Help Gum Paste Rose Cone (Center)

Decorating By nannie Updated 30 Oct 2009 , 2:24am by tracycakes

nannie Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 4:48pm
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I remember someone saying that they heated their floral wire before inserting it into the cone and that way they could use it right away.

Did I imagine this icon_redface.gif or does anyone have more info.

Thanks

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tracycakes Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 4:58pm
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I do this and learned it from someone on here. I'm thinking of getting a small torch but I just use a starter, like you would a fireplace or gas grill w(can't remember exactly what to call it icon_redface.gif ) I make my center cones, several of them at a time and have my wires cut and the loop at the end. I start the lighter and hold the loop in the wire until it becomes red hot. Then I just stick it in the end of the cone. It attaches immediately and I can start my roses that night instead of waiting overnight for them to set.
HTH!

Cakepro Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 5:03pm
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Tracy is exactly correct! I do mine using the flame on my cooktop...just be sure to NOT breathe the fumes that the hot wire puts off. icon_smile.gif

Caths_Cakes Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 5:22pm
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wow, what a fantastic tip, i usually make lots of centers, glue them to wires then make my roses the day after! me thinks me wont have to wait any more wooh icon_biggrin.gif

nannie Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 5:39pm
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I love you guys icon_lol.gif

That is exactly what I needed..............

I agree, when I want to do roses, I don't want to wair for the cones to dry.

Thank you so, so much

Peridot Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 8:20pm
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I use a tealight or votive candle.

CBMom Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 1:56am
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That is just smart!! Thank you!! thumbs_up.gif

Cakepro Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 4:07am
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I share a lot of tips about GP roses in this thread: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-622934-gumpaste.html

Mensch Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 4:27am
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I've always heated my wires. The melted GP hardens instantly, and it smells like cotton candy.

Rylan Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 4:33am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mensch

I've always heated my wires. The melted GP hardens instantly, and it smells like cotton candy.




Hi Mensch,

When you say it will hard instantly, will the whole bud harden or just the middle part? Will this also work for individually wired petals?

Cakepro Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 4:45am
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LOL, only the sugar around the wire will caramelize, thus "hardening" the GP around with wire sufficiently enough for you to work with the fresh center. The entire bud will not harden instantly just because you stuck a hot wire in it.

madgeowens Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 5:51am
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Doesn't it make it easier to work with them if the cone itself is hard?

nannie Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 1:35pm
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Cakepro

That is the thread I remembered. Thank you so much. icon_biggrin.gif

I was following it but for some reason it disappeared off my list.

Now I'm off to make roses................... icon_lol.gif

Rylan Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 5:29pm
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Thank you.

Cakepro Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 5:47pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by madgeowens

Doesn't it make it easier to work with them if the cone itself is hard?




In my experience, no. It doesn't make much of a difference either way for me.

tracycakes Posted 30 Oct 2009 , 2:24am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cakepro

Quote:
Originally Posted by madgeowens

Doesn't it make it easier to work with them if the cone itself is hard?



In my experience, no. It doesn't make much of a difference either way for me.




It doesn't matter to me either. Before I did this, I used to have a real problem with my cones sliding off to the side. Now that doesn't happen. I use this technique on all centers and it works really well, especially for large centers like peonies and magnolias. I still let those set overnight though because those need to harden up a little, but the cones stay on without falling over.

And Mensh is right, it smells like cotton candy and I love the sizzle. thumbs_up.gif

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