I have extensive collections of well lets be honest….. Everything.
I mean – really, who knows when the creative urge will overcome me, and I NEED all this crap to make stuff….. right? and I need cake stands….
On a visit to my junk room – art room – sewing room I unearthed these little gems. I ordered and paid for 3 cake stand fittings off trademe (NZ Online Auction Site) and received them 3 weeks later…
Anyway, while I waited – I sorted my dishes into groups. Each stand is a 3 tier and the dishes are ordered in complementary colours or patterns.
Some patterns and makers are real good-ens but they have hairline cracks or chips so as antiques roadshow would say – Sorry to let you down, but they are worthless.
But they are PERFECT for this project and would make gorgeous stands for truffles and cakes, or sushi, sandwiches. Or even delicate jewellery stands in your dressing room.
You name it and I can personally guarantee it will look 10 times yummier on these cute stands.
I have made enough combinations to make 6 cake stands, 4 of which are shown above.
Here is a pic of the stands from the auction I have won, I chose 3 of the gold crown style as depicted on the blue and white cake stand.
Threaded fittings with handle
1x metal washer
5x plastic plate protector washers
6mm diamond hole saw drill bit
6mm masonry bit
3mm masonry bit
a squeezy bottle of water
wooden chopping board
Find the centre of the plate and mark with the sharpie. Place a piece of masking tape on the opposite side of the plate where the drill bit will exit. This will stop the plate from cracking or chipping, hopefully. Most of the plates come out perfect, although some have little chips around the hole – these are usually tiny and are hidden by the stand foot.
Grab the 3mm masonry bit – start drilling at the centre whilst applying water this will stop the drill bit from getting too hot and keep the dust down. Once you have a small indentation you can use the 6mm masonry bit to drill the hole wider and up to 2.5mm deep. Just enough to fit the diamond drill bit into comfortably and stop it walking around the plate. Some softer plates can be drilled right through with the masonry bit but I have found most ceramic/china plates require the diamond hole saw to finish.
Diamond hole saw – starting at a slight angle in the depression made from the previous step, get a good purchase with the hole saw and then straighten the drill to get through the plate.
and there you have it, 3 glorious cake stands! Great for themed events, a tea party with friends. Gifts or Mothers day treat, baby showers or a casual pick and mix mini buffet for two.
I’m also a lot less traditional, I like to serve Japanese meals for two layers of different flavoured sushi, sashimi, edamame and other treats, and any food that is considered small enough to almost pass as finger food – like mini pizza bites, or mini bagels for example… YUM
Here are some foodie links with traditional recipes for high tea goodies.
and if this has peeked your interest and you want to learn more about the etiquette and traditions of an English traditional high tea here is a link to