Hello all, this is my first time posting so I hope I posted this in the right spot. If not, I'm sorry. Every time I try to make sugar flowers using wires, this time I'm using fondant with Gum-Tex added, the petals slide right off the wire when I try to assemble the flower. I have been using homemade gum glue on the wires before inserting it. I let the petals dry for a day to a day and half or so. What am I doing wrong? Any advice is much appreciated, I'm a novice and teaching myself. Thanks so much!!
Did you use naked wires? Or did you cover the wire with floral tape?
If your wire is naked, just metal has no covering, then you want to cover it with floral tape. The floral tape will let the gum paste stick to it.
Thank you so much TexasSugar! I really appreciate your reply and it makes total sense! I had thought about covering them but I thought it would make the wire too thick. I am going to make some more petals tonight and I will cover those darn wires I'll post some pics of the orchids I am making when I get a successful one. Thanks again, so much!
Are you making a little "hook" on the end of your wire also?
Yes, make little hook, and also don't use too much "glue" on the wire. I was having that problem as well, then I use less "glue" and they stay put.
Dip then end of the wire into water - gumpaste, fondant etc will stick. You will need them to sit for a couple of hours.