FB: CALLI CREATIONS
Skill level: BEGINNERS
I’ve made the flower as near to nature as possible, but used artistic licence so not botanically accurate.
You will need:
- Saracino Flower Pasta Bouquet
- Saracino Colour Dusts white, yellow, green, brown
- Saracino Colour Paste (green)
- Florist Wires (26, 22, 18)
- Florist Tape (Nile Green – ¼ inch)
- Edible Glue
- Cornflour for dusting
- Balling tool
- Non stick rolling pin (I use 9”)
- Cel Pad
- Cel Board
- Dresden tool or cutting wheel
- Paint brushes (Flat for dusting (size 2 – 4 and one fine line brush [eg 000 size])
- Small blossom cutter (I used tinkertech metal, 1cm)
- Wire Cutter
Roll out a ball of Saracino flower paste (about the size of a large pea) onto a 26 gauge wire and roll the middle gently between thumb and forefinger to narrow centre
Roll the tip of one end to form a point
Using your dresden tool or cutting wheel, scribe in a few random grooves.
Here is how it looks before colouring, the grooves are just there to indicate where petals are forming.
Mix green and yellow dust colour to make a lime green. Brush lightly over base and tip of bud.
Close up showing light green on bud and in groves. Make sure to leave white bits as the bud is not all green.
To make the sepal (leafy part at base of buds and flowers) Roll out green flower paste quite thinly and cut with blossom cutter
Using Ball tool, roll out each part of sepal.
As well as centre so it curls inwards
Place a hole in the centre with toothpick and insert onto the base of bud
Tape the wire with nile green tape.
Make quite a few different sized buds
Start same as making buds, using 26 gauge wire
Using cel stick, make a hole in centre.
Using small scissors, cut five petals
Gently press the ends of each petal, between thumb and forefinger, to thin and form petal shape of the flower.
Turn flower upside down onto a foam pad and gently press and roll out each petal, this aids in shaping the petals
Gently form edge of each petal tip between thumb and forefinger
This progress photo shows the flat petal as well as formed petals.
Make a small groove in the centre base of each petal, using dresden tool.
Insert a small stamen in the centre.
Using same lime green as buds, lightly brush the base of the flower and a little in the centre.
As with buds, add the green sepal at base of flower
As a guide, make enough flowers for approximately 1-2 flowers to about 3-6 buds
You will need to make quite a few leaves of about 4-5 different sizes.
Place a small ball of green paste onto a 26 gauge wire (larger leaves use 22 gauge wire) and taper it down so that length will be just short of what the leaf will be.
Place onto rolled out paste and cut a leaf shape with cutting wheel.
Gently smooth the green covered wire into the leaf.
Press gently into a universal leaf veiner and form a gentle shape
Thin the edge with a balling tool
Brush with Saracino green dust and over dust again with green/brown mix dust
Using a fine brush (size 00000) paint a thin line on edge and veins top of leaf
Tape the leaves with nile green tape.
This photo shows you the stages I just described
Here are several sizes that I made a few of
Tape together groups of different size buds.
Add a few flowers
Add a few different size leaves
This photo shows varied clusters of flowers, buds and leaves I taped together
Then (using an 18 gauge wire) start taping the clusters in a formation to suit the sugar flower arrangement you may be adding this too.
These are relatively quick to make and are a great addition to any floral arrangement, making for a lovely contrast and adding a bit of freshness. I do hope you enjoy the tutorial.