Crafting a sugar rose begins with the creation of a bud. This bud, shaped from a small piece of paste and attached to a wire, forms the core of the rose. Its shape is crucial as it influences the overall appearance of the finished flower.
Once the bud is formed, it's time to add the petals. Each petal is carefully crafted from a piece of paste. Using a veiner gives texture to the petal, while a ball tool thins the edges. The petals are then attached to the bud using egg white as glue. It's important to let the rose dry between each stage to maintain its shape and ensure the petals hold their position.
As the rose begins to take shape, continue to add petals, gradually increasing their size. Arrange the petals in a spiral pattern around the bud, mimicking the natural growth pattern of a rose. Use a ball tool and a veiner to give the petals a lifelike appearance.
Next, move on to the creation of the calyx, the green structure that encloses the bud of a rose. Use a 50mm calyx cutter and a mix of green and white paste to create the calyx. Condition the paste with egg white and vegetable shortening, then roll it out to the width of the calyx cutter. Attach the calyx to the rose using egg white.
Now, it's time to create the rose's thorns. Use a mould to shape the thorns, then attach them to the stem of the rose using a strong adhesive. Remember, the thorns should curl upwards, mimicking the natural appearance of a rose stem.
Finally, allow the rose to dry thoroughly before it is coloured. The colouring process can add depth and realism to the sugar rose, enhancing its lifelike appearance.
With practice and patience, you can master the art of creating beautiful, lifelike sugar roses.