we’re going to make this traditional
rose it’s a very delicate rose and it’s made in three different shades of flower paste and together with its leaves I’ll show you how when it’s made how to
assemble it into this little spray. To start off with we need to make a center
for the rose and to do this first of all I colored some flower paste and it’s been
colored with some peach paste color and I’ve got a darker shade slightly middle
medium shade and a paler shade and this darker shade is for the center of the
rose and then graduating to a slightly lighter shade and then to a pale shade
on the outside the first step in doing this is to take your darker shade and
we’re going to make the center for the rose now if you intend to make more than
one it’s advisable to make all your centers at the same time and to do this
you will take a small piece paste and roll it into a pea size like a ball
how you would make it all the same is to make them all
the same size little balls so that when you came to make your center that one is
slightly smaller so we want a little bit more for it so as I say make them
all the same slightly bigger so if you wanted a dozen roses then make a dozen centers you can see here that I’ve covered my paste with cling film
now cling film is your best friend while you’re making flowers because the simple
reason is the paste will dry out extremely quickly so anything you make has got to
be covered so I’m going to use one of these little balls to make a
center so the other one goes under the cling film just make sure
it’s wrapped up properly then you’ve got plenty of paste to use. OK we’ve got our pea shaped piece of flower paste and now with a little bit of cornflour I’m
going to make it into a cone and that is the center shape of your rose
the very center so now I’m going to take a wire we’re going to make a hook on the
end of the wire and I’m going to dip it into my edible glue which I’ve actually
made out of gum arabic although you can use egg white but I would make sure that
if you use egg white it’s beaten up very well and it’s not stringy
now I’m going to take my wire and I’m going to insert it into the end of my
cone and when I’ve got it into the end of my cone I’m going to twist it
slightly to make sure it will not come out reshape your cone so it looks as if
it’s a perfect shape and then at the bottom I take my tweezers and I’m going
to close that up so there’s absolutely no way that that will come out I’m then
going to make a hook on my wire and here I actually have a hanger now you can use
any sort of hanger you can get your hands on really anything will be that allows
you to hang it on and this is most valuable it was actually the inside tray
of my microwave but it’s just perfect now
I’ve actually got a cone that I made earlier and I’ve left for 24 hours and
it is dry it is very very dry and hard and this is essential so you need to
leave it until it really is dry right the way through I’ve got mine now we’ve
got the dried cone the next stage is to make the petals so we need
to cut the petals out I’ve got a couple of types of petal cutters here now this is
a plastic cutter but to me I think it’s a little bit too round for
the style of rose that I make so although it’s very very good and I do
often prefer a plastic cutter because if your metal cutter isn’t very good
it can after time go out of shape so sometimes I mean I’ll have these a long
time sometimes these actually stay more perfect than this but these
cutters are very good they’re a very good quality in this set there were
seven cutters and for this rose I’m going to use the middle three so if I
will get rid of the outside two – and I want this one that one and that one and the middle ones are far too small so the first row that goes
on our cone are going to be the small one so I want to make those in the dark
paste the same as I made the center again remembering to keep your paste wrapped
up I’m going to put a little bit of corn flour on my board and I’m going to roll
this out making sure it doesn’t stick at all let’s roll it fairly thinly in this dark
shade the paste we need to cut six small petals
again we’re not going to use this any more so we’ll put this
back into our store into our cling film and wrap it up very well because we don’t want these to dry out while we are assembling them I will put the small petals
into the cling film and just leave one out to work on again dust your hand with
a little corn flat so it doesn’t stick and this wants to be just slightly
softer and round the edge with the ball tool so each one I’m going to soften slightly it just makes it so it doesn’t look as
if it’s got a cut edge which is most important when you’re making these sugar
flowers try and keep them as natural-looking as possible and I’ve made them in three
shades of paste because I think the shaded roses look very nice but there’s
absolutely no need to do that you can make it all one color so it’s a
matter of personal choice so now I’ve got these ready I’m going to take my
little petal and I’m going to paint it with a little glue and I’m going to
start and put the petals around the center cone now they need to be round
right across just fold it right across the top there and then each one forwards over the
other as you go until you’ve got all six attached you just see the top of that
only only just look at the top of the cone it’s really the cone that gives you
the shape just got to put on and the center cone piece represents the
petals that actually haven’t come out yet that’s a very center then just push them
down onto the cone itself that’s the very first part I can pop it into my
flower foam while I’m doing the next one so the next layer we’re going to use the
middle shade paste and we want the middle size cutter and again a little
cornflower on your board and a little on your paste I’m going to roll it out and just make sure it doesn’t stick so now you want four of this medium
size cutter make sure the edges are cut cleanly and the rest of your paste will go back
into your storage three petals under your cling film here make sure they
don’t dry and on to your hand a little cornflour and soften the edge of the
petals to get rid of that cut look back into your clingfilm and the edge now they’re ready to mount onto your
cone take some a little glue paint onto your petal it’s best to do it like that so
it’s not too much as you don’t want too much glue on it and that goes to make the next
set so the center was very very closed these are just slightly opened up again the next one overlapping the first and
I just got that slightly more open just make sure you don’t
soak your paste with this glue though because if you do you’ll find your
petals will be very soggy and very difficult to work the last one in that row again a little
glue and for this one when you’ve attached it you really want to get a
cocktail stick and lift that one slightly and tuck that one underneath it
gives you that natural look so that’s that’s the next row onto it make sure
it’s all the right shape what’s the next row and the last row in the palest shade and
we need five petals cutting for that one so again work your paste to make
sure it’s nice and smooth you work it towards center it means where you’re
going to roll keeps very smooth it’s like working pastry and to make some pastry
you make sure the bottom edge was smooth when you came to roll it would
make a nice roll it’s sticky right then just about see my the shade
of my fingers through it so it means it’s quite thin enough I’m going to cut
out six of these larger petals – came out so it must be clean usually if they pop
straight out there’s no residue of side and therefore you’ll make a nice
clean cut again I’m going to put my paste in my store I’m sure it’s right on
carefully my petals will go into my clingfilm again now this time I’m not going to do
it on my hand but I want them slightly more frilled so I’m going to take the
end of a paintbrush which I’ve dipped my favorite paintbrush for rolling into the
glue which I think I didn’t really mean to I’ve been using the same paintbrush for
years it just happens to suit me and then roll it to soften the
edges and then you pick it up and with your ball tool you can just slightly
indent the center so it’s giving you that lovely petal shape very very
carefully put it in the clingfilm careful you don’t flatten it out again we’re going to you can use a cocktail
stick to do this but the only thing is if you’re going to use a cocktail stick
please sand it first because you’ll find that cocktail sticks are not smooth and
just a standard wooden cocktails it is full of bumps and ridges and you’ll find
that it will make your petal very uneven so it’s up to you just slightly
roll it don’t do it very hard but just slightly so it gives it a pretty flute then give that a slowly gives it a nice
rose petal shape I’m sure if you don’t want to make your
own glue you can buy some ready-made glue it depends on how good your
source of flower-making materials are where you live whether you can get hold
of any or not or alternatively you can send away for your materials and the
last one you get used to the things that you use and this paintbrush I think
I’ve been using for about twenty years it looks it but it is just the right one
and I’ve never found one to replace it so we’re going to take the rose and our
first petal which again we’re going to paint with a little glue try not to drop
it as I did and the first one goes on your base next one make sure you get the
right way up so that your flute is going outwards and the hollow bit is going around the rose see we’re forming quite a pretty shape
here now a delicate rose painting the end if you really prefer at first I would
suggest that perhaps you let the first two rows dry before you try adding
another one you’re fine perhaps it’s much easier for you to do that way I want to lift that one up and add the last one on to it & it pops underneath that one you paint a little more glue on that
one to stick it together to the last petal and you’ve formed your rose when
you’ve done it make sure the back of it is quite smooth because you’re going
to put a calyx on it now and if there’s anything lower than that base you’ll
find it very difficult to put your calyx on and then if you want if you feel much
more comfortable about leaving it to dry in between each row of petals then
that’s fair enough but I’d leave it for a few hours between
so it’s quite stable but make sure the base of it is always clean so that
you’ve got the base of the rose that’s got nothing sticking out whatsoever I’ve just pushed it with my nail we’ve made our rose so now we want to make a calyx to go on
the back of it so we’ve got the little calyx that goes up the sides of the
back of the rose and also the seed pod now put that down to make this we need to
get some calyx cutters again there are quite a variety on the market and it
depends on your own preference I think which you use I personally use these plastic ones which of course as I’ve said before always keep their
shape so they’re quite a good investment and then I use a metal one because it
just happens to be the size that I want for this and it didn’t seem to be any
size between this one and the very small one so again personal preference so
we’ll put these to one side and I’m going to use this cutter
to make this calyx what we’re going to do is began to get a cone of paste the
similar way we made the cone of paste for the center of the rose so I think that’s a
little big so we roll it to a cone shape just like that and then the
base we’re going to start and flatten out it’s a little warm today so I needed to
perhaps a little bit of extra cornflour than I would normally use if it wasn’t
so warm the paste seems to react to humidity and heat so so we’ve got a
little hat I’m going to get my paintbrush now if you prefer you can use
your cocktail stick but again you’ll find tools to suit yourself and I
actually work far better with this one I’m going to roll out this so in actual
fact it’s quite thin and but have lots and lots of patience
to make these flowers so don’t think that you’re going to do them in five
minutes because this is the whole beauty of it they take a long time to do but they are
well well worth while and make sure I’m going to pop that over the
center and I’m going to cut it out and again run your finger along it so you get
a completely clean cut peel away excess you put it back in your store and with
the end and my brush I’m going to just loosen it off and we now have almost
a calyx shape but remember we’ve got to make it so it’s going to be it’s
going to fit over the end of the rose so I’m taking a dowel I’ve got a dowel here
and I’m going to shape it into the center so that I’m going to make almost
a little whirl there so that it’s going to take the base of the rose and I’m
going to widen it out as I say it’s quite hot today so the paste is a little
bit sticky no matter there’s ways of doing it we’ll
keep smoothing it until you’ve got it to the nice delicate shape and what happens next is if you’ve ever
looked at a rose calyx you’ll find that not every time but very often
each branch of the calyx is split I’m going to get a pair of scissors and I’m
going to cut down just slightly on each one the best way you can ever see where
to do it and how it is it’s to actually study a rose in your garden or in a book
if you haven’t got roses in your garden and the rose that we made and this is
why you don’t want anything sticking down from your rose and you’re going to
thread it through the center and I’m going to put a little glue on the base
of that calyx and thread it over very very
carefully so you don’t knock the pieces off and then the bottom of it just shape
with your fingers to form that seed pod on the bottom you’ll find that as
the rose opens out that actually curls over and makes a very delicate little
calyx and then we’re going to hang him upside down to dry and now we need
to make the leaf or rather leaves that go with it so these are the rose
leaves and to make these rose leaves we’re going to use some cutters again
you find preferred cutters the set of cutters that I have here actually has
three different sizes of leaves and three veiners so there’s quite there’s
quite a good selection and you can also get different makes that got
different shapes this has got of a sharper edge to the leaf but for this
exercise are going to use these in fact I’m going to use a small one and the
medium one because that’s big enough for the project we’re doing now so they can
go away I’ll take these leaves now to make the
leaf you will need again another small piece of paste make sure you cover the
rest up I can’t get emphasize that too much because when I first
started I wasted so much plaste because I forgot to cover it and I left it out and
it dried and you keep having to get new paste and that’s no good and not only
that if you want the same shade of paste you have to keep coloring it and you
don’t always get the same so put some cornflour down and roll it slightly and what we’re going to do is I need to make
a center vein for my leaf so I’m going to roll from the center of it outwards
so from the center of the past roll it outwards and make it quite
thin in fact I’ve got quite a large piece of past here so I won’t need all
that if you can see I’m leaving that Ridge there in fact I’ll get a knife and cut some of it off because I don’t need it all you can make it quite fine now the center
vein is so that we can actually wire the leaf we need to put a wire in the center
bit and then the outside is quite fine it is quite delicate and that’s I
think just about ready to get our leaf cutter and I’m going to make try to make
sure that that vein is at the center so if I put it at the end to go up run your
finger around the edge to make sure it’s a clean cut
I’ll put my surplus away your tool should go through I can just slightly
smooth that center if I don’t think it’s neat enough what I’ve got to do is to take a 28 wire
and I’m going to make a hook in the top of that wire just a tiny hook and I’m
going to dip that hook into my edible glue and I’m going to take the leaf and
place that into the center vein that I’ve left and that’s why we left that
slightly raised piece now what we’re going to do now is to take our veiner and
I’m going to press the back of the leaf onto it so it’s left of a vein pattern
and then I’m going to press the front but don’t press it too hard otherwise
you’ll flatten the back out what you do now is a leaf very rarely is perfectly
flat so you want to give a little bit of movement so we’re going to bend it
slightly and then perhaps if you have a look at roses you’ll see that
they slightly curl at the top they may be flat but that gives it a little
bit of movements a bit more interest to your spray when you come to assemble it
and then we’ll have our foam our flower foam and we’ll slip it into the flower foam
flower foam to dry got my ffs all muddled up there so what you want to do
now is to make at least three small ones and two larger leaves and that would be
adequate for our spray we made our rose and now of course we want to know
what to do with it and originally when you saw the little spray and you’ve got
some leaves attached to it and it was made ready to lay on the top of the cake
now the most important thing at the moment is to learn how to put flour tape
around your stems and not only is this done to make them the right color which
is nice to have a green stem but sometimes you actually use a green wire
of green covered wire which we have on this rose here but unfortunately it’s
very slippery and it won’t stay still while you’re trying to assemble it now if
we tape it with this green flower tape it is actually sticky but not to your
fingers it’s sticky enough to stick to itself and this is why it makes it much
easier to assemble your sprays so in actual fact this leaf I’m using here has
been made with an uncovered wire so perhaps it’s easier for you to see then
that once I cover it how easy it is to handle so to do it you want to get the
end of your flower tape pinch it together so it’s actually quite firm and
then between your fingers you’re going to roll it and you’ll roll it down the
stem push it up to the leaf base so it’s really covered and then you will roll it
may take you a few turns times to actually get used to doing this but
eventually you’ll find that it’s quite easy to do again they’re going to fold
it over the stem I know it’s very very tiny but you’ll get used to doing it and
then roll it between your fingers and your thumb and pull the tape downward so it’s
going down so you’re not literally rolling into one place but you’re
pulling it down as you’re rolling pulling it down with the other hand and you’ll find that when you want to
assemble your little spray that these will stick together is such a benefit
because otherwise they all slip all over the place and it’s very difficult so
you’re rolling we’ve made sure it started at the top by sliding it upwards
and again we’re going to do this now I know that as I said we’ve got green
we’ve got green tape a green covered wire on our rose but to make it much
easier to assemble I still perhaps not so finely and so that every single bit
of its covered but it is much easier to handle if there’s a flower tape on it first of all we’re going to assemble
these leaves and as you can see I’ve got made them into five a five leaf spray
because I believe that roses are supposed to have five leaves that are
together if it’s seven leaves it’s what they call a sucker so you have to cut
those off so we’ll stick to the proper one so I’m going to put these three
leaves together now if you see what I mean it’s much easy to handle because
they are to a certain extent they will stay together while you’re taping them
and that is why we put the tape onto it so I’m going to put those together to
make that top spray and again you’ve learnt to put the tape on so you put the tape down the stem and then I’m going to add a larger leaf to this side
just put a tiny bit of tape on it and of course it thickens the stem and makes it
more natural and that’s the other leaf there again pinch it together so it’s
really stable and then start to roll and adjust your your leaves to suit you can
twist them around but and then we take our rose which we’ve already put the
tape onto and we’re going to tape the leaves to the rose stem and then you are
you’ve got a nice little spray and put one or two of these onto a cake it makes
a very pretty little spray but just a word about this flower tape it comes it
comes on a roll and you can get various colours pale greens and reds and whites
and browns and it’s very very useful to have because it’s very
important in flower making and if you want just a half if you want a thicker one if you’re
making a bigger flower just to give you an idea that it will cut quite easily so
what you would do is literally fold it around your fingers like that and you
will fold it in two and you can just cut it
with a pair of scissors so if you’ve got a larger flower you might want to use
half tape or even bigger still a whole tape it depends what you’re you’re
actually making but this one this little gadget it’s really quite good and I
think you can make get it anywhere especially in from florists
suppliers and inside there’s actually three razor blades
it’s very dangerous but it’s it’s okay it’s well secured and you can renew them
when they get blunt so that’s why I liked it because it wasn’t at all that
was going to wear out and what you can do is take a little bit of green or
whatever color flower tape and you thread it through the back right
through I’ll let it go right through a lot to put our fingers on the razor
blades and then you shut it down and pull it and there you have some fine
tape for what you want to do your fine flowers is good black magic