So you want to make some sugar flowers? Where do you start, you ask.. right here
The simple, versatile and oh so delicate hydrangea blossom. It has a teeny weeny wired centre. What? You don’t have wires? No problem, it can be made without the wire too. See! Told you it was easy peasy.
What you need
24 gauge white wires cut into 1/3 lengths
Hydrangea cutter / veiner set
Small paint brush
Foam forming pad
Small balling tool
6" long rolling pin – technically you can use any size but for small flowers this one is more convenient.
Small cutting board / non slip mat
Small (tiny) spatula for lifting petals
Foam block or flower drying rack
To make a centre
Roll a tiny bit of modelling paste into a ball. Dip the end of a wire in the sugar glue, slip the ball onto to tip of the wire and gently roll the bottom of the ball, pinching gently to form a tear drop shape. Then mark the top of the ball with a cross with a small knife or you little spatula blade.
If you’re not wiring your flowers ignore everything you’ve just read. Lets just move on shall we...
When I’m making small flowers I make them in bulk lots. You don’t make one hydrangea at a time.
Its inefficient and you’re likely to lose your mind. So…
Rub a little Crisco on your board so that the paste doesn’t stick. (In my experience cornflour tends to dry modelling paste out) Roll out a golf ball size of modelling paste very thin – to about 2mm. If you have one, whip out your pasta machine thingy and use that to get an even thickness.
Using you hydrangea cutter, cut out as many blossom shapes as you can, storing them under a length of Glad Wrap so they don’t dry out. When you do this a few times you’ll get quicker at it and you can omit the Gad Wrap. Gather up the offcuts, mush them back into a ball and pop that into a zip lock bag to use later.
Using the balling tool, gently thin out the petals, tracing the edges to thin them out – nothing worse than chunky flowers – then using the veining set, line up the middle of your flower with the veiner and press down.
Gently remove it by coaxing the petal up off the veiner with your little spatula.
If you’re wiring them, brush some sugar glue around the base of the centre, pierce the middle of the blossom with the bottom of the wire and shimmy the blossom up to nestle it into the centre.
Then bend your wire so the flower is upside down and let it dry in a styro block. OR you can hang them off a flower drying rack.
A NOTE ON FLOWER DRYING RACKS: Psst! I bought a dish drying rack from a cheapo variety shop and it does the job just fine. The stand even folds under the rack and it stores really easily. You’re welcome.
It wont matter if they close up, unevenly dry or remain wide open – this flower is pretty adaptable and can be all of those things. VOILA! Hydrangea flower.
If you’re not wiring them then place your blossom into a flower former and gently press down in the middle so that the blossom looks cupped. Then let it dry. Once dry just pipe a small dot of royal icing in the centre and VOILA! Hydrangea flower.
To colour, use petal dust to add a blush of colour into the middle and / or edges. Google is your friend – use it to look at the hydrangea blossom and you’ll see a gazillion colour combinations. You can also start with a coloured modelling paste too – this makes tinting these blossoms much easier if they are going to be a deep colour. This goes for all sugar flowers really.
TIP – to use in an arrangement they’ll need to be wired so you can tape them together. Make extras – some will break when taping them into an arrangement. If you can do it without breaking any please show me how because I’ve never managed it!
So easy and so pretty! Have Fun!