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Nothing says Irish like Beautiful Lace

Nothing says Irish like Beautiful Lace
Click on photo for Earlene Moore's tutorial for beautiful fondant lace and have fun with your next cake!



Monday, December 27, 2010

How to make a Long Stemmed Sugarpaste Rose

Long Stem Rose

Supplies needed:
 pink gumpaste
dark green gumpaste
fondant roller and board
Gum Glue
#18 covered wire
#28 green covered wire
wire cutters
rose petal cutters
leaf cutter
Silicone leaf veiner
calyx cutter
Ball tool
2 artist brushes
butter yellow petal dust
african violet petal dust
shaded tree  ( green ) petal dust
green floral tape


1. Make a 1" cone from pink gumpaste. 

2.  Flatten the sides and top of cone by hand, as shown below.

3. Using ball tool, thin the edges of flattened gumpaste.

4. Roll one side of thinned gumpaste over cone,

then fold the other side over the cone to create the center bud.

5. Make a hook on the #18 wire. Moisten the hook with gum glue.

Insert into the center of the bud, then twist slightly to secure.
Set aside to dry, then continue with the next steps.

 6. Roll pink gumpaste paper thin.
Cut three petals with small rose petal cutter.
(Cover two petal swith plastic wrap to protect from drying as you

7. Gently move the ball tool in a circular motion in the center to create a cupped petal.

8. Thin the edge of the petal with ball tool.

I like to make the top of the petal slightly ruffled.
9. Moisten the bottom of petal with gumglue and place on center bud.

10. Repeat with the two more petals.

11. Cut three more petals using the larger rose petal cutter.
Follow steps 7 through 9.

12.  Continue, 3 petals at a time, until you have the rose as full as you want.
Hang upside down until completely dry.
13. Roll green gumpaste, from center to sides, creating a thick ridge in center of gumpaste.
14. Place cutter over the center of ridge to cut leaf.
15. Moisten the end of #28 wire with gum glue and thread through center of ridge.

16. Place leaf in veiner and gently press.

17. Thin the edgle of the leaf using the ball tool.
18. Curve the leaf slightly to create movement in the leaf.
Repeat steps 13-18 five more times to make 6 leaves total.
Then hang upside down until completly dry.

19. Brush the edges of leaves with a different shade of green petal dust.

20. I like to brush a bit of yellow in the center of rose petals.

then touch the edges of petals with a darker shade using a flat brush.
For this rose, I used african violet because it was to compliment a lavender cake.
A dark pink or carnation red can be used also for a pinker shade.

21. Roll green gumpaste thin, but not paper thin and cut a calyx using the cutter.

22. Moisten the center of the calyx with gum glue and push the stem of the rose through the center of calyx and attach at base of rose.

22. Twist three leaves together, create two sets of leaves.

23. Cut the floral tape in half lengthwise.
Starting about 3/4" from the base of the the rose, began covering the stem of the rose, moving up to the base of the rose and then spiraling down the stem.

attaching and covering the stem of the leaves as you move to the end of the stem.

Photography and Tutorial by Jacque Benson 2010.
All Rights Reserved

This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

Monday, December 20, 2010

O Holy Night--a Sugarpaste Christmas Angel Trio tutorial

This is a tutorial for creating a Christmas Angel trio. They are fairly simple to make, but by adding artistic touches and your own creativity, you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you like.
This is a project that needs time to dry before finishing the last step, so be sure to allow plenty of time.
Either start in the morning and finish at the end of the day, or allow two days for the whole project.

You will need:

3 Waffle cones
1 bowl water
Fondant roller and board
white gumpaste
gum glue*
ball tools of various sizes
Woman Full Torso and/or Girl face mold ( use med. size)
pastel pink and yellow non toxic pastel chalk
cotton swab
Celcake LargeWing molds 
several artist brushes
#32 wire

* Gum Glue- add 1/4 tsp Tylose powder to 2 T hot water.

Since the trio of angel will be staggered heights, you will want to shorten one cone by 1/2 inch and one by 1 inch. The easiest way to cut a cone is to place the end of the cone in a bowl of water 1/2 inch deep.

Allow to set for 10-15 seconds, then remove.

Using scissors, carefully cut softened cone over a paper towel .
For one inch cut, you will have to repeat this process twice.
Set upright on paper towel to dry.

Be sure your cut is level.
Now you have the foundation for your angel trio.

Form a one inch square of gumpaste.

Dampen lightly the end of cone with gum glue.

Place the square of gumpaste one the pointed end of cone
and shape around cone as shown below, creating a waistline for angel.

Cut 4 triangles of gumpaste to the pattern shown.
Cover with plastic wrap to protect while working.
I started with the smallest angel, cutting four 3 inch triangles.
For, remaining angels, add 1/2 " to length.

Dampen waistline of angel with gum glue..

Add two triangles to sides of cone, as shown below

On the two remaining triangle, carefully roll back the sides about 1/4"
and brush with gumglue

Attach the folded triangles to the previously attached triangles to create skirt.
Press top of skirt into waistline to secure.

Roll out and cut a 1/2" strip to cover the waistline as a sash.
Secure to waistline with gumglue
Roll out and cut another strip about
5-6" in length and about 1/2" wide.

Cut wider at ends, as shown in photo.
Fold in half and attach to back side of waistline using gumglue.
To create movement, attach part of the sash to skirt
at various points using gumglue.

Roll out and cut a 1"x 3/4" rectangle square and a 1/4"x 3/4"

Fold the 1" at the center to create bow, and wrap
the 1/4" strip around the center, cutting excess and securing with gumglue.

Attach to the back of angel at waistline, using gumglue.

For sleeves, roll out a 1/2" roll of gumpaste about 2-1/2" long.
Narrow the center of the roll, by pressing and rolling in the center, narrowing and
elongating the roll.
When the roll is narrowed as shown below, press the ball tool
into the end of the roll to hollow slightly.

Shape ends of roll into a bell, by thinning and ruffling the
edges using the ball tool.

When finished, press the end of a smaller ball tool (1/4")
into the hollow of the sleeve to create an indention
for attaching the arm of angel.

Dampen the top of bust of angel with gumglue and
press the center of the sleeves over bust to secure, as shown below.

Roll out 1/4" x 1" lengths of gumpaste.
Press on end to flatten for hand.
Cut 4 slits for fingers and gently roll, using hands,
into round fingers and thumb.

Roll and cut a 3/4" circle. This does not need to be precise. Thin and ruffle edges of circle with a ball tool, as shown below. This is the ruffled collar.

Attach the collar to top of bust and insert the
arms into the sleeves using gumglue.
The arms can be a bit tricky sometimes, so be patient and
hold to sleeve until they are secure.

Roll out a ball of gumpaste. Dust with cornstarch, them press firmly
into face mold. I used a young girl face mold for my two shortest angels, and
a woman's face mold for the tallest angel.
The face below is the woman's face mold.

Paint the faces carefully immediately after removing from mold.
I find it is easier to apply color to the face while the gumpaste is still supple.

Paint lips using the pink edible marker. ( This is the girl's face)

Rub the cotton swab over pink pastel chalk
and brush gently over cheeks.

Using the blue and brown edible markers, create the eyes and eyelashes.
Dip a toothpick into white Americolor gel and place highlights in the eyes.

Dampen the bottom of the neck with gumglue and smooth
into the body using the ball tool.

Make a 1/2" ball for each wing.

Press into the mold , then place the two sides of mold
together and press firmly and evenly.

Open mold and remove wing. Cut off any excess from the edges.

Place on a foam pad to firm.

When firm enough to handle, dampen the back of angel with gumglue
and press the wing, securing the center by pressing and smoothing with the ball tool.
Set a styrofoam cone on end to secure the wings
or lay angel over a bowl until wings are secure.

Repeat the process with the remaining two angels.
Set aside to fully dry.

After the angels are fully dried, then you can apply the hair.
Using a little  of the yellow pastel chalk, color a small amount of gumpaste (about a 2-3 " ball ) for the angels' hair.
The yellow is quite pale, almost white.

Press through a clay gun using the disc with the multiple small holes.

Cut off desired length, then roll the edges to curl using the toothpick.

Moisten the entire head with gumglue and attach the hair, beginning at the back of the head and moving forward.

When finished, sprinkle hair with rainbow disco dust to create
"heavenly" glow.

Cut the #32 wire about 3" long and shape into a circle,
Twisting to secure and leaving a 1/2" extension.
Brush the circle generously with gumglue and dip into
rainbow disco dust to create the halo.
Insert the extension of wire into hair.

I finished angel by dry dusting using luster dusts. When dry dusting, touch the end of the brush into the dry luster dust and tap off excess dust before applying to your gumpaste.

Dry brush the angel's gown using the ultra white sparkle luster dust using a 1/2 flat brush,
the dry brush the wings with gold shimmer dust.

Place the final touches on the angel by dry dusting the edges of the wings and sleeves
with gold highlighter luster dust.


To all our Friends who visit us weekly, we wish you
a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

'Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Luke 2:9-14

Tutorial by Jacque Benson
All Rights Reserved 2010
This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.

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