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Gum Paste Roses
Gum paste Roses are not hard to produce with a little practice and a few tools. Each stage of the process can create a usable rose from bud to full blown blooms.
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Make the Base of the Rose
First, you have to make the base of the rose. Roll the gum paste into a half inch in diameter ball and then pinch the top to create a cone or teardrop shape.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Insert Toothpick and Let Dry
Insert a toothpick into the bottom and then set the cone aside in a Styrofoam block to dry. Try to make these cones a few days in advance because they need to be completely dry.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Roll Out Gum Paste
Next, you roll out gum paste on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch thinly to about 1/16 of an inch.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Cut Out Rose Petals Using Gum Paste Cutter
You can use an assortment of cutters for rose petals; just make sure you have several sizes of cutters to create bigger roses. When you look at a real rose the outside petals are larger than the tightly furled interior one. You are trying to recreate this natural look.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Thin Out Petal Edges
Use a gum paste flower tool along the edges of the petals to thin them and create a slightly frilled appearance. If you do not have these tools then gently pinch the edges between your fingers.Continue to 7 of 12 below.
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Wet Finished Petal
Wet the finished petal with a little water or gum paste adhesive to help it stick to the dried base.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Wrap Petal Around Base
Wrap the petal around the teardrop of gum paste and furl the outside edge slightly to create a closed rosebud. You can use these buds for contrast on the cake as well as full blown roses.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Make Another Petal
Prepare another petal of similar size to the first one.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Wrap Second Petal Around the Rose Bud
Wrap the second petal around the rosebud overlapping the edges to create an open rosebud.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Attach a Third Petal to the Bud
Do the same with a third similar sized prepared petal taking care to produce realistic looking results. This size rose can also be used on a cake as a variation. To create the larger roses cut out another set of three petals using a larger cutter. Prepare these petals and attach them onto the small rose. Always insert the finished roses, no matter the size, from buds to large blooms into the Styrofoam block to dry completely.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Add Color to the Finished Dried Roses
After the roses are dry use a paintbrush and an assortment of petal dust shades to create gorgeous colorful flowers. Be sure to apply a darker tint to the centers of the roses to mimic nature. If you are trying to create deep red roses use colored gum paste because it is near impossible to produce a deeply colored flower with just petal dust.