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Gumpaste Freesia Sugar Flowers

The gumpaste freesia is an absolutely gorgeous sugar flower when created into a spray and used on top of the cake. Use these filler flowers with other sugar flowers or bunch a few sprays on their own to create a gum paste freesia bouquet. Today I share a step by step detailed tutorial on how to make these gorgeous sugar flowers using gumpaste.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Drying Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 1 spray
Author: Veena Azmanov
Cost: $20

Ingredients

  • Gumpaste/flower paste
  • Edible glue

Instructions

PREPARE THE WIRES

  • Take a 24 g green wire
  • Divide the wire in three
  • using pliers or wire cutter
  • Using your needle nose pliers make an open hook at the end of the wire..

PREPARE THE WIRES WITH STAMENS

  • Take three of the fine stamens.
  • Choose stamens that will match the final color of your flower. Or choose white to keep them neutral.
  • Fold in half and place in the open hook.
  • Close the hook securing the stamens in place.
  • This will ensure the stamens do not fall from the completed flowers.

PREPARING THE PETALS

  • Roll gum paste to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  • This is usually how transparent it will look when rolled so thin.
  • The thinner you roll gum paste the more natural the flowers will look

THE FIRST SET OF PETALS

  • Cut out your first set of three petals.
  • I prefer to place the cutter under the paste so it doesn’t stretch
  • This method also achieves a nice smooth edge.
  • Place petals under a plastic sheet to prevent it from drying while you prepare the second set of three petals.

THE SECOND SET OF THREE PETALS

  • The second set of three petals is made using a Mexican hat technique.
  • I use this cell board or foam with a hole to make it.
  • If you do not have the Cell board or foam you can do it without as shown here.
  • Roll a piece of gum paste into a ball then into a teardrop shape.
  • Press the pointed end of the teardrop
  • into the medium size hole.
  • Roll the gum paste with a rolling pin or cell pin to about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Roll the gum paste to 1/8 inch thin.
  • Take it off the foam pad.
  • Place the center of the Mexican hat in the center of the cutter as shown.
  • Cut the petal.
  • Use the soft side of a paintbrush to release the petal from the cutter.

SOFTEN AND CUP THE PETALS

  • Now you should have two sets of petals.
  • Place the petal made with the Mexican hat into the hole of the foam pad again.
  • Using a ball tool as shown.
  • Soften the edges of the petals. This is done by placing the ball tool half on the petal and half on the foam pad.
  • Next, cup each petal.
  • This is done by placing the tool at the outer edge of the petal and pulling inwards. This causes the petals to cup and curl in naturally
  • Next, cup each petal.
  • This is done by placing the tool at the outer edge of the petal and pulling inwards. This causes the petals to cup and curl in naturally

LINE UP THE PETALS

  • Leave the petal made with the Mexican hat in the hole of the foam pad.
  • Add a little edible glue to the center of the petal.
  • Next place the second set of petals on the first, making sure the second set sits between the first three as shown.
  • Now you have six petals.
  • Three on the outside and Three on the inside.
  • This is the natural form of the petal

FORMING THE FLOWER

  • Take a cell pin or the back of your paintbrush and soften the center making a slight indent to thread the wire.
  • Next using the hole of the foam pad as a guiding thread the wire with the fine stamens through the center of the flower as shown here.
  • Working quickly so the paste doesn’t dry.
  • Continue to use the cell pin to soften the inside of the flower.
  • Pick the flower up. Invert it upside down.
  • Soften the back of the flower such that you have a nice long stem-like so
  • Curl some of the petals inwards giving them a natural look.
  • Dry the flowers on a wire rack
  • Some upside-down. Some in an egg carton facing upside curling the petals inwards giving the flowers some natural flow

MAKE THE BUDS

  • Roll small pea size balls of green and white. Keep the sizes different so they don’t look identical.
  • Push the wire over the ball and shape into a cone first then lengthen the bottom forming the stem.
  • Mark three cuts on each bud as shown.
  • Leave to dry.

MAKING THE CALYX

  • Ensure the flowers are completely dry.
  • Use green flower paste.
  • Make two ball balls.
  • Roll them into a teardrop.
  • Place them opposite each other at the base of the flower.
  • Lengthen them to form the extended stem.

DUSTING THE SUGAR FREESIAS

  • STARTING WITH THE FIRST COLOR
  • WORKING WITH THE YELLOW.
  • I dust yellow in the center of the flower where the stamens come out.
  • As well as on the base just above the calyx.
  • Next, I add a little bit of Corn flour to the yellow to lighten it.
  • Then Dust the flower with yellow stroking from the center towards the petal edges. Inside and outside.

ONTO THE NEXT COLOR /SHADE

  • Next, take orange, add some cornflour to lighten. Dust from the outside of the petals towards the inside with the orange.
  • Dark colors need to be used sparingly.
  • Try to blend the orange with the yellow but not overshadowing it completely.

ON TO THE BUDS

  • First, brush yellow on the whole bud.
  • Using a thinner dry brush, paint orange into the lines you created.
  • Then brush the whole bud with a little pearl dust or cornflour.
  • This will smear the orange from the groves onto the rest of the bud. Giving it a more natural look, creating shades of yellow and orange
  • Take some Red. Using a flat brush and a light stroke. Brush the edges of the flower with red

STEAMING THE FLOWERS AND BUDS

  • This is done by simply holding the flower over the hot steam of a boiling kettle. If you do not have a kettle just boil water in a pot and use the steam.
  • The steam can scald your hands so be careful. It is not necessary to hold too close to the boiling water. It takes about 10 seconds for each flower.
  • Dry the flowers well on a drying rack upside down

FREESIAS READY TO BE TAPED INTO A SPRAY

    TAPING THE STEMS

    • Take your green Florist tape.
    • Cut in half width way. Using half-width tape starts from the top of the stem, holding the tape at an angle as shown.
    • Do halfway down each stem and set aside
    • Once you have all your stems taped halfway down. Organize your spray.
    • Keep the buds and flowers in the way you want them to be arranged.
    • Three green buds, followed by the lighter buds followed by the flowers in sizes.
    • Starting with the first smallest green bud, begin tapping. Stretch the florist tape to activate the glue.
    • When you are ready to add the second just place the bud as shown then continue taping.
    • You can adjust the buds to face outwards once you have finished tapping.
    • Note – that the first one is not turned over to the right. The first stays upright. The rest is then tipped over to the right into a spray.
    • Continue with the next three buds.
    • Then on to the flowers
    • Arrange them as you go.
    • Tip: pay special attention to sizes. Place small buds before the big buds and small flowers before the large flowers. This will give you a more natural spray