Gumpaste Flowers

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I’ve always found gumpaste flowers exceedingly beautiful, but there is a little bit of a barrier to entry for these guys. They require a lot of parts, a LOT of time, and a decent amount of know how. Now that I’m a bit adultier than when this blog started, I don’t always have a lot of time, so I’ve been a little bit reluctant to sink 16 hours into something that might look decent in the end, and definitely won’t be edible. I was pretty excited to learn some basic gumpaste work in this class, and think I’d have a way better starting point for anything else I choose to do. It’s definitely too time consuming for me to do much of it, but I enjoyed the process and could see myself making a lily here or a rose there.

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GUM PASTE

I think it’s unlikely that I will ever make this – I’d rather just buy the satin ice stuff – but here is a recipe for good measure.

INGREDIENTS

  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 10 g gum tex
  • 35 mL water
  • 35 g glucose syrup
  • 2 mL glycerin

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine gum tex and 2/3 of icing sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Warm up the water, glucose, and glycerin.
  3. Knead the water mixture with the sugar mixture.
  4. Place gum paste in a bag and let it rest overnight.
  5. Mix in the remaining icing sugar the next day.

LILY

DAY 1

  • Create a fish hook on a large wire
  • Create the pistil of the lily on the wire
  • Create 5 stamens on small wires (that have little hooks bent into them)
  • Roll the stamens in cornstarch

DAY 2

  • Attach the stamens to the pistil
  • Cut out 6 petals per lily (and maybe an extra)
  • Roll out a little “sausage” on a thin wire for each petal
  • Glue the petal to the wire using egg white and press on with a silicone lily pattern
  • Roll out the edges of each petal with the ball tool
  • Bend the petals
  • Cut out 3 leaves per lily, and follow the exact same process as for the petals

DAY 3

  • Attach 3 petals to the the stamen and tape everything down
  • Attach the other 3 petals in the gaps and tape everything down
  • Attach the leaves and tape everything down
  • Steam the lily

DAY 4

  • Apply petal dust
  • Assemble

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ROSES

DAY 1

  • Create a fish hook on a large wire
  • Make a cone shape and adhere to the wire. It’s VERY important that this isn’t too big

DAY 2

  • Use the small rose cutter to create a very thin cutout
  • Roll the edges and the center of each petal
  • Arrange it using the numbers
  • After the first set of petals have dried, use the small cutter again to do another rose layer using the letters
    • After rolling the edges, flip it upside down and use a toothpick to curl a point

DAY 3

  • Use the medium rose cutter and follow the same process as petal layer 2
  • Do this until the rose is the size you want it to be
  • Use a calyx cutter to create the rose bud
  • Put some cuts in it to make it realistic, and pull down the edges once you adhere it to the rose
  • Steam the rose

DAY 4

  • Apply petal dust
  • Assemble

CARNATIONS

DAY 1

  • Make the carnation base using the small cutter
  • Thin out the edges using a wooden skewer
  • Create the base using a small wire
    • Fold in half, then in thirds

DAY 2

  • Keep adding layers whenever the previous one is dry. The first 3 should be the small cutter and the next 3 should be the medium cutter. You will probably die before you add more layers than that.

DAY 3

  • Add any remaining layers.
  • Create a cone shape out of green and add it as a base
  • Steam the carnations

DAY 4

  • Really, I should have added more layers but I hate these flowers and I quit
  • Apply petal dust
  • Assemble

LEAVES

DAY 1/ DAY 2

  • Cut out leaves whenever you have downtime
  • Prepare them the same way as lily leaves/petals and on thin wires

DAY 3

  • Tape each leaf wire
  • Join the first three together and tape them
  • Join the other two and tape them
  • Steam everything

DAY 4

  • Apply petal dust
  • Assemble

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