I'm going to do my best to come up with as many British and Olympic-inspired projects as possible over the next couple of weeks. I want to get things going with one of my favorite accessories of all time: the bowler hat, which I first became aware of back when Culture Club was my favorite band (I was a very flashy 'tween at the time…except the word 'tween hadn't been invented yet). The base of the bowler is very similar to the pots of eyeshadow from last night. All you need is round tip #12, oval tip # 57, stiff consistency royal icing in black, parchment paper squares, a flower nail, a glue stick, and a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 blend of powdered sugar and cornstarch. Fit the bag of black icing with the #12 tip, hold it just above the surface of a parchment square on your countertop, and pipe a quarter-sized circle (if a hole remains in the center, don't worry).Touch the dusting pouch with a fingertip and tap the disc to even it out (and to fill in the center hole, if there is one). Alternately, shake the dusting pouch over a spot on your countertop and touch that spot instead of directly touching the dusting pouch with a fingertip that may have black icing on it.
Allow the discs to firm up for a while. You can speed up this process by placing them under a desk lamp.
Feel free to send me more British and Olympic ideas! I promise, I'll try to pipe a pint soon.