Grr Wired Calyx Fail!

Decorating By lcubed83 Updated 17 Mar 2014 , 3:06pm by Sassyzan

lcubed83 Posted 16 Mar 2014 , 11:27pm
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I am trying to make wired calyxes for cherry blossoms, and every time I try, the ball of gumpaste, or Mexican hat shape, just falls apart.  I have kneaded shortening into the gumpaste, and also a dab of water, to try to make it grab the wire, but no luck.


I have lots of blossoms to do for a cherry branch.  I have a mold for the blossoms, so no worries there.  I just can't get these bases!


Any suggestions are welcome!

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Sassyzan Posted 16 Mar 2014 , 11:59pm
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ADid you put a loop at the end of the wire?

lcubed83 Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 12:16am
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Yes- both covered with floral tape and uncovered.  The ball of gumpaste just breaks into pieces.  I also tried just forming a ball around the hook, rather than trying to insert it and pull it thru.  


I have been working with Wilton premade gumpaste.  Would I be better off using a fondant ball, or fondant with tylose powder?

Sassyzan Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 12:29am
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ADo you have gum glue--gumpaste dissolved in hot water or tylose glue? Also, if the gumpaste is falling apart, is it dried out or too soft? I have not had any problems with the wilton premade.

lcubed83 Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 12:38am
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I am using some gumpaste that I colored about two weeks ago, then stored in wrap and ziplock.  I thought it had kneaded up pretty well, but maybe I'll try a fresh bit.  I actually am OK with all white blossoms, or can use just a touch of color after.


Oh, and yes on the gum-glue.

Krypto Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 2:11am
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ATry adding a little fondant. I have trouble working with Wilton gum paste by itself.

lcubed83 Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 2:31am
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Thank you, both!  I will try adding a bit of fondant on my next trial.  Six weeks till the wedding!  

lcubed83 Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 1:16pm
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What wire are people using for flowers?  Cloth-covered?  Plain?  Florist tape covered?  What gauge?



Sassyzan Posted 17 Mar 2014 , 3:06pm
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ACloth covered. From GSA or amazon.

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