My First Attempt At The Calla Lily...yikes!

Decorating By Trixyinaz Updated 20 Jun 2008 , 3:37am by msdmom

Trixyinaz Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 1:53am
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How can I make them look better?

I cut out a tear drop shape, smoothed out the edges on my foam pad (It was a really small pad so it was hard to smooth it out), wrapped it around the stamen and then put the green thing on it (what is that part called?).

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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mindywith3boys Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 2:38am
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I think they look pretty good! I might have rolled them a little thinner and I might have made the green part a little smaller. But they look great for a fist attempt! thumbs_up.gif

johnson6ofus Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 2:41am
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Thinner on the edges, and roll outward a bit to give a more natural "fall" to the edges....

PinkZiab Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 3:04am
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I build mine on wires and hang them upside-down to dry for a better shape, and I also don't use sugar paste for the green, I brush it on by hand using petal dust. It gives a much more natural look and you can fade it into the white as it does on a real calla. Also you can use a skinny bamboo skewer to give more natural curl to the edges and the "tail." Great first effort though!

Trixyinaz Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 11:12am
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Okay, thinner sugarpaste it is and roll outward more on the edges. I thought it was pretty thin, but I guess not icon_lol.gif

I originally was going to "paint" the green part but decided to try using green sugarpaste. I agree, it doesn't look as nice.


Also you can use a skinny bamboo skewer to give more natural curl to the edges and the "tail."

What do you mean by this. How?

Thanks again!

disneynutbsv Posted 17 Jun 2008 , 12:37pm
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I think they look great! I agree, thinner on the edgesicon_smile.gif

PinkZiab Posted 18 Jun 2008 , 1:37pm
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Sorry I haven't been on since I posted the other night. You use a thin bamboo skewer almost like a curling iron to get a nice curl to the edge of your flowers (after you thin/soften them well with a ball tool--I recommend using a metal ball tool--the plastic ones just don't do the job as well, I think). This works especially well on roses, but also for the calla and any other flower that needs that extra delicate touch.

Trixyinaz Posted 18 Jun 2008 , 1:46pm
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Thanks Tara. I did use a plastic ball tool so I'll go out and get a metal one. I wondered if there was a difference between the too.

So that I understand this correctly, after I "frill" the edges and "tail" of the calla lily with the ball tool, I take the skewer and do I put it unnder the edges and lightly fold them over the skewer? Do I do this before forming the flower or after? Thanks!

PinkZiab Posted 18 Jun 2008 , 1:51pm
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With the calla I would do it after you form it... just to give it the finishing touch... with roses I usually to each petal individually before I attach it (with a little fine-tuning after it's on). I personally feel that the metal ball tool glides over the sugarpaste better than the plastic, and give you a more delicate edge. I'm no expert, by any means, but I did learn a few good tricks in school icon_wink.gif

Trixyinaz Posted 18 Jun 2008 , 2:34pm
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Thanks Tara and congrats on finishing pastry school! If only I could find the time and MONEY to go, I would in a heartbeat! We have a great program where I live.

PinkZiab Posted 18 Jun 2008 , 2:56pm
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You're welcome... believe me I know what you mean. It took me five years from the time I decided to attend the FCI before I could actually get there... and the money, well, let's just say I am NOT looking forward to those student loans coming due! lol But I had to follow my passion... and I think I made the right choice. Good luck!

msdmom Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 3:37am
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