Author: Zlatina Lewis
Skill level: INTERMEDIATE
The tulips have three petals and three sepals, but for ease I have referred to petals here.
I’ve made the flower as near to nature as possible, although it is not 100% botanically accurate.
You will need:
- Saracino flower paste – Pasta Bouquet – 70g
- Florist wires white (30, 26 and 20 gauge)
- Florist tape – mid-green
- Edible Saracino colour dusts (yellow, pink, red, violet, white, black)
- Edible glue
- Semolina – coloured in yellow and violet colours
- Cornflour for dusting
- Ball tool
- Dresden tool
- Cutting wheel
- Non-stick rolling pin
- Cel Board
- Foam Pad
- Parrot tulip cutter & veiner
- Paint brushes (Flat for dusting)
- Wire cutter
- 2 Pipe cleaners
- Drying shapers or sponge
For the stamens of the flower you will need a lentil size of gumpaste and a length of florist wire gauge 30 cut into 6.
Roll out the small piece of gumpaste into a sausage, insert the wire into it and give it a teardrop shape
Squeeze and shape the paste as to give it slightly more bulbous tip.
Make six stamens. Using your Dresden tool shape a groove down the length of the each stamen. Dust them with black dust colour.
Dip each stamen into a little dish with violet coloured semolina and set aside.
To make the pistil of the tulip, you will need a pea size of pasta bouquet and 20 gauge wire cut in ½ with a hook formed at the end of it.
Form the pasta bouquet into a teardrop shape with a length approximately 3cm and insert the hook to the middle of it. With a ball tool push the end side of the paste to flatten the pointy shape of the teardrop.
With the tips of a pair of tweezers, squeeze three evenly spaced ridges into the very top of the paste.
With the tweezers, form small ridges at the side of the pistil. With the help of a small cutting wheel, cut a tiny grove into each of the three ridges, made at step 8.
Colour the pistil with pale green colour.
Dust the top of the pistil with little amount of yellow colour.
Dip the top of the pistil into yellow coloured semolina
Now this resembles the pollen on top of the pistil
Tape the stamens to the pistil with ½ thickness florist tape
Tape all of the stamens to the pistil and set aside.
For the petals of the flower you need gumpaste and a ¼ length of a 26 gauge wire
Roll out a piece of flower paste on the grove board and cut your petal shape. Make sure the centre of the petal is over one of the grooves in your board
Your petal should look like this
Insert the wire half way into the petal. A slow twisting motion helps to insert the wire
Pinch gently the end of the petal to secure it to the wire
Lay the petal on the parrot tulip veiner and press carefully to imprint the veins, but not to break the petal.
Carefully remove the petal from the veiner and place it on the foam mat.
Gently roll the ball tool over the edge of the petal – half on the foam mat half on the petal, thin the edges and slightly frill them as you are pressing on top of the petal.
Make gentle strokes on the inner side of the petal with the Dresden tool. As you pull inwards this will make the petal edges curl in slightly.
Make six petals for each flower you make. Leave them to dry on a foam shaper sponge or a clean foam fruit tray. Make sure you position the petals correctly during the drying process. You can reposition them now and again, to help them fit nicely when assembling them later.
Take yellow colour and mix it with little bit of white dust colour. Use the pale yellow colour to dust the centre of the inner side of the petals.
With green colour gently dust the centre of the outer side of the petals
Mix together pink, violet, white and little bit of red dust colours to make a brighter pink colour, or you can also use a ready mix colour of your preference.
Dust with bright pink food colour around the edges of each petal
Attach each petal closely to the base of the stamens and pistil and tape tightly with half width mid-green florist tape
Place the three petals close together around the base of the stamens and tape them down the stem.
Add the next three petals. Using half width florist tape, attach the petals, alternating with the first three, to complete the flower
Use pipe cleaners to add to the main stem wire and tape them together using mid green florist tape.
Tape down the pipe cleaners and wire. As this will add to the thickness of the stem and will make it look more natural.
By using different dust colours, you can create different colour blossoms. Let Nature be your inspiration.