Last days of Summer by Jan Berry

1Cut 33 or 35 gauge wires into ¼ lengths, and colour some paste with a touch of Ruby paste colour.
2Roll small pieces of paste into a ball, they don’t go any bigger than a pin head, dip the end of the wire into some sugar glue or egg white and push up the centre of the ball, on some the wire can actually poke out the top of the paste.
3Cut 30g wires into ⅓ and place a small ball of gooseberry green paste on the end of the wire the size of a pin head and taper it down the wire slightly.
4Take a knife or cutting wheel and put a fine cross on the top of the paste. Leave to dry.
5Roll out a piece of gooseberry green paste and using the Christmas rose cutters, cut out 4 petals.
6Twiddle a small piece of paste onto a 28g wire the length of the petal.
7Then press it onto the petal.
8Soften the edges.
9Vein in the Hydrangea , pinch the top slightly inwards and cup the base.
10Dust the base front and back with Autumn Green from the base upwards.
11Then dust from the top edge down with a 50-50 mix of blackcurrant and African violet.
12Tape two petals opposite each other using ¼ width nile green tape, then tape one petal overlapping the too already taped in, then add the last petal behind the first two, so you have petals at 12,3,6,9 o clock.

Elderberries

Elderberries can be used in summer sprays, in the green form, late summer in a pink form to the nearly black in autumn.  They are a fantastic filler flower and can be made in advance and stored, they give a different airy effect to any arrangement.

Elderberries look beautiful with any autumnal flowers, lovely in any bridal arrangement or anniversary cake.

13Cut 33 or 35 gauge wires into ¼ lengths, and colour some paste with a touch of Ruby paste colour.
14Roll small pieces of paste into a ball, they don’t go any bigger than a pin head, dip the end of the wire into some sugar glue or egg white and push up the centre of the ball, on some the wire can actually poke out the top of the paste.
15Tape 4-5 berries together to create one bunch using ¼ width white tape, tape several bunches together, to give a more realistic look, just add some 35g wires in between the berries.
16Leave to dry, then dust with a layer of dogwood red, but only dust in places, so it’s patchy, then over dust with port wine, dust with aubergine and on some berries a touch of black can be added. Once in bunches spray with full glaze and leave to dry.

You will need:

Ingredients

Paste colours – Sugarflair –  Ruby

Dusting Powders:, Edable Art –  Dogwood Red, Aubergine, Crafty Colours – Port wine

Flower Paste – Diamond platinum Antique White

Equipment

Small Rolling Pin

Board

Balling Pad

Balling tool

35, 33 gauge wires

Dresden Tool

Dusting Brushes

Green and white Floristry tape

Wire Cutter

Tape Cutter

sugar glue or egg white

Fabilo Glaze

Let’s Chat with Jan

Q. Your flowers are simply stunning, what is your favourite flower and why

A.  I don’t have a particular favourite, however, Rudbeckia are one of my favourites as they are the last to flower going into autumn.

Q.  The new floral category with a firework theme at Cake International November show was an inspired idea from you, what are you hoping to see in this category?

A.  I want to be able to stand in front of the piece and think ‘Wow Fireworks!’,  to see the competitors’ imagination shine through, how they interpret the class schedule, also the balance, colour and of course the skills they have used.

Q.  What tips would you give to an artist wanting to learn how to create sugar flowers?

A.  Have the subject in real life next to you, walk around gardens, garden centres etc, also attend classes if possible, you don’t have to pay a fortune to learn, also learn to be observant.