i do like those mini pumpkins...i didnt realise exactly how small they were until i realised those were the keyboard keys behind them!
i did a day course in sugar paste flowers last weekend. yesterday i managed my first polymerclay flower. i used the 'pinch and pull' method, frilling the petals with a cocktail stick (polymer clay is a lot more sticky than sugar paste and you will need a lot more cornflower to stop it sticking though mine did tear on one petal)
for the stamens i used part of a scrap skinner blend. i partially leached it on parchment paper so it was quite firm then on a edge i used a tissue blade to slice of the thinnest strands (a bit like making chocolate curls...but on an edge so they are very thin and fine)
you cant push these in like wire...they will simply break. i make holes with a cocktail stick first in the centre of the flower then pushed them in with the aid of a par of tweezers.
im not to displeased with my first attempt though i feel there a lot of room for improvement
(i didnt bake the flower like this...i grabbed a lump of scrap and stood it upright to bake)