Hello. I am looking for new ideas on what people use for stamens for gum-paste flowers. I looked in cake decorating stores but it seems like all of there stamens are to big. I bought the cel-formers for stamens, but it is a pain the in but. I need all ideas and tips on what everyone use for there flowers. Thanks to all- this is a great cake site.
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I just learned how to make the coolest, cheapest, really lovely stamens from Michele Foster. ( Sugarflowers)
Take yellow thread and wrap it round two fingers about 60 times. Twist a piece of 28 gauge wire around each end of the loop, very tightly so the threads are not loose. Cut the threads in the middle to make two separate stamen groups. Fluff out the thread with your fingers or use a metal nail file to roughen up the edges.
Next, spray hair spray( any kind will work) on the whole stamen and immediately dip it into pollen. ( recipe below)
Viola! Homemade stamens! So pretty too!
powdered yellow food color
powdered orange food color
1-2 Tablespoons plain gelatin or fruit fresh
In small reclosable container, mix enough color into gelatin or fruit fresh until the color is about the color of a yellow post it note. Add a very small amount of orange to cut the brightness of the yellow. Keep this in a reclosable container.
Hope this helps!
P.S. Take a look at the wild rose/pastiallage log picture in my gallery and you'll see my stamen.
I've found some lovely stamens on Ebay. I just search "stamens" and they come up from time to time.
Nick lodge carries a lot of types (internationalsugarart.com) and so does globalsugarart.com
The Wilton pack of 3 different types of white ones are a good average size. You can "dye" those with diluted gel/paste colors.
It really depends on the flower that you're making. Lilies generally have large, thick stamen ends. Tulips are thin & black, etc.
Thank you for the great ideas