Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › First stargazer critique needed
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

First stargazer critique needed

post #1 of 86
Thread Starter 

 


I think I will use some Royal icing for the spots in the future? Make it seem more real. Also how the heck do you roll the stamens thinner down the neck? Any help is very appreciated. Its for a wedding cake.

post #2 of 86
Thread Starter 

nobody??? Come on somebody has to have some helpful info.

While I wait I'll share a tip. I didn't have any orange pollen so I just died some sugar orange and mixed in some cornstarch with the sugar during mixing. I think it worked really well. So if you come short of some pollen color make your own.

Also my flower at first was kinda dull...lifeless so I just pushed the flowers towards the stamen and it looked a hundred times better.

post #3 of 86
I'm not a flower expert, bit I like them. Sometimes the ones I see are too perfect, or too ruffly...this looks nice. But again..I'm not an expert.
post #4 of 86
Thread Starter 

Ah just the person I needed. I am sticking them into a 4inch tier will that be a problem?

 

Do you know how to roll the stamens thinner?They kept wanting to come off as I was rolling them.

post #5 of 86

I don't have any advice for the stamens but the flower looks great, very lifelike. 

 

OK maybe I do, have you considered using regular flower stamens and adding the pieces that make it right for this flower?

elsewhere.
Reply
elsewhere.
Reply
post #6 of 86
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post
 

I don't have any advice for the stamens but the flower looks great, very lifelike. 

 

OK maybe I do, have you considered using regular flower stamens and adding the pieces that make it right for this flower?

regular flower stamens???

Nope lol please enlighten. I might not be able to get them in time. I just used wire covered in 50/50. All the tutorials I found showed that or just the plain wire which is a dark green. That won't go to well with the cake.

post #7 of 86
Thread Starter 

4inch as in the top is 4inch second is 6 and third is 8

post #8 of 86
Oh sure, insert a bubble straw into the top of your 4incher, and bend your stem first, so it is at the angle you need before inserting the flower into the straw. I take some of the same fondant that the tier is covered in, and make a paste, and scrape that over the hole the straw makes, to even it out. Rub it a bit to blend the seam, and you shouldn't see the hole anymore.
post #9 of 86
Thread Starter 

except its buttercream! I'm worried that tiny little 4incher is gonna collapse and I'm also supposed to put a hideous topper on the top. I'm thinking dowels and a cardboard the same size as the tier on top and buttercream over it so its hidden. That way it has the most stability?

post #10 of 86
Thread Starter 

Sorry I was unclear I have to put the flower in the side of the 4incher!

post #11 of 86
elsewhere.
Reply
elsewhere.
Reply
post #12 of 86

Here is an idea for your stamens, compliments of Claire Webb's ********** Flower book: Cut white 30 ga wire 3" long. Bend 1/4" wire at a right angle then bend bend the short piece back on itself to make a T shape, (When I've made them, I rub a little appropriately colored petal dust over the wire first.) Roll a tiny piece of gum paste into a small sausage shape, tapered at both ends. Make a small slit lengthwise. Brush the end of the T shape wire with a little edible glue, or egg white, and attach to the sausage. Let dry then brush with edible glue and dip into your petal dust. Tap lightly to remove excess and leave to dry. Steam to set color. I've used corn meal, paprika  or even nutmeg, depending upon the color desired.

 

Lesley Herbert's Complete Book of Sugar Flowers gives a tip: "When the flower first opens, the stamens are long with slim, bright yellow ends. As the flower matures, the ends of the stamens change position and color, becoming a bright paprika hue."

 

I wish I could spend all day making flowers, interspersed with growing them. I love gardening and trying to replicate those I grow.

 

I hope this helps you in time.

 

Jan

 

I'm sorry, it looks like they censored even the title of the book. It is S  u  g  a  r  and the second part of the same word if c  r  a  f t . Or you might try the first word in Spanish, Azucar, and the second part is another word for a hands-on skill, or a small water boat. (Goodness, this can get complicated! Feel like I am playing charades.)


Edited by milkmaid42 - 9/20/13 at 1:25pm
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
post #13 of 86

I prefer to make my own stamens whenever I can for I find them prohibitively expensive for my limited budget. But if you are wanting to purchase them, Scott Clark Woolley has a huge selection on his website: www.cakesbydesign. I think that's his site. You can google him if you need to.

 

 

Jan

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
post #14 of 86
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone. I went and bought the stamens at hobby lobby it was a 30min drive that's why I didn't respond. Thanks for the idea kiki! I knew about them but didn't know they had lilly ones. So we will see how those go. If they don't I'll go your route Jan. Although I like your idea better I'm limited on white wire and it make for a big stem when I use all of those wires. I got the wrong gauge on hand. I would have bought the right gauge but this wedding was a two week notice one! lol..doesn't give way for much planning. Closest cake store is an hour away and I'm not driving that plus they NEVER have anything in stock.

post #15 of 86

I know what you mean about not being able to run to the store on a moment's notice. I have to purchase almost everything on line so I really have to plan ahead. I keep 9 empty Pringles containers, (painted to co-ordinate with my cake room's decor) on my workbench filled with wire ranging from 18 - 33 gauge. Michael's is an hour away and their stock is limited--primarily Wilton and Duff's----hence my on-line shopping.

 

Good luck getting everything done. I'm sure it will be as beautiful as your usual work.

 

Jan

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles on it.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › First stargazer critique needed