Saturday, December 15, 2012

Making a Diamond Grid....

As most of you know who have viewed my blog we have not been doing any traveling since July/August. We will be making a sweep of thirteen east coast states sometime in February or March. It will only be a week trip but we will try to post something from each state if possible. On our agenda is Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Other points of interest will be Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian  Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and other points of interest in that area. We will also be visiting Myrtle Beach and a few other places depending on how much time we can allot for visiting tourist attractions.

Anyways......the diamond grid. Since we are not traveling I have been involved making cakes, cookies and a lot of cupcakes. I have a baby shower cake to do shortly so I needed a diamond shape grid as I'm covering the cake in fondant and need the diamond grid for the design.

I would really like a professional grid but they can be pricey and with a little time and effort I was able to make mine for about seven dollars and fifty cents. It is also much larger than the 11x6 one I would have gotten if I had purchased one.  All that is needed is a sheet of acetate (plastic) a marker, ruler, food grade beads, and a good glue. Also if you decide you want to make one here is a tip which may be helpful, if your making a small 8x11 grid use a 1 to 3 ratio. Meaning go from the first mark  on the bottom to the third mark on the top (left to right). If you decide to make a larger one as I did I ended up using a 1 to 8 ratio. You'll have to  use a little math or common sense to finish out the sides but in all it's not that difficult to figure out.

This is the completed grid, plenty large enough to make my pattern for a 13x19 sheet cake.

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