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Christmas in Sugar Art A Poinsettia Flower

teacher avatar Nadia Jay, Sugar Flower Artist

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction to Poinsettia Flowers

    • 2. Forming The Stamens

    • 3. Cutting and Wiring the Leaves

    • 4. Without Tools

    • 5. Working on Pointed Leaves

    • 6. Making Smaller Leaves

    • 7. Adding Texture To Leaves

    • 8. Adding Colour to the Stamens

    • 9. Adding Colour to the Leaves

    • 10. Setting The Colour

    • 11. Adding The First Leaves

    • 12. Adding The Final Layers of Leaves

    • 13. Forming Ball Stamens

    • 14. Creative With Colour

    • 15. Class Project Poinsettia

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About This Class

This class has been designed to teach those who have some experiencing in working with gum paste and sugar florist paste, the skills to cut and wire gum paste leaves to create a realistic and showstopping Poinsettia flower. 

The class will take you through;

How to texture your leaves correctly with a ball tool

How to choose the correct gauge florist wire for the leaf size you are wiring

How to use petal dust colours to add light and dark tones

How to assemble an entire poinsettia flower with florist tape ready for insertion into a cake

How to be creative with your colour choices and create a Poinsettia design for the festive season

For this project you will need:

A good quality sugar florist paste ( my recommendation is Smart-Flex Premium Sugar Paste, or Saracino White bouquet flower paste)

A Veining Board

26 gauge and 28 gauge green cotton thread florist wires

Edible glue

Gel based edible food colours

Edible Petal Dust of your choice

Yellow or gold Cotton Thread

Non stick Rolling Pin

Ball Tool


Vegetable Fat/Trex or Petal Paste Balm

Foam Pad

Flower Former Drying Board

Polystyrene Dummy to set flower and leaves in 

Heavy Duty Scissors to Cut Wires

Florist Tape

Thread scissors to cut tape

Steamer ( PME) or Kettle

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Nadia Jay

Sugar Flower Artist


Hello, I'm Nadia, wedding cake artist and baker at Cake Me By Surprise. I have been running my bakery for 5 years now, and have spent this time perfecting my skills in the art of sugar flower making. Sugar floristry or botanics (as I name it) has been my absolute passion from the day I started my wedding cake business, and it was for that reason that I decided to go into baking and designing cakes. Over the years, I have developed my own tips and tricks in how to create stunning edible blooms for all occasions. Although, to some, it may seem a daunting craft, it really is quite easy, once you grasp the basics and have the correct guidance on how to carry out each step. Joining SkillShare as a teacher has allowed me to share my passion with you, and hopefully encourage more budding ... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Poinsettia Flowers: Hi there. I'm Nadia J, full time tape designer and sugar flour artist. In this class, I will be taking you through all the steps to achieve this beautiful and realistic looking poinsettia flower. This class is perfect if you already have some experience in working with products such as gum and shipper flores paste. However, I encourage beginners to give this class a try because each of my steps is quite clear and simple. If you're not, get too confident to start creating more intricate blooms such as these. Then please do take a look back at my previous skill. Share class building confidence in sugar flour artistry. Then you'll be well on your way to discovering more marvelous blues. Students can expect to learn from this class how to cut on yr individual leaves. How to make a realistic RICKON statement. How to mix colors on at these to your leaves and petals to create light and dark tones. How to correctly at pressure to your leaves, using a ball tool to create different textures and how to wire and secure your petals all together to create your full poinsettia bloom. You should end this class with a beautiful poinsettia ready to place on your baked goods. Finally, I'm very to introduce you to the idea of playing with color and texture, going against the grain to create more exciting and fun designs. It is Christmas after along with in the festive season, so it definitely goes for a little bit of glitter into our flowers. Let's get started. 2. Forming The Stamens: Okay, so you guys go in with the scum pace. Now I'm using Smart Flex, which I think is a really fantastic brand if you are a beginner, because it just gives you a little bit more time to work with it, and it won't dry out super quick. We have 28 gauge wire's here, and we're going to cut these into thirds. You want to make sure that you leave enough wire so that you can attach the petals to the ends of the wire, so it's always better to have them a little bit longer, and then we can cut them down at the end. And using a 28 gauge wire is perfect when you are doing the center of flowers, because the center is very light, so you don't need to thick wire because there's not a lot of weight to it. So we're just going to bunch these up. You can do these one by one. I find it easier just to bunch them all together, takes, um, needle nose pliers, and we're just going to make a little hook in the top of thes. But don't close that hook down. We want to leave it open just like this. So I have some thread here. Cotton thread in yellow. You can use any color that you wish. So you might want to go with for something a little bit more Christmassy and sparkly. I have this sparkly gold thread here, so any Fred will do. But for the purpose of this exercise, I'm going to use yellow so we can make a very realistic looking poinsettia. So I'm just going to take a good length off thread. We will cut this down, and we're going to just fold this in half against itself, just like this. And then we will fold that over again and then fold that over again. So we just loop in that back onto itself. So we have a nice little loop here now, taking one of your wires with the hook in. We're going to take this, So I have some florist tape here, and I don't actually need the whole width of this tape. This is a very wide tape. We're going to cut this tape in half, so just take something. Says is we need a small piece on. What I like to do is I will just fold the tape onto itself. So make sure you haven't stretched it yet. Because if you stretch here that activates the stickiness. We don't want this to be sticky, but going to fold this a couple of times onto itself and then just cut down the middle so that we have a thin a piece of tape you can buy a cutter that does this for you. Um, I find it's quite easy just to do this yourself for some scissors. So I'm just going to unravel this type. And now we will pull it and structure to kind of activate that stickiness, ready to secure our threat to the wire. So I'm taking my thread where I've made this loop and what we're going stare is just hook the wire over our threat. Really simple, really easy. And then now we can secure that little hook down onto itself so that we hold that thread in place. To be honest, she can do this with your fingers because the Y is so thin and then taking my sin piece of tape, pull that toe, activate it, and with the sticky side, we want to secure that onto itself. So we're going to the top of the wire and just cover in the very top of that thread. So that's secured onto the hook. And then we're going to twist and pull as we go down the wire so this can take a little bit of practice if you are new, but you will get used to it, which is pullin the tape out with our right hand and then twist in the wire with our left hand or vice versa. Depending on if you're left handed, we'll just pull that piece off the end. You don't have to go all the way down the wire at the moment. Just halfway is fine, and I'm just going to cut off some of that excess threat. So here we have a threat top, and now we need to add our gum paste. So I have some white gum paste here, and I'm going to add a little bit of party green gel paste. Make sure this is edible gel paste. Just add a little bit into here. It doesn't have to be super green because we are going to add petal dust at the end, but it just gets us started again. Die these any color that you wish. It's really down to personal preference, but we're going with very classic poinsettia. Now you can use vegetable fat or petal paste. Just rubber tiny bit on your fingers if you find that the paste is sticking to your fingers and then once all the colors massaged and we just want a little ball of paste about the size of a pea, and we're going to thread the top of our wire down our gum paste. So again this could be a little bit fiddly, and he are in a humid environment. Just make sure you do use a lot of thieve vegetable paste on your vegetable fat on your fingers just to kind of stop that from sticking. But this is a really fantastic gum paste to use, so I'm just taking that to the top of my wire and then just kind of massage in that round, making sure it sticks to itself. And then once it's secure, we're just going to pull that pace down at the bottom of the thread just to make sure it's secure to the wire. Us So So you can see here It's nice and secured, and we're just kind of twist that down and then just brush that away, using the warmth of our hands. I just want to make sure that's nice and secure. There we have it, and then what we'll do with the top is we're just kind of press that little hole that we have down onto our threat. We want this to that really organic, so you don't have to be to particular or neat with this kind of just press this down manipulate. Those sides were pressing that so that within in the very top off the gum paste, and then you can even kind of bend the paste a little bit and make a little bit of a wave just to really add some interest. And I'm just gonna cut down that threat a little bit more because we only need a tiny bit sharing at the top. It's really a simple is that so? Just set these up to dry in some polystyrene and we will leave those overnight until they're ready to color 3. Cutting and Wiring the Leaves: Now you're going to need this board. It's a vein ing bored, and what's fantastic about this is that you have thes grooves in to make an impression into the leaves that were about to cut. I have a set of six cutters from my poinsettia sugar flour cutter set, and I will post in the class descriptions where you can buy these cutters. You don't always have to use the entire set for this project. We will use all the cutters. So we're going to start off with the third cutter in the set just so you can get used to the technique of how to wire thes petals. I'm going in with a 26 gauge wire, and this is the perfect wires to use for this project, and then we've died. Welcome, paste a soft bread again when going toe, add petal dust at the end of this project so you don't have to make the gum paste to read. This is just to get us started. We're at a little bit of corn starch to our board to stop the pace from sticking. Too much on will roll out a little sausage shape. Now I'm going to press this down into the second group on the board on using a rolling pin . We want actually secure this down to the bottom of the board just to stop it from MoveOn while we roll the rest of the paste up put says, You can see here. It's kind of stuck down to the side of the board, and that just makes it a lot easier to roll out and then just gently rolling away up the board and up that groove so that we get that nice impression at the back of our gun pace and you want it to be the thickness of about two sheets of paper stuck together as a guide . Now taking a cutter, we need to align this to the group in the ball. So we wanted to be dead center to our petal on. We're going to press that down to press that costs it down into the middle off the groove, and then we can take this paste away, pull that away, and here we have this impression in the back of our leaf. Now, make sure you do. You put any excess paste away in a airtight bag just to stop that from dry it out, taking our edible glue. We're going to just dip the very end of our 26 gauge wire into the blue, and then we're going to thread this through the groove that we have made. So you'll see it's a thicker part of the leaf. We want to kind of be more towards the back of the leaf hair rather than the front. So we're only going about 1/3 of the way up the leaf. You don't need to go all the way, and you don't want the wire to be showing through the front of the league or petal. So we have these really cool impression mats here or impression Moulds. So this is the back of our pancetta petal, and this is the front where the groove is more outlets. Onda. We're going to just align our pestle through the center off the bottom leaf and then press the other mold on top with one good fem. Press down using al palm, and then we just gently lift that up and we would gently peel away our petal. And then we have this pretty be useful impression left, so I'm using a soft map. Um, a small round portal. You need a ball tour to be halfway on the mat and halfway on the petal, and we're going to move the ball up both directions off the petal to make it nice and soft and make it a lot more realistic. And I will show you a little later on how different pressures can cause different effects to the petal. Leave this on a phone board to dry and making sure that the leaf is pointed somewhat downward. 4. Without Tools: So let's run through that again. We've made out groove, and what you can do is flip the paste over and cuts out your leaf if you find that easier, and it gives you a better guide as to where that impression is in the back of the petal, and then we'll go ahead and threat this again with our 26 gauge wire. But what I will show you here is what to do if you do not have one of those leath or poinsettia Impression moulds, because you can make the impressions by hand with a dog burn tall or leaf Vienna, and I'll show you how to do that here So we'll have already inserted the wire into the back of our petal. And now on a soft Matt. You want Teoh, take your vein a total, and we're going to draw a line down the very center off our petal, just with very gentle pressure. So it's always best to start from the bottom of the petal and work your way upward to avoid pulling the petal away from the wire. And then we will just do gentle little lines in the side at an angle of your petal just like this. So this is a neat way of getting an impression into your leave if you do not have the mold . But of course, those malls Havel the other tiny little rains that re add to the realistic effect to these petals so you can get the mold. Then please go ahead and purchase that and again, you can soften the edge of the petals with your thumb if you do not have a dog bone tall and again, I'm just going to go over these lines just from where I've used my thumb, just to make sure that those impressions haven't been smoothed out too much. So it's a nice little trick if you do not have some of these tools to hand but really want to get started on make thes flowers. So if you do not have one of these vain and boards not to worry it all because there is a way of wiring your petals and leaves without the board, all we're going to do here is just actually roll out gum paste out fairly thick so you can see the type of thickness that we want here and what this will allow us to do is insert a wire into these leaves without the wire showing through on either side off the petal or leaf. So I'm just going to cut that out, as you can see here, and it's really quite sick, and we'll just insert the wire through the middle of the paste. So just as before, But instead of finding that little group that we've made on the vein and board, we're just pushing it through the sickness off the leaf. Just go in 1/3 of the way through, like so and then we'll just carry on as usual, pressing that into our impression, mapped and then smoothing the edges down. It just means that your lease will be a little thicker on the side. Then, if you'd use the vein in board 5. Working on Pointed Leaves: So for our fifth layer, we're going to go in with the fatter cutter in the set. So this is the cutter that's a little bit shorter and dumped here, but wider than the others. You'll notice with the remain in petals that have that nice little pointed jacket shape on the end there all a bit longer. And then we've got a little dumpy one, which will be the next layer in our set. Don't get too hung up on the layers because we are going to make 5 to 7 of each petal. Anyway, on what I will show you at the end is only assemble this Ponsetto CIA. We want it to be really organic, so we don't have to be to exact with where every layer on design of petal is just really enjoy this process and try and be as free flowing as possible. Because I promise you that is what will make really beautiful on organic looking flower again. We've pressed our gum paste down into al vein and board and were going to go on top off our impression that we've made where the vein is. Press our fifth, cut it down so that we get a lovely petal shape. We'll go in again without 26 gauge wire. Andi dip that in. Some grew Fred in it through the back off our petal. Being very careful not to let this go through the front of the petal, we will get our point set CIA impression mold and then leave in the veined part off the petal. We will push that into the back of the mold and then taking the top half off our in pressure mold. We will align that up into the group and press that down with just firm pressure. List that off and gently take our petal off, then back onto our soft Matt on dure notice because this is a jagged petal or leaf. Um, the technique we use maybe a little bit different, because we've got to go around those address, so it's a little harder to do it in one swoop. So we're just follow that line, taking the ball off of the map as we go and allowing there's little points to call up. So really play up to the fact that this is a pointed poinsettia leaf. We can even press in those little corners to make them a little bit. Points here, just manipulate in that shape and really add in interest. And again, we'll just do this with another 4 to 5 petals. Leave that to dry on your phone board. We'll get started on to the next few layers. 6. Making Smaller Leaves: Now we do want to make some of these really teeny, tiny little leaves on. I would definitely suggest using a 28 gauge or 30 gauge florist wire for this just because they are so small, so delicate that you do need a thin a wire to push that through the back of those little veins that we've made. Also, there will be very light so they do not need a thick wire toe. Hold the weight. So the reason that I actually left this section of the class a little later in the series is because it is quite small and delicate. And if you are a beginner, it's probably best to work on a bigger leaf or petal first and get used to that and that technique and inserting the wire before you go in and start working on those really tiny little petals on leaves. However, this is absolutely perfect practice for developing your sugar flour art skills when you start to, I understand the technique of wiring petals and you really build upon those skills. You can make smaller flowers, more delicate little features and then be able to make flowers that are incredibly intricate So this is such a good class to be taken as you start building those skills and get used to working with these materials. As you can see here, it's very tiny and very fiddly. I would definitely suggest maybe rolling the paste out a little bit thicker when it comes to make in smaller petals and leaves. It would just make it a lot easier to work with Onda. The reason we want to do about 2 to 3 of these tiny leaves is because we're going to intertwine these into the center of our princess here just to really add a little bit more interest and make it look more realistic. So again, just following exactly the same technique as the previous lessons, we're just going to cut these out, wire them, pressed them into the mold on Ben, soften the edges very carefully with that portal, and then just leave them to set up on your phone ord. All Matt 7. Adding Texture To Leaves: So with our previous leaf or petal, shall I say you want to make three off these petals? Feel free to make some additional petals because it's always good to have a few in case of breakages. And then we will take a look at the fourth cutter In Outset on, we're going to make five of thes petals. So again we've cut thes petals out, and with softening the edges with outboard tall were making five of these petals. And all the details will be in the class description of how maney you need of each petal. But what I'll show you now is, as we go down the set of petals and we go to the bigger petals, it's really nice to add a little bit more interest to the sides of those petals and make them look a little bit more worn because they are the older leaf. So what you can see is that as I add more pressure using my ball, it'll halfway on the map and halfway on the petal. You get more of a coal so that PETA will call a lot more dependent on the pressure and play around with this really get used to how that ball tool works. We can even manipulate the size of the petals with our fingers, pushing them upwards and downwards. And like I say, the smaller leaves on upon Ceta are the baby leaves their fresh so there'll be a lot more new looking that as we go down the flower, those petals that are older will be bigger and we'll look a little bit more born. So you want to play around with that? Andi, make sure they're a little softer and have more movement. 8. Adding Colour to the Stamens: for our stay Mons. I've gone in and I've actually made a few round buds to mixing against our little threaded buds for the center of our Ponsetto Tia. And this just adds a little bit more interest on makes up on. So tell us a little bit more realistic so you can go ahead and do this two. And it's exactly the same technique as we've done with our little gold bubble centers that we're making for our more glittery and fun pancetta. What we want to do is you want to go in and add some color now. So I've mixed in an avocado green on a leaf green just to get that kind of busty, warm Christmas color that we want for the center of our Ponsetto Tia and then with a small , flat headed paintbrush. I'm just going to go in and just take some of this petal dust and gently brush this over the green part of thes little statements 9. Adding Colour to the Leaves: Finally, let's add some color to these flowers, so I have a selection here of some soft, flat headed paintbrushes. Um, I just buy a different mix of paintbrushes, really, Just what I can get my hands on, some nothing to particular. Just make sure they're good quality because you will get a better finish, the better the quality off your paintbrushes. And then we have a selection of greens. I do like to mix my colors. You wouldn't have noticed that in previous classes of mine I have an avocado rose leaf green and then just another leaf green from a different company on. I'll tend to blend these to get the required color that I want. And then again, we have a cherry pie, red plum, truffle heather and then a really Christmas red, and I'll show you how I blend all of the's to get the color that I want for my flowers. Let's go in with our little paint palette, and I'm going to distribute some of my Christmas red on cherry red into here so you can see the cherry red is a lot brighter in color, and the Christmas red is a lot warmer and that is what we're going to play on at some real definition and turn to thes leaves or petals were also going in with this plum truffle, which is more of a warmer kind of movie color. And we also have the heather as well, which is a little bit cooler. I might not use the heather here, so let's color these leaves now. You will want some kitchen towel to dust off any excess and protect your work surface against going without flat paintbrush into the cherry road, which the is the cooler shades that we have on working from the inside out Words. So from the middle off the leaf towards the edge, we're going to gently apply a small amount of petal dust. Now a small amount goes a long way, and we want to gradually build up this color. If you overload your paint, brush with petal dust and put that straight onto your petals or leaves. It will leave marques. It won't give you a soft, realistic finish, and it's a lot easier to build up color, then take away. So always better to work very carefully on less is more in this situation, so we'll start building up the other side and your notice here that there are a little gaps , very slight gaps where you can just see underneath the color where the color has not gone onto the leaf. And that is what we want because we want light and dark, and we want to make it look like you know the light is hit in these petals. Don't worry about breakages either. It happens sometimes absolutely fine, and the perfect thing with this flower is that you really don't notice. Just make sure when you are adding color that you are holding the bottom of the leave and holding the wire, mostly trying not to hold the actual leaf because you're definitely more likely to get breakages. Now I'm going in with my darker Christmas red. I'm building up that color very gently on my focus in a bit more on Lee edges off the leaf rather than the center. That just kind of building up those areas and apply in that dust again. Any excess just kind of brushed this down onto your kitchen towel, making sure not to overload that paintbrush. You'll really start to get a feel for this, the more you do it and this is my favorite part of making sugar flowers is just adding the color. So just gonna brush in that color or over. So as a comparison, we're going to look a leaf that hasn't had any color added. And then look at the one that we've just done. And you can just see how much it enhances the leaf to add petal dust. Now we have a smaller, flat headed soft paintbrush. We're going to add the grain to the center off our leaf. So this is a mix off avocado green, which has been brighter on a leaf green. Honestly, don't get too hung up on the shades. Just use what you have to hand or what you can get your hands on, because we are just blend in these colors. So this is my preference. This is what I had at the time in my storage. But it's really as long as you have ah, kind of light, loamy green. It will be perfectly fine. So I'm just gonna go in loading up my paintbrush and then just taken off some of the excess , so we haven't got too much, and we're guys actually just work down the middle off. Ali. So where all those lovely grooves? Ah, what'll that impression is that we've made with the maps that is what we're highlighting, and we're just kind of brushing it through the center and then just brush in the green a little bit outwards blend in this really nicely. We want the bottom of this princess you to have more green than the top. And that's because if you look upon setters in nature where the fresh growth is, which is at the bottom of the leaf is where it's always a lot more green. And then, as you get to the top, that tends to fade out a bit that it's just amazing. What add in different shades of color can really do to your sugar flour work. Look at that now against going with this plum truffle color, or you can use a deeper move on with L flat paintbrush. We're going to brush the dust on the very edge off thes leaves, so it is going to take that color and coat little sections off the edge, and hopefully you can see this hair in the video, but it kind of adds a little bit more definition and where we've got all those really lovely little coals that we've made on our larger leaves. It really lets those stand out as the color gets court on some of those rough edges. Now, when we assembled this flower, you won't see the underside off thes leaves, so I really wouldn't worry about adding color to the underside of each leaf. We can leave that because you will only see the top and then to really add interest. As we get to more of the bottom leaves, we can add a little bit more of that purple truffle Hugh over the top of the leaves so we can bring that color down a little bit more from the edges onto the main leaf, just to really add some real definition and character. 10. Setting The Colour: stand. Your Ponsetto leaves on stamens into a polystyrene round or square so that they're really easy to start setting the coloring to on what I have here is a special steamer specifically designed for setting the color into your sugar flowers. However, if you do not have one of these, then you can use the steam from a kettle on. What we're going to do is just lightly steam the color across. Allow petals on the statement so that the petal dust that we've used does set and it really enhances the color, but also make sure that this dust doesn't fall off onto our cake when we're ready to use it . 11. Adding The First Leaves: I have my two smallest little waves or petrels on. We're now going to insert days into our statement. So what you want stew is bend the wire down at the base of the petal or leaf, and then we will push this up against our statement that we've already secured. And just as we did with the Stamen, we are going to take our florist tape, stretch it to activate it, and then we're going to secure it around itself and just twist that around next to the long stem that we now have. And we'll do the same with E opposite side of oust Ayman. We're going to add another small leaf just like that, and you'll see as we go along that these tiny leaves really do help to make this look really realistic. So I'm going to go in with three of the next size up, and then we're going to just place the's at opposite angles. So how I like to work with this is I would think of the I would think of a clock face, Andi Say will put one at one o'clock. One act six oclock on the other at 11 o'clock for example, so we just kind of working on opposites, making sure there's some nice equal gaps between each leaf or petal. So again, I'm just bending that at the base of the petal and securing it a little bit further down, as you'll see here, so that we start working that the petrels slightly downwards. So with every layer of petal, we're going to go a little bit lower down on our stem. And that's what makes for a really realistic looking poinsettia. And it also allows you enough room to move those petals around without knocking the layer underneath. So we're going to go in with the next layer on. We're going to use three of thes petals on. We're going to do the same thing. So making sure that we are holding the petal from the wire and we were pushing that down from the base. So try not to do what I've done here on pull it down by the actual petal because you are more likely to get breakages. It really is dependent on the gun pace and how much that's firmed up, but it is always safer to press it down on the base and you'll see again. I'm just going a little bit lower down on my stem to secure the next layer. So we don't want knees all directly placed underneath each other because it doesn't give you much room to move the petals. And also, if you look at a Princess Leia, it's definitely more realistic to follow this pattern. They do tend to grow along a branch when that branch style. So again, we're just going super please at opposite ends, kind of making note of where the gaps are as we go. So just like that, and again, be very organic with this, um, let them fool where you wish. It doesn't have to be completely exact. 12. Adding The Final Layers of Leaves: right, So we've got quite a few layers to go. We've got five of our next leaf in the set. You can see my one is little bit soft here. A hasn't set up very well. So again, like I say, make sure you always press these pedals down from the bottom, off the leaf or bottom of the wire. Even the stretching our take toe. Activate it. And then, as you can see, I've got some lovely gaps here that I would like to fill. So this is what we're going to focus on now. So we have five leaves to fill in. We're going to first of all, just placed him in where those gaps are going a little bit lower down the stem, as you can see here and just taking now take again to secure that down, just like we have all the others. And make sure you have a nice firm grip on the stem now, because you definitely want to be holding onto this foul and nice and tightly. If you have Butterfingers, feel free to put a little soft mark underneath your work surface so that if you do happen to drop any of the leaves or the whole flower. Then you're less likely to get a breakage. So I'm gonna go in and fill in that other gap now. So initially, all just add three of the leaves or petals and then we can go in and just see where some of those gaps are and at the remain into. So you can see here we're already filling in those gaps that have been left from the sad layer of petrels. We're going with our third petal here and fill in that gap. And as you start to work through this project and do this for yourself, you'll see exactly what I mean. And I'm going in with the final two petals and just kind of put in there is a little bit lower down and fill in any gaps where I think it looks best in use your intuition here again, you can move thes petals as we go. So don't worry too much, because if a the end you feel like all I really wish I'd put a petal in that space. You can you She just moved that into place really easily. Now what I love to do is take these really tiny little petals that we've made and actually push those in between. Al statement. And that is what makes this really pop and look very, very realistic. And it just gives it such an interesting dynamic and texture. So we're going down now with our four flair, and these are our petrels, a little bit more jagged on the edge. Those are the ones that are like our older leaves. So there'll be a little bit more cold on and a little bit more worn, and we can really play up to that. So again, bend in that outwardly, we're going to fill in any of those gaps. We have five of these petals again, Um, or just put them around the base, throw in a little bit lower down on the stem once again to adjust. Place that in there and then disuse in that tape. Keep going down down the stem, making sure that all the wires are secured nice and family to the very center off all stem . So again, I'm just looking to check where I've got a few gaps and I'm happy with this. So I think I'd like my petal to sit there to just keep looking at the top of that flower on get, you know, get really working to see where you'd rather put these petals toe, making it realistic. Don't worry about breakages. They happen. That's why it's always great to make a few extra petals as we go. And again, I'm just working down on that layer and that's it. There we have a beautiful Ponsetto Tia flower, perfect to go onto any cake, but especially a Christmas cake. 13. Forming Ball Stamens: we're going to go in with some 28 gauge wire Onda. We go into this time make a full hook in the tops of these and press that hook down. So taking our needle nose pliers, which is going to bend that hook ground, compress that into itself on. The idea is here that we're going to make some little good little herbal centers for our more fun and alternative point set ears that are not botanically correct. They're just really fun. Andi, it's, you know, time to encourage you guys to just really have fun with color here and be a bit more creative in your sugar flour work. Some just roll in a little ball of gum paste on, then dip in the end of my hook into some edible glow. And then we just go to insert this into the very bottom off our ball, making sure that it's not going through the top of the gun paste. And then we'll just pinch down the gum paste, just a the bottom so that it secured itself onto the wire just like so. We don't want that going anywhere when it to hold off nice and family and then you can just smoothed down the edges of it has kind of pointed after a little bit, and we'll leave that to set up for a couple of hours or overnight, ideally ready for painting. 14. Creative With Colour: So what's really fun with these poinsettias is we can change the color up, and I'm going to show you a version of a pink poinsettia Teoh, so I won't take you through every step because it's exactly the same as our traditional poinsettia. But we're just going to be used in a different color. And they've gone for this really soft pink, which I will enhance with more pink latest or the color of really pops. But again, or just set all these leaves out to dry, just like we have with the traditional poinsettia. And then the really cool thing with this is changing those centers. So those little balls that we made earlier on the wires were going to paint these gold. So I just have some edible gold here, and I've added a little bit of vodka. Or you can use lemon extract, award that down and make a really beautiful paint. And just with a small, flat headed paintbrush, we're going to just cover these little balls with our gold paint. And they're just so beautiful and shiny. We really those for a couple of hours to set up and then with is really cool glitter, which is a non text toxic glitter, so I wouldn't recommend consuming this. But as a desperation on a cake that will be removed, it's absolutely fine. So with a little bit of vegetable fat on, your fingers were going to dress massage a tiny bit into the top of our dried stem or bobble stem. If you want to call it that Onda, we're going to then dip this into our fabulous glitter gold. This is just absolutely perfect for Christmas. Look, house sparkly that it's and we're going to make about five or six of these, um, putting them all together. So we have a really beautiful center for our fun upon Satya. 15. Class Project Poinsettia: that's it. You should now be on your way to create in a beautiful poinsettia flower in gun post. There are a lot of steps to take in, but do not feel overwhelmed. The great thing about this class is you can go back at any time and re watch any of those sections that you need a little bit of help with. Remember to use the discussion board. If you have any questions. Sugar, foul work does take a little practice, but just enjoy the journey and stay creative. To complete this class, I want you to upload a photo of your own poinsettia flower into the class gallery. It could be any color that you wish. Just make sure you were trying out the techniques shown here under this class. In the project description, you will find the resource is that you need to complete this project. Upload your photos by clicking the create project button. Choose your favorite photo, title it and leave a comment for your fellow classmates. Then hit publish toe. Add your content. If you use social media, please also tag photos off your work with that cake. Me by surprise. Conley to see what you've made