New To Gumpaste Flowers - A Few Questions!

Decorating By tabathaba Updated 12 Jun 2013 , 3:23am by Sebrowne6

tabathaba Posted 16 May 2013 , 10:54am
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This cake is my inspiration for my mother's 50th birthday cake in June. (The top two layers anyway...). I have never done gum paste flowers before. I am familiar with a lot of the techniques but I was wondering what cutters and tools I will need to buy for the flowers on this cake.



Will the regular rose cutter be ok or is this an extra large size?



Do I need anything (like a veiner) for texture on the flower petals?



To get the edges crinkly, will I need a ball tool and some foam? Not really sure how they got the rose edges so nice and curled.



Also, the small white flowers look like hydrangeas to me and I love how simple they look. However, since I don't have any cutters currently, it would be really expensive for my to buy the entire hydrangea set of cutters as well as the rose cutters. Any suggestions for a different flower I could use that is just one cutter I could buy instead of the whole hydrangea set?

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Goreti Posted 16 May 2013 , 11:28am
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There are many ways to make roses.  I've tried a few.  This one is my favorite way and you don't need any special equipment.  It is very easy and you can get a very thing petal.  This is how I made these My favorite way to make roses.  No tools needed.  I find that I get a much thinner petal this way.

As far as the hydrangeas, I have the Wilton cutters but don't like them at all.  

tabathaba Posted 16 May 2013 , 1:37pm
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I would rather use cutters for the roses if I can, they seem to be much more efficient and I don't mind the cost since I know I will use them again.


I would like some tips on what other tools I will need. Is a ball tool helpful?

cazza1 Posted 16 May 2013 , 1:50pm
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tabathaba you can buy a set of hydranger cutters that have a built in veiner on Ebay for about $3-$4.  They will come from China but are exactly the same as the more expensive ones that we can buy in Australia.  They make a nice hydranger..  That's what I used on this one.  You will need a ball tool for most flowers, to thin the edges and also for cupping. You will also need a petal pad to work on.  I recently bought a celpad and love it.  It is much better than the one I have been using for years.  What sort of rose cutters you buy will depend on how you want to assemble your roses, i.e. 5 petal cutter or single petal cutter.  Watch a few you tube videos and that will help you decide what is best for you.

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kazita Posted 16 May 2013 , 1:58pm
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EndlessSummer Posted 16 May 2013 , 2:03pm
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AThe cutter I use for roses are the tear drop shape...I have a set of 9, all different sizes. I use a viener and a ball tool for the edges. And use a foam cel bud as the center. Global sugar arts should have all that you need.

tabathaba Posted 17 May 2013 , 1:56pm
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Thank you so much for all of the help! I've ordered some tools and I can't wait to get started practicing!

tabathaba Posted 4 Jun 2013 , 10:55am
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AOk, so my mom's birthday was this weekend. I had to do a little rescue because the cake slid on the way to the party but I was pleased with my first sugar flowers!


Here's a close up of the flowers [IMG][/IMG]

tarttokig Posted 4 Jun 2013 , 9:59pm
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Are those your first sugar flowers!?!? :O They look great! And the cake looks really nice as well! 

liz at sugar Posted 4 Jun 2013 , 10:58pm
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Yes, they look lovely!



Sweet_Cakes Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 11:02am
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I've never done sugar flowers! Your sugar flowers are awesome looking! You have given me inspiration to try to make some! So excited!

Norasmom Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 12:47pm
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cazza1 Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 1:10pm
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I bet your mum was overjoyed.

Margaret393 Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 1:10pm
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Very pretty cake,! Beautiful roses! Congrats!!!

LoveMeSomeCake615 Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 2:00pm
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Great job, those are beautiful! The whole cake is just lovely! thumbs_up.gif

tabathaba Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 10:14am
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You should try sweet_cakes! I had a lot of fun and they were a little time consuming but not really that hard. Thanks again for all the help!

Sweet_Cakes Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 10:57am
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I will definitely give it a whirl...I'm thinking about trying out some fondant recipies instead of buying's so expensive!

tabathaba Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 6:54pm
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AYou need to add tylose powder or use gumpaste for these roses

Sebrowne6 Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 3:23am
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AWonderful job! Your cake looks beautiful....ESPECIALLY your roses!

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