How To Make A Gumpaste Stargazer Lily (Asian Lily)
Welcome Spring with gumpaste stargazer lilies. Cake Central user Feefs shares step-by-step instructions for creating this lifelike flower including making stamens, painting petals, and assembling the finished show-piece.
Tools & Materials
- 24/26g wire (white taped)
- very fine cotton covered wire
- Gum glue
- Rice flour, coloured with petal dust
- Lily cutter & veiner
- Mould for drying petals
- Craft knife
- Rolling pin
- Ball tool
- Petal dust, buttercup yellow, orchid pink
- Foam pad
- Food color gel, orchid pink
The pistil needs to be coloured green/yellow from the base to up to about 2/3 of the length of it. The last 1/3 needs to be dipped in gum glue and then dipped in the coloured rice flour mix.
Colouring & Taping
I found the best way to colour with luster dust is to leave the petals on the container that they have being laying on to dry. Some people prefer to hold them by the wires, some with the petal in their hands… I found that if I held the petals I would have breakage. And yes, I broke one this way also – that is why we should always make extras!
Commercial lilies (ones you buy pre-made) will more than likely only have 5 petals, is cheaper and faster for them to make, however, the natural lily does have 6 petals. Unfortunately, this tutorial now has five petals! The same principals apply, you just need to tape in an extra petal which will become clearer as we go along.
For the colouring, have a look at some real flowers, they tend to have green/yellow at the centre of the petal and colouring on the rest of the petal varies, some with alot of colour, some only a smattering… I’ve gone half way.