So here is what you will need
- Cel Board
- Thick and thin foam or Cel Pad (the one with the coating on one side cel pad)
- Straight veining tool
- Gum Paste
- Peony cutter set ( I used 2 sets, one found on Jennifer Dontz site and the other from Sunflower Sugar Art USA) If you're going to use one set get the one from Jennifer it is a much bigger cutter set giving you a larger flower
- 11/2" styrofoam ball for your base (any craft store like Michael's will carry it)
- Wires 26/24 wt 26/24/20 green
- Lt. green ½ width tape
- Silicon mat
- Palette knife
- Hot glue gun
- Tylose glue (edible glue)
- 9" Rolling pin
- Pasta roller machine, I either use a Kitchen Aid (KA) attachment or Atlas pasta machine
- Moss green, pink, magenta or silk white dust
- A sheet protector, the one you get in Office Depot or Staples (to keep your gum paste pieces from drying) or you can use a wilton practice board to
- A coffee mug ( to keep gum paste from drying out, and easy access)
If you can't get an apple molded pulp tray like the one in this picture, or flower former cups
Taking a 20 gauge wire. (white or green), make a ½” hook on the end.
In this picture the top row is the Sunflower Sugar Art Peony Petal Cutter Set (SFSA) and the set below are the Jennifer Dontz's (JD) Peony Petal Cutters Set, note how much bigger the JD cutter set is, thats why I love them! Her Cutter create a gorgeously big Peony flowers!
Note in this picture that each petal cutter in the SFSA set is different, that why I love that one so much, I used the SFSA cutters for the two of the inner layer of petals and I use the smallest, the medium and the largest JD cutter for the first, one of the inner layer and the last layer
Now, using the smallest size JD petal cutter, roll out your paste to # 4 on a Kitchen Aid (K.A.) pasta roller attachment. Place 4 of the 5 cut petals in sheet protector.
On a mat or board, place the calla lily veiner mold on top of the petal and press down,
Then use a rolling pin to roll over the mold left to right in a rocking motion
Turn petal over and repeat the process, so both sides have texture on them.
Place the petal on the thin pad, turn over the petal, and using an erasing motion, thin the outer edges of the petal with a medium cel stick or ball tool.
Turn petal back over on and on a thick foam or cel pad, using the ball tool cup from the top down using numerous strokes of the tool. Complete all 5 petals in the same manner.
Then place them in flower former cups to hold the shape
Brush one petal with glue (cupped side glued)
Place on Styrofoam ball in the center to meet at the top, add another petal to the other side of the ball and make them meet so you cannot see the end of the Styrofoam ball.
Overlap slightly in the center.
Take remaining 3, gluing on the cupped side placing them on in a spiral, slightly overlapping, but letting top (inner) petals show.
It should look like this
Take next 2 sizes up of the SFSA petal cutter (the next small and medium size) and cut 5 petals each rolling to # 5 on your K.A.
Place unprocessed petals in the sheet protector to keep it from drying out