i hope this is the right place for them
i recantly took a day course in basic sugarcraft flowers and i thought i would share the results with you
i had never done anything with sugarpaste before let alone flowers! (actualy the closest i've got was making marzipan fruits for my nan as a kid )
i actual quite enjoyed this. our teacher talked us thorough the tools and terminology first and then showed us how to make 'pinch and pull' flowers and basic frilling. these were made without cutters, just a cocktail stick and a small sharp pair of scissors (plus wire of course)
these were made with a cutter and veining tool (sorta like a mold that you sandwiched the cut paste between) very simple but highly effective. i found the hardest part was making the caylex (the green bit)
she then explain the principles of veining and cupping (rolling over the edges with a ball stylus to add movement) on a leaf and showed us how to make wired leaves.
she also demonstrated how to make a carnation (a combination of cutters and frilling)
im proud of mine though i made a lot of mistakes and we ran out of time at the end which ment we had literally 2 minutes to paint and dust our flowers.
i really wish we had had more time, so much was packed into the course that if you were struggling with one technique and fell behind the rest of the class it was difficult to catch up and i ended up rushing most of my flowers. nonetheless i felt i learnt a lot from this course (if you have never been i recommend it, good fun and the techniques could be transferred to other medias such as ceramics or polymerclay )
comments and advice welcome