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post #1 of 27
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Is it possible to apply one color of sanding sugar right next to another color of sanding sugar without getting the two mixed? I have some detailed designs in mind where I would want three colors of sugars covering the whole cookie. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 27
I think you can but you would have to let each color/sanding sugar dry completely before applying the next color/sanding sugar. (I always use the same color of royal icing as sanding sugar I want to use) If I am doing a striped cookie and want to use different colored sanding sugars, I apply one color, apply the sanding sugar, shake off excess and then let dry completely. Then I would repeat the same process with each color.
post #3 of 27
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Thanks Jodie...I'm going to give it a try.
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post #4 of 27
That's the way I do it too. One colour at a time, letting them dry in between colours. Luckily, if you use royal icing, it doesn't take long! Good luck!
post #5 of 27
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Thanks VanGough. Before yankeegal answered I was seriously thinking people must make stencils to apply them so close together almost like dusting a cake with powdered sugar. It sounded like so much work that I've never tried it. I'm glad it's just a simple solution.
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post #6 of 27
Bakinccc, I know exactly what you mean about the stripes and the sanding sugar mixing into the next color. I've never been good at it. I'm gonna try the hints here but I was also thinking about it and trying to come up with a remedy. What if you (assuming the line between each color is straight) take a piece of paper and hold it over the line to separate the colors. That way no sanding sugar will get on the "other" color and be hard to remove. Do you understand? I mean to use the paper as a shield or a barrier between the two. Does that make sense? Just tryin' to help!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #7 of 27
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Peeverly - I get what you're saying and that's what I thought of first if I were just to do straight lines, but the designs I have in mind are more curvy. I'll just have to try applying one color at a time letting each dry in between. Hope it works and thanks for the input!!!!!
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post #8 of 27
I really, really want to see these cookies when you're done with them!
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post #9 of 27
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Ok, now I'm feeling the pressure!! LOL!!!!
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post #10 of 27
Peeverly-that is a good suggestion. I may try it with some upcoming Valentine's cookies.
I always look forward to bakinccc's cookies!
post #11 of 27
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Well here's one of the cookies I did with the sanding sugars applied right next to each other. Thanks to everyone's advice here I did it for the first time with these "Joseph" cookies and they turned out great.

A lot of people are asking how I did them so I thought I'd post it on here. I first did the outlining in black one day and let that sit overnight. The next morning I attacked the coloring. I would fill about 10 of the red sleeves with icing then go back to each one to apply the red sanding sugar, tap off the excess, then use a clean "blush brush" from any make-up department (mine is only used for cookies) to brush off the stray sugars that stick even after tapping it off. After doing the 60 cookies in red I went back to the first ones to do the orange icing/sugar and was pleasantly surprised to see that the red was dry enough that the next orange sugar didn't stick. No stray orange sugars stuck to the red sugars although there were a few orange crystals on the remaining unfrosted parts of the cookie so I brushed them off again and repeated this whole process with the rest of the colors. It took me 4 hours to do all 60.

So if you were only doing a few cookies that would translate into about 45min drying time for one color before moving onto the next. Much quicker than I expected.

All that sanding sugar over the entire cookie made it taste a little sweeter than normal but I LOVE a sweet tasting cookie so I didn't mind a bit. icon_lol.gif

It was my first time covering an entire cookie with all these sanding sugars. I charged my normal charge for them because the customer wasn't even expecting me to do that but it's Joseph's colorful coat...I just HAD to do it!! I would definitely charge more for this extra touch in the future!!

Thanks for the many nice compliments on these cookies!!!!!!
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post #12 of 27
it looks amazing. did you have any trouble piping the lettering over the sugars?
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post #13 of 27
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Hi Dawn!!!!!

That's a good question because the lettering caused me the greatest amount of stress!

When I did the lettering and the little shading lines occasionally they wouldn't stick because there was a little loose sugar on the cookie. So I'd have to lift that line off and reapply it. But it would always stick on the second try. That only happened about 5 times in all 60 cookies. I learned you really need to make sure you tap off all excess sugar.

Then the next morning after they dried I looked at them again really close and noticed that the lettering almost looked like it was simply set down on top of the sugars. (Oh my gosh!!! What if my writing didn't stick securely???!!!) I was thinking that I'd have lines breaking off all over the place when I packaged them. But not one line was lost. Whew!!!! So you'd need to make sure your piping icing is just thin enough to sort of "sink in" to the sugars but not too thin that your lettering melts into blobs.

Have you piped over sugars before? Can you relate?
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post #14 of 27
yes, that's why i asked. i was so scared of how they would look a couple hours in the bags.
well, your cookies look fabulous. you're still my favorite cookie decorator!!
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post #15 of 27
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I LOVE your cookies too. I just wish you would post more pics!! You're surely up there pumping out new creations all the time, huh?!!! LOL

Yah - I don't think I would ever ship those cookies...much too delicate!!!!!!
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