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.
Buttercream icing (medium consistency)
Fit decorating bag with round tip 5 and fill 1/2 full or less with medium consistency icing.
Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle at 3:00 (9:00 for left-handed decorators), with tip slightly above surface..
Squeeze the decorating bag as you lift your hand raising the tip slightly so that icing fans out.
Relax pressure as you draw the tip down and bring the bead to a point. Stop squeezing and pull away.
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.
Hint: If you can pipe a shell, you can pipe a bead. The movements are similar.