I am going to be working on some gumpaste roses soon and I wanted to know if there is a tutorial somewhere out there that shows how to make a topper. I would like to make one similar to these:
I need three toppers-the largest tier is going to be 14 inches (round). Does anyone have any ideas about how to construct one of these? Are the gp flowers stuck into a piece of Styrofoam? Ive looked around but I havent been able to find any info about how to make one. Thanks in advance for your help.
Start with a styrofoam half sphere glued onto a piece of foamcore (you don't want the styrofoam touching your cake). I cut pieces of tulle and wrap a wire around them, then stick them all ove rthe styrofoam ball before I start adding flowers. It takes more flowers to make a topper like that than you'd think...but since you have until December, you've got time.
Thanks again Texas! I figured it took a lot of flowers. I know I will definitely need more for the larger tiers. I hope I can find a Styrofoam ball big enough for the largest one.
I have another question about this topper...
If I wanted to add in some holly leaves, for example, how would I make them so they could be stuck into the Styrofoam? Do those get wires too? I'm assuming they do but I just wanted to make sure.
When I make leaves, I slide an unwrapped wire into the center of the leaf, then thin the edges. The wire is straight, not bent like the wire in a rose cone. Don't pick it up by the wire until it's dried for a couple days or it will slip out.
I have this cutter for holly leaves (my mom's name is Holly so she always wants holly leaves ) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018BVRDO/?tag=cakecentral-20 It comes with a veiner.
Oh that's great! I like that it comes with a veiner, since I have no gumpaste tools!
I'm assuming I need to roll the gumpaste fairly thick to do the leaves right? So the wire has something to cling to?
Holly leaves are thicker than some others, so rolling the gumpaste thick should look fine. I don't have an exact measurement for how thick I roll it when I make leaves. I use a thinner gauge of wire for leaves than I do for flower stems, and hold the cutout between my finger and thumb while I stick the wire in, so I can be sure it's not poking out the front or the back.
That sounds good. I'll order those cutters soon.
Thanks again for the tips!
If you have a Joanns crafts in your area, they have the cutters there, and if you look around online you can find a coupon for 40 or 50 percent off.
I do have a JoAnn's, but I haven't been there in a while.
Thanks for the tip!