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Gum Paste Roses
With the right tools and a little patience, anyone can shape elegant, intricate gum paste roses. This illustrated guide will help you make a variety of roses, from tight buds to extravagant blooms.
What You'll Need
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- Flower paste/gum paste
- Styrofoam block
- Nonstick board or marble slab
- Rolling pin
- Gum paste cutters or cookie cutters in various sizes
- Gum paste flower tool (optional)
- Small brushes
- Gel paste colors/edible petal dust
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Roll some gum paste into a small ball, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Pinch the top of the ball to shape it into a teardrop.Continue to 3 of 12 below.
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Insert Toothpick and Let Dry
Insert a toothpick into the base and set it aside in a Styrofoam block. Make these bases a few days in advance, as they need to be completely dry before you can proceed.Continue to 4 of 12 below.
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Roll Out Gum Paste
On a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch, use a rolling pin to roll out your gum paste to a thickness of about 1/16 of an inch.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Cut Out Rose Petals
Use an assortment of gum paste cutters to make your rose petals. In order to create a more natural effect, use smaller cutters for the inner petals and large cutters for the outer petals.Continue to 6 of 12 below.
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Thin Out Petal Edges
If you have a gum paste flower tool, use it to thin each petal's edges and create a delicate, frilled effect. If you don't have a flower tool, simply pinch the petal's edges to thin them.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.Continue to 8 of 12 below.
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Wrap Petal Around Base
Wrap the petal around the base and furl the outside edge slightly to create a closed rosebud. If you're making a gum paste bouquet, keep some flowers at the rosebud stage.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Make Another Petal
Prepare another petal of similar size and repeat steps five through seven.Continue to 10 of 12 below.
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Wrap Second Petal
Wrap the second petal around the rosebud, then roll back the petal's outer edge.Continue to 11 of 12 below.
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Attach Third Petal
Repeat this process with a third petal of similar size. Again, roll back the petal's outer edge to open your gum paste blossom. If you are making a gum paste bouquet, keep some roses at this stage.
To shape larger roses, cut out a set of larger petals and repeat steps five through 10. Always ensure that your roses are dry before moving on to the final step.Continue to 12 of 12 below.
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Add Color to the Finished Dried Roses
Paint your flowers with a small brush and an assortment of gel food coloring or petal dust shades. Apply a darker tint to each flower's core for a natural effect.
Note: If you are aiming for a deep red hue, use colored gum paste—it is nearly impossible to produce a rich, vivid color with just petal dust or gel food coloring.