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post #1 of 59
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I have done this method in the past and never really happy with my results........ being able to see the lines when I fill in the image. Should I outline my design and then thin my icing out to fill it in or is it normal to see the lines when you fill in the image using the pin prick method??
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I assume you are writing about RI (?). I usually outline on wax paper; thin the icing to flow consistency and fill the design (note: I don't wait for the outline to dry else the lines are more prominent); before I 'pin prick' I lightly tap the wax paper on the table and this usually fills in the design and releases any bubbles. If any holes exist I use the pin-prick method. Usually I can't see my outline since it melds with the flow.
post #4 of 59
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Sorry, I guess I didn't clarify..... I was talking about doing a pin prick transfer onto a cake. Poking the holes in your image and then rubbing it onto the cake...... outlining the image and then filling it in. I'm unsure if the icing should be thinned for the filling in process. In the past I haven't thinned my icing and you can see the lines...... you can really tell by my Homer Simpson picture below.
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I use the pin-prick method nearly exclusively to transfer my images. You can certainly thin down your BC to make the lines less apparent, however, I use full-strength BC to fill-in my designs and have found that if you're nice n' neat with your piping, the lines can look pretty nice as is! I've used stars sometimes to pipe and sometimes both stars and lines....but lines are easier to me! I've attached some examples of my work using this method:

BTW....your cake looks wonderful!
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post #6 of 59
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Cammie - You're cakes look amazing as always! Maybe I just need to slow down and concentrate a little more on my work. thumbs_up.gif Thanks for your help!!
post #7 of 59
I might be really stupid in saying this.... But

Can someone please explain to me what the pin prick method is and how to do it... I see you say transfer but how does it work?
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Having a really hard time trying to stay awake here at work!
post #8 of 59
im also wondering about this methode
can anybody explain it to us please
post #9 of 59
Maybe you can try a damp paint brush to smooth out the lines? Or what about a paper towel after it has crusted?
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post #10 of 59
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Pin Prick is taking a picture (coloring book page or just an image printed on a piece of paper) going over the entire picture poking holes using a straight pin. Once you are done, place the paper on top of your cake (make sure that your icing has crusted a bit) and lightly smooth it....... this will transfer the image onto your cake. Then follow your dots and outline your picture using tip 2 or 3 (even heard some use tip 1 - personally, it's too small for me so I use a 2). After you have outlined your entire picture, then fill in your design with straight lines. Check out cambo's pictures..... her work is awesome. You have to be really patient to make sure that your design looks good and not hurry like I did on my Homer cake (above). LOL!!
post #11 of 59
Tracie & Cambo - those cakes are great!!
I have always wanted to try doing this, but never been brave enough. I first read about this at the wilton site forums. Not finding enough information at the time... i thought i'll try it on my own. lol
I did it on fondant (my lumpy cake) and poked the holes straight on the cake. then just traced it w/ a black edible marker. You can sooooooo see the little holes on the cake. LOL but it was just practice.

Good to know how it's really done, i think a tutorial on this site would be great.

thanks!
Kat
post #12 of 59
This is so helpful. I too have been poking the holes through the image onto the cake. I see that you don't need to if you poke your holes in the image first and then place it on the cake. Am I following correctly?
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post #13 of 59
Yes, you're correct! I use a block of styrofoam to place my image on while poking the holes! I also use a safety pen (opened and straightened out) to poke the holes! Once you're finished poking the holes around every outline you want to transfer, it makes that "braille" affect on the back of the paper, so when you rub it gently onto your cake, you have a "braille' trail to follow with your icing! Make sure your buttercream is crusted well, and you don't want to the leave the paper template on your cake too long as it will begin to soak up the grease from the icing and will want to stick!
post #14 of 59
Is this an alternate to FBCT?
post #15 of 59
Thank you so much for posting the detailed instructions. I have been doing FBCT for years and would love to have another option!! I can't wait to try it.
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