gumpaste flowers and floral tape...

Decorating By novakern Updated 2 Nov 2013 , 1:07pm by costumeczar

novakern Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 7:47pm
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I'm making gumpaste magnolias. They look gorgeous (if i do say so myself:) but i can never seem to wrap the floral tape or the wires tight enough.  the petals and leaf move around like crazy unless i have it laying on a surface. Is this normal since it will eventually lay on a cake?


thanks in advance

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cupcakemaker Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 9:08pm
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ANo. Are you gluing the wires? Generally if mine swivel my paste is too thick.

novakern Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 9:13pm
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You mean gluing it to the petals? yes. not gluing them together if that's something you are supposed to do. You think maybe I should use heavier gauge wire? I can't see making the petals any thinner.

cupcakemaker Posted 31 Oct 2013 , 10:14pm
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AYes I meant brushing with glue before pushing in. I use 28 gauge. What are you using?

novakern Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 11:03am
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26 gauge. maybe I'm pushing the wire in too far?

cupcakemaker Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 9:22pm
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AI push it 1/2 way. Are you creating a wedge for the wire?

novakern Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 10:05pm
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that's what i'm doing. and i have a cel board. thanks so much for spending the time answering me. maybe its just practice with the tape? i feel all thumbs when i get to that part. somehow i feel that it would work better wrapping all the stems with wire 1st and then putting the tape on top

didavista Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 10:36pm
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AI have to tell you, your not alone, I have the same exact problem. I hope someone has a miracle trick or tip for us!! but I have the feeling it's going to be practice, practice lol.

costumeczar Posted 1 Nov 2013 , 11:41pm
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AYeah, one petal at a time and go slow. I also wire my petals like this so that they're more secure and you don't have to worry about a wedge:

Are you using a fabric covered wire to wire the petals or a naked wire? If you're using naked wire get fabric covered or the floral tape won't grip them.

cupcakemaker Posted 2 Nov 2013 , 12:10am
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AMy wires are paper covered.

costumeczar Posted 2 Nov 2013 , 1:07pm
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Original message sent by cupcakemaker

My wires are paper covered.

I figured, just thought it was worth asking because plain wire is really hard to tape!

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