Hyacinth & Bluebell - Sugar Filler Flowers Part 5
This video provides a step-by-step guide to creating two popular spring flowers: the Hyacinth and the Bluebell for cake decorating. Both flowers are crafted using the larger cavity of the Filler Flowers mould, with variations in technique to capture the unique characteristics of each flower. The process begins with the creation of buds, followed by the formation of the flowers themselves, and concludes with the application of colour to bring the flowers to life.
To make the Hyacinth, begin with a 28-gauge wire, covered with quarter-width floral tape and cut into six sections. For the Hyacinth buds, use a regular number four size ball of paste, using a size guide to ensure accuracy. The paste should be one third below and two thirds above the size guide. Brush a little bit of egg white onto the hook of the 28-gauge wire and push this into a ball of paste. Mould the paste around the bottom of the wire, forming it into a sausage shape with a slightly pointed end. Use a needle tool to divide the paste into three sections, marking the top of each section. Add a fourth line, a fifth line, and a sixth line, creating a pattern of lines coming down the side of the bud. The lines should extend about halfway down the bud.
To form the flower, apply a small amount of vegetable shortening to the mould. Insert paste into the mould and fill to the top. Remove from mould and hollow out the flat edge of the flower to form a bell shape with the textured side on the outside. Insert the flower into a wire, sliding it up from the bottom to the top so the wire bud is in the centre of the flower. To secure the flower, drop a small ball of paste (about a number one size) into the middle of the flower. Use a ball tool to press this into the top of the flower. Allow all elements to dry.
Use a combination of pink and purple dust to create a lavender colour. Apply this colour to the buds, coming about three quarters of the way down, leaving the bottom of the buds their original colour. Apply the same colour to the middle of the flower, coming about two thirds of the way down. Add a touch of straight purple dust to the very tip of the bud and gently brush it around the edge of the petals. Finally, apply apple green dust to the bottom third of the bud and flower.
The Bluebell buds are made in the same size as the Hyacinth buds, using number four and number five size balls of paste. However, the Bluebell buds are longer and skinnier, with a more pointed end.
The process for forming the Bluebell flower is the same as for the Hyacinth. However, after hollowing out the inside of the flower, use a small ball tool to cup the back of the flower, creating the characteristic shape of the Bluebell.
Use a cool marine blue dust to colour the Bluebell. Apply the dust to the surface of the buds and flowers, coming about two thirds of the way down. Add a touch of deep purple dust to the tips of the buds and gently brush it around the edge of the petals. Apply apple green dust to the bottom third of the bud and flower, and a touch of green dust to the middle of the flower.
These processes can be adapted to create other bell-shaped flowers, such as Harebells and Campanula. The key is to experiment with different sizes, shapes, and colours to capture the unique characteristics of each flower. With practice, one can create a beautiful array of spring flowers to enhance floral arrangement for cake decorating.