String work next year in 2017.

The techniques taught in the Wilton Course 2 class are rope border, shell border, brush embroidery, cornelli lace, basket weave, stems & vines, leaves, and royal icing appliques.

The flowers taught in Wilton Course 2 are pansy, violet, blossom, rosebud, half rose, lily, poinsettia, and Wilton rose.

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Rope border practice

Rope border practice

Reverse Shell border practice

Reverse Shell border practice

I made three cupcakes in the Wilton Course 2 class

I made three cupcakes in the Wilton Course 2 class

cupcake with petals

cupcake with petals

cupcake with poinsettia

cupcake with poinsettia

cupcake with rosebud

cupcake with rosebud

cupcake with petals

cupcake with petals

cupcake with poinsettia

cupcake with poinsettia

top view of final cake

top view of final cake

close up view of basketweave design on final cake

close up view of basketweave design on final cake

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side view of final cake

side view of final cake

close up view of reverse shell border on final cake

close up view of reverse shell border on final cake

top view of final cake

top view of final cake

side view of final cake

side view of final cake

wilton rose on final cake

wilton rose on final cake

wilton rose on final cake

wilton rose on final cake

final cake

final cake

Wilton Course 1 on August 8 & 9 2015

Wilton Course 1 on August 8 & 9 2015

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Wilton Course 1 student guide book and kit

I took Wilton Course 1 on August 8 & 9th last year in the year 2015. I took this class because I’m interested in cake decorating. Here are photos of the decorations I made during this class. I’m still a beginner- so it’s not perfect. I still practice the techniques I learned in Wilton Course 1 after completing this course. I will take Wilton Course 2 and Wilton Course 3 in the future. I also want to take the Wilton Project Class Advanced String work.

The techniques taught in the Wilton Course 1 class are shell border, 1M swirl, rosettes, leaf, ribbon rose, daisy, etc.

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The owl on this cake is a result from the gel pattern transfer

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Wilton Course 1 student guide book and kit

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2D swirl drop flower practice

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shell border practice

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leaf practice

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leaf practice

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chocolate buttercream icing

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yellow cake covered with chocolate buttercream icing with shell borders

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yellow cake covered with chocolate buttercream icing with shell borders

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yellow cake covered with chocolate buttercream icing with shell borders

Wilton Course 2 on October 5 & 6 2016