Sunday, August 25, 2013

How to Make a Jumbo Sugar Rose

What you will need:

  • Gumpaste or fondant
  • Cornstarch
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 Circle cutters of two sizes
  • A pen type tool, tooth pick, or small roller.
  • A thin spongy mat or something like a mouse pad.
  • Large Calyx cutter
  • gumpaste glue
  • small paint brush
  • Smaller styrofoam bowl or egg crate to dry your rose in shape (I used a wine glass that held the soft thin petals up)

Dust your work surface with cornstarch.

Pat your fondant or gumpaste into a disk, and begin rolling out in even strokes from edge to edge.

Lift your fondant/gumpaste a few times while rolling it to be sure it is not sticking. If it is sticking, add more cornstarch to your surface and continue with out turning your rolled surface over.

Roll your fondant/gumpaste as thin as you can get it. I do mine almost paper thin, but if you are newer to this, you may want to start with a thicker roll.

Using the smaller of the two circle cutters, cut 13 circles out and place them all between plastic so that they don't dry out.

Also cut 5 larger circles which will be your final layer of petals.

Take a 1 inch ball of fondant/gumpaste, and make it into a cone as shown in this photo.

(I do mine taller than necessary with my larger flowers so that I have a clean place at the bottom to hold onto without the chance of moving petals around as I build.)

The cone should actually be a little better than 2/3 the width of your smaller circle.

Set your cone aside for now.

The "glue" I use is just fondant thinned with a bit of water.

Using a pen tool, tooth pick or small roller, roll the edges of each circle to soften the edges of your petals.

This takes some practice so keep with it and the more you do it, the thinner and more realistic your petals will be.

Once you have softened your first petal, brush the lower half (the part you will place at the lower part of the cone) with glue.

I curl edges with a tooth pick to curl away from the flower before I put the petals on.

Use your best looking edge of each petal at the top of the rose. Any oopsies can be covered at the bottom.

Wrap this first petal around the cone, lining up at the top just over the tip.

I placed this one a bit higher than normal, but it will work. Most of the time, I completely seal the top of my first petal, making it into a soft, closed tip, but others like to see the center of the cone tip as shown here if you looked into the top.

Next, using your pen tool, toothpick or ball tool, thin the edges of 2 more circles.

Starting on the seam of your first petal, with glue at the bottom half of your new petal, wrap it around, leaving bends and frills for a natural look.

Add the third petal on the opposite side now. Don't forget your glue on the bottom half of the petal before you place it.

After you have completed the "bud" with 3 petals, continue to soften the edges of 3 more petals.

*Don't forget the glue!

Beginning on a side where 2 previous petals come together, begin attaching the petals, keeping each at the same level at the top and allowing the top, frilly parts to fan out as they wish.

If the petals are too straight for your taste, fold the edges back here and there for a more realistic appearence.

Be sure that each petal is over lapping the previous petal placed.

After this layer of 3 petals is complete, soften the edges of 5 more circles.

*Don't forget the glue when you are ready!

Being sure to stagger petals between the previous petal seams, and to overlap each new petal evenly, place this layer of 5 petals.

Curl back petals at the edges as shown.

Soften the last 5 circles and repeat the process with the second layer of 5 petals.

You are almost finished with your rose.
The last layer is with your larger circles and will give your rose some size.

First you must set your incomplete rose in an egg crate or small bowl that will allow your petals to be propped up while it dries.

I use my wine glasses with a plastic bag or tissue in the bottom and prop the petals that try to fall with the edge of the glass.

Once your incomplete rose is mostly dry, complete the last layer just as you did with each other layer.

This time, for drying, you will place your rose upside down on any soft surface. This will allow the outter petals to fall in around the inner layers perfectly and naturally.

For the calyx, simply roll out green fondant or gumpaste, use the large calyx cutter, and soften just like the petals, only use the small end of the ball tool and pull from tips to center.

Glue center and place at the bottom of your rose to allow drying time. You can pull back on the calyx tips to give it some depth and life.

If you would rather not make your own roses, please consider purchasing a dozen here! 

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