My Hibiscus I Have Been Struggling With

Decorating By bostonterrierlady Updated 22 Jun 2012 , 7:22pm by BakingIrene

bostonterrierlady Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 1:59am
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This is the best I have been able to do? Can you give me some opinions? I have to color most of them.

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icer101 Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 2:10am
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Hi , here is a grea tutorial. What cutters did you use and what tutorial? There are so many tutorials if you google this flower

noosalucy Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 2:56am
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Always good to look up your tutorials. I think your petals need a lot more frilling.

bostonterrierlady Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 3:08am
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My Petal Will not Frill. I have a cell pad and a ball tool. They will not frill.

noosalucy Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 3:27am
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You shouldn't be frilling with a ball tool, that won't frill the petal the way you need it for a hibiscus. You want to use this type of a frilling tool (or some people just use a cocktalk/tooth pick)

Lay the petal on your pad, have the tool laying down with the thinner tip over the edge of the petal (have a look at my really bad picture attached), and roll the tool back and forth across about a 1cm area. You will need to practice the weight you put on the tool and how far into the petal you place the tip. When that area is frilled, lift your tool and move it up 1cm and work on that little bit and continue around the edge you want frilled.

Really hard to explain in writing - watch some tutorials, perhaps on frilling because from your pictures you do seem to have the idea for putting the flowers together.

BakingIrene Posted 19 Jun 2012 , 4:11am
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Go to and search "Alan Dunn" in books.

Open the "Sugar Orchids for Cakes" book listing and check out the "look inside" feature. In there you will see some detailed petals with frilling and the method used to create the frill. It's just a rounded wooden toothpick.

BakingIrene Posted 22 Jun 2012 , 7:22pm
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I went to my local supply store and read the label. This Wilton gumpaste mix
does NOT have one necessary ingredient--a gum like karaya or tylose. So don't beat yourself up about the frilling--it's damned hard to frill a flower that hasn't got that extra little bit of stretch from the gum.

Add a little dry tylose to the rest of your Wilton stuff. In future mix the Lodge recipe that we already posted on your forum questions.

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