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Gumpaste Tool Kit for flower-making

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So many people have asked what they need in the way of good basic equipment to do gumpaste, and especially gumpaste flowers. I thought I would post what I have as a basic gumpaste kit. There are many things you can add as extra's but this is enough to be able to complete gumpaste flowers. Each of these items can be purchased on line, through many places. Nicholas Lodge, Sugarcraft, Country Kitchen, Scott Woolley, etc.

1. Non stick Cel Board with ridges, 11 1/2" long By 9 1/2" wide. It has a smooth side for rolling gumpaste and a ridged side for making petals and leaves that require wiring.

2. Non stick rolling pins made for gumpaste work large size 9", small size 6"

3. Yellow foam Cel pad for softening petals or ruffling gumpaste.

4. Metal Ball Tools for thinning and ruffling edges of petals.

5. Cloth or paper covered wire in white and in green, I use #30 gauge for most flowers

6. Floral tape in white and in green for taping flower wires

7. Gum glue, I buy empty nail polish bottles at beauty supply stores, the brush applicator works great for glueing petals.

8. Small artists paint brushes in assorted sizes for dusting flowers with petal dust

9. Petal dust, and luster dusts for coloring and highlighting flowers, plaques etc.

10. Metal flower cutters and silicone veiners. I prefer the double sided veiners but if using a single sided the little square of soft packing foam works well to press the flower into the veiner.

11. Tylose Powder for making the gumpaste

http://www.nicholaslodge.com/gumpaste.htm

Moderator edited to add Nicholas' recipe.
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Wow - Thanks so much for sharing. I bought the Wilton Gumpaste kit during the Thanksgiving sale but seems like to buy some additional items as per your list.
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Your welcome. The Wilton gumpaste kit may work to try your hand at making flowers, but the tools are not really the best quality. If you should decide you want to go on with learning flowers you really need good tools. The plastic ball tools in the Wilton kit cause the gumpste to split and leave ragged edges if you apply pressure. A metal ball tool won't do that. metal flower cutters give a much cleaner cut, the plastic flowers cutters are really too thick to give a clean sharp edge to the petals.
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post #4 of 109
Thanks for the good information. I haven't tried gumpaste flowers yet, but I would like to. I just have to find the time and energy!
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oh ok I see your point. Thanks for explaining the difference Shirley.
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Your quite welcome. I try and share what I have learned over the years because other's have been generous enough to share with me.
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post #7 of 109
Thanks a lot Ms. Shirley!
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post #8 of 109
Thanks Shirlely. I'm definetly going to have to add the cel board ot my list for convention shopping.

Two questions for you. Last year I bought the a foam for flowers at the convention. I'm not sure what brand it is, but it is white on one side and blue on the other. One side stiffer than the other, would that work the same as the cel pad you are suggestion?

And do you prefer the metal ball tools over all of them (plastic) or just the Wilton?
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post #9 of 109
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Your welcome guys.
The blue/white foam sounds the same as the yellow, you can roll the gumpaste on the smooth side, and thin and ruffle on the foam side. I prefer metal ball tools over any other kind. NIc Lodge uses the cel pin (small gumpaste roller/tool) and I have tried it but I seem to have better control with the metal.
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post #10 of 109
Thank you Shirely! I will look into the metal ones. I bought a couple of plastic ones when I bought the rose cutters. I can't remember which brand they are though.
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post #11 of 109
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Your welcome. You are going to love working with gumpaste flowers.
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post #12 of 109
I was trying to make a new thread about the kit I found; it has all of the things Ms. Shirley mentioned:

http://cakesbydesign.cc/DVDKit.html
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post #13 of 109
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Zounds that is expensive Nick. Granted you get flower cutters and veiners with it, but I don't see the cel board. Am I missing it? The cel board in my photo is lucite, smooth on one side, ridged on the other. To me it is the most important piece of equipment.
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post #14 of 109
Thanks for the info Shirley. I am starting a Gumpaste class on Thursday. I feel like I have a head start!
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BTW...what exactly is petal dust?
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