Very good start. I notice there is some cracking on the edge of the petals. You can help this by adding some shortening to your gumpaste.
Pull off a small piece that you will use to start your petals, then dab a finger into some shortening and knead it into the gumpaste. You want to add moisture but not make it gooey or greasy.
This will help the gp remain more pliable with less cracking. If you over do it, and find the petals are a bit soft, turn your flower upside down while the petal hardens.
Good job on your first, I agree with JoAnnB & remember, practice makes perfect.
Thank you for your comments. Besides not having enough shortening I think I may have made the edges to thin. I wasn't sure how to thin to make them so I just kept ruffling them.
My first rose looked like a cabbage, and I don't mean a cabbage rose
Keep up the good work!
Question: I am also using gumpaste for the first time...I'm making a "1" to go on top of my daughter's first birtday cake - hopefully easier than your rose!! My question is about using the luster dust. Do I just brush it on or sprinkle it on? Do I need to use any water? Thanks!
Question: I am also using gumpaste for the first time...I'm making a "1" to go on top of my daughter's first birtday cake - hopefully easier than your rose!! My question is about using the . Do I just brush it on or sprinkle it on? Do I need to use any water? Thanks!
You can either brush it on dry (you don't need very much, think of it like brushing on blush to your cheeks, same principle) OR you can mix it in a little dish with some vodka or lemon extract and brush it on as a paint. If you do mix it with vodka or lemon extract, start with just a couple of drops (I pour some into the cap and then into a small dish) and just a little dust and take it from there. The alcohol will evaporate quickly. You might have to do a couple of light coats to get the look you are going for.
Don't mix it with water-- water+gumpaste= sticky gooey mess!