Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gum Paste Peony Tutorial: Part 2

Lets continue were we left off, shall we?!


This is where you want to get pictures of real Peony flowers to help create a more realistic look to your gum paste flower.

Brush some petal dust on your flower. To make a nice pink flower, you can use some cosmos with a little magenta mixed in and then plum or eggplant on the edges of your petals.  I used whatever I had on hand, pink, some other kind of darker pink, a some shimmery pink, with some white and also moss for the base of the petal.
 Note how most of the dust is on my table instead of my flower

Brush the main color ½ way down a dried petal, front and back.  

Dust the center or bud of the flower.  

Bend one of the medium petal's wire at an angle and start petals ¼” down from the center part of your flower.
Repeat with the rest of the medium size petals

Tape the wires in place.  

Add the largest petals next.  Tape wires down to secure.  
Note the seam is now in the back of the petal. 
I went back and made more petals the right way this time.


Now admire your work, your done!

Check out my Silk Peony to my Sugar Peony, what do you think?! 
Now that's a big friggin flower if you ask me!

That was not so bad now was it?! 
Play around with the techniques and find what works best for you! 

A few key notes to remember, the seam side of your petal is the backside of the petal, don't make my intentional mistake (tee hee). Also my wires are a little bigger than the ones I mentioned on the supply list on Part 1 of this tutorial, the reason, because I went to Michael's, AC Moore and JoAnn's, and those are the only size wires I could find available which are the 18 gauge and 24 gauge, and I this they worked out pretty well, but if you don't have a craft store near you that carries the correct sizes plan ahead and order your wires online, Jennifer Dontz also carries all the wires you need on her online store so add that to your list of things to order and to have handy. I'm all out of gum paste so have fun creating beautiful Peonies!

Click here for Part 1

I feel like I'm forgetting something... hmmm? What was it now?

OH Yes!

It's time to announce the winner of the Peony Cutters!

Congratulations Jenniffer!

Thank you all for the great comments!!
I have more tutorials and give aways to come!


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Maria! It looks so real!!

  2. Hello! I think I am more beautiful your peony as the sample. Thank you very much for the tutorial, this beautiful. I hope to show us more of your beautiful creations. Greetings.

  3. this is soo pretty!! Your peony is so awesome and so realistic! thanks so much for the tutorial!

  4. Thank you so much for doing this tutorial. I love peonies but have never got round to making some myself - I will now (I have already 'acquired' my apple box from my local greengrocers so I'm ready to go!

  5. Thanks Faithy Let me know if you try if it works out for you.

    You are very welcome! Caroline can't wait to see pictures of your Peonies! Did you get you cutters yet?

  6. Your tutorial is excellent! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thanks for sharing the tutorial - they look so lovely!

  8. This is such a gorgeous peony!!

  9. I've been looking for a great peony tutorial and this is AWESOME! Your cakes are marvelous, too!!! Thanks os much for making my life easier today :^)

  10. thanx for sharing the tutorial,even i want to try this awesome peony.thank you

  11. Thank you so much for this...I am trying to put together a wedding cake with a similar flower, and had no idea how to shape the petal right, this will be perfect!

  12. simple you´re an artist, the fantastic tutorial. thanks.

  13. Thank you, these posts about peony are perfect and so useful!!



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