How to Make Gum Paste Stephanotis

  • 01 of 08

    Gather the Tools and Materials Needed

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    This lovely bell-shaped flower is wired into sprigs that add elegance to flower arrangements such as this luscious rose festooned cake. Filler flowers are often underestimated because people spend a great deal of time on the main flowers. Adding filler flowers can create a magical look to your cakes

    You Will Need:

    • White gum paste
    • Cornstarch
    • Small five petal blossom cutter(less than an inch)
    • Star gum paste tool
    • Medium gage floral wire
    • Styrofoam block
    • Paring knife
    • Floral tape
    • luster dust (optional)
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  • 02 of 08

    Create a Little Hat with Gum Paste

    Photo courtesy of Michelle Anderson. Photo courtesy of Michelle Anderson

    Lightly dust a work surface with cornstarch. Break off a small piece of gum paste, about the size of a small grape and roll it into a ball. Shape the ball into a cone shape and then use your fingertips to flatten the bottom edges so that the piece looks like a witches hat with a brim. The edges should be about 1/8 inch thick and extend the crown of the hat should be narrow enough that your petal cutter easily fits over it. 

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  • 03 of 08

    Use Cutter to Make Flower

    Michelle Anderson

    Use a small five petal gum paste cutter to cut around the base of the flower. Simply slide the cutter over the “crown” of the hat and press down firmly. the brim of the hat should extend out far enough that each petal is visible. 

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  • 04 of 08

    Thin Petals with Fingers

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    Remove the cut flower from the work surface leaving behind the excess gum paste cut off the brim. Gently pinch the petals of the flower to thin them out and create the bell shape. Dust your fingers with cornstarch to prevent the gum paste from tearing and sticking.

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  • 05 of 08

    Create Hollow in Flower

    Michelle Anderson

    Use a star pointed gum paste tool to create the deep hollow in the center of the flower. Dip the tool in cornstarch to prevent sticking.

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  • 06 of 08

    Wire Finished Flowers

    Michelle Anderson

    Cut pieces of wire for each flower and make a small loop on one end so that it anchors in the flower when the gum paste is dry. Insert the looped end of wire in the ends of the flowers and set them aside in a Styrofoam block to dry.

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  • 07 of 08

    Create Stephanotis Buds

    Michelle Anderson

    Roll out small teardrop pieces as buds taking care to scale them correctly to the finished flowers.Cut wire for each bud and make a small loop at one end of the wires.Insert wire into bud and lightly score an "X" in the top of each bud with a paring knife.Set aside to dry.

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  • 08 of 08

    Create Sprigs and Wrap in Floral Tape

    Michelle Anderson

    Take four or five flowers and buds and twist the wires together to create a sprig. Make sure the buds are lower on the stem. Wrap the stem in flower tape to create a neat finished look. You can gently brush petal dust color into the center of the cone if you wish to make a colored variation. Store your finished flowers in a sealed container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.