I decided to split the gumpaste roses post into two posts, small roses and medium/large roses. The post would be entirely too long if I kept them together.
The first thing you need to do is make the rose bud. Start with a small piece of gum paste and roll it into a ball.
Shape the ball into an egg shape by putting more pressure on one end.
Dip one end of a toothpick or floral wire into sugar glue then insert it into the fat end of the rose bud.
The rose bud should be slightly smaller than the width of a petal on the cutter. You will want to give the rose buds at least 24 hours to dry, maybe even more. I recommend sticking the toothpicks or floral wire in a block of styrofoam to allow the buds to stand while drying.
You will need a small five petal cutter, ball tool, small rolling pin, sugar glue or water, toothpick, thin foam pad and thick foam pad. You will use the five petal cutter to cut out 3 five petals out of gum paste or fondant mixed with tylose.
The small spatula, or knife, is needed to cut deeper petals.
Take your ball tool and slightly ruffle, adding pressure, to the edges of the petals. You will do this by keeping half of the ball on the petal and the other half on your thin foam.
Once you have ruffled the edges of your petals, brush a small amount of sugar glue, or water, on the inside of two opposite petals and up the sides of the other three petals. The dash (-) and asterisk (*) are the two petals you brush the inside with glue.
Poke a hole through the center of the five petals with the toothpick and wrap one of the completely sugar glued petal around the rose bud.
Take the other completely glued petal and cup the rose bud. Press on the sides of the petal and open the top a little if wanted/needed.
Start to wrap the other 3 petals around the rose bud. Keep one side of each petal tucked under the next petal while keeping the other side out. Look at the below photo.
The next steps you will do for the 2nd and 3rd set of petals. Ruffle the edge of the petals with your ball tool like before.
Use a toothpick and curl the sides of the petals to form a loose point.
Flip the petals onto your thick foam upside down and presses slightly in the center of the petals with the ball tool.
Brush the sides of the petals with a small amount of sugar glue or water.
Poke a hole through the center of the five petals with the toothpick your rose is on. Wrap the petals around the rose like before, tucking one side of each petal in while keeping the other side of the petal out. It might help to turn your rose upside down to do this part, especially if your gumpaste is soft.
The below pictures is what your rose will look like with the 3rd row of petals.
I hope I explained the steps clearly enough. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email them to me. The medium/large roses are similar to the small roses, but they have a few additional steps. I will post the tutorial soon.
I hope you have a great weekend.
Anyone have any baking plans this weekend? –I’m decorating a birthday cake tonight and making cupcakes Monday night.