Step 1: Make
Stamen-roll gum paste between palmas of your hands to 1/4 in. thickness.
into 1 3/4 in. pieces.
Take a 6 in. length of wire and hook (fold
over) one end 1/4 inch.
Dip hook end of wire into elongated piece
of gum paste.
Brush stamen with meringue powder and water mixture (mix
1 tsp. of meringue powder and 1 tsp. water until well blended) then
roll in yellow-tinted sugar (use a small amount of icing color).
Push wire into styrofoam block to dry.
Step 2: Cut Out Petal-lightly wipe work surface with
solid vegetable shortening and roll out gum paste to 1/16 in. thickness.
In place of the petal pattern, use a heart cookie cutter to cut out
petal-shape (the size of cutter will depend on the size of the flower).
Smooth outside edge of top half of heart with your finger. Then place
the heart, point forward, in palm of hand.
Lay pointed stick down center
Overlap round sides of heart over pointed stick.
powder and water mixture to top of overlapped heart and on inside of
bottom half of the heart.
Press firmly and remove stick.
Step 3: Curl & Chalk Petal-place petal over a
tree former (dusted with cornstarch) and gently fold the petal edges
Let the petal remain on former to dry.
*Grate non-toxic chalk
and mix with cornstarch. Using art brush,
paint from inner throat to the point with dry grated chalk.
Step 4: Add Stamen & Calyx-add meringue powder
and water mixture to bottom of stamen and insert wire end into flower.
Pull the wire through until the stamen is in place. Roll out green-tined
gum paste. Cut a small circle (use small carnation cutter). Elongate
sides of circle by rolling pointed stick from side to side to form
oval shape. Brush meringue powder and water mixture over all of oval,
place calla lily on top of oval and wrap around calla lily and wire.
*NOTE We reccommend using petal dust or luster dust instead of chalk.
If using Petal dust or lustre dust, there is no need to mix with cornstarch.