I made royal icing sunflowers using the flower now and flower former to make them dry with a little curve in them. Use a leap tip with golden yellow color (the wider leap tip a 67 or 68?) and put about 3 rows of leaves going on top of two you made first (like in a row of seats). Then use a star tip (#16 or #1
in dark brown to make a fill in of stars. I make the brown part larger quantity of the flower than the leaves since that's how a real one looks like. I think the back of the Wilton catalogs it might give you instructions on how to make that flower too. let me know if you want me to post the flower for you. i happen to have one left from a cake i made last year. I agree I wouldn't use silk either. The good thing is you can make all these way ahead of time.
please PM me since I stopped watching this topic. i have about 3 cakes to do next week and am going to be busy!