Help Needed Coloring Gum Paste Flowers

Decorating By lomikesa Updated 5 Sep 2013 , 10:54am by hanoons

lomikesa Posted 12 May 2008 , 4:09pm
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I made Some Hisbiscus in white, red, and yellow and just found out they want orange instead of white.

How can I color the white Hibiscus in orange?

Please I need before Friday.


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lynseyg2002 Posted 12 May 2008 , 6:31pm
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Are they they all red yellow and white, or are some of them red, some yellow, and some white (if you know what I mean)?

CakeDiva73 Posted 12 May 2008 , 6:59pm
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Do you have access to petal dust? That would be the best way to go.

Cake_Princess Posted 12 May 2008 , 7:55pm
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I have seen one of The top sugar artist dip flowers into a container of alcohol that has been colored. It produces very intense colors.

lomikesa Posted 13 May 2008 , 12:18am
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Originally Posted by lynseyg2002

Are they they all red yellow and white, or are some of them red, some yellow, and some white (if you know what I mean)?

some red, some yellow and some white, and not I don't have access to petal dust, only Michael's Shimmer dust and pearl dust.

angienajjar Posted 13 May 2008 , 2:53am
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If you have red and yellow paste colour, just mix a tiny amt (with a toothpick) of both on a plastic plate, until you have the colour orange you want, then put a drop of lemon extract/alcohol/or even a little water, to the orange, and paint your petals with a soft brush. Remember to go 'light' first, as you can always take the colour down - its easier - rather than the colour be too intense, or 'dark' and try to lighten it.

lynseyg2002 Posted 13 May 2008 , 3:58pm
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The only thing I can think of now is, if you have any other red and yellow paste left, could you mix them together to make orange and do another flower?( if you have the time that is)
I can't think of any other way sorry !

CakeDiva73 Posted 13 May 2008 , 4:04pm
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What about chalk? Do you have any chalk, like the art/scrapbooking kind? It's usually non-toxic. The pigment is not very dark but if you use the red chalk first for depth of color and then brush the sunflower yellow over, it might work out.

all4cake Posted 13 May 2008 , 4:15pm
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access to michael's...wilton orange can spray

or like PP stated...color some vodka, gin, golden grain, everclear ...alcohol with orange and dip flowers in. Dip, raise up flower and spin to remove excess liquid. allow to dry

orange marker(also available at Michael's)

dilute orange food color/gel/paste in above stated alcohol of choice then brush on with a good clean paint brush

get non-toxic pastels(chalk) in color of choice...rub on sieve screen then use the dust produced to brush color on...steam to set....just remember to tell them not to eat those flowers, because even though they are non-toxic chalks, they are fda approved for food use.

weirkd Posted 13 May 2008 , 4:21pm
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I usually will color several colors over another to produce the realistic color I need. When I was taught how to do a hibiscus she used purples and reds and then the color she wanted over that. She then dipped it in a conf. glaze which made all the colors mute. It ends up looking more realistic that way. So I say go over the flowers with all colors so they match and then finally the orange. Then dip them in the conf. glaze and you will have a beautiful flower in the end. Just make sure that the glaze is the last thing you do because once you put it on there, its hard to recolor them.

katwomen1up Posted 13 May 2008 , 5:51pm
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weirkd, I never heard of the conf. glaze what is that? The only way I learned was to put the color right into the Gum Paster or to use the dust. I'll have to try painting it on. Wondered how people ended up with such intense colors.


weirkd Posted 13 May 2008 , 6:48pm
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Conf. glaze is a mix of pure grain alcohol and I believe a sugar syrup. I dont make my own but buy it. Its very sticky so I wouldnt paint with it. But you did your gumpaste into it and then let the extra drip off.
I bought mine from Beth at She was also the one that I took the class with. But Im sure other suppliers have it also. Maybe someone on here might even have a recipe to make it.

hanoons Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 11:58pm
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AWhat is the best lustre to colour my flowers!!?? Any hp will do try'd fell but was all sticky and horrible I like the mat affect

Thank you

hanoons Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 11:59pm
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My first attempt!!! With the thanks if YouTube just want it to pop I'm new at all this and still learning thanks guys

cecescakecreations Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 1:39am
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AThis has been helpful for me. I'm new at making flowers. Does the sugar paste leave a shine on the gumpaste ?

hanoons Posted 5 Sep 2013 , 10:54am
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Original message sent by cecescakecreations

This has been helpful for me. I'm new at making flowers. Does the sugar paste leave a shine on the gumpaste ?

The best way I know is to boil your kettle when steam starts to release the hover your flower over steam gives a nice shine hope this helps will need to dry after the steam

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