Friday, 28 March 2008

Carnation Sugarcraft Tutorial

Carnation Cutter (Orchard Products)
Rolling Pin
Palette Knife
Cocktail Stick
Edible glue
Flowerpaste (diamond paste and mould company) coloured to your choice
26 wire
Drying rack

Step 1. Cut wire and fold down top. Attach a bead of flowerpaste with glue. Let dry.
Step 2. Roll out flowerpaste quite thinly. Use cornflower on board to stop paste from sticking. Step 3. Cut out 3 or 4 carnations, leave for a few minutes, if sticky.
Step 4. Frill edges using a cocktail stick. Just do a segment of the flower at a time, so you get a nice up and down effect on the flower. Step 5. Run a line of glue along the middle of the flower. Fold in half.
Step 6. With wire with bead on top, place on flower, fix with a small amount of glue (Too much glue and it'll go all soft and horrible). The frill is at the top.
Step 7. Run a small amount of glue on the diagonal. Fold the flower over the pea. Do the same on the other side.
Step 8. Gently pinch in base, and the frill top should fan out a bit. Gently coax out flowers.
Step 9. Hang upside down and let dry
Step 10. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Step 11. For the next layer of flower repeat steps 2 - 4. So you have a round frilled flower.
Step 12. Very thinly add a small amount of glue to the middle of the flower. Step 13. Place this flower on your hand, and push a wired flower into it. Stick them together. You may need to do this upside down . Do be careful as the flowerpaste can tear easily.
Step 14. Repeat with another 2 or 3 layers, frilling the petals as you go.
Step 15. Add a calyx (blue/green colour)
Step 16. Make leaves (long slim leaves, grass like)
Step 17. Bind together in a posy.


MrsB said...

wow, your flowers are amazing! You have a real talent, that's sad that your class has finished for the time being! I decided not to join the one I was going to this term, i might think about it for the winter time! I'm going to try practicing at home first! I had a lovely easter, hope you did too :)

craftyclaire said...

Thank you. They're not quite finished yet, no calyx or leaves, but hopefully this week! A lot of cake decorators won't teach in the summer due to the number of wedding cakes that they are making! If you can follow a book then that's cool, but I always do better with a person! I just wished we'd covered more, and I could do more, but 2hrs a week isn't going to teach you that much, I guess, and only 20 classes in total! I've been looking at my confetti cake book today, and I'm going to try a recipe for a bun sale at my son's school this week. If they look good I'll post some piccies!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

dear claire
loved your visual display of sugarcraft....very nicely explained.

Tanya said...

I have just been to a class to learn this and was surfing the web to look at others. Your flowers are lovely and very realistic