i am one step away from being a total gumpaste newbie and am in over my head at the moment making moth orchids for a birthday cake.
i am getting there, but its %#&@^ painful.
i have two questions that are bugging me as i do this that make me think i am doing it wrong.
1) why the heck is the veiner so ginormous compared to the cutter? i have all kindsa veins i am not getting on any gumpaste.
2) why do all the books say to vein first then thin edges with a ball tool? when i use the ball tool, i am "erasing" all the nifty veining at the petals edge that i just did with my ginormous veiner.
answer to #2: If you veined it after balling the edges you would erase all the fluting you get It's one or the other. You can alwasy go back and add a bit more veining after you've thinned it.
#1: probably so that veiner can be used for several differet flowers and orchids come in many, many sizes!