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1  COOKING / Dessert / Fondant questions on: April 15, 2008 12:14:22 PM
Hello! I am not a very accomplished cake decorator, and I have most certainly never tried fondant (the closest to fondant I've ever come is the Food Network's Ace of Cakes...).

However, I'm interested in making a cake for a friend, and my idea involves a rectangular cake with white fondant on it - easy, right? I was planning, if it matters, on using the easy marshmallow fondant.

But then there's some writing involved. Not like huge, swirly, "Happy Birthday" writing...I mean a little more intricate. I want several words, and the size I'm aiming for would be about...maybe like 70-point font, if that makes sense. My writing does not have to be perfect - in fact, it's supposed to look like handwriting, so imperfections might even make it cuter.

My question is this: can I roll little "ropes" of fondant, the way I used to make snakes out of play-doh when I was a kid only tinier, and shape them into letters and words? Or is the fondant too breakable/sticky/insert your own adjective here?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Shakespeare clock questions on: April 02, 2008 11:31:22 AM
Hello! I'm looking into making a clock for a very, very special Shakespeare professor who happens to be, tragically, leaving at the end of the semester. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority of my craftiness comes in the form of sewing. I have, in fact, never made a clock before.

BUT I know lots of YOU have! So let's see what amazing ideas you've got.

I was thinking about incorporating the famous line from Twelfth Night: "O time, thou must untangle this, not I / It is too hard a knot for me t'untie" (or something like that. I don't have it in front of me).

One of my ideas was decoupaging passages out of my Twelfth Night book (don't worry! I have more copies!), especially the famous ones, onto the clock as the background. I think that might look really nifty. I have never decoupaged, but it looks easy. Then I'd like to have my Twelfth Night quotation on top of that. I'm not sure how, though. Perhaps I could do it in a bunch of little rectangles of paper, one word to each rectangle? Or would that look too busy and complicated?

Is there anything I need to know about decoupaging: for example, do I need to seal my surface first, or can I just go nuts with the glue? And what about numbers on the clock? As a matter of fact, what about the clock itself? Do I get circular wood for such a thing? And I need hands...where do I get those? Do I need to know a size for them? Do I need use of power tools (unfortunately, I have no access to such tools in my on-campus housing. I could go home for a weekend and do it there though)?

As you can tell, I have lots of rather annoying questions. I would appreciate any input! Also, sorry for the long post. I am, obviously, an English major; long-windedness is an occupational hazard.

Thanks in advance!
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