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This blog is devoted to my adventures in fandom and pop culture-inspired baking and cookie decorating. Here be comic book characters, anime and manga favorites, TV and film characters, Japanese idol band members, literary crushes, and who knows what all else which might catch my fancy. If you'd like to suggest or commission a design concept or a cookie, just ask, and inspiration may well strike! I'm highly suggestible in the way of all serial enthusiasts. Nothing Freudian going on here at all, nosiree. Don't think about it too hard and it will all be fine.
Last call for Bayeux Tapestry cookie suggestions! (At least for the first batch). I’m making some BT cookies for a graduating medievalist student, so it seems as good a time as any to crowdsource suggestions.
Right now, I’m already doing some of the comet, probably the arrow in the eye, some of the marginal animals because they are awesome, and possibly the pavilion under the comet. I’m still tempted by the breakdancing horses, because look at them.
The boats are gorgeous, but maybe a bit ambitious with all the other stuff I’m trying to do by Sunday.
I dunno. If you google full Bayeux Tapestry, you can get images of the whole thing, and it’s kind of amazing. I’m probably overlooking awesome stuff by looking at the obvious stuff.
Any suggestions? They can be little details, because I’m planning on one or two big scene cookies, and then some small 2x2 details with things like the marginal animals or the little decapitated dudes in the margins, or the comet, so I’m very up for cool things you spot. I have an artbook that reproduces the whole thing at 3/4 size in full color, so I have good references to show each stitch :D So much rope to hang myself with.
I just started on the gold sugar bits, and I might legitimately cry for how long this took me.
One down, nine to go.
On the good side, though, I realize in the last section (the waist), how to do it faster and better, so I think I will be more efficient and neater at it as I go forward …
So, people always ask me how long cookies take. It varies. Basically, the more one does in a set, the less time per cookie (to a limit), so the first of these took over an hour to block in the black icing, and the last a little under a half hour.
Obviously, that’s not all of the base black, but it’s a good start. today, I’ll block in the shoes, do the legs and the sugar brass bits, and that might honestly be it, because that’s a lot of fine tweezer work and placement and there are three sections of it on each cookie this go-around (waist, and each leg.
look at those rows of stupidly symmetrical plates. :/
This also necessitates a trip to the store, because I seem to have misplaced my cookie-specific tweezers :/ oops.
We had an arm dismemberment late last night, but after cookie triage, I think the patient was recuperated. Only time and an obscene amount of royal icing will tell.
It is kind of ridiculous how much I go into this cookie treating it like an adversary, rather than a challenge. I think it’s because I have absolutely no memory of how I did it last year :/ And because I have someone waiting on him ^^;
10 templates, hopefully a couple will come out looking decent. It should also give me a little leeway to do a couple the same as last time and a couple to experiment with. Last time, I lucked out, making just one and having him come out fairly decently.
Food coloring markers are the best thing ever.
I’m also using the old Loki from last year as a guide, since my old template sketch was deviated from several times. I’m hoping I manae not to break him in the process. He’s a bit brittle, as sugar cookies and royal icing dry out over time. Also, I am a klutz by nature.
Still looking pretty good after a year, though, right?
His natural habitat, in my office, though the other cookies were removed and given away or eaten after I took the pictures, since just leaving cookies around not under glass seems like a bad idea. This one, though was such a pain that I kind of couldn’t bear to eat him. So now, he’s surrounded by HotToys figures and random other fandom things.
We’ll see how these 10 develop over the next few days. I’ll try to keep the profanities to a minimum and to the tags :/