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Clikstix Wired Flowers

 

Materials/Equipment

Blossom Clickstix                                                                  Daisy Clickstix

Flower paste                                                                         Vegetable fat (Trex)

Corn flour in a muslin bag                                                       Edible glue plus brush

Rolling out board and rolling pin                                             White floristry tape

Pliers                                                                                     Floristry scissors

26g metallic covered wires                                                     Paste food colours

Hand drill                                                                              Windsor pointed cone tool

Artist pallet knife

It is important that the flower paste is brought to working consistency before commencing any work knead a small piece of flower paste with a tiny smear of vegetable fat in the centre of your hand till it stretches like bubble gum. If using Beau products paste you do not need to use vegetable fat

To make a stronger stem (wire) and make the arrangement more interesting twist two or three metallic wires together. To achieve an even twist start the twist off using a pair of pliers and then secure this piece of twisted wire in a the hand drill, Get a friend to hold the other end of the wires with a pair of pliers and turn the handle on the drill  (until sufficient twist are achieved).

Cut the twisted wire into two even lengths and create a hook at one end.

Dip the hooked wire into the edible glue and remove the excess. Place a small ball of softened pale green flower paste onto the hook and gentle flatten.

Lightly grease the rolling out board and rolling pin with vegetable fat (unless using Beau Products). Roll out a piece of yellow flower paste till approx 1/16th inch in thickness.

Lightly dust part of the rolling out board with corn flour. Transfer the rolled out flower paste onto the dusted area and gently move around to make sure the flower paste can move freely.

Place the blossom Clickstix on top of the flower paste. Place fingers on the side bars (not the springs or central area) press firmly and scrub the cutter over the rolling out board. 

   

Remove the surplus flower paste. Hold the Clickstix above the rolling out surface and press the central area to activate the plunger mechanism.

Paint a spot of edible glue on the green flower paste (on the twisted wire). Gently press this onto the back of the yellow blossom.

Repeat the above using pale green flower paste and the daisy Clickstix

Paint a spot of edible glue on the back of the yellow blossom and attach a green daisy

Repeat the above action using white flower paste - small blossoms on Clickstix

Paint a spot of edible glue on the front of the yellow blossom flower and attach the small white blossom. Make an indentation using a Windsor pointed cone modelling tool.

Attach a tiny ball of green flower paste to a wire. Paint a spot of edible glue on the ball of green paste and attach a small blossom flower. Make an indention in the centre of the flower using the Windsor pointed cone modelling tool.

Optional pipe a spot of white royal icing in the indentation.

Create a hook at one end of a piece of twisted wire. Dip the hooked wire into the edible glue and remove the excess. Place a small ball of softened pale green flower paste onto the hook and gentle flatten. Attach a large white daisy to one side of the flattened ball of green paste and a small daisy of green flower paste to the other side. Attach two small yellow daisies (offset the petals) to the white daisy and then make an indentation using the Windsor pointed cone modelling tool.

Leave the flowers to dry for 24 hours before continuing

Cut a piece of white florist tape into 1/3rd width and tape the floral wires together

Wires must not be inserted directly into a cake you must use a posy pick

Alternative - unwired flowers

Place the blossom on a soft sponge and indent using the Windsor pointed cone tool.

Leave on the sponge for no less than 1 hour to firm up. 

Copyright 2010

By Christine Flinn the author of the above work

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