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Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers

with Nicholas Lodge
Mastering Modern Sugar Flowers
Keep your sugar flowers in-demand and up-to-date. Cater to the event with basic, client-worthy and competition-level variations on three sought-after species.

Join master sugar artist Nicholas Lodge to create some of the industry's hottest sugar flowers in incredible lifelike detail. For each flower, you'll discover variations that grow in complexity along with your confidence. Progress through several styles of the oh-so-popular succulent. Create three types of striking ranunculuses, finishing with the most sophisticated version. Advance from a classic dahlia to a pompom dahlia and an intricate spider dahlia. You'll even learn to create realistic buds, leaves and calyxes for each flower, and receive tips on dusting and arranging them. Plus, get in-depth advice on pricing the sugar flowers you've made in class. Create fresh, fascinating sugar flowers for birthdays, weddings, competitions and more! 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. The Succulent

  • Meet world-renowned instructor Nicholas Lodge as you dive into your first contemporary gum paste creation, the succulent. Use an all-in-one cutter as Nicholas demonstrates best practices for handling gum paste, using floral wire and thinning and veining leaves.


Lesson 2. Succulent Variations

  • Bolster your succulent garden as you learn how to make mini succulents, perfect as cupcake toppers, before you move on to the molded variation, where you make your center and leaves using silicone molds for an even more naturalistic look.


Lesson 3. Finishing the Succulents

  • Make your succulent center by hand before cutting, thinning and wiring each leaf individually as you learn your final variation, perfect for clients looking for truly faithful reproductions. Nicholas then shows you how to add realistic botanical coloring and shine to all of your succulents.


Lesson 4. The Ranunculus

  • Master one of cake design’s “it” sugar flowers as you learn to make this luscious beauty two ways: using a blossom cutter and a center mold, as well as single-petal cutters and a semi-handmade center. Learn to thin, vein and attach each petal and color the centers for realistic detail.


Lesson 5. The Wired Ranunculus

  • Expand your sugar-flower skills as you create a stunning white ranunculus with individually wired petals and a fully hand-formed center for true botanic realism.


Lesson 6. Finishing the Ranunculus

  • Your ranunculuses will look like they were just picked from the garden after Nicholas shows you how to add stems, calyxes, leaves and authentic coloring.


Lesson 7. Classic Dahlia

  • Start with a basic small daisy cutter and curve and vein petals to create detailed, feathery centers. Then, use a dahlia cutter to create layers of petals as you assemble this stylish flower from the outside in, using a custom foil former.


Lesson 8. Pompom & Spider Variations

  • Use sunflower blossom cutters to create layers of petals, all hand rolled into the signature pompom tube. In your final variation, the spider dahlia, you will combine many of the techniques you have learned — using a mold, creating tubed petals and layering blossoms — as you build this plush beauty.


Lesson 9. Finishing the Dahlia

  • Bring your blossoms into full bloom as you add calyxes, leaves and lifelike coloring.


Lesson 10. Arrangements

  • Fill out your creations with ribbons and other wired accents commonly used by florists; and learn how your succulents, ranunculuses and dahlias can be arranged together or separately for maximum effect. Finally, Nicholas leads a discussion on how to price your botanical masterpieces.

"I just wanted to thank you so very much for such an informative, detailed and entertaining class. Your three stages of flower techniques and increasing detail for the ranunculus (and all three flowers) is so useful. I have purchased all your classes (I live in Australia and cannot attend your classes), and I have learned so much from you. I was so happy when you released a new class. I thank you for sharing your knowledge and skills with us and for making sugar flower construction so accessible and achievable."
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