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Gumpaste Rose Bouquet

teacher avatar Nadine Thomas

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. 01 Introduction Video

    • 2. 02 Preparing To Make The Flowers

    • 3. 03 Coloring And Making The Centers For The Roses

    • 4. 04 Making The Rose Bud

    • 5. 05 The Blooming Rose

    • 6. 06 Full bloom Rose

    • 7. 07 The Rose Calix

    • 8. 08 The Rose Leaves

    • 9. 09 Making Baby's Breath flowers

    • 10. 10 Steaming The Flowers And Leaves

    • 11. 11 Putting The Parts Together

    • 12. 12 Making The Bouquet

    • 13. 13 Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn how to make life like roses out of gumpaste. In this class we will be making a floral bouquet with roses out of gumpaste.  

We will start by learning how to color gumpaste and prepare the wires for flowers and leaves. Next I will teach you how to make roses.  We will make several sizes of roses.  The bud, starting to open, blooming, and full bloom roses. Next we will move on to making the leaves for the roses.  With the leaves made I will teach you how to attach them to the stems of the roses. Next we will make some babies breath flowers.  These are filling flowers in a bouquet. With all the flowers made I will then teach you how to put the bouquet together with all the flowers.


This class is geared toward a person that wants to learn how to make gumpaste flowers to put on cakes.

 This is as beginning class on gumpaste so you can come with what ever knowledge you have about cake decorating and I will help open your mind to decorating cakes with gumpaste.

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Hello, I'm Nadine.

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1. 01 Introduction Video: way. Welcome to this class on basic gum paste flowers. We're going to make roses and baby's breath in this class. I am going to teach you how to make the flowers and then how to pick them in a bouquet that you can display on their own or stick on a kick. First, I will show you how to prepare the wires for the flowers and leaves. Next, we will make the roses. After the roses air made, I will show you how to make that Leafs for the roses. With the rose is complete and the leaves made, we will move on to the baby's breath. This is the fail of flowers so that we get a full bouquet and not just individual flowers. We will finish by pitting all of our flowers together in one or two who case I am a self taught baker. I have loved baking most of my life. Many years ago, I decided I wanted to open up my own home bakery, so I decided I needed to improve my decorating skills to this hand. I took classes, read books, watch videos and did lots of lots of practice. When I got to the point that I felt like I was ready to open up my business. I did. I made cakes for many occasions. My specialty cakes were wedding kinks. With these wedding cakes, I made many gum paste flowers. When my husband got a job offer to New York City, we decided it was a good fit for us. So I closed down my home business and we moved across the country. Now, in New York, I do not want to open up my business again, but I still enjoy doing cake decorating and baking. So I decided to use my teaching skills and teach you how to make cakes and decorate cakes. This class is aimed at cake decorator that wants to learn how to make gum paste flowers. You will learn how to make roses and baby's breath. You will also learn how to put flowers in an arrangement. By the end of this class, you will be able to make roses that are buds part way open, most the way open and in full bloom. You will also learn how to make filler flowers in the baby's breath. I am excited to teach this class to you. Let's move on to Lesson one. Preparing the wires 2. 02 Preparing To Make The Flowers: We're ready to show you how to get the wires ready for the flowers and the Leafs to start with. I've got a very, very thin wire. This is a size 30 wire, and this one is green. You can get green or white. Either way will work. This one is going to be used for the baby's breath. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take this wire on. I'm gonna look at it and decide where the halfway point ISS and cut it. Then I'm gonna take this wire and again decide about where the halfway point ISS and cut it . I now have four wires, and I'm gonna do this till I have quite a few wires cause with baby breath, each sprig has about five of these on it, so I don't even have enough for one sprig yet. So I'm gonna go ahead and cut several of these. I have now cut quite a few wires to make the flowers stick. Better to the wires. What we need to do, I'm going to take the very end of this wire and I'm going to bend it over so that it looks like that and then I'm going to lacked in it. In the end, my wire looks like this and I'm going to go ahead and do that with all of my wires. I did all the small, fine ones that we're going to use for the baby breath. Now, this wire is a little bit thicker. It's a 24 or 26. It's going to be for the Leafs, and the league ones are really easy. What you're going to dio is your just gonna take your leaf wires and figure out where the half is and do a cut. And then you're gonna put those together, figure out where the half ISS and dio another cut with these leaf wires. We are not gonna put a pick because we're going to just slip this right into the gum paste like that. So the leaf wires air now ready the rose wires. We want to be thicker. Um, these were probably a 20 year 22 because this is gonna hold a flower. And I also don't need this as long as this wires. I do want it longer than 1/4 though, so I'm going to take it, and I'm gonna just divide this in half, and I'm gonna use it as half for each rose. Now, the important thing to members, the wire that you're using needs to be cotton covered. You don't want bare wire. You want it to be caught and covered because then the gum paste on the glue will stick to it. Now, with each of these wires that air for the Rose, I'm going to do the same thing that I did for the baby's breath. I'm going to make a little hook and you can probably see that one better, because the wire is thicker and I'm gonna do this on all the wires. So again, I'm gonna folded over. And this Rick can be a little bit bigger because it's gonna have a big ball on it. And we want this to be big enough that that ball will stick to it. I am going to go ahead and do that to all the wires and then we'll be ready. Toe, make our flowers 3. 03 Coloring And Making The Centers For The Roses: wear ready to make the roses. Now the roses were going to take you more than one day. It's going to take you two days. That's because the center for the Rose needs to set for 24 hours after we've made it. Before we do the rest of the flower, let's look at how we make the rose and the center of the roads. I have several rose petal cutouts. The first united to decide is how big do I want to make the roses? Now I know I don't want the rose to be this size. That's just way too big. And I know I don't want it to be this size because that is too small. I'm thinking I want to use these two sizes. When you make a rose, you're gonna use the two sizes. The small size is going to be for the first couple of rows of pedals, and the bigger size is going to be for the outer one or two levels of pedals. Now that I picked the size I want, I need to make my center and I want my center to be about 2/3 of what size of my pedal. I have my gum paste here, and I need to break some off so I can color it. I'm going to do a pinkish red rose, and I'm gonna take half of this gum paste and color it a pink color. I'm gonna use this color right here. That says, Rose, I don't really want to get pink food coloring on my hands. So I am going to put gloves on to protect my hands, and I'm going to make a little div it in my gum paste and pit just a couple of drops of that pink on there. But I feel like I need more. After I mixed it in. I can add more, but I don't want this to be too dark, because I'm gonna be using some pastels to make the color of my rose different colors. So I want to have the base color to be fairly light. So I'm just needing the gum paste as I mixed the color and and you'll notice it is getting colored with each need. We're getting a little bit more color. I find if this is sticking to my hands, I will just spread my hands down with a little bit of vegetable oil, and then I can do this without it's sticking. And even though I have gloves on, I can feel when it's sticking. That is mixed in pretty well. I don't need the gloves anymore, cause it's not going to get off on my hands now that I've mixed it in. So now I want to make my teardrops a little bit smaller than this. So I'm gonna just break off a little bit and I'm gonna roll it in a ball I haven't in between my hands that I'm making it about. Once I have a ball, I put it in my palm and with these two fingers, my pointing finger, my middle finger. I'm going to start making a teardrop. You can do it here, too. And then you just want to see that looks about right for wrapping around. Now I want to take that 20 gauge wire that I bent over and dip it in to my titles. Clue. And then I'm just gonna wipe it off on the napkin and stick it in on. I want to get probably about halfway to three. Force the way up on this then I'm going to bring this down on the wire. You ought to kind of make this straight. And this is ready now to sit for 24 hours to dry out completely. I'm gonna go ahead and make the other senators for my flowers. I'm gonna make seven of them. I'm not sure yet how many I want in my bouquet. So it's better to have too many than to not have enough. So I'm going to make seven, and then tomorrow, when these have dried, we'll get back together and I'll show you how to make the way. 4. 04 Making The Rose Bud: way air ready to continue making our roses. These have set up overnight and they're very firm as we do. The roses were gonna add some coloring to it, and we're going to do it with ease. Chalk, pastels. They need to be non toxic. You can buy petal dust, but you're going to pay quite a bit for very small container petal dust where these chalk pastels that are non toxic are basically the same thing. And you can get 48 colors for a low price compared to the penalty ist let me show you how you get this ready to use. I have a palate here and I've got an Exacto knife and I'm just going to take my petal dust or my pastel and I'm just going to scrape it and I don't need too much. But I want enough that I don't have to scrape all the time. And I am doing several flowers, so I'm just gonna scrape it till I have a bit in there. And I made me to add at another time so more, but that's going to be enough to get me started. I'm gonna put that off and now we're going to get ready to make the pedals. Now remember, we're going to use to size pedal cutters to make a full bloomed flower. You would have five rows of pedals to make the bad you have to rose. And to make the semi open, you could stop at three or four rows. Depend on how open you want it. Let's start showing you how to make the bud to make the bud. We're going to roll out just a little bit of gum paste. So I'm gonna break just a little bit off, not a whole lot, and I'm going to need it. And then I want to roll this out very, very thin. I wanted to be like paper thin, so thin that I can almost see through it. I'm gonna lift it up as unrolling it out, Keep adding the corn starch. I want to show you just how thin this iss so you'll see just how thin it is gonna lay this back down. I'm just going to roll it just enough to smooth it back out. I'm not trying to get it thinner, and I'm gonna take my small pedal cutter and I'm gonna cut and this size is going to be used for roll one, two, and three. And I'm gonna need a total of six pedals for those three rows. So I'm going to cut us many as I can out of this, there's one. And as I cut him so that they don't dry, I'm gonna put them under this plastic, this one to and six the rest of this, I'm going to gather and pit back in my plastic so it will stay soft. I'm now gonna move this out of the way, and I'm gonna bring my phone pad right here, and I'm going to take just one pedal out and I want to pick just a little bit of corn starch on here. I'm going to go around the outside edge, so just I'm half on and half off just going around the outside edge, and then I also want to do a little like that. With that done, I'm now gonna take my paintbrush and my Tylo's glue. And on this one, I'm going to pit it very lightly all over the pedal because basically, this whole panel is going to stick to this With that done I'm now gonna take my pedal and I want the point to be down and I'm going to stick this on and wrap it around like that. And now what I want to dio is I want to take a brush that looks like this. It's a flat edge and it's gotten angle, but I'm gonna use a smaller one. I just wanted you to see what the angle looked like. And I'm gonna take my petal dust and I'm going Teoh brush on the edges, some of that red. I definitely want to make it nice and what they call hot at point and go along the edge. And then I can just do a little bit going down the center, the main part. But it's not gonna be a stark as it was a Nieh time doing really hot on the edge and then blending it in. This is our row one we're now going to do road to for road to member and uses two pedals, so I'm actually gonna bring out both paddles, and I do want to make sure that there's a little bit of corn starts on this. I'm gonna do that same thing with the ball tool. I'm gonna be half on and half off and go around half on half off and go around. So I'm getting just a little bit of a lift there, and I got to do the same with the other half on half off and go around, and I feel more comfortable, used to going around a little bit more than once. Now, on thesis runs, I'm not going to put it my glue on all of it. I'm going to start at the bottom and I'm gonna go put it on half just 1/2 there and then I'm gonna take this flower that I started and I want to put this pedal so that it's halfway on there and I'm going to bring it down. And the reason why it's just half is because I want to be able to tuck the other pedal in there. So this second pedal, I'm actually going to do the whole pedal. I'm not doing the tiptop there, but I am doing the whole pedal there, and then I'm gonna take this and I'm gonna slide this pedal in there and push it down and bring it around with that done, I now we'll put just a little bit of glue on this and close it over. Now I'm gonna work this so that it's smoothing out the bottom. Come into point at the top. You notice it's just barely opening. Dan, I'm gonna use my petal dust again. And I want to be really hot. Lots of it on that edge, lots of lots of it, and then bring it down and bring it. Don't. And then I'm also gonna bring it up from the bottom to give it more color. And if you were doing the bud, you would stop here, and you would have you, but 5. 05 The Blooming Rose: way. Now we're gonna take this flower, and we're gonna go on to make the part way open flowers. So we're gonna add 1 to 2 more rose. I'm going to bring my three pedals out and I'm gonna very quickly go around 1/2 on half off , trying to thin out the pedal and give it just a little bit lips. A little bit of movement half on and half off. And with this one, I want it to open up just a little bit on the pedal. So again, I have my panel and I have the edge there and I have the edge there. I'm going to start by pit in the middle of my pedal on that edge. I want to do about 2/3 of the way up and only about half of that pedal, and I'm going to put it on you notice there's the thing and I want that to be the middle of this pedal. So I put that on on. I'm sticking down that 1/2 of the pedal and I wanted to be be a little bit above that first pedal and I'm going to take another one and I'm going to do just half of the panel again, and only about 2/3 the way up. You want us little glue as possible because it becomes sticky. I'm gonna open this up so I can stick that end and then close that down. And now, while this is open, I'm going to put just tying a bit of glue on them and close that one down. Remember, I'm not going all the way to the top. And since I'm not going all the way to the top of the glue, my flowers starting toe open up here and that's what we want. Okay, so I'm gonna do the same with this one. Except since it's the last petal on this round, I'm actually going to put glue on both sides, but still only about 2/3 of the way up. And then that one, I'm going to do the same thing. Tuck it in, but lay it down. So it's overlap on both sides. Each time I'm doing glue, I am scraping it on this container so I don't have that much glue. And I just want stick a little bit of glue there and glue this end down there we have, ah, flower that's starting to bloom open. And this could be a spot where you'd end well after, Of course, you color it. So I'm gonna take my red again, and I want to make the tip nice and hot. And this one, I'm also going to put a little bit on the in sight. I make it all of the tips nice. And we call it hot because we're trying to get lots of that color on that, and then I'm gonna bring it down, faded him, and we're gonna do the same on the inside. Okay, We've got one more there that we want a color on the edge, and as you call it, you want to make sure it's staying open, and I'm gonna bring it down, and I want to also color on the edge. Although we go in town and then I'm gonna come up, you're just gonna color it, tell. It's kind of the color you want it to be blending it in flowers, air. Not all one color there blend of many shades of colors. And so that's what we want to get with our rose. And when you think you're happy with your color. You can move on to the next one so you could stop here and you could have a flower that's opened up a little bit more. Four. You could add the fourth row. The fourth row will have four pedals, but we're gonna use the bigger pedal. I want to prepare two pedals at a time because I can fit three on there. But since its for I'm going to do to into remember when I do this, I'm going to go around the edge. And I wanted to have some movement. So it's halfway on and halfway off, which helps give us it movements that I'm gonna turn it, give the indent there, and then I'm going to curl this back because this helps give fullness to the last two layers. You don't have a tour like this. You can just use a toothpick. I'm gonna set those down on the table so I can roll out the last two. And you want to make sure that your phone pad has just a little bit Not a whole lot. Just a little bit of corn starch, So I'm gonna go around the edge again and you're going to see it Get in some movement as we go around the edge and around the edge. Get a flip it and do that in Dent. Do that indent and then curls up back. And you'll probably have noticed, as I'm doing this, that every panel looks just a little bit different. And that's okay, because on flowers, each one is just a little bit different. Now this you're ready to start our fourth level on our flower. I'm gonna take my glue, make sure it's really dry. And this I only want to go about halfway up that I wanted to cover that whole bottom half of the pedal and I don't want it to wet. And I see this one's really wet, so I'm gonna take from that one to do this one so that they're not so wet. So I need to find where I ended. Looks like I ended right here, So I'm going to take this first run. I'm gonna put it so that the middle of it meets there, and I want to push this side down, but flip this side open. Then I'm ready to stick the second pedal in right there where I flipped it open. Push. That, um, persists down over it and flip. This one opened and then let me get my last two pedals ready. Just a teeny bit of glue. Not a whole lot with that down And went that down. Take my flower. But this I also down there, Close that up. I've got one more. Remember, this last one needs to be under here, but also over that 1st 1 So it goes under there and over that one, and then I can close the step. And this I couldn't give some shape to. I want these to start coming out, so I'm gonna bend them out. I'm gonna have one of my flowers be just four rows. So this one is ready, except that it needs to dry before the Calix goes up. So I will hang this one on my flower for him with the others so it can dry. They need to be upside down while they're dried. And I'm going to just hang this upside down on my makeshift flower form. And all this flower form is is a rack from a small oven and a couple of cereal boxes to hold it up. That way, I don't have to buy an expensive one. And I'm gonna want this to dry completely. So this is my partially open rose. It just has the floor rose. I colored that three before I put this forearm. Now I need to color this last rope and again, like with the others. I want to start on the inside at the edge and working my way in, and I'm gonna go deep in and also bring it out. And I want to do that with each pedal starting at the tip and then bring in my way. And with that done, I'm ready to move to the outsides for the outside. I want to turn it so I can see the outside. And again, I'm still gonna work from the tips down where I curled it. I want to make sure those tips also have a little bit darker. I also want to bring up from the bottom. I want to turn it so I can get all up the pedals and it just takes a while. You just have to keep working at it until it's looking the way you want it to look, and you have to look at the flower from every angle to make sure there's nothing missing. You've got the color the way you want it. See, like I can see, I want more dark right there and I want to come up from the bottom to one more pedal to do bring in it from the top down, getting it from the side and also from the bottom up. Now I just want to look at this one and see if there's any spots that need just a little bit more this oneness now ready to be used as is, or at this point, if I wanted another full bloom, I could at the fifth player way. 6. 06 Full bloom Rose: wait. I've cut out paddles for the fifth layer, and I'm just gonna put two at a time because thes air big pedals on here. And remember, I'm going to the half on half off and go around the edge, given it just that little bit of motor movement half on half off, going around the edge that I'm going to turn it and do that ball so it cups up and then I want to turn this, remember like that, and I'm during it. Justice a starting to go down. I'm gonna set those aside and bring the other three for this layout. Because when I start gluing, I want all of these ready. See if I can get these three at the same time. Remember, I go around the edges, go around the edges. I want to go around the edges on all of them. Half on half up. Then I flipped him over. Do that at the bottom. So it's cupping around the cone, and then I and flip that flip that we're ready now to glue these pedals on to our flower and we want to get as little glue on as possible. We want enough so that it'll stick, but not so much that it makes it soggy and wet. So when I dip this in here, I'm going to actually try to wipe us much fruit office possible. And then I'm going to be doing it just halfway up. And then that is going to go right there where that row ended. Remember pit half right, And I press it down. But I don't press this end down until I get the next one on. So now I'm gonna pit but some glue on the next one. It's only going halfway up the pedal, and I'm going to stick this in there and press that down. It should. This part is up until I get the next one in and go halfway up. Stick that and close that. And again, I want that part left open. I've got two more to put on. I'm gonna go ahead and put the glue on both of these so that I'm just putting it on the pedal one right after the other. Okay, so I put this again underneath that one, and then vote this down on it. Have that opened. And then this last one, see that's where I started and I should have this overlapping where I started and under that one, and then I'm going to push it together. I'm going to stick this upside down on my makeshift flower form, and I'm gonna let this set most the way. Once this is dried most away, I will in turn it back up like this and make sure it's opened the amount I want. But I need these to be most the way dry, and that's going to take a while so we'll be back when this is dried. I have let my rose set for about an hour. It really needs to become harder, but it's dry enough that I can now finish coloring it. I want to again do the inside working from the tip and bring it in. And then I will go to the outside and I have five pedals here, so it's gonna take me a little while to get all five pedals. I'm ready now to do the outside. I'm just holding it down and bring in the color from the point onto the flower and you'll notice there's a variation in the color. It's not all one color. There's light and dark, and I just carefully go around and hit all the pedals. Now I just want to look at this carefully and see if there's any spots. I want to add more color, and I see here I want somewhere color where it's really, really pink, and there's no variation of red. I really do want to add some more color. So I'm just going and hitting those spots tell it looks the way I want it to look here. Iss my full bloom rose. I still need to put the Calix on the bottom, so let me show you how to do the Calix. 7. 07 The Rose Calix: way, ready to make the Calix for the bottom of the rose. First we need to color this gum paste green. I want to squeeze just a little bit of green on here, and I'm using a forest dream because it's darker and were the color of the rose leaf. Then the leaf dreamed, and I'm just going Teoh need this intel. It's well needed. You'll notice I have gloves on because I don't want my hands to turn green. Once I have a mixed in Aiken, take the gloves off and not worry about my hands turning green. Although sometimes when working with gum paste, if it starts sticking, you want to pitch some shortening on your hands, and that will help stop the gum paste from sticking, so you'll notice this is a very dark green, and that's what we're looking for. Well, I'm gonna shake this. I wanted to start is a dark ring. Now. I just want a small part of this to do the Kalac's, so I'm gonna leave that part, covered half of my board. I want to put just a little bit of the shortening on so that I can roll this out and with the Calix, we're going to be using this cutter. It's a five pronged cutter. So first, I me to roll this out and I wanted to be not as thin as the rose petal, but I still wanted to be fairly thin. Want to get this side covered with corn starch? And I'm gonna just go like this with my gum paste so that this corn starts on both sides. You don't want to dry it out, but you want to make sure nothing is going to stick to it. Now, I have made five roses or rose butts, So in the end, I'm gonna need five. Kalac's is so I'm gonna start. I don't know if assures how many a bill to cut out of this. There's one ticket very carefully pitted undercover so that it won't dry out. We'll see. I don't know if I can get all five cut out of this, but we're going to try and this likes to stick in there. So what I do to get it to come out is I use the small part of my ball tool and just push it out. So I've got three. I need two more for all of my roses. See if I can get them or file. Need to roll this some more. All right. I want to pick the rest of this in with here because I will need it for the Leafs. And I wanted to stay soft. And now I'm ready to work on the Kalac's is I'm gonna go ahead and work with this one first . I'm going to just make sure it's completely out. Before I used the ball tal I want to do some cuts, so I'm gonna cut right here, right here. I'm gonna do that on each of them. This is kind of a little moist, so I want to a little bit with corn starts, so it'll be a little bit drier. And once I have all of these cuts with my eyeball tool, I'm just going to out and bring each one out and open it up. So I'm not going around going out. You do want to get a little bit thin and you are elongating this, making it bigger than what you cut out now. Can't done. I'm gonna take my needle tool, go like this from the tip in and that's going to give it just a little bit of a rice. Turn that over. Put the glue right in the center, and then I want a stick. My stem through there kind of rest. It's on my finger. Let the why go through my finger, You can see the why wouldn't say my finger. And then I'm going to just bring this up a little bit because I want to come somewhat up and bring this up on the roads like that, Just a little bit more glue on there because we wanted to stick up on the rose. And there you have the Calix on the bottom of the rose. Later, when this is completely dry, will be able to add some color to that. So I'm going to do that same thing with the others. So let me show you again one more time. Can I want to make sure this planet corn starts there and I'm gonna bring one of the Kalac's is up. Place it on there. A little bit of corn starts on them. We're going to cut, and I kind of cut and divide, hurt and divide, cut and divide. We want to do it for all five of them. And then with the ball tool. We're just going to go out long gate, go out. We're elongating and thinning out Long gate out. Long gate out. Long gate out Any long gate and remember, we wanna all right, This We're trying to do it fast. So we get a little bit of a lift on that point, we're gonna turn it over, and with an almost dry brush, I'm gonna bring this close to a little over half way up, and then we're gonna put it on full nose. I'm gonna stick it in the center, bring it over to the edge in between my fingers and draw that down. Once ads down, I'm gonna flip it like that and then rearrange this on the bottom and have that little hook once I like the way it's looking that way, I can turn it right side up and see right knee to add more glue so I can see. I need to add some more glue on these to send a little bit clue there and Trish them up with my finger. There. You have the Calix on that one. I'm going to continue and finish up with the Calix on all these. We're now ready to color this Calix here. And to do that, we're going to use both a green and a reddish orange past. Still, first, I want to just add the screen up each of the stems to give it more color and depth, because we don't like it all to be one color. And I'm using a lighter color because I colored this so dark, so I'm kind of given it the highlights. Now, I want to pitch some red around the base. I'm gonna blow off the excess, and I'm gonna look here, and I'm gonna try to give just a little bit of red on a little bit of the tips, so I just put a little bit on the tips, Not a whole lot. There you have the painting of the Calix. Go ahead and do that with all of your roses. Get them all painted completely in ready, then won't be ready to move on to the Leafs. 8. 08 The Rose Leaves: way ready now to make the leap. The leaf is made different than the others in that we want one part that's a little bit thicker than the rest, cause we're going to stick a wire in it. Let me show you how we do it. But just a little bit of shortening there. And I don't want a very big piece of fund int because I'm really only going to get one leaf out of this fund int kind of roll it in a ball and then flatten it. I'm gonna lay it on there and I'm gonna lightly to heart. I'm gonna go lightly toe heart So it's getting thinner down there. Sustained the girl at the top. With that done, I'm ready to pilled off. I'm going to stick my leaf first in this vein, Er but I want to have the sick part. I want the thick part to be there, and I'm gonna imprint the vein in on the leaf. I'm just gonna push them and you don't have to rein your leaf. If you don't have a boner, it just looks a little bit nicer. Now I gotta take this off and I'm gonna pit it right here. And here is my leaf cutter. You'll notice it has a jacket edge and I want to put it right where it's thick and I gotta push down And I can't cut several leaps out of this because I need the thickness. Now I'm gonna take my leaf and pushing out onto here and I'm gonna take my 24 gauge wire and I'm gonna step it in the glue and I want to wipe it off. Gonna hold this leaf between my fingers, But I'm gonna stick this wire down And where that seamless, then I'm gonna lay it down. Now with my ball tool, I want to thin out the edges. And if you feel like you want to give it more detail cause it's missing some to stick it back in there and push just a tiny bit And there you've got the detail again and then the leave. I just want to stick and something that's got a curve show. It's gonna have a little bit of a curve too dry. So I'm gonna go ahead and make a few more leafs, and you could make him all the same size or you could make him even smaller. But you want to make him the right size for the roses. So see that leaf looks about the right size for that bills. I'm going to go ahead and make some more leaves. I'll show you one more time how to do it. Go ahead and roll it and then put it down and mission down. And then with my rolling pin, go down groups so it sticks better. Good down. Go down, Go down. As I said, I want a little bit thicker at the top and I'm going to go ahead and cut this one and put the wire in it before I put it in the leaf veins. So again, gonna hold this in between my two fingers, I dipped that wire in, but I want to make sure that there's hardly no glue on it. I stick it in and I want to feel it go about at least halfway up. So that is all the way up to right there. Then I'm gonna very carefully to stick that in there, lining it up and then just press the feigning on my leaf. Then I'm going to put it on my foam pad and I'm going to thin out the edges. And I could then out the edges on both sides and they sure you have that mark. He lost it. If it isn't quite center, make that mark and then put that there to dry. So it has a little bit of a form. Go ahead and make your leaves When they're dry, I will show you how to color them my leaves. So now dry and I'm now going to color them like I did this one. I print a little bit lighter green on the leaf to give it some variation And then I tipped the edge with a red orange mixture Let me show you how I did it. So I have a leaf here and I got a pit it by the green And I'm just gonna brush the green on it helps lighten up the leaf, and I'm gonna do the same on both sides. Lightening up the leaf, Dan, I'm gonna come over to the red, and I just want it to tip the edges. If you've ever looked at a Rose Lee, you'll see, and I like to blow it. That There's just a little bit of red on the edges. And there you have the leaf. I'm going to continue doing that to all my Leafs will be back to show you how to put this all together after I have finished coloring my Leafs. 9. 09 Making Baby's Breath flowers: way to show you how to make the family spread. If you've ever seen baby's breath, it's just little teeny tiny flowers that are in Bunches. You just want a very small five point flower tip. You could use one like this. It's got the five points or one like this. Either way, it's fine. I'm gonna use this one. We're going to start out with white gum paste. The first thing we want to dio is we want to put some corn starch Bonner board and just spread it of them. And then we're gonna roll out just a little bit of our gum paste. So there's some gum paste and I want to need it to make it very pliable. With that pliable, we're gonna take a gum paste rolling pin. Now, these are not very long. You could just get a PCP pipe, but these also are not very expensive. And I'm gonna roll out my gum paste and I'm gonna pill it up off of here so that I can keep this covered with corn starts, and I'm gonna want this to be really thin. I wanted to be so thin you could almost see the blue through the gum paste with that really thin. I'm now gonna take my flower and I'm just going to do a home. Then I have one right there and because I want to do several of them before I start to use in the ball tool, I'm going to stick them under this plastic. If you don't have something like this that lifts up, just use some saran wrap and just keep what you've cut under the plastic. So I'm actually going to do several of these. As I said, there are several types of these things, so it might be the You want to use one more like a tip more like this. Okay, you can decide the one thing Reason I don't want to use that particular tip is that it's a little bit harder to get this out of there, but either one will work. So this one all I have to do is push that down and it comes out. And that's why I like these plunger ones when I'm able to use them, especially for little tiny flowers. I have quite a few flowers there, so I'm gonna go ahead and want this up and put it with my other gum paste so that I can start showing you how to make the baby's breath flower. You always want to keep your gum pace covered because it dries out very quick. And so I'm gonna want to stick all of this that I cut out under the plastic and I will take him out just as I need them. I work with them one at a time. As I work with them, I'm gonna use the small foam path, and I'm gonna use a ball tool. And I'm gonna use this really sharp point to do frills. If you don't have a tool like this, you could use a toothpick for this. I'm also going to use this Exacto knife. I'm gonna put my flower up on this raced one, So I want to cut each petal in half. It's so I am cutting this so that it'll frill better in the kind of in the middle of each pedal. And then I am sticking this so that and you notice I'm going back and forth, and then I'm gonna turn it, go back and forth and then turn it back and forth. Um I keep doing that until I have it done. And then I used my ball put tool to make a little cup. Then I'm going to dip my wire and there, and I'm gonna take my panel when I go stick that leaf, that why Right in there, right between my fingers. Once it's there, I'm gonna squeeze this up around it, keep squeezing it until it's all firmly on there. So keep doing that until you get several made and then I'll show you how to put the Bunches together. Okay? I want to quickly show you how to do a bud that has not started opening. All you're gonna do is you're gonna take a piece and you just given make, like, a little ball very little ball, and then put a few lines in there so you'll know that it's going toe open. And then we just stick our bud in. And this one you need to stick actually all the way in like that from the top and then pushed down to secure it. And you're gonna want at least one bud on each sprig. You could have to, but you want at least one, so I have five done. Let me show you how to make a sprig. We're gonna use green floral tape to pit our spring together and you want to take a fairly good sized piece and cut it and then so it's not so bulky. I like to take my floral tape and cut it down to half the width. So instead of it being 1/2 an inch wide, it's going to be about 1/4 oven inch white. And then it's not so boki for our flowers. And I probably made my floral tape, uh, between 12 and 18 inches long, which should be plenty long enough to make our sprig. So I have my floral tape here and I have one of my sprigs and I'm just gonna take this and wrap it around, and I want this toe actually wrapping around itself. Floral tape will stick to itself. So that's what I'm trying to do to get it to start typing it all the way up to the top, and then I'm gonna bring it down just a little bit once I have it down about far. Take another one and I got a kind of bend it and stick it in there. And I keep doing twist around. I want that to be in there. And then I'm gonna stop about that far. This time I think I'm gonna take my bud, and I'm just going to wrap it around a couple of times. Nam. I take my next one, and they're kind of all at the same level. But they're also not quite. Then I'm gonna take my last one. With that done, I'm gonna go ahead and bring the floral tape down to the bottom of all of my wires, and then I could just tear it off, compress it down. I've got my first brigand. I could take this and I can move these so they're not so close, and I can decide which way they're going to be facing. And this brig is now ready for ah, floor arrangement. I'm going to make several more sprigs like this. We are going to now paint the baby's breath. We're gonna use this light green, and we'll get a color just the base where the wire is on our baby's breath toe. Highlight it into blend the wire into the white flour. I want to turn around and make sure that I get every one of the flowers. With that done, I'm going to grab another baby's breath and I'm going to do the same, howling just the base of the flowers onto the wire that that's just a little bit of life to our baby's breath. When you get done doing this with all your baby's breath, we will come back. We will steam a lot of our 10. 10 Steaming The Flowers And Leaves: we're now gonna steam our baby breath to make it kind of a more glossy look and to set the pastels that we painted on to do that. I have this steamer right here and I'm just gonna pit the baby's breath in front of the steam and let the steam said it. And when I'm done, it's going to look wet. The baby's breath will look wet. It will dry. And I'm gonna do that with all of my baby's breath. If you don't have a steamer, you can do this over a teapot that is whistling away. You just need some steam coming, and this just helps bring out the color that's needed in the green, and it also sets it and blends it all together, and you're just gonna have it. Stay in the stream of steam until you see that it's all shiny. Doesn't have to be that close to this thing as long as it's in the stream of Steve. Now that I have the Leafs done, I want to steam the leaves and it's going to give the Leafs that shine and it's gonna help set the color that we put in. You can see how much shiny it is. Let me show you on another one. Here it iss Before I steam it, I look out chance loosened and get it is after its steam I'm gonna go ahead and do all of my leaves Now that I've made my roses and I've colored them, we're going to steam them It's gonna blend the colors better and it's going to make it shiny. So I want to just pick the rose in my stream of steam and I'm gonna turn it so that all parts of the rose get steam. And before I steam the next one, let me to show you the difference. Here's the steamed one. And here's the one that's not student. You can see how much shine here and Gloucester and blended The color is We're gonna go ahead and steam the other roses. I have steamed the flowers and the leaves. Everything is made. Now all we have left to do is to pit our flowers together to make a 11. 11 Putting The Parts Together: way were doing the baby's breath. I cut a length of this floral tape and then I cut it in half. So it's about 1/4 inch wide instead of 1/2 a niche white. I want to decide which flower I want on top, and I'm gonna start with the one that is fully opened. When I'm start in the floral tape, I stick it on like this, My pit my finger there and I just twisted until I have it started on the tape. Now I want to bring this up all the way to the callous, so you cannot see that green wire. I'm gonna add a little bit of depth to that Calix and then we'll send it down and I'm just going to bring this down and I'm gonna stop about there, and I'm gonna grab some baby breath and I want tilt it out. I'm gonna just stick it on that wire and twist it. And then I'm going to stick the leaf in there, bend in the wire on the leaf, sticking it on. I want it on the same grounds. But I wanted just barely under the flower, and then I'm gonna stick a smaller leaf right below that one and have it come out on the other side. And I'll be able to rearrange the way these air facing let later. And I think I need another baby's breath. This one. I'm gonna stick right there, and I'm going to bind it. Then I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna take this all the way down. So I'm gonna keep curling it around on that wire totes all the way down. What's it all the way down? I'm gonna cut out file tape and Sylhet and there's the first part has to baby breath. And as I said, I can rearrange these and I will later, and it's got to leaves and a flower. Now I'm gonna put that aside and I'm gonna take the one that's not full Bloom, but it has bloomed quite a bit. I'm going to do the same thing with that. I'm gonna add some baby's breath and I'm gonna add some Leafs. I gotta start just like I did with the other one, connecting that in taking this up to the top, spinning that around the top, then start spinning and bring it down and right about there on this one. I also want to add a baby's breath. I'm gonna just put that right there and work it in right now, What I'm doing is I'm just working in a few of the items onto each stem, and I'm gonna take another baby's breath and stick it on the other side and work it in and on this one. I'm just going to stick a leaf right here, and I'm gonna work that and I extra stick that leaf higher. So I need to go back up, secure that leaf down, and then come back down and finished this one off. Cut that off. And now I have two sprigs ready. Didn't take my next one. And just like I did the other one. I'm going to start. Turn that around, bring my laurel tape up to where the flower started and then bring it back down. You doing a lot of spinning of the flowers, This one? I'm going to add the baby's breath. This one. I want the baby's breath right up there. I spend it, spun it about three or four times. Then I'm gonna add a leaf. I want to leave it right there in that about three or four times at the next sleeve in that a couple of times on one more babies, breath a little bit lower that end, and then again with this one, spin it. Take it all the way down that, uh, and put that in. Okay, I have another one done. I have two more flowers that I need to add stuff to, and then I can start combining the flowers. I don't think I have enough of this left to do another one, so I'm just gonna pull some more of this floral tape and cut it. And then remember, we take this. We go all the way down, cut mitt at the midway point all the way down. All right? With that done, we're going to get our fun. And with our bud, I'm only gonna pit one baby's breath. But first again, I need to bring this all the way up that around a few times and bring it back down. And I got a pit my baby's breath in there. I'm not my baby's breath to be kind of equal with the flower. I'm going to get that joined did that about five times. And I'm gonna throw a couple leaves in with this one, too. Matt. Down and add the other leaf. Bring that and and take this all the way down. And we have one more to go. Have my flower bring that floral tape around, twisted on there, take it up to the top, leave it with the flower, and then bring it down again. This one we're gonna have to baby press to it. One right there, Disrupt three or four times. Let's do the other baby's breath. Right? The and I've got those baby breath secured and I need my leaf. So I'm gonna come back up a little bit to put my lips one right there, up it around about twice, One right there, up around about two or three times, and then bring it 12. 12 Making The Bouquet: e. I have my five roses. I want to make a bouquet. So I'm going to start with my big one. I'm gonna do the bid one and started to open and a but and then we'll decide whether or not to add the's to it or make a separate one for those two. So, in doing our becae, we need another wire to attach everything to. I'm using a white one so you can see which one they're going to be attached to. But it's all going to be covered in the floral tape, so you're not going to see the white wire. So to start, I'm going to do the same thing with this wire that we did with the green where I'm going to get that started. I want to bring this all the way to the tip and cover the tip and then start bringing it back down with that dumb. I'm not gonna take my big open flower, and I'm gonna lay it right on there. And then I'm going to wrap this floral tape and I'm gonna go up, try to catch some of that and then come back down and I want to get this covered most the way down on the rose. I want it very, very secure. Now I need to bring this back up and I'm gonna add the part way open, and I want it to be, like, right there on this time, doing it a slow way. I want to get this wrapped several times around both of them, and then continue down. And if you're feeling like it's not that secure, which I'm feeling that's not quite secure, I'm gonna come up and I'm going to do a little bit more with all three of them to make that more secure. And now I need to add my 3rd 1 on my 3rd 1 is the But So with the 3rd 1 I want it to be down feeling, and I'm going to wrap that in like this. We'll see how that's being wrapped in. Now I'm gonna take this down, and now I need to decide this system big enough of ah bouquet. And I'm thinking it might be or do I want to add more flowers, and I'm thinking this is plenty big enough, so I'm gonna go ahead and take this all right down till I get to the end off the green is getting really top heavy. And now I'm going to cut this white wire because I don't need it any longer than that. And I'm gonna wrap this and I'm gonna go ahead. I bring this up to give a little bit more stability to the stem, make this stem a little bit thicker. Then at some point, I'm going to go ahead and cut that off. And Sylhet down here is our bouquet. But it's not looking that great yet cause everything's bunched in. So now I need to start moving my lives and my flowers around so that they're highlighting and showing off each other. And I kind of like the baby's breath in there like it ISS And I kind of want the Leafs because this is the front to be facing this way. Gonna bring this leave and this baby's breath out. Just leave right there and you get arranging however you want it. And then I'm gonna take this end here. I'm gonna curve it up like you were to Putin there with that like that and I can adjust thesis another. I've decided I want it lay in like that? Get these. Oh, where I want them. And there you have a lovely three rose bouquet. Now, remember, I still have some roses left. I still have this blooming, but not full bloom. And this starting to bloom. I don't think I really am gonna need that extra. Why? Because it's just the two. And this is really small and not is heavy. So I'm gonna just start it and bring this down. No, this interested it around. And right now, they're kind of moving around because they're not that secure yet. But as I bring it down, that top one is becoming more secure, and I want to bring this all the way down. We're gonna get both these wrapped up. And there you have the 2nd 1 I usually like to have an odd number of flowers, but because I have the sprigs of baby breath that's okay. Toe only have the two. I want to bring these sprigs out so you can tell that they're there, and then this one again. I'm gonna curve more of this like that and make this more upright. And there you have the second we have the 1st 1 that we have laying down on the 2nd 1 We have sticking up like that, and I could even combine them like that for display. So here is our rose bouquet with baby's breath. 13. 13 Final Thoughts: thank you for taking this class. We had fun making gum paste flowers. You learn how to make roses in three forms the bad, the partial bloom and the full blue. You also learn how to make leaves for the roses and then attached the leafs to the flower. We learned how to make the filler flowers called baby's breath. After we made all the flowers, we assembled the flowers into a floral bouquet. I hope your bouquet turned out the way you envisioned. Your project for this class is to make your own floral bouquet. When you have made it, please upload your picture to our project page so we can all see how well you did at making gum paste flowers from my kitchen to your kitchen. Happy decorate.