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I would not recommend the Wilton flower kit. It is not good quality and you won't get crisp edges with the cutters. And the plastic ball tool just isn't good at all.
You will find nearly all the tools I have listed in the gumpaste kit are available at Global Sugar Art. http://www.globalsugarart.com/catalog/index.html

Look on the front page menu for gumpaste tools, then modeling tools.
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Cel Board #16795

Cel Pad 2- #16793

Cel Pin XL #16790

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FFM Dresden Tool #17238

Angled Tweezers #18551

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Celcake Ball Tool Medium #18717

Celcake Ball Tool Small #18839
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Shirley I wanted to say thank you again for taking the time to share this infromation with everyone. icon_smile.gif

I'd like to pick your brain a little more, if you don't mind. I know there are hundreds of flowers out there which means tons of cutters and vieners and flower formers and such. So I was wondering what do you think are the best flowers for a beginner to start with? What are some flowers a beginner should avoid?

I'm trying to make a list of some things I'd like to get or atelast look at/for at the convention. I picked up some rose and rose leaf cutters last year, but was confused by everything else. It is very easy to grab one of everything, but of course I couldn't afford it. So I thought I'd try to make the most of my shopping and purchase things that would be used and not something that was too hard for a newbie to do and get frustrated and not attempt for a while.

Any suggestions and thoughts are much appreciated! Thanks!
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Your welcome TS. I think the first flower every decorator wants to learn to make, whether in BC, Royal, or gumpaste is the rose. While I think roses made with the All in one or Easy rose cutter are a pretty fast way to make a pretty rose, I don't recommend beginning with that flower. I would start with a Sweetpea, Freesia, Carnation, Calla Lily or Hydrangea. Something without a lot of thin petals or intricate centers. Then once you feel confident in your ability, move on to the more involved flowers such as the Rose, Gardenia, or Stargazer Lily, etc.
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Thank you again, Shirley!
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Yes, thank you Shirley for always helping out with some really good advice! I got the things on your list (except for the large metal ball tool- they were out) and have really enjoyed working with it. Check out the stargazer lillies and freesia flower pot I did for Easter! I had the courage to try them because of all your good advice. It was so much better with the right tools! Thanks so much for helping me and others not to waste our money but get the good stuff that we need! You're the best!
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MM, those are really lovely! And yes, doesn't having good tools make all the difference? I just can't see investing in cheaper ones that don't do the job for you. Because they are an expensive investment, if a person can only buy a few at a time, that's the way to go. Buy just a few really good quality items a few at a time until you have a complete kit and it will last for years. Glad I was able to help a bit. I am always so pleased to see someone try gumpaste flowers, and once you get the knack of how they are done you want to learn more and more, and more intricate ones as well.
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hi everybody
im new to cake decorating , i just finished my wilton3 and will start fondant and gumpaste class next wednesday and wanted to thand everybody in this forum for being so helpful and willing to share their tips
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Hi and welcome to CC. And your welcome, there are many helpful and friendly people on this forum.
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I would love to learn how to make the gumpaste flowers. I have a wedding cake to make in June, my first. We just don't have a good teacher here in the Baton Rouge area. All classes are rushed and overloaded with students!
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Two books that I found recently that helped me a lot w/making gumpaste flowers are "The Well Decorated Cake" by Toba Garrett 2003 Sterling Pub. and "Pretty Party Cakes" by Peggy Porschen, 2005 Clarkson Potter Pub. I'm also lucky enough to be in a Cake Club here in the SF Bay Area w/ Shirley and we learned to make the simple 5-point "filler" flowers at our last meeting. That helped a lot, but Toba Garrett gives the same info. w/good photos on page 79. Peggy Porschen's book has gorgeous cakes - she's done cakes for Elton John, Mary McCartney's wedding, etc. I find that the gumpaste roses are easier than I thought they would be. I make my own petals, no cutters. If you have a real rose to look at, it helps too. If you take one apart and look at a petal it makes sense how you want your gumpaste petal to look. I used luster dust at the end which added a lot to the finished look. Good luck - you might try Amazon .com for the books - I found them at Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores. I'm hooked on doing flowers now - a new addiction! (Better than TV in the evening!)
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Whats gumpaste?
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Very similar to fondant but can be rolled very thin and dries hard as a rock. It's used to make realistic looking flowers and other decor.
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Whats gumpaste?



Gumpaste is a sugar dough, usually made with some type of gum. Either Tylose, Gum Tragacanth. It can be rolled much thinner than fondant so flower petals look more natural. It does dry hard and doesn't taste great so I tell people to remove the gumpaste items when they cut the cake.
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Shirley,
Many, many thanks for sharing your wealth of knowlegde. I am excited about taking a two day course with Nick Lodge in Sept. I am glad to have a list of useful tools to help figure out what to buy.

Thanks again for the valuable info.

Melissa
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