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post #1 of 13
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I'm making gumpaste magnolias. They look gorgeous (if i do say so myself:) but i can never seem to wrap the floral tape or the wires tight enough.  the petals and leaf move around like crazy unless i have it laying on a surface. Is this normal since it will eventually lay on a cake?

 

thanks in advance

post #2 of 13
No. Are you gluing the wires? Generally if mine swivel my paste is too thick.
post #3 of 13
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You mean gluing it to the petals? yes. not gluing them together if that's something you are supposed to do. You think maybe I should use heavier gauge wire? I can't see making the petals any thinner.

post #4 of 13
Yes I meant brushing with glue before pushing in. I use 28 gauge. What are you using?
post #5 of 13
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26 gauge. maybe I'm pushing the wire in too far?

post #6 of 13
I push it 1/2 way. Are you creating a wedge for the wire?
post #7 of 13
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that's what i'm doing. and i have a cel board. thanks so much for spending the time answering me. maybe its just practice with the tape? i feel all thumbs when i get to that part. somehow i feel that it would work better wrapping all the stems with wire 1st and then putting the tape on top

post #8 of 13
I have to tell you, your not alone, I have the same exact problem. I hope someone has a miracle trick or tip for us!! but I have the feeling it's going to be practice, practice lol.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by novakern View Post
somehow i feel that it would work better wrapping all the stems with wire 1st and then putting the tape on top

Do each one at a time, it will make your flower more secure. If you tape them all together, the heaviness of the petals will cause them to all shift to the bottom as gravity pulls them down when they are on your cake. Start with your center and wrap it twice around with your tape, then add each petal, going around the wire 1 complete time before adding another petal. After you're finished adding petals, continue to wrap the stem all the way down. It does go by feel, you'll get it. Make sure you stretch your floral tape before you start wrapping to activate the glue. I have 2 magnolia's in my pictures if it helps! 

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post #10 of 13
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Do each one at a time, it will make your flower more secure. If you tape them all together, the heaviness of the petals will cause them to all shift to the bottom as gravity pulls them down when they are on your cake. Start with your center and wrap it twice around with your tape, then add each petal, going around the wire 1 complete time before adding another petal. After you're finished adding petals, continue to wrap the stem all the way down. It does go by feel, you'll get it. Make sure you stretch your floral tape before you start wrapping to activate the glue. I have 2 magnolia's in my pictures if it helps! 


This is pretty much what I do but with larger petals I use egg white instead of gum glue.  Magnolias are heavy flowers. I use a 26g wire except the largest petals I use a 24g.  I don't touch them for 24hrs to completely set up before wiring to the center. I also find that if you tape your middle first and then add your petals one at a time,  the tape holds the wire very secure.  Hope this helps a little

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post #11 of 13
Yeah, one petal at a time and go slow. I also wire my petals like this so that they're more secure and you don't have to worry about a wedge: http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2011/03/wiring-gumpaste-quick-way.html

Are you using a fabric covered wire to wire the petals or a naked wire? If you're using naked wire get fabric covered or the floral tape won't grip them.
post #12 of 13
My wires are paper covered.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by cupcakemaker View Post

My wires are paper covered.

I figured, just thought it was worth asking because plain wire is really hard to tape!
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