I am trying to work out to post unwired sugar (gum) paste flowers - all the information I can find about posting sugar flowers seems to be for wired ones. Maybe there is a reason for this, as all my attempts at packing things like tiny hand made sugar daisies end in broken petals! I just wondered if anyone had any experience of this.....I'm based in the UK and would only want to post within the UK. Any advice would be gratefully received!
Since you are in the UK I think when you say "post" you mean mail?
No experience - especially in the UL (LOL) but.............most of the flowers I have purchased here in the US have been thicker than most you would make yourself. Maybe you need to make them thicker.
Yes I mean mail.....sorry! Interesting, I will try making them thicker. I do love the thinness of gum paste though, but your advice seems very sensible. Thank you!
You do need to make them thicker than you would if you weren't shipping them. I use a bunch of different things to pack my flowers, depending on what type they are. Cotton/polyester fiberfill and mattress padding are your friends. Always use a box that's larger than what you're shipping and lots of extra padding.
Thank you! I never thought of fiberfill. Sounds idea.
I agree...if you make GP flowers to ship, they need to be thicker than you would do for a cake you are selling yourself....while very thin petals are more lifelike, they are just too fragile to be bounced around in a box in shipment.
Also, make sure you use a gumpaste recipe that dries rock hard too! I store my flowers at home in shredded plastic Easter Grass...the kind that comes in a chid's Easter Basket. I pick up a lot of it when it goes on clearance after Easter.