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post #76 of 86
Looks great!
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Congratulations from me, too. It is a beautiful cake, and I know what you mean about a topper. Sometimes it can just ruin a cake into which you've put so much time.

Now that you have mastered the stargazer. what is your next goal? 

 

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post #78 of 86
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Working on a Peony without cutters today...lol.. did one once before but it was a closed peony. This ones gonna be open so hopefully less petals!

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My second Peony made of gumpaste. The ruffles are all fondant. Thanks for looking!


Less petals but it still wanted to fall apart on me. Partly because I was in a hurry and let it dry one hour. Partly I need a ceilo pad I hear they are great. So I had problems with the leaves. I dusted them how I wanted then went over them with vodka to get them shiny like leaves and the dusts all ran together.. DUh what was I thinking? How can I get shiny without that happening?

post #80 of 86

There are several ways to get a shine.

1. Once the leaves are steamed to set the dust, you can use confectioner's glaze. To quote from Alan Dunn's Sugar Cr--t Flower Arranging book, Mix confectioner's varnish with isopropyl alcohol together in a jar with a lid. Stir or swirl together rather than shake to avoid bubbles. Dip leaves, shaking off excess, before hanging to dry or lay on paper towels to blot any excess. He suggests not painting directly on as it can remove some of the dust, producing a streaky effect. To avoid a plastic look, he dilutes the above in the following proportions: 1 part alcohol to 3 parts glaze for a high shine; half and half for a natural shine; and a quarter glaze, 3 parts isopropyl alcohol to 1 part glaze for leaves and petals t hat don't require a s hine but just need something stronger than just steaming to set the color and remove the dust finish.

 

2. Although I've never done this, Scott Clark Woolley suggests diluting a little piping gel with water and painting it on. A variation of this would be using vodka instead of water which would remove any of the stickiness. But here I think you'd encounter your original problem.

 

3. You can make a leaf and flower shine using gum arabic. In a small jar put 2 T. water. Sprinkle over the top 1 T. gum arabic. Do not stir. The next day it will be a liquid and you can paint it on with a soft brush. If you have left over, leave the lid off and let dry. Next time add a little water and once again, let sit overnight before use.

 

4. Just spray with light coat of Pam.

 

5. Use commercial Lacquer Spray. Made for confectionary use, it comes in an aerosol can and is very easy to use.

 

I don't use #5  too often for it is rather expensive  for my budget. I generally use it for larger pieces that I wouldn't want to brush on. For flowers and leaves,I prefer to use the confectioner's glaze as recommended by Alan Dunn.

 

I hope this gives you something you might be happy with. Your peony is looking great.

 

Jan

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post #81 of 86
I actually get enough shine just from steaming, but I don't like much. If I want more on small details, I'm lazy and love the Pam trick, lol.
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I actually get enough shine just from steaming, but I don't like much. If I want more on small details, I'm lazy and love the Pam trick, lol.

 

That's why I like the confectionery lacquer spray - doesn't make leaves super shiny like glaze.  I'll have to try the Pam trick.

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post #83 of 86
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Jan WOW, You went above and beyond! I will print this out. Wish I could Pin to my pinterest. Anyhow I really appreciate it I will try a few of those and see what I like.

Thank You!

One more question when making this flower I wanted to know exactly how many petals and since its open I know that can vary, however is there a link to a botanical type of Wiki online that tells the anatomy of flowers. That way I know exactly the petal count? Also had no idea exactly how many yellow stamens( probably wrong word).

post #84 of 86
I love your latest cake, just beautiful.
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Loving to garden like I do, I have a lot of garden catalogs with lovely illustrations. The trouble is, it is darn near impossible to count the number of petals! If you could wait until spring I could go out and pick one to disassemble. :)  The cake is beautiful and the only thing I could offer would be to arrange the petals so they aren't quite so lined up, one directly above the other. That was the first thing I noticed. But with your comment that they kept wanting to fall apart on you, the fact that you were able to wire them at all is a success.

 

We are in the starting of Fall with the foliage just beginning to change colors. I never got my gardenia project started and the bush is through for this year. Now I find myself gathering up newly fallen red leaves to dry and am itching to make some more gum paste fall leaves. I need to buckle down and follow through with a project. I commend you on your dedication.

 

Jan

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post #86 of 86
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Thank you Kiki! I'm amazed at your first attempt with stringwork!

 

Thanks Jan, Ya problem is I made them too cupped so I couldn't move them over because they made huge gaps. I see what you mean. I also was trying not to figit with them too much for fear of them falling. Now that its been a day I might be able to move all of them over. I also didn't have a cutter which is essential in this flower if you ask me. The back petals weren't even long enough to reach the center so they are kinda hanging out on a wire if you know what I mean.

What peony cutters do you have? Sorry if I'm asking you too many ?s your just so knowledgeable..lol...better start playing dumb

You sound like me with the whole better get a project done.

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