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My first GP flowers :)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I've done some fondant roses in the past, but these are GP and my first carnations and daisies. I say "first," even thought these are the final version of several attempts icon_wink.gif

Also of note, I had to make 100 carnations and bring them on the plane with me icon_smile.gif Ask if you want to know packaging and suitcase/cargo hold results.

http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a293/leighrobin/Gum%20paste%20flowers/
post #2 of 17
Congrats on making the flowers. I tried the link but it just goes to a page that says you need a password.

How did the carnations on the plane hold up?
post #3 of 17
Yes I'd like to know about travelling with them too!! I have to bring 4 baked cakes, 4 dozen cupcakes and 3 dozen gumpaste roses on a plane in 3 weeks. How did you do it? Would you do it again? I hate myself for even having had this idea. Uggghhh
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post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Try the link again--I changed the setting to public icon_smile.gif

As for the flowers, I used 100% gumpaste on most and fondant with tylose powder for some. The ones that were made with the fondant/tylose were a little more flexible and not so brittle, and made out better after packing/shipping. Only a few petals shattered off of the flowers, but all are still usable icon_smile.gif

Basically, I used those large 30 egg plastic trays that snap together. I placed a layer of tissue (like Kleenex, not gift tissue) over the bottom tray, set each carnation in an egg cell, then another layer of tissue on top. Then I snapped the top tray on. The snaps should be snapped through the tissues, because they will then hold or suspend the flowers and prevent movement.

Then, I placed those trays inside scrapbook containers (the ones that are on sale right now at Michael's icon_smile.gif)--because I also had a few trys of 12-egg containers too, one of those fit perfectly snug right next to the 30-egg containers inside of the scrapbook container and prevented either from moving around.

On top of that, I tucked my supplies into any space along with paper towels if anything still moved. Those scrapbook containers closed perfectly over the egg trays so that they did not move, and this non-movement is key, I think.

Anyway. . . I had three of those scrapbook containers in the end. I packed them in a hardcase suitcase (cheapo one from TJMaxx) with clothes and other things around them.

I **checked** the suitcase through the airline, so I'm certain it got tossed around icon_wink.gif I also placed large stickers with "FRAGILE" across each plastic container, in case they saw strange shapes in the xray and needed to open the case.

I am so happy I figured this out and that they all made it safely!!
post #5 of 17
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Oh, one more note: the daises you see in the pictures were done AFTER I arrived and were not shipped along with the carnations. I doubt those would have done well because the petals on those are SOOOOOO fragile (I'm not expert, so I think they should be a little thicker to prevent the breakage I'm seeing even just handling them).
post #6 of 17
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I am also updating the photo album with pictures of the egg trays inside of the containers.
post #7 of 17
Can you buy the egg containers at Micheals also?
post #8 of 17
Wow!! You have mad skills on carnations. Those are all beautiful. I agree that daisies are hard to work with.

When is/was your brother's wedding? Do you have a pic of the finished cake? What a darling gift of love to make and transport all those flowers.

I'm with MadMillie, I've never seen "large 30 egg plastic trays that snap together". Are those made for camping trips? Are they available at your supermarket? All I've seen is the recycled cardboard egg "crates" made of two pieces of molded cardboard and sealed with plastic wrap.
post #9 of 17
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Thank you icon_smile.gif The egg containers are from store-bought eggs. The picture should show in my link; I added the pictures of the two egg cartons (12 and 30) I used.
post #10 of 17
Thanks. I saw the new pics of the egg containers. We just don't have those on the West Coast apparently. I'm glad you were able to recycle something that worked for you! (I love finding new cake uses for free stuff that we use anyway.)

May I ask where you buy those eggs? Brand? Store?
I've got relatives back east and in the midwest who may be able to save up some for my next visit.
post #11 of 17
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Apti: Sorry I forgot to say, the wedding is Saturday. I am doing my first large batch cupcakes (100+). The flowers are going on as toppers, with the bride and groom cupcakes having a few more than all the rest.

The eggs are sold like this at our local grocer, but I've seen them at places like Sam's, Costco, etc. They're not organic, so I don't really buy them this way for our own personal use icon_wink.gif For that, I have a friend who gives me her chickens' farm fresh eggs!
post #12 of 17
I wish your brother and his bride the VERY BEST! Those will be the most beautiful cupcakes in the world.

Thanks for the info.

Be sure and post some photos here so we can see the cupcakes before they are all eaten up!
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Okay, the photographer just posted the wedding photos--she only published 3, and you cannot really see the details too well. Here they are, along with the display that I put together with whatever my mom had (plus a little help from Michael's, of course icon_wink.gif). . .

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post #14 of 17
Beautiful table display and stunning cupcakes! Thanks for putting the photos on here and sharing. The bride and groom look very happy.
post #15 of 17
Your carnations look real! Especially the white ones with the little hint of green. Can I ask what cutters/veiners you used for the carnations and the Gerbera daisies? Those daisies look more detailed than the PME daisy cutter. Your brother has a great sister in you!!
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