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Wildflowers In Sugar Craft

Nadia Jay, Sugar Flower Artist

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11 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction to Making Boho Wildflowers

    • 2. Wildflower Supplies

    • 3. Mushroom Tutorial

    • 4. Daisy flower tutorial

    • 5. Forget Me Not Tutorial

    • 6. Thread Top Berry Tutorial

    • 7. Ruffle Flower Tutorial

    • 8. Grass Tutorial

    • 9. Small Leaves Tutorial

    • 10. Small Open Rose Tutorial

    • 11. Final Thoughts Wildflowers


About This Class

Let's think about wildflowers. They are the most commonly overlooked flower and fauna for inspiration in cake design, and I can never understand why. So that is why I created this class, to help students stand out form the crowd, and learn to fill their sugar floral arrangements with unique and exciting little blooms

We will look at the forget me not wildflower, which adds a real pop of colour to your arrangements 

Cover how to incorporate sewing thread into your sugar craft to add a new texture to the simple berry.

Edible mushrooms and grass help elevate your designs. 

And all these can be made very simply with a high quality sugar florist paste, florist wire, and just a few tools.

Here is what you will need to help you complete this class

Non Stick Work Board

Edible Glue


Culpitt Stay Fresh Matt or Lock and Seal Bag

Florist Wire - Gauge #18 #24 #26 #28 #30

Scissors/Heavy Duty and Sewing

Needle nose pliers

Various edible coloured gel based food paste ( Students encouraged to experiment with their colour choice)

Cornstarch or Petal Rub

Cotton Thread in Ivory

Florist Tape

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1. Introduction to Making Boho Wildflowers: welcome to my latest skill share class that it's all about making boho theme sugar flowers. Now I call these boho sugar flowers because they're very organic. Have a real natural Phil will look a house, make edible mushrooms. Everything's very tiny. Percy. The woman's a cool I'm just free flair on fixes. Really The theme that we're go for now, A little bit of history behind this class. I actually have a commission for her themed wedding cake in May off six year on. So while I was making all the flowers to go to this cake, I thought would be the perfect opportunity to share how I make these flowers with you guys . So in this class will look at how to make edible mushrooms. Forget me, not flowers, which are these tiny, bright blue flowers that we find a lot in England around springtime. And you find if you plant a few, they will just seed absolutely everywhere. And you just have a carpet of this gorgeous blue in spring. So they're absolutely stunning on because my color palette in this project is quite muted. The blue really adds a pop of color, just absolutely stunning in your designs will also helps make really delicate Little Daisy Fallon's These so fun and pretty to make perfect out of a little flower into any sugar flour. The management. We'll also look at how to make these lemon colored ruffle flowers. These are particularly based on a real found that you find in nature, but they're just a really fun and pretty flowers to make, and they will really look fantastic if you're going for kind of her. Should our design, we will also look at how to make little or commerce ist, which you can see here on. This is kind of just started to get you guys advancing into making wired petals Onda Center for Flower So we'll start small because once she must have to make the smaller powers in later classes will start looking. I have to make the larger flowers my ideas on your panties, and then, finally, probably the most trickiest part of this class will be house. Make the sugar flour will gum paste edible cross. Now, as you can imagine, Grass plays a very thin on. We're going to be working with thin wire, trying to add gun pay successfully onto this wire so that it does look like a kind of texturizing beautiful blade of grass. You might find this a bit fiddly at the beginning, but I guarantee you wants to get the hang of this. You'll be else making really quickly and they just really impressive to have into your ship arrangements. I guarantee you people will start looking very closely at your arrangements and asking how you made sets in areas because they just look so intricate, realistic. So in this house, I simplistically be going over house. Add a lot of color to each of these flowers are me because I have covered this in previous classes. So it is exactly the same method as before. And that's what I been through it you guys. But if you are very need Teoh sugar craft on, you know, really getting the hang of house. Apply the color. Please feel free to go back to my previous classes were cover. All of this. Same also goes for arranging. These flowers will also cover how to make a few tiny leaves again, just using simple tools cutters. I haven't covered how to secure these into an arrangement because again you can learn this in my sugar flour class that covers the very basics. So let's take a look at the supplies we will need. 2. Wildflower Supplies: For this project, we will need a non state map that we can wear calm and also a board that has thes Mexican hat holes. We'll also need a softer map with the Mexican hat holes, but you'll notice of this. It's made from a phone. There'll be various tools will need, such as a drug brain tool. You're foretell with different size balls on each end and also a petal Orly faint at all. We will need Cem thin scissors, needle nose pliers and a nonstick rolling pin. This coal pits stay fresh. Matt is really fantastic for when you're cutting out lots of petals. Alternatively, you can use an airtight looking sealed bag. We'll need a daisy cutter fanja, a five petal blossom cutter or plunger on a cherry blossom cutter, all in a smaller size. You also need the 1st 2 smallest cutters in your rose petal casa set. We'll need some edible blur on various paintbrushes, a paint palette or petal forming trade cotton thread on various florist wires. I like to keep sizes 18 up to 30 toe hand. Most importantly, you really will need a very high quality sugar. Florist paste will govern paste a full list of the supplies you will need with links to where to purchase. These will be found in the class description box, so let's get started. 3. Mushroom Tutorial: Okay, so we're going to do here is we're going to start making these really cool little edible mushrooms. Now, you'll need a piece of 26 gauge wire and a good size piece of gum paste. And we're just going to roll this on, get out all the creases and then starts Roll this into your little fat sausage shape, but just keep in the very top end around it. So we're just kind of making a stem and just keep him one end as a round teardrop shape so that we can use that for the top of our toad store. So I'm just gonna work that down then. And now what will now be the stalk? And then I'm going to take my index fingers and just kind of start working that into the very bottom of that kind of teardrop rounded shape that we've made at the top. So just working that in smoothing that out, and then you can actually just kind of take your index finger and just slightly softened around the very edges. Just soften that, pressing the edges downwards. So you're kind of making like a the top of a pin for example, I'm also taking the very side of my thumb, and I'm kind of just digging this in as I twist the mushroom round in my hand and that will kind of just thin out the very underneath of the mushroom. So there we have it, and then I'm going to take some edible glue and I'll just put this onto the wire and then threat This about that is the way through the stock of the mushroom, just pinching Afacan paste onto the wire so that it's nice and secure, and we'll leave that overnight to dry in some polystyrene. And then I'm going to add this edible brown color from roll come. This has a really beautiful am glittery finish to it. So this is really lovely to just add some interest in definition to the top of the mushroom , and I'm just gonna kind of roughly dust that arm to the top of the mushroom, just brushing that all over the top. A vow. Toadstool. Sorry, I'll just interchange between mushroom and toe stool. But it's the same thing and a little bit of that husband onto the stork. But not to worry, because that's just brush that into, and I'll just make it really organic and add lots of interest. Now we're gonna go in with this nutmeg brown, which is a map color, and it's a little bit darker because I need the top of these mushrooms toe. Have more definition, so we'll lay that upon to our soft round paintbrush and just brush that really nicely on top and build the color off again. And remember that you can do this with any color that you wish. You might want to try and play with blues or reds or purples, especially if you're making a really kind of Alice in Wonderland or fantasy style cake. And you can play around with the size as well off the mushroom. So just make sure you get really creative and keep practicing, making small mushrooms and large ones. And then we have it a little mushrooms really easy to do 4. Daisy flower tutorial: So to make these little Daisy Fellowes, I've gone ahead and added a small piece of yellow gum paste to the top of a 24 gauge wire on. I've just let these set overnight, so they're nice and firm and easy to work with now. Taking your gum paste a product that I love to use, is called petal base. This is almost like a tracks. It's a vegetable shortening based product that you can just rubble into the surface that you're working on to make sure your gun pace doesn't stick to the board. Alternatively, use corn starch. Now we're just going to roll this out and taking a daisy cutter. We're going to cut out to Daisy's Per Daisy Flower. That would make him. And then we will take the smallest size ball on our portal on just slowly work around using gentle pressure. Work around the edge of each flower, kind of really gently rolling out and soften in each of those petals. Say that can stick a little bit sometimes. So always feel free to just add a little corn starch to the top of the flower. Or even you can add this to your bottle. And don't worry too much if it does kind of tear a little bit. This soldiers kind of out to the overall effect of the flower and just make it look a little bit more realistic and at interest. So I'm just going to keep going, working out each petal a softly as I can. So we got these really nice little ruffle effects. Oh, I'm going to make a little hole in the middle of both of thes flowers, and you can do this with either a toothpick. I'm just using my little kind of vein intell here to do this and then taking your pre made Daisy Center. But we're going to just add a little piece of glue to the bottom of the budge and then just place this through the pre made whole. And I just pre make the whole because it's a bit easier than trying to tear it with the wire. I just find it gives you a more precise finish. So without a little bit more glue to the next layer, and we will threat that flower on top of the other excuse my hands being in the way a little bit hit, but I will flip the service so you can see. So we're basically just layering on these shapes and then we'll put it in effect. Petal Former to dry up overnight 5. Forget Me Not Tutorial: so it's make these sweet little forget me, not flowers. You'll need a piece of 24 gauge while with a hook made in the very top of it. And then we will need some baby blue gum paste, a even smaller piece of white gum paste and then an even smaller piece off yellow gum paste . And you'll see why in a second, so we'll take our larger piece and then using this Mexican hat board, we're going to go in at the smaller hole and place the gum paste over the small hole and then just work that gum paste into the hole and then roll in this out so that we then it on . What you will see is that when we turn it over, we have this nice little top hat on the end. So I'm going to take my five piece blossom cutter Onda. Take that over the top, making sure that this sent a bit that we've made is in the middle off Al Kata and just press down to reveal I'll blossom. Then take a small piece of the white gum paste, and we're just going to roll it into a full on then just flattened this with our finger into the very center of the flower. And then you want to take an even smaller piece of the yellow gum paste and then place this in the center on. Then just press that down in with your cone tool. Now what you can do is make little shapes in here with your dress dental. It's a kind of just make a little bit of a definition, but you can always just fasten this down as well. That's not a step that you necessarily have to do. Now. I'm gonna take myself Matt on place the blossom in the smaller hole again, and then just using my dog bone tool, work out those little petals soft in them as I go, just to make it more delicate and more realistic and more just press in the center of the Forget me, not too, so we blend in the yellow and the white gum paste so taken some edible glue will put that on the top of our while with the hook in, and we would then drag that down the very center off. Al, Forget me, not flower. Then tape room that gum paste onto the wire itself so that it holds really nicely and it is secure. Then we can kind of crinkle and bend those little petals in the shape that you wish to make them more realistic. So, like to kind of squeeze some of these and play around with different shapes just to add interest. And then we can leave that to set overnight. You could also out a little bit of color to these building up the color if you wish with some edible blue dust, but we'll set that up in simple the styrene ready to be placed on our cake. 6. Thread Top Berry Tutorial: Okay, so we're going to take a piece of 24 gauge wire and then we're just going Teoh Teik only don't knows Pires on just hook over the very top off the wire. But when it grows close this in and we're going to take some ivory seven threat a long piece. And we're gonna fold this over itself like this 3 to 4 times. So we folder again and we'll folder another time. We're looping it over so that it's kind of looped onto itself just like this. And you just want to have a little hope available to then hook your florist wire through. So just gonna hook that through the little hoop we've made with the threat holding that tie and then just kind of close in the end of that hook down onto the base of the wire so that we have a little piece like this and then we'll just take Cem. It's Norris type. I've cut my florist eight in half, so that it is just a thin piece will stretch it to activate it. And then we will just take that tape and just secure it around where we've attached the threat to the hook, and this will just keep everything in place and make sure that it doesn't move too much. So just ref in it a little bit around the base of the threat that's on the hook and then taking it down the rest of the wire just to secure it. So it was struck that down. Now let me cover the while. Now what you need to do is get some scissors. So I use just very thin sewing scissors hit and they're just going to cut straight across off that hoop. So we have this nice little fluffy bit here, and that will be the top of our very So we're going to take a little piece of gum pace. I've colored this a deep blue so you can go for black or purple, whatever color that you want to die your gum paste. And I'm just going to take a little bit of edible were and just put this on the very base of the wire, hold the base where we've made the threaded top and then just smoothing out all the wrinkles on our gum paste Will simply going to just pool the berry from the bottom of the wire through to the top aan den. Just secure that nicely to the base. So you just put on it through and then leaving that fluffy little piece at the top to make our threaded Berries, as I call them. So there's a really cool and really interesting and fantastic to add to your designs. 7. Ruffle Flower Tutorial: so using the same method that we used to make the forget me, not flowers, were going to take our Mexican hat board. And we're going to go in on the smallest hole on the board with our yellow gum paste, have died this very pale lemon yellow, and I'm going to roll this out with my role in pin, just smoothing it out. So it's nice and Finn, and as you can see, we've got our little hap top here on the underside that we've made. So what we need to do is flip this over on. Take our little ruffle flower cutter are five piece Boston cutter and just place it over the little hat top that we've made and cut out the shape. And then what I'm going to do is I'll move this unto a soft Matt place in the hap top into a nice little hole. So it sits there comfortably, and we don't really want to squash or fasten down that hole, and I'm going to take my dressed in tool vein. It'll and just gently press that in on drag out. So we're pressing the tool down into the center. All the Fowler and then dragging it out a few times onto each petal. Making these little line indentations on that just adds really interest and make some really floaty Andi Brahimi. Um, so without wire that has a little hook on the top, we're going to put this into the edible glue and then just thread this through the very center off our flower again. And remember, we have that little hook at the top of the wire toe. Help the gun pace. Have something to secure onto and remember will just taper off that access gum paste so that it sits nicely onto the florist wire. And it's nice and secure so that we have at a beautiful little ruffle flower that could be made in lots of different colors. Remember to play around with those petals as well, and shape them so that they're a nice little ruffle shape that suits you. You can really play around to make them that like they're moving in the wind 8. Grass Tutorial: Okay, So for the challenging part, we're going to make these ready. Whimsical piece off grass, sugar craft. The's actually not too hard to make. You need a recent piece of wire. So I'm going to go in here with a 28 gauge wire on. Did you want to wrap this in florist tape first? Now only need half the whipped for this tape. So really neat. Trick is, if we fold this over on itself and then we will fold it again. And then what you can do is cut right down the middle with some scissors and then you'll half your tape. You can also buy Flores tape kind of strip cutters, but this is a really easy way to do it without investing in additional tools. So we're just unravel that, and then we will pull it to activate the stickiness. And we're going to distract this round the whole entirety off the wire. And we just do this because it will help. The gun pace sticks to the wire as well as it will be finished and ready for us to place on the cake. So take some gum paste. Will need quite a small piece on. We're going to keep this dyed green already. Alternatively, you can go with white and color this. I'm going to roll this into really thin sausage shape. Now in the video, I will actually show you this thicker than I would usually do it myself. So, at an edible glow to the end of the wire, we're now going to thread this through the entire tee off our thin sausage Gump a shape so that we are almost to the very end of the gun pace but not poking through. And you're going to kind of twist the gum paste as you go along the wire. Well, then take out scissors and start cutting in at an angle, being careful not to cut right through, but just slicing it down, twisted as we go alternate in the sides. And don't worry if some of the wire is showing through as you cut, but typically, I would do this a lot thinner. We've with a thin a piece of gum paste. However, for the video, I will show you this with a thicker piece of gun pace to start with a thick piece and then go as thin as you can possibly go without losing the structure off the gum paste. So I just slice it all the way up that leaving the very tip to be pointed. And then we can just gently brush out these little pieces here. And just with practice, you'll be able to make you'll grass even thinner. They're gonna just pinch this top here, and then we'll leave this to dry. I have a night now. We can ask some color two days. Once there will set up on dry. I like to go in with a darker green, so I'll just take my fat paintbrush dust. Enough. The access Andi, I will just gently brush this in an upwards direction over the grass, and I'm going to leave the very tip off the grass without this color on, because I want to go in and add a pink edible dust. And that just adds some interest. And again, I encourage you to play around with your color palette. Here, test out different colors, maybe green with some yellows, some browns, maybe a little hue of purple or Merv definitely play around with this and go for colors that really suit your style. but just very gently brushing that on. Being careful not to press too hard will be too rough as we will start to break off those nice little pointy pieces that we've made. So I'm now going to go in with my really pale pink, edible dust and then just gently brush that over the top. I don't want to make this to stronger color. I just want this to have a really nice hint of pink. And again, this is just to really add some interest in our cake displays and floor arrangements. 9. Small Leaves Tutorial: says, Make these little leaves. You won't need any cutters, and I have made these in previous classes. So I've taken some gum paste and I've died. It a eucalyptus color using this gel based paint by sugar flare. Of course you can die. You're paste any color that you wish. But I really like the bluey tones that it gives. I've rolled my gum paste into a little pointed teardrop shape, and I'm going to take a piece of 24 gauge while you can use 26 in this case on. Then just let this just 1/5 of the way into my gun pace and then just kind of worked on the very base so that it secures itself onto the wire. So just fat in that with my fingers, it's nice and secure, and then I'm just going to take the end of my little vein. It'll But you can use a small rolling pin for this, and I'm just going to kind of roll out just the very top off the paste. Now against take my vein, it'll and drag alive through the center and then just make some gentle little diagonal lines on the edges of this leaf just to make some really simple tiny little flowers. And then we'll just call and pinch in those edges. Pension in the top on just making sure it's nice and secure to the wire us that we haven't arse little ruffled and whimsical leaf like this, I feel seeing when we kind of secure them all together. You could make a nice little spray of pristine vine leaves toe ad to your flower arrangements, like so. 10. Small Open Rose Tutorial: So we're gonna go in with these pieces of 30 gauge wire. They're very, very thin. But we will need these to make these stamens for the center of our open rose with our yellow gum paste of going to take a tiny piece. And I'm going to roll this on Ben, Make it a cone shape just by tapering off the very end off the gum paste, as you can see here at a little bit of glue to the end of that wire, and then we're just going to thread this through the bottom off our newly made stain and head. This can be a bit fiddly, but with practice you will get used to it. And it's a great way to save on costs and make your own stamens rather than purchasing them so gorgeous. Taper the ends off the stamen or the gum paste down to the wire, and then just twisting and taken off any access pace. Just making sure that's really sick. You're going to want to do this with the other wires, and then we will leave this overnight to set up on dry. To make the petals for the rose, you'll need a small petal cutter and then a larger petal cutter. So we're going to take the true smallest petal cutters in our rose cutter set. But I will show you how to do this. Firstly, without using a cutter, you will take a ball of gum paste on. We will roll this out, but it needs to be fairly thick, and we're just going to roll this out into a really rough little petal shape, so you will have to kind of usual natural instincts to do this. As you don't have any immediate guidance taking your 24 gauge wire, you want to have a little bit of glue to the end on a thread this through the very center off this petal, making sure that it doesn't show through the front or the back. You may want to go in with a 26 gauge wire to do this, as it will be thinner and allow you more room. We'll put this onto a self matt, and then we will just soften this with a ball tool. So we're just going to soften those edges very gently with gentle pressure, allowing the ball. It'll to be half on the mat and half on the edge of the petal. Carl those in your fingers to your preferred shape and then leave them to set overnight pressed down into a Little painters tray so that we get this really ideal shape that we want to go for. We would need three of those petals in the smaller size. If you do have a cutter set, then that's fantastic. Will go in with the smallest cutter in the set on. We'll make our first little petal taking a Y on a little bit of glue. We're just going to threat that through the bottom again. Make sure you do know overload your wires with too much glue as this can just make the petal slide off really easily and your fingers will get so sticky and I'll make it really hard to work with. Put in this on our soft match again. We're just going to really slowly and gently soften those edges and then even kind of gently pull the gum paste outwards to make it a little bit larger and just more interesting . And I really love to kind of calm my edges in just add interest to make it look really organic and whimsical, and again, we'll just press that into the tray and the fact to set overnight. Now, with the next size up the next, the petal cutter that is the next size up in our set, we will now need to cut out five larger petals. So just wrong that gum paste fairly thick again. We don't want to go too thin with this, cause we do need to allow enough room for us to put our wire through the center. We'll just cut out five of these petals. Now, remember, gum paste does dry up very, very quickly. So as you're working with this, make sure any petals that you you are not used in you place into an airtight bag container . Or better still, if you can purchase one of those, um, special, especially made acetate maps, you can actually place that over your petals to make sure that the air is locked out from them and they don't dry out before we get to add all these beautiful ruffles to the edges. So again, I'm just gonna get my ball tool and soften out those edges off the larger petals. Well, colors again, and we will leave them to dry overnight in a paint palette so you can purchase petal formers online or in your local craft store. All you can easily get hold of thes paint palettes, which I prefer to use. They are very inexpensive. Now. What we want to do is we've got our stamens and we have our forest tape here. We're using half the whipped again of the florist tape, as previously shown on going to stretch it to activate it. And then I'm just going to place the tape around the very top of the wire, securing it onto itself on Ben. Just place in each stamen next to the other whilst twist in the tape around them so that they're nice insecure. This is exactly the same method as we used in previous classes. Go check out the assembly off sugar flowers. In my very first skill share class on the platform taking the three smallest petals were going to generally been those back. Make sure they are nice and dry and that they have set up pretty well overnight and we're going to take the 1st 1 pressing that into the center of the statements that we've made just underneath the very bottom off them and secure in the tape, Brown will take the very next one, place this at an angle next to the 1st 1 that we've laid in. And then we will just take the tape all the way around again and then we will take out next ones. If you think of the face of a clock, what kind of doing this as 12 o'clock, eight oclock and four o'clock and then we have the fest layer off petals. And now we're going to go in with our five petals and the easel essentially fill in those gaps that we have. So the first kind of gap that we have here will place the larger petal behind. And we will just take that tape all the way around. Well, then go in with E next petal at the next corner on. Then our next petal taken in that got fill in that gap in. So we have three little petrels round there and you can leave it like this. But to get a real kind of rounded shape, I want to place in a few more. So just move those petals around a little bit on Find the next best place and gap to put the remaining two petals. This gives you just a really organic and beautiful shape. I absolutely loved making these flowers on will definitely be making a lot more. So I really do encourage you again to really play around with your color palette when making these flowers. 11. Final Thoughts Wildflowers: thank you for joining me on will now be my thirst fuel share class. I have really enjoyed teaching guys how to make thes beautiful little bohemian themed sugar Bowers practice really does make perfect. So please do not lose hope. If you do find that you're struggling a little bit with making these flowers, if you're finding it hard to really capture the method, then go and check out my previous class building confidence in sugar flour artistry The basics. Remember, share your work in the project. Valerie on post your questions if you have any at all. Because I'm always here to provide feedback on advice, you can find me on all social media platforms that instagram is where I hang out the most creative play around with the color and don't be afraid to experiment. And sugar for art should be really personal to you. And I really want to encourage you to find your own style when creating these for hours until next time. My buddy in botanist