Author: Zlatina Lewis
Skill level: BEGINNERS
By using different dust colours, you can create different colour cosmos blossoms. Let the nature be your inspiration.
You will need:
- Saracino flower paste – Pasta Bouquet – 50g
- Florist wires white (24 and 30)
- Florist tape – green
- White cotton thread
- Saracino colour gel – green, pink
- Saracino colour dusts – yellow, pink, red, violet, white, green
- Saracino edible glue
- Cornflour for dusting
- Balling tool
- Non-stick rolling pin
- Cel Board
- Foam Pad
- Cosmos cutter & veiner
- Paint brushes (Flat for dusting)
- Wire cutter
- Kitchen roll
To make the centre of the flower, wrap cotton thread around your two fingers about 20-30 times, until you have a thick loop.
Fold the cotton loop into a figure eight.
Fold the figure eight loop again, to form a thick coil and feed through a half length 24 gauge wire. Fold the wire and twist the two ends at the base tight together to secure the thread.
Secure the cotton loop with half length green florist tape and cover the wire.
Cut into the loop with scissors and shorten the ends of the cotton if it is too long, to form a shape of a short tassel.
Mix together small amount of red and purple Saracino dust colours and dust the threads.
Colour a small amount of semolina with yellow Saracino dust colour to make a pollen like mixture.
With a paint brush dab gently the ends of your coloured thread tassel with edible glue.
Dip the ends of it into the yellow semolina. This will resemble a flower pollen.
Add a bit of pink gel colour to a small amount of Saracino flower paste and mix well to achieve a smooth pale pink coloured paste.
Roll the paste thinly over the grove on the grove board. Cut out a petal with the cosmos cutter and insert the 30 gauge florist wire into the ridge. Dust the veiner with small amount of cornflour and press the veiner firmly to form a veining pattern.
Move the petal onto a foam pad and thin the edges of the petal with a balling tool. Pinch gently the bottom of the petal to secure the paste on the wire and to give it more movement and shape. Make eight petals and leave them to dry on a sponge.
Mix together little bit of white, violet and red Saracino dust colours and dust the petals, at the base you should make the colour a bit darker. Dust gently the reverse of the petals as well.
Wrap florist tape around the base of the flower centre.
Bend the wire of each petal and attach it at the base of the flower centre with florist tape.
Make sure you attach the petals tightly to the base of the flower centre.
There is no correct way in which to arrange the cosmos petals.
Assemble the flower as you see it. Different blossoms can be arranged in a different way.
Colour a small amount of flower paste with green gel colour.
Roll out the green paste and using a star shaped cutter cut out a calyx.
With the ball tool roll over the calyx and thin the ends of it.
Dampen gently the centre of the calyx with water.
Push the calyx up the wire towards the flower head.
Attach the calyx to the base of the cosmos flower.
Use green dust colour and dust the calyx gently.
Your flower is ready to go on your cake