In Wilton class I learned to wrap wire for flowers, didn't have much success. How do you all do it?
I want to lay stemmed rosebuds along tiers of cake.
Cutting the floral tape in half makes it a lot easier to wrap and doesn't have as much bulk. Stretch the tape as you wrap it around the wire. The first couple of turns at the base of the bud help hold the tape in place. Then wrap at a downward angle to finish out the stem. It will also look nicer if you put the calyx and hip on the bud after the wire has been taped.
My instructor had us wrap the wires before even starting. It sounds like you do the flower first. I will give that a try.
Have you ever used a Hershey's kiss as the center of a rose?
I have used kisses for the center of buttercream roses but not gumpaste roses. My roses are usually very small so a kiss would be too big for me. If I wanted to this I would heat the wire with a candle flame to melt the chocolate. Once it cooled it should be strong enough to make the rose without the center coming off the wire.