Frost Ribbon Flowers
By : Jo Wieneke
Redding, Connecticut, USA
● Flex Frost (Gold and Pearl) by Icing Images
● 2 Lb Gumpaste
● Rolling pin and silicone mat
● Exacto knife or clay knife
● Paint brushes
● Luster dusts of your color choice
● 5- inch round cookie cutter
● Unused and new toilet paper roll
● Tylose water (1⁄2 tsp tylose + 1⁄4 cup warm water, place in a tight lid small jelly jar)
Part 1: Making a Container
1. Knead and roll out gumpaste in sausage form (approx. 3/4 lb.) lengthwise to approximately 15 inches long x 3 inches wide and 1⁄8 inches thick , keep excess wrapped in zip lock bags.
2. Cut the two ends to a wedge and roll the strip to a toilet paper roll and connect both ends sealing it with light brushing of Tywater, set aside and check occasionally that it gets the shape of a circle. Lets call this shape “A”.
3. Knead another batch of gumpaste in ball form (approx. 1⁄2 lb.) and roll to a round shape, making it at 6 inch diameter and 1⁄8 thickness. Let’s call this shape “B”, keep excess wrapped in zip lock
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5. Place A on top of B, sealing the connection with light brushing of water.
6. Set aside the piece in a shoe box and let dry.
Part 2 : Making a Circular Lid
1. Knead another batch of gumpaste in ball form (approx. 1⁄2 lb.) and roll to a round shape, making it at 6 inch diameter and 1⁄8 thickness. Let’s call this shape “C”, keep excess wrapped in zip lock bags.
2. Knead and roll out gumpaste in sausage form (approx. 1⁄2 lb.) length wise to approximately 15 inches long x 1 inch wide and 1⁄8 inches thick , Cut the two ends to a wedge .
3. Take your cookie cutter and try to measure if its a bit more wider than the container (A&B) , if it is then cut the rolled out gumpaste with the cookie cutter.
4. Place the 1 inch strip of rolled gumpaste on the side of the circular gumpaste (paneling style) and seal ends with light brushing of Tywater.
5. Set aside the piece in a shoe box and let dry.
Part 3 . Embellishing the Top Lid
Let’s embellish the lid.
Get the Flex Frost and cut a piece to enough to cover the the top. Peel the fabric paper and adhere to the lid with Tylose water lightly brushed on the gumpaste surface.
Trim off excess fabric with Exacto knife.
Place the lid sideways by letting it lean on a sturdy surface.
Cut a strip of Flex Frost , twice as wide as the lid side and fold the edge of the sides.
Lightly brush the side of the lid with tylose water and adhere the fabric strip pleating them as you go.
Part 4 : Dressing Up the Container
Brush the inner base of the container with lightly tylose water.
Take a Pearl Flex Frost, peel off and lay loosely over the container, making sure that sides are tucked . The flex frost should look like it has lined the base with satin lining.
Do the same procedure with the lid
Part 5: Painting over the Box (optional)
Paint or airbrush the entire box with brown to add depth to the metallic fabric finish
Part 6: Making Victorian Ribbon Flowers
The Pearl Flex Frost can be brushed over with a petal dust color of your choice. Only Dry brushing is recommended .
Cut a Strip of Flex Frost and Dry Brush over. This will represent a “Ribbon “
Fold sides if desired or leave as is.
Styles of flowers are done with the following techniques :
1. Pleating : Pinching the ribbon in exact distance , it can be a center pleat or edge pleat.
2. Knot and Twisting : simply twist the ribbon for rope effect and it can also be knotted, double or single .
3. Shirring : gathering the ribbon with small pleats with the help of a tweezer if your fingers cannot make fine shirrs,, secure the part of the shirred part with light brushing of tylose water.
4. Rushing : is gathering the ribbon by using a dressmaker pin to gather the center of the ribbon at angles or straight pleat gathering and twisting the gathered ribbon . The center can be brushed lightly with tylose water to secure.
5. Looping and Bows: Simple (Milliner’s Bow) or multiple loop bows can be done with the fabric strip Ribbon.
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