6 inch stiff wire, tiny hook at the end tinted gum paste Rolling pin Small, medium and large rose petal cutters Sponge Stick or ball tool to thin the petal Water & brush Calyx cutter Method : The night before, prepare the base for the rose as shown in the picture below. Dip the hook end in water before pressing in the gum paste. Let dry.
Cut out the petals. For one rose, you need 4 small, 5 medium and 7 large petals. The arrangement is going to be like this :
Take the small petals, thin the petal on one side only on the rounded part. Leave the sharp end unthinned. Brush the sharp end with water. Stick one small petal around the base.
Stick three more small petals around the center. Furl the edges.
Now the first layer is completed (small petals). Proceed to the 2nd and 3rd layer using the medium and large petals. Each petal must overlapped half of the petal before it.
2nd layer completed (medium petals) : 3rd layer completed (large petals) :
Now for the calyx, roll out green gum paste and cut out with calyx cutter. Thin the edges. Brush the center with water. Push into the wire until it sticks to the base of the rose. Make another small round shape. Brush with water and push through the wire again to stick to the calyx. Done ! Leave the rose hanging upside down for it to dry. Or if you are not using the stiff wire, put the rose in a palette or egg carton so that the petals will have some support, to avoid it from drooping.
Do give it a try. It’s not that difficult, you only need patience and perseverance till you get it right .