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post #16 of 71
i only have 2 items in my must have... my cake smoother and my small angled painters pallet knife for smoothing out my drawings, since im known by people fot my freehand drawings... and toothpicks!.. everything else i can make do icon_smile.gif
post #17 of 71
okay, the most important thing to have is a place to HIDE ALL YOUR RECEIPTS!!!!!!! so you dont get yelled at, hahahahaha
i just got the tool caddy, the $50.00 one from wilton, i used a coupon so i got it for alot less. it is very handy and keeps all my stuff together.
another important thing you need is COUPONS!!!!! dont buy anything over $10.00 or so without a coupon!!!!!!!!!!!! micheals and jo-annes craft store has coupons pretty often for 40% off. thats the ONLY time to buy most of your stuff. you may have to make yourself a list of what you want first and get the sunday paper and watch for coupons!!!!!!!
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post #18 of 71
I have the 3 star tip its great it is the size of #16 star tip I think
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post #19 of 71
I agree with Lisa... Viva papertowels is a must .. I smooth all my cakes w/these... couplers, tips, color for icing... just to name a few... the main thing is, but a few things to start off with .. if you really like cake decorating and find you want to continue doing it, buy a few more things.. slowly add to your collection .. don't try to buy it all at once .. I've seen people do that and then find out they didn't like decorating or didn't have the patience to do it ... I'd start of with a couple of star tips, 18 or 19, 21 .. a round tip for writing, 3 ... a rose tip to do roses, 103 or 104 ... a leaf tip for leaves, 352 ... *phew* that's' enough huh? lol
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post #20 of 71
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Originally Posted by ntertayneme

slowly add to your collection .. don't try to buy it all at once .. I've seen people do that and then find out they didn't like decorating or didn't have the patience to do it ... I'd start of with a couple of star tips, 18 or 19, 21 .. a round tip for writing, 3 ... a rose tip to do roses, 103 or 104 ... a leaf tip for leaves, 352 ... *phew* that's' enough huh? lol



Let me provide you with another perspective on this advice. I did that and continued to do cakes in the 3 Wilton courses and it cost me more money doing it this way then it would have if I had just bought the $120 kit with a coupon and then buying some other odds and ends...There is a benefit to that too though, I have doubles of alot of things and have found that to be quite useful a few times. But still I spent more money than I would have buying some of the stuff together in the kits. Just a thought.
post #21 of 71
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I have the 3 star tip its great it is the size of #16 star tip I think



Thanks! I will pick one up the next time I'm at the store. thumbs_up.gif

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post #22 of 71
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Originally Posted by blessBeckysbaking

I have the 3 star tip its great it is the size of #16 star tip I think



Thanks! I will pick one up the next time I'm at the store. thumbs_up.gif

Joe


You will be so glad you did Joe when you have to a character cake that is requires a ton of stars!
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post #23 of 71
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thanks for all the advice. Ya I ca see how easy it is to go overboard with things and find out you don't really need them. I have also heard someone say that even if you have 2 or 3 of the same tip it can make life easier so you arenot chaning bags all the time when you nee the same tip for different colors.
thanks again.
post #24 of 71
I am just starting out too, but the one great suggestion my DH had was instead of a Wilton box--a tackle box. You know one for fishing. We went to look at the wilton box and he said-Honey, a tackle box would have more compartments and better storage. Man was he right! I already had most of my supplies (Christmas, b-day, anniversary, wish list) so the tackle box idea was great.
I am the envy of my Wilton classes because I can find everything so quickly in its own little space instead of digging through the one compartment of the Wilton box. Most of my icing I take to class will fit in it too. icon_lol.gif
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post #25 of 71
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I am just starting out too, but the one great suggestion my DH had was instead of a Wilton box--a tackle box. You know one for fishing. We went to look at the wilton box and he said-Honey, a tackle box would have more compartments and better storage. Man was he right! I already had most of my supplies (Christmas, b-day, anniversary, wish list) so the tackle box idea was great.
I am the envy of my Wilton classes because I can find everything so quickly in its own little space instead of digging through the one compartment of the Wilton box. Most of my icing I take to class will fit in it too. icon_lol.gif


I went a bought one of the smaller fish tackle boxes- the small ones that are clear. It fits great in my kitchen drawer, and I can put soo many tips in it. I can even fit several of my couplers, coupler rings, and my 4 flower nails in it. It's great, much nicer than my wilton tip case!
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post #26 of 71
nice idea m0use ... I have the caddy and have to drag it out everytime .. I have so many tips now (multiples of many) that they won't even fit in the caddy .. the same w/the couplers.. I have so many, I just throw them in the bottom of the caddy .. I'm going to buy me one of those next time I'm in WalMart and put it in the drawer in the kitchen.. I'll probably put my most used tips and couplers in it ... thanks for the idea!
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post #27 of 71
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Originally Posted by ntertayneme

nice idea m0use ... I have the caddy and have to drag it out everytime .. I have so many tips now (multiples of many) that they won't even fit in the caddy .. the same w/the couplers.. I have so many, I just throw them in the bottom of the caddy .. I'm going to buy me one of those next time I'm in WalMart and put it in the drawer in the kitchen.. I'll probably put my most used tips and couplers in it ... thanks for the idea!


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post #28 of 71
I bought a nice size tool organizer from Walmart for $9. I got it because I kept dropping all my tips out of the caddy! I do not use the caddy I bought during my 1st class. It was a waste of money in my opinion. The tool organizer is the one w/ alot drawers it's used to store nails etc. It looks like a small chest of drawers! I wrote the #'s of each tip on the drawers, that way I find the tips easier. I also had plenty of room for a coupler drawer, a gel drawer (small tubes of gel), a coupler lid drawer, glue gun/glue, icer tip, sprinkles, & a few other stuff. I love it!! I don't have to worry about it tipping over like the caddy does or getting my tips mixed up. It's perfect!

I have the tool organizer sitting on my kitchen counter top. It takes up very little space. I'll have to take a pic of it & show everyone.

Ya'll gotta get one. It is great to have~
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post #29 of 71
I've been thinking about getting one of those tool organizers, TC, just haven't actually done it. To me the caddy is pretty much like my purses, everything falls to the bottom, and there certainly isn't enough room on top for all your colors, etc., so you wind up digging through it all for one item!

Has anybody got an idea how to paint or enlarge the numbers on those little-bitty tips? I get pretty uptight trying to figure out the numbers when I'm looking for a specific one. vj
post #30 of 71
I have so much stuff that I got those clear plastic containers (shoe box size) and seperated everything baking realated in my pantry. cookie cutter in one seperate boxes for differnt holidays (on the ones thats there alot like xmas). gels, tips formers, etc it works great......
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