Happy Friday! I was torn between posting on gum paste roses and the cookie dough recipe. I decided on this post because I promised it first. I will post the cookie dough recipe soon.
The medium and large gum paste roses are made the same way except you will use a different size 5 petal rose cutter and circle cutter.
You will need a 5 petal rose cutter (I used Ateco Rose Petal Plunger Cutters 4 1/2” for large and 3.2” for medium), rolling pin, ball tool, medium ~1 1/4” circle cutter and large 2 1/4” circle cutter, thin foam, thick foam, tooth pick, bowl of sugar glue or water, small paint brush, rack to hang roses, something to hold rose when done (I used a small bowl with foil) and ~20 gauge floral wire.
I cut out 3 five rose petals and 5 round circle from the gum paste. You could add another row of petals if you wanted your rose bigger and more full. If you cut out all of your petals before starting your rose, keep the gum paste under a vinyl mat or plastic wrap to keep the gum paste from drying out.
The first thing you want to do is make your rose buds. It is similar to how I made the rose buds for the small gum paste roses except I used a 20 gauge floral wire and I measured my rose bud vertically inside one of the petals of the plunger. Once you have your egg shaped rose bud, you want to take the floral wire and bend the tip to where it has a small loop on the end. Dip the loop in sugar glue or water and stick it into the fat end of the rose bud. Pinch the bottom of the rose bud to seal it around the wire. Let the rose buds dry for at least a couple of days to be on the safe side. I let mine dry for a little over 24 hours.
Cut out a circle of gum paste and lightly thin the edge with your ball tool. The ball tool should be half way on the circle and half way on the thin foam.
Lightly brush a small amount of sugar glue or water over the gum paste circle. Cover the rose bud with the gum paste circle tucking one side under the other side. The bottom part of the rose bud does not have to be completely covered.
Lightly ruffle the edge of your petals with a ball tool. Brush a small amount of sugar glue or water on the inside of two opposite petals (the petals with the asterisks) and up the sides of the other petals similar to the small rose.
Poke the wire through the center of the petals and through the foam. The fold on the rose bud needs to face the center of one of the completely sugar glued petals.
Cup the rose bud with the two completely sugar glue petals. Tuck one side of the petal in and keep the other side out.
Wrap the other 3 petals around the 2 petals. Keep one side of each petal tucked under the next petal while keeping the other side out.
Hang the rose upside down while you prepare the next row of petals.
For the next two rows of petals, complete the following steps one row at a time. Use the ball tool to ruffle the edge of the petals then take a tooth pick and curl the petals like the below picture.
Turn the petals upside down on the thick foam and thin out the center of the petals with a ball tool.
Lightly brush up the sides of the petals with a small amount of sugar glue or water.
Poke the wire through the center of the petals and foam. Tuck one side of each petal under the next petal while keeping the other side out similar to the first row of petals.
Again, hang the rose on a rack while preparing the next row of petals. Don’t forget to complete the third row of petals.
Cut out 5 medium or large (depending on the size of your rose) circles with your circle cutter. Ruffle the edge of the circles and form the petal on a spoon. Look at the third picture below this paragraph to see an example. Once you’re done with the last petal, brush a small amount of sugar glue or water on the bottom edge of the first petal and place it on the bottom of the rose between two petals. The asterisk on the below picture is a circle petal that was placed in between two petals. Repeat with the next four petals, working on one petal at a time. You can make another row with 7 circle petals if you want a larger rose. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of the last step to making a full rose.
After I sugar glued the last row of petals, I placed the rose on a foil covered small bowl to allow it to dry. I also place small scraps of paper towel in between some of the petals to help shape the rose. The ruffle flower tutorial I posted a few weeks ago shows an example of this in the purple flower picture.
I wanted to also go over how to make free standing rose petals. Cut out a couple of 5 rose petals with my Ateco plunger from gum paste. Next, cut the gum paste petals into a tear drop shape with a knife and formed the petals on a spoon.
The below picture shows the bottom of the 5 petal rose plunger.
Allow your petals to dry on the spoon for at least 24-48 hours.
I hope I explained the steps clearly enough. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email them to me.
Have a great weekend.
Do you have a favorite gum paste flower you like to make? –I like any type of ruffle flower.