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post #16 of 109
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Originally Posted by kms2402

BTW...what exactly is petal dust?


Here you go.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-54059-difference.html+petal+dust+luster+dust
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post #17 of 109
Thanks shirley...that helps alot!
post #18 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.



Would it be the "placemat board". Oh yea, it is. I just checked it. It says:

"Placemat Board- 9" x 11"- ideal work surface with non-slip rubber back, lucite center, vynl top"

WHOA! If you buy it alone it's $35?!!!! Are those really that expensive Ms. Shirley? I'm going to check N. Lodge's site.
Why is it that the first time you do research, it is re-search, rather than just search?
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post #19 of 109
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Yes Nick, they really are that expensive, But I have had mine for 7 years, not a stain or chip on it. Having the ridges on one side is really vital for doing wired flowers or leaves, at least it is to me. You can make a ridge just by rolling your gumpaste flat and then rolling from the center out to the left, go back and leave a little space and roll again from the center out to the right, it leaves a ridge or line in the middle of the paste. Then lay your flower petal cutter over the ridge so it goes right up the center of the petal, cut out the petal and thread the floral wire up the ridge. But it is so much faster and easier to just roll a long sausage of gumpaste, lay it over the ridge lines on the cel board, roll the paste from the center up and from the center down. Pick the paste up, turn it over and the ridge is right there in the paste, ready to cut out 6 or so flower petals at one time.
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post #20 of 109
Hi Shirley, where do I find the glue for attaching the petals?
post #21 of 109
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I make my own gum glue.
1 cup boiling water
1/2 heaping teaspoon Tylose powder
Sprinkle the Tylose over the water stir to combine but don't worry about the lumps.
Let set at room temperature overnight. The lumps should have disappeared, if not, give it a stir. Pour glue into clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Refrigerate, keeps about 6 months.
I buy new empty nail polish bottles at the beauty supply shop and divide the glue among the bottles. They are handy because the screw on cap has the brush applicator and it allows you to brush on small amounts of glue to the flower petals.
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post #22 of 109
Thanks Shirley, I'll give that a try.
post #23 of 109
Thank you Shirley for sharing your knowledge! thumbs_up.gif

Need to run and look for these tools now. icon_wink.gif
post #24 of 109
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Your welcome. You will probably have to go to several different sites to find everything.
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post #25 of 109
Does anyone else know of any other "kits" like the one mentioned....but...uh...cheaper?? I would like to get started with sugar flowers but I feel a bit overwhelmed! Anyone recommend any books?
post #26 of 109
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I can understand that Merissa and of course everyone wants to save money where they can. But this is one area where I would say you should spend the money for the best equipment you can afford, even if it means only buying these things one or two at a time. It is an expensive investment to start with, but then so is any hobby, golf, tennis, etc. These tools will last you a lifetime if you take care of them, I have had mine for 7 years and they are still in great shape. If you buy less expensive (cheap) tools you will notice the difference in how your flowers turn out. Plastic ball tools will make a ragged edge when you try to thin your flower petals or ruffle and edge. You will get frustrated when they tear your gumpaste. Cheap foam cel pads for thinning and softening flowers will begin to break down after awhile. The ridged cel boards that reverse to the smooth side are invaluable for making wired flowers and leaves. And the metal cutters are so much better than plastic, because they are thinner and give you a cleaner cut. At one time you were able to buy all of these items as a kit in one place from Sugar Bouquets, but they have since gone out of business and I haven't found any other website that lists each of these things. You have to shop around to find them.
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post #27 of 109
Just want to be sure I clarify, I was speaking of the one that Nick mentioned. I think it was around $365?? Do you think that is a smart investment? I did see another kit listed for 110 somewhere but it didnt really show what was in it. I guess you could do as you mentioned to just buy a few things at a time. I agree, I hate getting cheap stuff, never using it and then I just end up buying the quality stuff afterward!
post #28 of 109
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I wasn't aware Nic was selling a kit, I'll have to go check that out. I think the one Nglez mentioned was from Scott Clark Woolley, but I didn't see a ridged cel board with it. I'll have to look at Nic's kit to see what it contains, but I imagine those items would probably cost that much or maybe a bit more if you bought them singly.
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post #29 of 109
Sorry, that was the one that he mentioned (from scott clark wooley I think it was) I should have said Nglez (I think his name is Nick icon_redface.gif )
post #30 of 109
Thank you so much for this information! I have been trying my hand at making flowers with the Wilton tools and just it they do just what was posted...they tear the edges and just do not make the prettiest flowers...also in the Gum paste kit, the plastic flower cutters do not cut the gum paste clean.
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