Gumpaste Poinsettia Flower Without Cutters?

Decorating By cakeastic Updated 11 Oct 2010 , 2:21pm by Debi2

cakeastic Posted 6 Oct 2010 , 2:34pm
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I need to make a gumpaste poinsettia flower but i dont the cutters it requires. Can anyone help me pls?

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TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 2:44pm
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Do you have any leave cutters? When I made mine I actually used various leave and petal cutters. I know I used the Wilton leaf cutters, and then the larger ones were either from a lily or peony set I think.

cakeastic Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 8:56pm
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yes..i have a tulip leaf cutter and rose leaves cutters and also a holy leaf and ivy leaf cutter. Anyway, i wish you could tell if those cutters would work, and if so how can i put the leaves together. Thanks.

Peridot Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:00pm
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Maybe you need to invest in poinsettia cutters if you want to have a realistic looking flower. Go to Global Sugar and look up their Poinsettia Cutters and see which cutters that you have come closet to what are shown.

cakeastic Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:04pm
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Yes. i have seen many cutters but the problem is that i will only be making this flower once for this occasion, so i dont think its worth buying a whole set just for this. icon_smile.gif

TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:04pm
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These are the ones I did. I did each leaf on a wire then wired them all together.

I want to say Loucinda did some as well. Let me look up hers and see if she stated what she used.

cakeastic Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:19pm
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Wow these look amazing, i wish i could do ones like these.
I think ill use the tulip cutter but the problem is that it needs two sizes and i only have one icon_sad.gif And i guess it will need alot of wires for each leaf and the centers.
Anyway thanks alot for youre help icon_biggrin.gif

TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:20pm
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You can always trim off the bottom of one of the cutters to make them shorter?

cakeastic Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:23pm
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Theyre plastic, how can i trim them?

Justforfun751 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:28pm
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Have you checked any cake decorating books? Sometimes they have a template (and instructions) that you could use. I'm looking to see if any of mine have anything...

cakeastic Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:38pm
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I wish- but the only cake decorating book about FLOWERS i have is the wiltons one and doesnt have any templates nor how to make a ponisettia.

Justforfun751 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 9:59pm
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I found a template and instructions in one of my books! Mary Ford Decorative Sugar Flowers For Cakes has step-by-step instructions and a template of the red and green bracts of the poinsettia. There may also be some templates on line that you can print out, cut out, and use.

TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 10:43pm
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Originally Posted by cakeastic

Theyre plastic, how can i trim them?

I mean trim the gumpaste, not the actually cutter.

You can search for gumpaste cutters online and use the pictures to create templates. But that because bothersome when you have alot of petals to do. I'd just look at the basic shape of the petals and see what shapes you have that would be close. Unless you are entering a competion, they don't have to be exactly like the real ones. And if you want to make small ones, the Wilton leaf cutters would be a starting point. I used them for teh smaller three sets of petals in mine.

bisbqueenb Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 1:54am
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I have a heavy plastic poinsettia that took apart. The veining in the petals and the shape of the petals were perfect to use as a mold. I did have a cutter about the right size, but you could use an exacto knife to cut out the petal shapes, then use your fingers to press on the plastic petals [ well actually they are the leaves and the center parts are the flower] and let them dry right on the petals. You can carefully insert the wire, or do them without if your going to just place them on a cake. My plastic flower is a treasure since most of the artificial flowers you see now are fabric and will not make an impression on the gumpaste or fondant like the good ol' plastic ones!

girlybaker Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 10:13pm
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I made a wedding cake this past December that had various sizes of poinsettia's on them. Since I did not have cutters for this flower, I used very large plastic poinsettias that i took apart to make a template and then used the plastic as my indentation on the flowers. I did have several leaf cutters and found ones that closely resembled them. They were beautiful and the bride has kept them as an ornament to hang on her tree at Christmas. By the way, I steamed them to deepen the color and make them shine after red luster dust was powdered over them.

Debi2 Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 2:21pm
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I discovered the other day that when you need a larger design that what you have a cutter for, just roll the fondant thicker, cut the shape out using the smaller cutter you already have, then roll the fondant cut-out to the regular thickness and you will have the same shape, but larger! Hope this helps.

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