Peony Tutorial

My Peony tutorial would be a mix of technique. I am used to make peony flower without cutter or mold. 

But, I just found out that if you want to make the flower for special event like wedding cake probably cutters and molds will give you a better result. 

So I decided to write the tutorial without cutters and with cutters which was done by others.

Peony Clay Flower without Cutter:

  • Firstly, choose your material. Clay or gum paste is ok for this project. You can make your own clay like cold porcelain or soapy clay or buy ready-made clay from craft store. I would say soft clay like those from Martha Stewart is easy to handle for making flower without cutter.
  • Let's start by rolling the clay to 10 balls with diameter about 2 centimeter and another 10 balls with diameter about 3 centimeter. Use pink color clay for more natural and sweet looking flower or red clay for stronger present. 
  • Change the shape of the above to teardrops with length about 5 - 7 centimeter.
  • Press the larger end of the teardrop with your finger to form the petal. You can do it on the flat table surface or on your palm. 
  • Next, create the frill effect on the petal by pinching  the outer edge of the petal, pull it out a little bit to make it thin and then slight twist the edges. Do this for all the 20 petals.
  • Then, curve the petal inward by pressing the middle of the petal with you index finger.
  • Take 5 smaller petals and overlap each other and close it up to form a center of the flower/ the bud. 
  • Add the other 5 small petals, paste it on to the center of the flower, keep overlapping to each others to about half of the petal. 
  • Attach the other 10 big petals the same way, maintain the height to be more or less the same as the center/ bud and arrange the petal until you are happy with it. And, it's done.

Peony Tutorial with Cutter:

Peony Gum Paste:

Louise from Cake Journal has peony tutorial detail which I think would be useful for you too.

peony gum paste tutorial
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