Today I thought about the minimum of materials and tools needed to start making flowers. I thought about it because I often encounter questions of type:
“What is absolutely necessary to get started? “
-Flower paste or Gum paste
Gum paste is a paste of elastic sugar.
We will use gum paste in white color ( “SweetKolor” brand or any other brand that have by hand, or the gum paste made by yourselves) to which we add powder colors tthe base o make the base color that we need to realize our Flowers and leaves.
-edible petal dusts
The petal powder dyes contain a rubber that makes them adhere well to the surface of rubber paste that we want to paint. It allows us to give velvety finishes, with different shades of the same colors.
To lower the tone of the colors I do not recommend using cornstarch, because that makes the color characteristics change (less rubber molecules that leads to adhesion problems, therefore unequal results and spots).
-Edible varnish or edible lacquer spray.
I personally prefer the spray, because this prevents you from appreciating brushstrokes on the surface to be varnished.
Essential to prevent pasta, petals and leaves from sticking to hands, utensils or work table.
– florist ribbon
I usually use light green or dark flowering tape depending on the flower I have to make. The florist tape is a paper tape that has glue on both sides and we have to stretch a little while working to activate the glue and thus achieve better fixation of the parts of our flowers or leaves.
-White flowering wire, thickness 18 and 28.
The lower the number, the wire will be thicker. Therefore the 18 will be used for stems and 28, the finest, which we use to wire petals and leaves.
We can work on a plastic surface. I use a transparent plastic surface to protect the table. It is non-stick and cleans very easily.
– cellpin tool:
The Cellpin is a very small and fine rolling pin, with a rounded end and the other finished on a very sharp tip.
-Texturizing (markers, nerving, veiners) for petals.
For basic courses we will use a rose leaf veiner ,a veiner for rose petals and one for daisy petals. The veiners are the ones that in the end give the realistic look to our flowers. Which is essential? Essential are the petal and rose leaf. Also a set of universal veiners.
We need paint brushes number 10 (one for each color that we are going to use) and two fine brushes, one of 00 to paint fine strokes on our petals and another of thickness 2-3 with which we will stick the petals.
It is not obligatory, but it makes the work easier because it allows us to cut in half the flowering tape to be able to work better, especially when it comes to flowers and small leaves, very fine flowers…
A small and new manicure scissors that we will use only for sugar work.
One for cutting the wires and one with a long fine tip to bend the thickest wires.
-metal ball toold frill
The metallic ball tool is used to curl and frill the petals or leaves when needed.
– A dummie
We need it to pinch the pieces of our flowers or flowers while we work.
Special for drying petals.
To dry petals (we can get it by asking at any fruit shop or supermarket).
With these tools and basic materials you can start making flowers. and gradually add more nerving (special for each flower) to acquire a larger range of colors…
I’m addicted to veiners and petal dusts. I have many and always find some that I do not have and absolutely need to buy :))
On another occasion I’ll talk a little about how to keep our veinersand colorants tidy:)