If you are not familiar with a KopyKake...it's a projector that let's you place an image in it, then it projects the image onto the surface below, be it a cookie, cake or even a piece of paper.
Madison Art Shop, they sell it at a great price, their shipping is fast and their customer service is top notch, if you are looking for one, I suggest them.
Now that you know what a KopyKake is....let's get down to the nitty gritty shall we.
What you are about to read is MY opion, these are MY feelings about the KopyKake, and mine alone. I know many cookiers and cake decorators have them, and I am sure they have their own opinion, so what you read is not meant to hurt any one's feeling, to encourage or discourage you to purchase one, or pass judgement on decorators who have one or don't have one...get it...MY opinion...My feelings...my thoughts.
OK..Now that you know these are My opinions...I need to tell you about ME....well really about THE COOKIE PUZZLE
I CAN NOT draw...really...ask me to draw a stick man....and well .....it is just sad...one arm is longer then the other...the eyes are not evenly spaced...and the nose...well...it is just not a pretty site...it is just sad...THIS CHICK CAN NOT DRAW...sad...but oh so true.
My handwriting is AWFUL...bad bad bad...think...3rd grade boy trying to learn cursive (do they even teach cursive writing anymore?)....and the spacing on my writing is even worse...so...if I can not write on paper...well...let's just say writing on a cookie....well....again...not a pretty picture.
I do cookies as a HOBBY! A hobby that totally sucked me in in February of 2011. Cookie cutters, disco dust, tips, sanding sugar, bags, butter, flour....well that stuff costs money...so occasionally, I sell cookies to support my
I only work in glaze, I have tried royal icing three times....the first time...it never made it into a piping bag...tossed it...it just looked strange to me...the second time, I actually colored it, filled a piping bas...then it just felt strange to me in the bag...and I tossed it....the third time, it actually made it onto a cookie, in piping detail...and again, it just looked and felt and tasted strange to me. I started with glaze, and it is just what "feels" good to me, it tastes good to me, it works good for me...and it is what my friends, family and most importantly my customers love....so I am an official GLAZE GAL...I always will be. I mention this because, well, glaze and royal icing are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT cookie mediums...they don't look or act the same...what you can do with royal icing, you can not do with glaze....and what you can do with glaze you can not do with royal icing. Now please note, again...this is MY OPINION...I have huge respect for every cookie decorator who can master their chosen medium...and I know several cookiers who work with both, sometimes on the same cookie...so hats off to you...but for me....GLAZE ALL THE WAY!
Ok....are you still with me? Good...now let's get down to the nitty gritty of a KopyKake.
Let me tell you what I "hoped" would happen when I got my KopyKake, which was a birthday gift from my hubby...thanks honey! I thought, that with a KopyKake..I could make AMAZING and PERFECT cookies....and do it over and over again...and each cookie would be perfect. Yep..I really thought that. Now let me tell you the cold hard facts (again, FOR ME).
THE KOPYKAKE IS A TOOL...A TOOL ALONE!
Does having a fancy, beautiful copper cookie cutter give your a perfect, beautifully decorated cookies...every time?
Does having fancy PME tips, give you perfect beautifully decorated cookies.....every time?
Does having the perfect shade of icing, give you a perfect beautifully decorated cookie..every time?
Does having a great tasting cookie give you a perfect beautifully decorated cookies..every time?
Um...NO! (but it sure does help)
Does a KopyKake give you a perfect beautifully decorated cookie...every time?
So...what does give you a perfect beautifully decorated cookie?
YOU DO! YOUR NATURAL TALENT...YOUR PRACTICE...YOUR LEARNED SKILLS...YOUR PRACTICE...YOUR CREATIVE MIND...YOUR PRACTICE!
See a theme...or a common word?
Here...let me help you...the word is PRACTICE!
Want to make a beautiful cookies PRACTICE....that is what makes perfect!
Well..in my case not so perfect...but better.....my current cookies look a great deal better then my first cookies..why...because I PRACTICE
So...a KopyKake can HELP you make a beautiful cookies....but not do it for you!
So...do I still love my KopyKake? Yep...I love it! Would I purchase one again? Yep...I would. Would I educate myself better next time, so that my expectations were not so high? Oh yes...that is a big fat YES?
So...want a little education...via THE COOKIE PUZZLE...you know that cold hard truth...the stuff that many "forget" to talk about. Again...I don't want to step on any toes....again...MY OPINION!
In order to get a really detailed...highly complicated design on a cookie...the cookie has to be pretty BIG! Now...this just might be the case for me...so again...MY OPINION. My typical cookies are in the 3-4 inch range...that is what my friends, family and customers like, I make my cookies pretty thick...so a cookie much bigger then that....well it is hard to eat that much cookie. So imagine my disappointment...when I found the PERFECT image I wanted to put on a 3-4 inch cookies....and it was just a hot mess....for me...it just DID NOT WORK. I don't know if my piping skills are lacking...or if is the fact that I work in glaze..or if I just have no idea what I am doing....but for ME...to get a highly detailed image on a cookie....I have to go pretty big 4.5-6 inches, depending on the image. So for me the dreams of getting an image like that on one of my typical cookie....is just gone...for me...it ain't gonna happen...no way...no how. Now that is not a total failure for me...when I do order, I just let the customer know that those type of cookies are pretty big...so the price goes up...usually they will order...a couple of those cookies...and the rest just regular sized...complementary cookies....It has not been a problem for me...I just "work" around it.
Another thing you want to consider...is that just because the image looks all cute and wonderful on paper, does not mean it will look great on a cookie...at least when you pipe it onto a cookie...again...my opinion. Fact.....piping a projected image onto a cookie is NOT the same as tracing a image on paper...Apples and Oranges...not even in the same league. Just like piping beautiful "lace" work on a cookies takes practice...piping a projected image onto a cookie takes practice. Practice practice practice...and skill...it takes skill also...if you can not pipe a straight line on a cookie...having a Kopykake will "help" you...but not do it FOR you.
One BIG helps a KopyKake does offer me is with my writing on cookies. It helps me have "better" handwriting and the spacing problems I have are solved. My KopyKake is a real life saver for me when it comes to words on cookies...names...Happy Birthday....Get Well...I LOVE YOU...all look better on my cookies, thanks to my Kopykake. I still struggle with "fancy" "funky" and "fun" fonts...but a simple font I have down pat...I can totally rock Arial Rounded MT Bold, right now it is my font of choice...most all of my cookies use this font...it feels good to me...it works with my style and looks great...and me and my glaze love it. I am sure there will be a time that I will change fonts, but right now...I am sticking with it. I like simple fonts....and this is a simple font.
Another lesson I learned....is getting the size of the image is a struggle. It takes practice...I find myself reprinting and reprinting, as my printer does not have a reducing or enlarging feature..so I have to size images on my printer. A KopyKake can reduce and enlarge some...but not a lot...try to get the image as close to the size you want as possible. What I usually do is select the image...then trace my cutter onto paper...to "see" how it would look, the make adjustments. I do this BEFORE I bake...sometimes I find it is better to go with a simple circle or square, rather then a shape specific cutter. Again...this takes practice....lots and lots of practice. Another lesson I learned it to KEEP EVERY IMAGE you use...that way if you want to 'recreate' the cookie in the future, you will have it. A really organized cookier would have them categorized but I am not that all organized...I just got one of those photo boxes and toss them in there...that way if I need a image...I just look in the box..and I am ready to go. Also...once I found a font that I loved...I printed common phrases that are on cookies, I don't have to reprint them every time.
Boy...when I started out..I did not think I had a lot to say about a KopyKake...but I guess I was wrong. Sorry for the long post.
I do want to make a couple of statements about KopyKakes before I go...so hang with me a little longer...please
When I see a beautiful cookie....I think "Wow that is a beautiful cookie"...I don't think..."oh...she had a KopyKake, she just traced it...she is a good tracer" That is just wrong...a beautiful cookie, is a beautiful cookie, is a beautiful cookie!
Having a KopyKake will not give you skills that you don't have...anymore then a cookie cutter will....it is a TOOL....a tool that you have to learn to use....practice at...and maybe, if you are lucky, master. Don't believe me...well look at some of the cookies that I have done with the "HELP" of a KopyKake.....see...not so perfect.
|I used my KopyKake for the words on the shirt..and for the puzzle pattern.|
|M is done with KopyKake|
|I did the black outlined with the KopyKake.|
|Letter shaped cookies with words written on them..using a KopyKake|
|Again..help from my KopyKake|
|Happy Mother's Day...written with help from my KopyKake|
As you can see from the cookies I showed...for me....I use my KopyKake, primarily to "write" on a cookies. I want to use it for other cookies...I just have not had time to practice doing them with it.
So....there you go...my humble opinion of a KopyKake.....what I use my KopyKake for...some helpful tips...and a little of what to expect out of a KopyKake. Again...all of this is MY OPINION...I know others have their opinions...and I think that is great!
Tell me what you think of the KopyKake!
Do you have one?
Do you use is alot...or just occasionally?
Is it all you "thought" it would be when you got it?
How do "feel" about cookies decorated with the help of a KopyKake? Is is "cheating" OR Is is a tool that you have to learn?
Do you have any helpful tips you are willing to share with me and others? I would love to do a follow up, so send me your tips...send me your photos of how you use your KopyKake. If I get enough responses...I will post them all...or how about a "linky" post? That would be fun.