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TheTinMan

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    Wedding Cakes

    For anyone that is interested in how this all turned out in the end I have a couple of pictures for you. We decided not to make cupcakes as it turned out that there were already a couple of people that were going to do that and we wanted to try something a little different. We came up with the idea to make soft, chewy gingerbread, one of our favourite things. We also (very wrongly) thought that these would be easier to make than cupcakes! So we chose to make the gingerbread in the shapes of my brother and his bride's favourite hobbies - cycling, reading and dancing, we also decided to throw in some heart shapes to signify how very much in love they were! I found some suitable cookie cutters online and found a recipe. It was fairly simple to make the dough but an absolute nightmare to cut the shapes out as they were very intricate and included embossed details that absolutely refused to fall easily out of the cutters. I eventually came up with a method that got the job done which involved heavily flouring the cutters and rolling and cutting the shapes out directly on the baking parchment and then transferring to the baking tray for cooking. It was virtually impossible to cut the shapes out and then lift them onto the baking paper without warping the shapes completely. We decided to ice our gingerbread with sugar paste and used edible pens for the finer details like the bicycle spokes and writing in the books. The letters on the hearts are made from royal icing and there is a bit of edible shimmer thrown in for good measure. All in all we were very pleased with how they turned out and they went down a storm at the wedding. Especially with the younger children that were there. Every single one was eaten and we got a number of nice comments too.
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    Wedding Cakes

    Well you learn something new every day. I will definitely have to give that a go!
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    Cutting foam with a die cutter

    Well I received my second hand original Sizzix machine that I got cheaply on eBay yesterday. I know it's very old and the box is deliciously retro but I'm excited to try it out and see what it can do.
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    Cutting foam with a die cutter

    Thanks for that Bigbunniesuk, that looks like a really handy link for the future. My cutters arrived in the post today. Now I just have to wait for the actual machine!
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    Wedding Cakes

    Aisles, I'd love to see the photos of your cakes when they're done. If you can manage to take some snaps before they're gobbled up. I think chocolate and lemon is a good combination. We'll almost definitely make something lemony because my girlfriend and I love lemon and so does the rest of my family. As for the stands I think this is what we will probably do. I've been browsing for inspiration on Pinterest and even with a set of simple stands you can make an arrangement that looks really effective. Towst, could you post a photo of the cupcakes iced as one big cake that you mentioned? It sounds intriguing. Haha wow I would love to try something like adding a flavouring to the inside but I think we'd need a lot of practice to get the technique right first. It sound's tricky!
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    Wedding Cakes

    Hi all, My brother has asked my girlfriend and I if we'd like to bake him some cakes for his wedding this September. Now we haven't had all that much experience of baking but we do really enjoy it. It's not a huge wedding - there's going to be about 70 - 80 people there. As we've never baked a wedding cake we thought it might be best to do a whole load of cupcakes and present them nicely. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on what they could look like or how they could be presented that they could share with us.
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    1st birthday cake

    Looks lovely
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    Cutting foam with a die cutter

    Thanks Glynisrose. I just bought a second hand original Sizzix cutter (the one where you pull down on the handle) on eBay last night. I'm really hoping I can get this to work.
  9. You could initially try doing some tests with the cut-off bottom of a drinks bottle or milk carton to make it easier to access the bottom surface before moving onto the jars. This way you can perfect the technique before you start trying it out in the jars which I imagine will be a lot more fiddly I can't think why PVA glue wouldn't work. What I would suggest is pouring a layer of PVA glue into the bottom first. Then coating the gravel with some more PVA glue and then dropping them into the container. Good luck
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    Hello everyone and a quick question

    Thanks Goose that's an excellent idea. I'll have a look and see if there's any happening locally. I've always been a bit worried about the price of having a stall at these places and being able to sell enough to cover the costs.
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    Hello everyone and a quick question

    Hi Aisles, Thanks for the reply. I have them on eBay at the moment but they aren't selling very well. I make them myself in that I cut the foam circles that go on the back and punch out the holes for the magnets (pictured). I never even thought of Folksy. Thank you for the suggestion. Are there any fees to set up a shop on there?
  12. Hi all, I'm new to the forums and was really hoping someone might be able to help me out. I'm trying to cut a large number of foam discs about 3 inches in diameter. The foam I have is 2mm thick with an adhesive backing. At the moment I'm using an EK Success circle punch that seems to do the job fairly well but it often gets stuck and won't cut all the way through and it's a job and a half to squeeze the foam through the narrow opening to be able to cut it in the first place. I assume this punch is primarily designed for cutting card and paper and not foam. Anyway I've been looking into Die Cutters and I was curious to see whether they could make the job any easier. I'm not looking to spend an awful lot and so I came across this old Sizzix original red die cutting machine on ebay that looked like it could do the job. Has anyone had any experience with this machine, and would I be able to cut 2mm foam with it using a wafer thin circle punch? Thank you.
  13. Hi everybody, I was recently inspired to buy some magnetic spice tins after seeing some really nice pictures of some on Pinterest. Unfortunately if you're after this sort of thing there is pretty much nothing decent available to buy in the UK so I decided to make my own. As I had to buy everything in bulk, I had an awful lot of materials left over - tins, magnets etc. and so out of curiosity I've now started to sell my remaining tins online to see if anyone else out there wants them. So you're probably wondering what this has to do with crafting. I realised that while the tins are great for herbs and spices, a lot of people already have spice racks! I am wondering if these tins could be perfect for people that are really into crafting as they are the ideal size to hold all manner of crafty bits and pieces and they can be stored really nicely. I was hoping that somebody here might be able to give me some advice on where they think might be a good place to try and sell these. Would somebody be able to point me in the right direction? Thanks for your help. TheTinMan
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