Thank you all for the compliments.
For large stuff meringues, whipped cream etc I use large nylon bags made by Tala in UK. with the large tips also.
Cake decorating like the one in the picture and similar, the only part that requires pipping tips is the base and the embroidery, other than it is all hand work. Petals for the flowers and small flowers, made one at a time
and assembled later.
The icing on the cake is also hand made rolled icing , made with glucose and gelatine etc, coloured as needed.
The very fine tips for the embroidery I sent to Australia for as at that time they were not available in CANADA,they are used with parchment paper cones.
The cakes are all traditional fruit cakes with almond icing over the cake first then the rolled icing.
All my "toys" have been collected from all over for a long time,
Lace is a bit tricky to make but is worth the effort when seen on the cake.
Unfortunatelly I didn't have a camera in the early days but I do have a couple of cakes that I will try and post pictures of.
In the box of tricks. aides to making flowers are things like plasic spoons,
tiny rolling pins etc.
Hope this has helped you, qahtan.http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y58.../heartcake.jpg