How to make gelatine flowers .....

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    ..... as taught to me by the delightful Terri Simmons of "Cakes by Design"
    ....... and as requested by some of you!

    You will need:

    Leaf gelatine
    33 gauge flower wires (white for flowers but you could use green for leaves) ...... they must be paper covered wires for gelatine flowers and leaves.
    Paste colours
    Metal petal cutters (optional)
    Heatproof receptacle for the gelatine
    Somewhere to dry the petals i.e. a block of oasis
    Stamens
    Flower tape
    Paintbrush

    Method:

    1. Soak your gelatine leaf in cold water until it feels soft and squidgey like a wet J-cloth! (about 10 mins)

    2. While it's soaking prepare your wires. Either make your petal shape free-hand or mould them round a metal petal cutter. Twist the wire to enclose the shape. You can paint it with the paste colour or leave it white.

    3. Take the soggy gelatine sheet out of the water, shake off the excess water and put it into a heat-proof container that is sitting in hot water. This can be in a saucepan of simmering water or just in another bowl with boiling water. If you use the latter, be sure to keep it topped up with boiling water so that the gelatine stays liquid. Stir in what ever colour you like.

    4. Slide in your wire petal so that it is totally submerged. You can either do this by tipping the gelatine container at an angle or by bending your wire to a right angle with the base of the petal and dipping it straight in.

    5. Take it out slowly and carefully so that you have a film of gelatine covering the entire petal shape. (Just like dipping the wand into bubble blowing liquid!). If the "bubble" breaks ..... just re-dip it!

    6. This is just to show you the gelatine film.

    7. Hold upright to let any excess gelatine run down the wire. You can pick this off later when it is dry.

    8. Stick it into a block of oasis (or whatever else you use) to dry for about half an hour.

    9. Meanwhile, make the centres by taping some stamens to a wire.

    10. When the petals are dry, shape them by bending them gently over your finger. The only thing you can't do is to widen them as the gelatine will then tear, otherwise you can play around to your heart's content! Tape as many petals as you like to the centre ..... just like you would with sugar flowers.
    You can make a green calyx and / or leaves in exactly the same way.

    Fairy and Insect Wings:

    The method is essentially the same but with a couple of changes.

    11. This time you must use bare wires ..... either florist's wire or fuse wire would do fine. Either make your shape round a butterfly cutter or do it free-hand.

    12. The gelatine is uncoloured but there's nothing to say it shouldn't be coloured! LOL
    Once dry ..... and this time leave it for about an hour ...... gently peel the wire away from the gelatine (this is why it needs to be a bare wire).
    You will then have a gossamer thin wing which you can paint if you like!
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    I hope you can follow this and I'm sorry about the poor photos but I was doing it on my own as "Santa's Little Helper" had gone to B&Q to buy cement .... I don't think it was for flower-making though !!!! LOL

    Do give it a go...... it's VERY much easier than it sounds and these flowers are so robust when made!
    I look forward to seeing your gelatine flowers!

    For those who didn't see it, here's the finished flower:
    www.flickr.com/photos/abbietabbie/3503076395/in/photostream/

    Probably best to view the pictures in ORIGINAL.

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    1. alana_hodgson 60 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much for sharing, Chris!! I've never seen gelatin sheets, though I've heard of them. Do you think granulated gelatin would work just as well??

    2. mommawants1more 60 months ago | reply

      WOW CHris you are amazing- looks fascinating but also beyond my patience level,LOL thanks for always sharing!!!

    3. Milena ❧ 60 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us, Chris!

    4. Rouvelee's Creations 60 months ago | reply

      Thank you for this tutorial, Chris.

    5. Sugarbloom Bev 60 months ago | reply

      Gosh thats very clever, thank you for the inspiration Chris great tutorial and beaut designs.

    6. EForkey (formerly EB Cakes) 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome! Thank you so much for this great, well explained, tutorial! I was so looking forward to this! So excited to give it a try sometime!

    7. vanessa-anne 59 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together for us......I can't wait to try them.

    8. camellia kelly 59 months ago | reply

      thanks chris for the fab tutorial. its great to see it so well explained!

    9. Scilzz 59 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your tutorial, you've inspired me to try this. A question though, will gelatine powder or any other gelatine work? or does it have to be gelatin leaves.

    10. abbietabbie 59 months ago | reply

      I'm honestly not sure .... I've not tried it with other forms of gelatine but I don't see why it shouldn't work as long as the gelatine is completely dissolved. Give it a whirl ..... and let me know, please!

    11. SWEET SUGAR By Michelle Lanza 58 months ago | reply

      Wauuuuu!!!
      I will try this for sure!!!!
      Super creative!!!
      Love it!

    12. Dulces Emociones 57 months ago | reply

      Thank you!!!!!! Gracias!!!!!

    13. Jen's Cakery 56 months ago | reply

      thank you - off to try this now!!

    14. Mao Rani 45 months ago | reply

      thx alot ! :))
      this ws really helpin

    15. Rebecca's Tastebuds 43 months ago | reply

      Oh my Chris - Sucre Coeur directed me to this great tutorial. This is something I have been dying to have a go at. Thanks for sharing....:-))x

    16. preciousbeauty1 31 months ago | reply

      hi can you tell me if you can double dip? what i mean is when a layer has set can you dip them in again to get a stronger colour or would it just burst the first layer?

    17. abbietabbie 31 months ago | reply

      I've never tried double dipping I'm afraid ..... it might work. You'll have to give it a try and let me know ! You could just use more colour or in fact use a little white with your colour which will make the leaves more opaque.

    18. CakesByShara 28 months ago | reply

      Love these I missed them.

    19. Webb 1 28 months ago | reply

      Great, thanks. Does the gelatine go off if using it for craft items?

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