How to Make Sugar Daffodils by Cassie Brown
I loved making these sugar daffodils. Everyone thinks that I’m well known for my airbrushing skills, but I actually got all my awards for my sugar flowers. I must admit, flowers are my passion; I love the colours and variety. You never see absolutely perfect flowers, so you must remember that when you are creating sugar flowers. I like to copy from the real flower, so I went and bought myself some daffodils to take inspiration from. – Cassie Brown
You Will Need:
- Non-Stick Board
- Small Rolling Pin
- 28# and 24# White Wire
- Light Green Forest Tape
- Flower Paste Coloured with Yellow Dust Colour
- Yellow and Pale Green Food Dust Colour
- Dusting Brush
- Daffodil Flower Veiner and Large Tulip Leaf Veiner
- Ball Tool
- Cornflour to Stop Sticking
- Water in a Waterbrush
- Cocktail Stick
- Small Cutting Wheel
- Confectioner’s Glaze
Creating the Pistil and Stamens:
1. The pistil is normally found in the very centre of the flowers. The stamens are the small parts that sit around the pistil in the centre of the flower. Start by making a small hook on one end of a 24# white wire, ready to make the pistil. Roll a small ball of paste about the size of a pea into a sausage shape and then push the wire into one end of the sausage. Roll the paste down the wire about 2/3 inch, then flatten the top end with your finger. Using tweezers on the flattened end, divide and pinch it into 3 small sections. Leave to dry a little.
2. To make the stamens, roll 6 very thin sausages about 1″ long and attach 1/2cm below the top of the pistil using water. Brush the bottom of the stamens with a little light green dust.
Creating the Trumpet:
3. Roll out some yellow coloured flower paste very thin, then use the frilly veiner. Place the paste into the veiner, place the other half of the veiner on top, and press down firmly. Gently remove the veined piece of paste and place onto the non-stick board. Cut around the edge of the veined paste using the cutting wheel and remove any excess paste.
4. Using a cocktail stick, gently roll over the end of the cut-out shape that’s the widest and frilliest. Brush a small amount of water down one side and gently overlap the other side to create a trumpet-like shape. Using the rolling pin, roll over the joint to seal it. Push the wire with the stamens on down the largest part of the trumpet through to the smallest part and attach that with water to the bottom of the stamens. This will create the trumpet.
Creating the Petals:
5. Roll out the yellow flower paste, but leave a ridge through the centre of what will be the petal. Push a 28# wire into the ridge and place onto the petal veiner. Place the other end of the veiner on top and press down firmly to create the veins. Carefully remove from the veiner and, using the cutting wheel, cut around the petal shape that the veiner has made.
6. Use the ball tool half on the edge of the petal and half on the palm of your hand, gently rolling around the edge to create a little movement. You will need to make 6 petals; don’t leave them to dry because they’ll fit together better as they currently are.
7. Tape 3 petals around the base of the trumpet using 1/2 width forest tape; tape all the way down the stem. Because the paste is still not completely dry, you can bend the petals gently into shape so that they lean out from the centre trumpet. Place the 3 remaining petals in between gaps in the other 3 petals and tape into place. Remember to tape all the way down the stem for extra strength. Then, gently bend the daffodils into place.
Colouring the Daffodils:
8. The daffodils are already coloured yellow, but to add shading I dusted a little yellow food dust onto the outer petals with an inward stroke. Then in the centre of each petal, also dust around the top of the trumpet. This will really make the flowers come alive.
Taping the Daffodils:
9. Using light green florist tape, cut the end of the tape into a point. Stretch the tape and put the point of the tape over the back of the daffodil like a calyx. Finally, tape all the way down the stem to finish the daffodil. The results are amazing!
Creating the Leaves:
10. Roll out a sausage of pale green flower paste as thin as you can, then place a 24# white wire to one side of the paste and brush with water. Carefully fold the paste over the wire to sandwich the wire in the middle of the paste. Press gently so you can see the wire, then roll the paste thinner either side of the wire. (You have just doubled the thickness of the paste.)
11. Using the cutting wheel, cut about 1/2cm away from the wire and tape at the top to a point. Place the leaf into the large tulip veiner and press down to vein. Carefully remove the leaf and gently run your fingers over the edges to add a little movement. Leave to dry.
12. Add a small amount of green food dust to some confectioner’s glaze and mix well. Using a large flat brush, brush the coloured confectioner’s glaze over the leaf with large, long strokes, from the back to the front. Make as many leaves as you see fit. Leave to dry.
The only thing left for you to do is arrange them in your favourite vase and admire your beautiful sugarcraft work. Enjoy! – Cassie Brown