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Pink Ranunculus & Chocolate!

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Handcrafted Sugar Flowers taught by Jacqueline Butler

Awe your friends and family by creating delicate hydrangeas with Jacqueline Butler's skilled instruction and easy, effective techniques.

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Category Cake Decorating
Material Gum Paste
Style Traditional
SugarArtBySusan on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Always make more flowers than what you think you'll need!

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Amazing talent you have. I'm just wondering if you took JacquelineB's class on how to make those pink with lime green center flowers. I really want to learn how to make those but she only has the class for buds and leaves here in craftsy. Thanks!

12/29/2012 Flag

Thank you so much! Let's see, for the ranunculus, I made the centers first - using the green coloring that Jacqueline uses in her course. I formed a ball about the size of a large pea (or small marble). To make the indentation in the center, use the end of your ball tool, then I used graduating sized piping tips to press into the gum paste and make the "circle" marks around the indentation made by the ball tool. Very important to affix this to your cloth covered floral wire and let dry completely!! For the petals, I used circle cutters. I used my pasta roller, to roll out the gumpaste as thin as I could get it. Placed the circle on foam pad and used the end of my small roller (or large ball tool) to cup the circle slightly (not frilling), then I set the circle in a former (or in a spoon if you don't have any formers) to let dry / set for about 3-5 minutes. Enough time so that when I pick up the circle, it doesn't flop around - holds its shape. On some of the circle, I experimented with making marks for the petals - I ended up making very light veining on the petals using a petal veiner I had. I think Jacqueline makes hers more pronounced, but I don't know what she uses to get the effect. The main trick (for me) to get the delicate, almost see through effect that I like, is to roll the gumpaste as thin as you can, cup it, let it dry a bit -- it should not flop when you pick it up--- AND THEN!!!! when you are ready to place petal on the flower center, barely use any water - - just DAB a DOT at the location on the petal that will be touching the center. I tried adhering the petals to the center like I would a rose petal, using more water around the edges of the petal, etc. - - but I did not like the look. I wanted more "space" between the petal and the center and between the petals themselves once I started to layer. Using that extremely small amount of water in one spot made the difference for me in all my experimentation. I also tried placing 3 petals around the center versus 4 petals around the center, I liked the 3 petals around the center best. Once you've placed the first 3 petals around the center, hang upside-down to dry. I was making quite a few ranunculi, so I had an assembly line going. By the time I finished the 3 petals on all the centers, the first one I did was ready for the 2nd row. I used a toothpick maneuver the petals so that there was space / air between as I liked. Use the size circles as your flower gets bigger, so that you have 3 petals going around as much as possible. I made some smaller and some larger just depending on what I liked and to make sure I had choices to fill spaces in the topper that I would not anticipate, but end up with anyway! The only other suggestion I have is to search Google for a YouTube tutorial. I only found one, but wasn't the "look" of the flower I wanted, but was good for getting some suggestions and mechanics to start with. Please let me know if this helps or if I can try and clarify more. Good luck!

12/29/2012 Flag

This is just lovely!!! I too have been enjoying Jacqueline's class - and am now inspired to try those gorgeous ranunculus flowers. Thanks for posting your instructions.

02/22/2013 Flag

You are most welcome!

02/24/2013 Flag

It's just lovely! I really like your ranunculus flowers, thanks for sharing the instruction.

05/02/2013 Flag

My pleasure! Thanks!

05/08/2013 Flag

This is such a beautiful cake. You did an amazing job. I love the ranusculus. Did you use tear drop shaped cutters to make this flower. How many petals did it take to make one flower. Many thanks for sharing. lila

05/21/2013 Flag

Simply beautiful. By the way, where can i view your ranunculus instructions?

06/18/2013 Flag