Here is how to make custom mesh-backed wedding lace...
2. Using your drawing as an underlay, trace the pattern onto your plastic stencil blank with pencil or with permanent marker.
3. Using a hot knife/multi-tool (also used for wood-burning, heat embossing, and etching), cut the lace pattern from the stencil blanks using a piece of glass as a protective barrier for your work surface. You can also use an exacto knife, but the process takes longer and curves will not be as smooth. And tiny details in the lace are a bit harder to create with an exacto knife.
4. Cover your cakes in fondant and allow the fondant to rest for a few hours to allow the top surface to dry.
5. In this case, we colored the fondant with airbrush spray to create a golden champagne color and added little sprinkling (okay...we added a lot! I love sparkle!) of food grade sparkle dust to make the whole thing shimmer!
Now you're ready to begin the lace using Royal Icing or American Buttercream.
7. Place your stencil directly over the tulle mesh, again using hat pins to keep it in place. I try to put the hat pins somewhere in the design where the pin holes will be covered with piping or bling. You can use the same pins holding your tulle in place. You will probably have to pierce the stiff plastic stencil with the pin before putting it against the cake to avoid dents in your fondant.
8. Make sure your tulle and lace stencil are tightly applied to the cake. Too much space will allow it to wiggle as you are applying the buttercream.
9. Using a small angled spatula, apply a very thin layer of buttercream icing directly onto your stencil and mesh placements. You should be able to see the black mesh shadow underneath.
10. Allow the buttercream to dry briefly, then carefully pull off the stencil and the tulle, leaving behind the little pixels of icing in the mesh pattern. Repeat the steps for the top edge of your cake.
11. Using a fine tip, #1 or #2, over-pipe the pattern around the mesh lines, embellishing and filling in details and pattern, blending the pattern at the back seam and also over the top curves.
12. Once you are happy with the overall lace design, you can begin embellishing with pearls, sequins, and rhinestones...all edible of course. We use small angled craft tweezers to put each trim into place. A photo copy of the bride's dress comes in handy.
2. Tracing or drafting paper to recreate the lace in a line drawing.
3. Pencils or Permanent Markers to transfer the design to the plastic stencil.
4. Hot cutting fine point tool.
5. Glass panel to use as protective backing for your work surface.
6. Fondant covered cakes.
7. Buttercream or Royal Icing.
8. Tulle Mesh Ribbon.
9. Small Angled Spatula.
10. Small piping tips and bags.
11. Edible bling.
12. Off-set or angled tweezers.