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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Royal Icing Mittens

Here's a cute accompaniment for yesterday's Santa hat; in fact, it uses the same icing colors and tips (round #12 and #8). You'll also need parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a glue stick, a Styrofoam block to rest the nail in, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 blend of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick. 
 Hold the #12 tip just above and at a right angle to the surface. Squeeze while moving the tip along for about half an inch. Stop pressure and pull the tip away. This is the thumb.
 This time, move the tip in an upside-down "U" motion. Touch a fingertip to the dusting pouch and tap the line in the center to smooth out the icing.
 Repeat, if you'd like to do a pair of mittens. Why not?
 Pipe the cuffs in a contrasting color with the #8 tip. Pulse the tip while you pipe (move your hand back and forth subtly and rapidly) to give it some texture; it almost passes for "fluffy"!

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