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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Royal Icing Broom

Here's a good companion for the royal icing witch hat: a tiny little broom. You could pipe it in more Halloween-y colors, or something more traditional. You'll need round tips #8 and #3, stiff consistency royal icing for the handle and medium consistency royal icing for the head, a flower nail, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, parchment paper squares, and a glue stick. Start by sticking a parchment square to the nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Using the #8 tip, pipe a broom handle about 1.5" long.
 With the #3 tip, pipe the top of the broom head. To give it those rounded shoulders, move the tip as though you're piping "quotation marks" or commas (,).
 Pipe two layers of them to bulk up the top of the broom.
Pipe at least two layers of bristles, also with the #3 tip, to form the head. You can fan them out to the sides more if you like, but the bristles should all be touching so they'll be less likely to break.
 Pipe one final line across to bind it all together; this could be of a contrasting color. Set the broom aside to dry, then peel away the parchment. How cute would this be piped completely in black?

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