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Making A Basic Rose

Materials/Equipment

Flower paste                                                                         Vegetable fat (Trex)

Windsor ball tool                                                                   Edible glue plus brush

Rolling out board                                                                   Rolling pin

Softening pad                                                                        Rose petal cutters

Rose Calyx cutter                                                                  Floristry scissors

24g covered wires white                                                        Pliers

Artist pallet knife                                                                    Paste food colours          

Use the floristry scissors and cut the 24g length of wire into three equal pieces. Using pliers create a small hook at one end of the wire.

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 until it stretches like bubble gum.If using Beau products please omit the vegetable fat

Take a piece of the softened flower paste (marrow fat pea size) and roll into a cone.

Dip the hooked wire into the edible glue, remove the excess and insert the wire into the broad end of the cone. Leave to dry no less than 24 hours before continuing.

Rose petals are normally sold as a set, it is important to use the right size cutter for the size of the dried cone (rose centre). When the cone is placed over the cutter there needs to be a halo (gap) around it.

Colour a piece of the softened flower paste with paste food colour.

Lightly grease the surface of the rolling out board and rolling pin with vegetable fat (it is important that you can not see the grease, you just need to know its there). Again omit this if using Beau products paste

Roll out the piece of coloured flower paste until you can see the colour of the rolling out board shining through the paste (i.e. very thin, less than 16th inch). Cut out one rose petal. 

Use the artist pallet knife and transfer the petal to the softening pad

Place the ball tool half on the petal and half on the softening pad. Soften/thin the outside edge of the top half of petal by pressing/pulling the ball tool along the surface (in one smooth action)

Paint a spot of edible glue at the base (point) of the rose petal. Attach the petal to the dried cone.

Paint a spot of edible glue on the petal (either side of the cone)

Wrap the petal tightly around the cone (in a spiral)

Add an equal portion of white flower paste to the coloured paste (used for the first petal). Roll the flower paste out to the same thickness as before and cut out two petals.

Use the artist pallet knife and transfer the petals to the softening pad.

Place the ball tool half on the petal and half on the softening pad. Soften/thin the outside edge of the top half of both petals (pressing/pulling the ball tool along the surface in one smooth action).

Paint a spot of edible glue at the base (point) of one of the rose petals. Attach the petal to the dried cone. Paint a spot of edible glue at the base of the other rose petal and attach it, directly opposite to the first petal (i.e. sandwich the rose cone between the petals).

Paint a spot of edible glue on the inside (right hand side) petal, wrap this petal around the cone.  Now paint a spot of glue on the other petal and place this over the other petal (in a spiral) Turn the rose a full 180 degrees and repeat.

 

Add an equal portion of white flower paste to the coloured paste (used for the two petals). Roll the flower paste out to the same thickness as before and cut out a further two petals and repeat the above steps. Tweak the petal to give a bit of extra movement

Add an equal portion of white flower paste to the coloured paste (used for the two petals). Roll the flower paste out to the same thickness as before and cut out a further three petals and soften the petals as before. Paint a spot of edible glue at the base of one petal and attach to the base of the rose, paint a spot of edible glue at the base of the next petal attach to the rose overlapping approx 1/3rd repeat this with the next petal tucking the last petal under the first petal.

Tweak the petal to give a bit of extra movement

 

Add an equal portion of white flower paste to the coloured paste (used for the three petals). Roll the flower paste out to the same thickness as before and cut out a further five petals, soften the petals as before. Paint a spot of edible glue at the base of one petal and attach to the base of the rose, paint a spot of edible glue at the base of the next petal attach to the rose overlapping just over 1/3rd repeat with remaining petals tucking the last petal under the first petal. Hang the rose upside down for a couple of minutes (to allow the petal to firm up slightly)

 

Turn the rose the right way up and tweak the petals to give a bit of extra movement.

Tape the wired stem with 1/3rd width green floristry tape.

Roll out a piece of pale green flower paste and cut out a Rose Calyx.

Paint a spot of edible glue at the base of the Rose. Feed the Calyx up the wire and attach to the base of the rose.

Paint a spot of glue on each arm (sepal) of the Calyx and attach to the base of the Rose.

Paint a spot of edible glue at the base of the wire and attach a cone of green flower paste.

Copyright 2010

By Christine Flinn the author of the above work

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