How To Support Unwired Gum Paste Roses
I've been meaning to share this little tip with you guys for quite some time now, but I always stopped myself thinking, "Oh, someone else has probably already posted a tutorial on this method and shared it a billion times." But recently I searched for this idea on Google, and surprisingly I couldn't find a thing about this method! It's such a simple idea, but it makes a world of difference when it comes to drying unwired gum paste roses! Whenever I have made gumpaste roses in the past I always had trouble supporting the outer layer of petals. They would almost always start pulling away from the rose and eventually flop over the side of my Wilton flower drying cup. It seems the sides of the cups just aren't tall enough to support a rose. So I came up with an idea to solve this problem! And it also works wonderfully if you don't even have a flower cup! Check it out...
To make this flower support, all you need is a piece of plastic wrap (Saran wrap).
Beginning from the bottom, loosely roll the plastic wrap into a log.
Bring the ends of the plastic wrap log together to form a circle. Make sure the plastic wrap circle is a good size for your rose and/or flower cup. If you need to wrap the plastic wrap log around the rose to ensure a perfect fit, feel free to do so. Use tape to secure plastic wrap ends together.
Set plastic wrap circle onto the flower former/drying cup.
And place your rose inside... See! Perfectly supported!! Without the plastic wrap, the large outer petals would surely be pulling away from the rose. This method helps a ton! Leave the rose in the drying cup supported with plastic wrap until fully dried.
And what do you do if you need to make more roses than you have flower cups? Or what if your flower cups are too big for the smaller roses? Just make a saran wrap log circle! It works great standing alone as well! No drying cup needed!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! God bless!!