Next Step...gum-Paste Flowers. Where To Start?

Decorating By Lovin_Cakes30 Updated 26 May 2011 , 11:28pm by Elaine2581

Lovin_Cakes30 Posted 25 May 2011 , 6:27pm
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What is the best way to start making gumpaste flowers? I just want to start playing around with them. Should I buy the wilton starter set? What is the easiest flower to start with and where do you find the best tutorials? This is something I have been avoiding because I know it is really hard... but I'm ready to add this new skill and any advice at all is really appreciated!

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Lili5768 Posted 26 May 2011 , 3:41am
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I'm a newbie hobby baker also and I started with the Wilton kit. It has the color instruction book and a wide variety of cutters. I started with that and through trial and error am now able to turn out pretty decent flowers. It's like everything you have to practice, practice!

Sugarflowers Posted 26 May 2011 , 4:08am
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Books, books, books, and now DVDs and You Tube with great information. Many members of CC have free tutorials and some have videos that you can buy (me included icon_rolleyes.gif ).

My favorite books come from Alan Dunn and Nicholas Lodge. Nick has DVDs as well.

If there are cake clubs near you, try to attend. Many times they will have demonstrators showing all kinds of techniques. ICES is a large cake club that has "Days of Sharing". This is another way to get some great help. Some local cake decorating supply stores will have classes.

Good luck. Gumpaste flowers are my favorite technique. If you check my gallery you'll see what I mean.

Michele

Lovin_Cakes30 Posted 26 May 2011 , 6:43pm
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I am excited! I'm going to get a wilton kit soon. I hear there is a new one; which one is better the old or new one? Which one is more all inclusive of what you need? Can't wait to get started!
Sugarflowers , your flowers are amazing! Especially your profile pic! Thanks for the advice!

silverdragon997 Posted 26 May 2011 , 7:08pm
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Originally Posted by Lovin_Cakes30

I am excited! I'm going to get a wilton kit soon. I hear there is a new one; which one is better the old or new one? Which one is more all inclusive of what you need? Can't wait to get started!
Sugarflowers , your flowers are amazing! Especially your profile pic! Thanks for the advice!




I have the old one, which has lots of cutters in it, and I've seen the new one. It seems to have some different cutters in it, but it it DEFINITELY more up to date. The instruction booklet that came with the old one made me laugh out loud. It was copyrighted 1984! And all the cakes in there were definitely late 70's/early 80's cakes. icon_smile.gif

Lovin_Cakes30 Posted 26 May 2011 , 11:16pm
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Thanks. I think ill get the new one then! reminds me of old outdated videos in health class back in high school! haha

Elaine2581 Posted 26 May 2011 , 11:24pm
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I really enjoy learning from DVDs. You can watch it being made, hear the instructions and back it up as many times as you need to. I have DVDs by Nicholas Lodge and Jennifer Dontz and both are great teachers. They tell you many time saving tips and how to really make the flowers come to life with petal dust. The dusting really does make all the difference. I have made Dutch Irises and Roses with good success and hope to make a magnolia soon. I have the old Wilton set and the book but find that the DVDs just help me much more. It is fun and people are always amazed.

Elaine2581 Posted 26 May 2011 , 11:28pm
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I really enjoy learning from DVDs. You can watch it being made, hear the instructions and back it up as many times as you need to. I have DVDs by Nicholas Lodge and Jennifer Dontz and both are great teachers. They tell you many time saving tips and how to really make the flowers come to life with petal dust. The dusting really does make all the difference. I have made Dutch Irises and Roses with good success and hope to make a magnolia soon. I have the old Wilton set and the book but find that the DVDs just help me much more. It is fun and people are always amazed.

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