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The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.


Difficulty: Easy


Step 1

Fit decorating bag with round tip 5 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.

Step 2

Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 3:00 (9:00 for left-handed decorators), with tip slightly above surface..

Step 3

Squeeze the decorating bag as you lift your hand raising the tip slightly so that icing fans out.

Step 4

Relax pressure as you draw the tip down and bring the bead to a point. Stop squeezing and pull away.

Step 5

To make a bead border, start the next bead a little behind the end of the previous bead so that the fanned out end covers the tail to form an even chain.

Step 6

Hint: If you can pipe a shell, you can pipe a bead. The movements are similar.