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So I would say that we're going to get a little bit of a break here because this was actually a pretty small set. However, I used some new techniques and I have some pretty cool things to share so I hope you're ready!
As I spoke about in my last post here is my sketch except I actually colored this one. Pretty nifty.
Okay so a few disclaimers before we move onto the process of this set. It's gonna come at you fast. Just looking over my photos I'm seeing I didn't even take a picture of the color palate. Also since I had just finished the Star Wars set I was not particularly ready for more black. Unfortunately you can see spots where the black icing was too just a bit too thick and just didn't settle as nicely as a flooded cookie should but it's all part of the learning process.
It turns out I'm a pretty tough critic. Lilly loved her cookies.
So without further ado. Process photos.
Even though it took a while the time was spent waiting on icing to dry, so it's a patience game.
The "S" you see came out pretty perfectly so that is the "S" I used on the plaque cookie.
We will visit that in a minute. I just wanted to show that I definitely practice some of this stuff before just jumping in. I don't usually make extra cookies but do always keep dough available for accidents in case I do need to make more.
Anyway I took A LOT of pictures of this process because it was something completely different and pretty cool. So I followed it. I mean.. what else was I going to do while waiting for each tiny little diamond to dry?
How cool is that right?? Plus remember like I said last time, look at that sweet outline action.
It definitely makes a difference. I also did use some "watercolor" (extract and food coloring) to create some shadowing so that's why it kinda looks like it melted or like it's dirty. That was intentional.
So how cute are the little S's???
I used an edible food marker.
At this point the "S" on the plaque isn't actually attached yet but it has dried and I wanted to see what it would look like and if it would fit and it looks pretty good but it needs some shadowing and detail work.
Royal icing is really really strong once it dries. It should be used exclusively in Gingerbread house buliding in my opinion.
And LOOKIE here... ANOTHER border. Granted yes it's a decorative border and not what I would do on most cookies but man doens't it look amazing!
In the sketch I initially thought I would make the outline gold but I didn't want the sets competing with each other so I decided against it and I think I made the right call.
So let's venture on and check out the gold edition to this set! Something new I tried out!
I did read that your body can't actually process or digest gold so any real gold ie gold leaf or even some of the gold dust that is actual gold will just pass through your system and isn't seen as harmful in small amounts. That all being said I still wasn't willing to risk that for some cookies. Eventually I did find one brand that was "FDA APPROVED EDIBLE MADE IN THE USA" that's much better. I'll definitely take that. So that's what I did.
If you're interested HERE is the link so you can check it out for yourself. It works just like the watercolor. Mix the dust with a little extract. I realize a lot of bakers use vodka or everclear but I just don't see myself doing that whether it evaporates or it's flavorless or not it's not something I'm interested in trying. The extract method works just fine!
Of course let's wrap it up with some bagged/boxed photos because they always look so nice once they're all packaged and ready to go!
That's the end of the Slytherin Graduation set!
It was a cute little set to celebrate a very sweet young lady's succes! She is like a niece to me I've known her since she was a toddler so of course I had to make her something special!
It makes me really happy to spread edible joy to my friends and family!
I appreciate you hanging out!