Gum Paste Calla Lilies
Today for my Tip Thursday on Facebook I shared a collage of how to make these Calla Lilies.
I do hope that I will be able to make a video and show you how I dusted these as well. But that will have to be for another day. For now I have a little pictorial on how I made these.
You will need for the Gum Paste Calla Lilies
- Gum paste, cornstarch, veg shortening.
- Edible Glue + brush.
- 20 g green wire and florist tape + Needle nose pliers
- Ball tool + Foam pad to thin the petals.
- Calla Lily cutter + vainers
- Drying rack or substitute.
- Petal Dust - yellow, green and other colors of you choice
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- Start by coloring some gum paste with yellow gel color for the centers
- Cut a 20 g wire into three.
- Make a U hook at the end of the wire by twisting it once towards you then again towards the wire. ( weather you make a U hook or a plain hook won't matter much, because the flower is not really heavy but do make a hook so the paste has something to hold on to.
- Roll the gum paste into a smooth ball. The center needs to be about 3/4 length of the petal so the size of the ball will vary depending on the size of the petal. here I have about a size ten on the size guide.
- Roll into a sausage then tapper towards one end as shown.
- Insert the wire and pinch the base to ensure the wire is secured.
- Optional - Apply a light coat of glue to the entire center and dust with yellow non-perils or yellow petal dust or yellow colored polenta .
Note: I personally do not coat my centers in any of the above. I later dry dust them with petal dust because I do not like the non perils or polenta or excess dust falling over the cake and such so.. I just leave it.
- Let the center dry completely over night before you proceed with the petals.
- For the petals you can use the color of gum paste that suits your project. Most people make it in white. Here I have marbled some rose pink and white.
- Roll your paste not too thin. Calla lilies are a fleshy flower so not very thin.
- Cut the petal our with your petal cutter. If you do not have a Calla petal cutter - you can use a Heart shaped cutter as well.
- Vein the petal with a Calla petal vainer or all purpose vainer works too.
- Thin the edges with the ball tool but do not frill the edges.
- Usually you would make a cone of the petal - attach the two edges and let dry over a cone former, but with that I have to find all the cones.. So, I do it differently.
- Add some glue to the center of the petal.
- place the dried center on the petal.
- Next gently fold the left side of the petal over the center - secure with more glue if necessary.
- Then fold the right side of the petal over left as shown below.
- Pinch the bottom neatly so you have a nice neat seam.
- Gently curl the edges to give it a nice open flower shape as shown below.
- Let dry on a drying rack.
- Now I did not take pictures of the dusting of these flowers. bu I will update this post later. may be with a few more pictures or a video.
- To dust the petals - I dust the center of the petal as well as the yellow center with more yellow petal dust. and the top tips of the petal with some green.
White Callas - If you are going to leave the calla lilies white.. just dust them lightly with a little pearl dust, this bring them to life.
Other color Callas - Here I have colored the Rose pink ones with a light dusting of Rose pink, lavender and pearl.
- Once you have dusted the flowers you may choose to steam them. This sets the colors and gives them a lovely sheen too.
I do hope you found this post useful.
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