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Hi, I’m James Rosselle, instructor of Exotic Sugar Orchids, with Craftsy.com. I’m going to show you how to make some leaves out of sugar paste.
I’ve already gone ahead and tinted some green gum paste, as you can see. I’ve rolled it out to a pretty thin consistency. Press the cutter over the gum paste. Lift that gum paste over the cutter. Remove that cutter from your paste. Lift your gum paste up. I already have one here that I cut. I am going to pick up my ball tool. This is a medium-sized ball tool. You just want to thin the edge of that gum paste. Once you’ve thinned the edge of the paste, you’re going to lay your cut-out leaf on to your veiner. You’re going to press the veiner just to emboss that leaf so it actually has the texture and veining of a leaf. So, now I’m just going to pull the veined leaf out from the veiner. And with my little, nifty pizza wheel, I’m going to cut that leaf right in half, like so. I’m going to dip my wire into some gum glue, lift that up, and place that wire at the base of the leaf. Press it to make it sure it’s nice and secure. Pick the leaf up. And just set that down on to a piece of foam to dry overnight. Let’s do it again. Now these looped leaves are actually great accents for orchids, Cattleya orchids and Dendrobium orchids and Cymbidium orchids. They’re a great accent and filler flower for cakes.
Make sure those leaves are nice and secure. Let those leaves dry overnight. I have some that are already dried, as you can see. Now we’re just going to embellish them and kind of bring them to life. So what I have here is three different colors. I have a green petal dust. I have a green lustre dust. And then I just have some green petal dust that I’ve diluted with a little bit of vodka. So I’m going to grab my brush—a pointed brush, preferably, to start—we’re going to dip the brush into the liquid color first. And what I want to do is just paint a line from one end, all the way around to the other end. But before I do so, I just want to brush off any excess food coloring that I have. Just very slowly and steadily paint that green line right down the center of your leaf. Okay, I’m just going to turn it over, brush off the excess, and continue. You’re going to go all the way around until you make sure that the line reaches the base of the opposite end of your loop. Put that down.
I’m going to take my next brush, dip that into my green petal dust, tap off any excess petal dush, and then just start dusting from the base up, like so. Now, here it’s important to start at the edges, and just work that petal dust inward. I think it looks best if the edges are darker and the center is a little bit lighter. So you’re going to do that all the way around, like so. Turn it over. Again, start at the base. Work that petal dust all the way up. And you’re really just highlighting this leaf, bringing it to life. And just really making it interesting and organic-looking.
So I have the green on. I am going to dip the same brush into that lustre green. This lustre green just gives it an entirely different look. It’s almost as if the leaf was being hit by the sunlight and just kind of glimmering and shining. It adds a lot of dimension, interesting color, and like I said, makes for a great accent for orchids such as Cattleya, Cymbidium, and Dendrobium. I have a finished one over here, that you can see. You can see that nice green shading. Great accent, great for filler flowers, and it’s nice and easy and quick.
I’m James Rosselle. If you’d like to learn more on sugar paste, come take my course, Exotic Sugar Orchids at Craftsy.com. Hope to see you there.