Is it okay to save gum paste flowers? If so, what can I do to to be able to re-use them. I have some fondant stuck to their bases, and I would like to clean them. I tried actually and ended up breaking a pedal off. Is it a lost cause or do I just leave the fondant on their bases since it's not too visible anyway if I reuse them later? I just put in so much work (my second time doing this) and I made 18 roses which took me hours. :p
For the most part, the flowers go with the cake...so they are part of the gift to the person for whom I made the cake. I know what you mean, though. It's so much work to have just be tossed out.
I did recently chip the flowers off this dummy cake http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2023784 to be reused. So far, I've used one of the bunches of hydrangeas on this one (also a dummy) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.106564279404985.10273.100001542403642#!/photo.php?fbid=166621280065951&set=a.106564279404985.10273.100001542403642&type=1&theater.
I'm not sure if I would make a cake that was to be eaten with "recycled" flowers, though. If/when I use any of the other flowers it will be on a dummy and I'll just hide the areas that still have a bit of RI on them.
If it was a cake for family and I planned to use them on another cake for family that is one thing. If it was a cake for someone outside of family or the cake would be for someone outside of family I would start fresh with the flowers.
You can always save them just for you, make an arrangement on a cake board and put it somewhere where you can enjoy them. I've got a trio of roses I did a few years ago. They were done on wire and I put them in a vase. They've been sitting on my mom's bar since they were made.