Daisy Tutorial by Shaile Socher
You will need:
- 30g white wire
- 22g white wire
- Egg white
- Plastic sheet
- Rolling pin
- Pallet knife
- Dresden tool
- Medium celstick
- Pointed tweezers
- Sharp scissors
- Jem daisy centers
- Tinker Tech ruscus leaf cutter
- Great Impressions Lily veiner or similar
- 6 petal flower cutter
- Spoons to dry petals
- Petal Dust colors Violet, deep magenta, African violet, Deep purple, lavender, yellow
- Vodka to paint
- Flat brushes
- Nile green floral tape
Making the center
1. Roll a small well kneaded ball of gumpaste into a tear drop. Insert a hooked wire dipped in egg white into the pointed end molding around the base keeping it short. Press it into the daisy center firmly. Note: This is to get the shape and size, the gumpaste shouldn’t push out past the mold, trim away excess before removing.
Making the petals:
4 .Roll out gumpaste on grooved board, remove flipping the gumpaste over. Cut 10-15 petals depending on how full you want the daisy. Insert 30g wire dipped in egg white about ½ way up then mold around the base.
6. You can shape the petals differently for an open flower or a closed flower. (Left side) more for a closed flower. Bend the petal up at the very base for a slight curve up. (Right side) more for an open flower. Bend the petal up then back for the S shape curving the top of the petal slightly back. Note: While shaping the petals hold it at bottom to avoid snapping it off.
8. To dust the top edges of the petals only dip the brush in the lavender tapping most off. Place the brush flat at the top brushing down adding a hint of color. Petal dusting a solid color load the brush heavy with purple or violet covering the entire petal. To make it two tone add the dark deep purple on the tips of the already dusted petals blending the colors together.
Wiring the flower:
9. Bend the petals back at base of wire. Place 1 or 2 petals around the center taping with ½ width floral tape. Continue adding a couples petals at a time placing them close to each other taping completely around. Once a top layer is on start placing them just below for a full daisy. Note: You can tape down the wire after each wrap to secure the previous petals or continue taping around the top adding more petals.
Calyx (if using one)
10. Roll a small piece of gumpaste into a pointed cone pressing the pointed end into the smallest hole in the celpad. Flatten it, roll it out then remove it turning over and cut out the daisy shape.
12. Cup with the Dresden tool, pinch the tips, add egg white to the base then thread it up the wire molding around the base.
Note: don’t attach the calyx to the flower if you want to be able to move the petals around. Pull them back just slightly so they aren’t touching.
Read more about Shaile here: http://www.edibleartistsnetwork.com/artists/shaile-socher-usa
If you would like to learn more about making cake decorating flowers you can take this online class from Nicholas Lodge