Tutorial – camellia flower

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It’s been quite some time since I posted a flower tutorial so it really is about time! πŸ˜‰ I posted some pictures of this camellia flower yesterday and now I’ve put together a tutorial for it!

This flower was actually quite tricky since you want the petals to only touch each other at the base to give it a realistic look. So you probably need some gumpaste flower making experience or it will be quite hard.. But here’s the tutorial! I hope you’ll enjoy it, and I’d love to see the result should you give it a go! πŸ™‚

You’ll need:

  • 5 petal cutters, approximately 7,5, Β 5,5, Β 5,0 and 4,5 cm across
  • Ball tool
  • Thin foam pad
  • Exacto knife
  • Tissue paper
  • Gumpaste (light peach and light pink)
  • Edible glue
  • Optional: light peach luster dust (same color as the light peach gumpaste)

1.. Roll a ball out of peach colored gumpaste, about the size of a chickpea. Make it a little oval.

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2.. Roll out peach gumpaste very thinly and cut out 1 of the smallest flowers.

3.. Cut the flower into five separate petals. Place in a zip-lock bag to prevent them from drying out.

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4.. Take them out one at a time and thin the edges of Β each petal using the ball tool.

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5.. Then cup each petal with a circular motion in the center of the petal, using the ball tool. (I forgot to take a picture of this step; if it is too unclear, please let me know and I’ll try to clarify!)

6.. Add the first petal so that it covers half the ball (I forgot to photograph this too.. I obviously thought of something else when making this flower πŸ˜‰ ).

7.. Add three petals around the ball, overlapping each other a little. Leave to dry until it has firmed a little (the time depends upon humidity, but for me it took about 5-10 minutes)

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8.. Make another three petals as described above (in the same size) and attach them around the bud.

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9.. Cut out 1 of the largest flower in pink and repeat step 3-5. Arrange them like in the picture.

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10.. Cut out another of the largest flower in pink, cut off the tip, and repeat step 3-5.

11.. Arrange like in the picture.

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12.. Let this piece and the bud dry for a few hours.

13.. Cut out 1 of the second smallest flowers in peach and repeat step 3-5. Arrange the petals around the bud. Support with tissue paper. Leave to dry until it can hold it’s shape without the paper.

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14.. Once the bud has dried enough; Cut out 1 of the second largest flowers in pink and cut off the tip (like in step 10). Repeat step 3-5 and arrange the petals like in the picture.

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15.. Glue the bud to the center and fold up the petals from the pink row you just made. Support the petals with tissue paper. Leave to dry completely.

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16.. OPTIONAL: paint the edges of the pink petals with some light peach luster dust to make the transition from peach to pink a little more subtle.

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