About sugar gum paste and what it's used for. Learn about using gum paste dough to make flowers in this free crafting video.
Hi, today I'm going to show you how you can make this porcelain like flowers out of gum paste. Gum paste is sugar dough made from powdered sugar, egg whites and vegetable gum. You can use it to make all kinds of flowers and bows and ribbons and figurines. Use them to decorate your cakes or even a centerpiece. Gum paste will also keep indefinitely, if you seal it well and store it in a cool, dry place they will keep forever. So I'm going to start by showing you a few things that you'll need to make your gum paste flowers. The first thing is a drying rack. Some of these flowers that we'll make will need to hang upside down. This here is a stackable cookie rack and that's how we would hang our flowers to dry. Now if you don't have a stackable cookie rack, here's a little makeshift thing you can do at home with just any stack of books and a piece of one inch foam. Go ahead and wedge that foam between some books and your flowers can dry upside down. Now of course you're going to need gum paste. Gum paste comes readymade and you can buy it at restaurants supplies and even at arts and crafts stores that have a cake decorating section. The quality of a readymade one has been really good and I am happy using a readymade version. You'll also need to color that and we have a gel color here and we have a paste color. So if you use a paste color, we need some toothpicks to go along with that. I also have here this foam; this is just a piece of crafting foam. It comes in sheets and I've cut this to about a four inch square and have poked a hole in the center. That hole is going to be for our stems and this will support our petals as we make our roses. This other softer little piece of foam, you can buy this at a cake decorating store as well. It's called a petal pad and you use this to soften the edges of the petals as I'll show you in later clips. We'll need some florist wire. This here is about a 16 gauge which I commonly use. Wire cutters and florist tape, and the florist tape of course will be covering that wire. We need all kinds of cutters depending on the flowers that we're going to be making. Some of these you can get in the crafting stores or at online suppliers. This here is a veiner one made out of silicone and we use this when we make our leaves, to put the veins into the leaves. Shortening is something else we use a lot of. We grease our hands; we add it to the gum paste if the gum paste is feeling a little dry. We grease our board with it. Also, the other thing that we have is cornstarch that helps to keep things from sticking. In here it's we have some cornstarch in a little disposable wipe and just with a twisty. I keep it in a cup to keep it contained. We have just egg white here with a paintbrush. The egg white is your glue; it acts as a glue to hold your petals together. I have a cup here, a little disposable container. As I'm working with my gum paste I store it under the cup to keep it because gum paste will dry quickly. We want to only take out the piece that we are using at the time that was forming, and the rest of it stays under the cup. I have a rolling pin, this small crafting rolling pin is available at crafting stores or any place that gum paste tools are sold. This is the essential tool for making our petals. This is called a ball tool. It has a small side and a larger side. The larger side is most commonly used for softening the edges of our flower. We'll be using that later, up close. One of the most important pieces is our board that we work on. Now you can work on, I've had this for years. It's just a vinyl mat, it has just a little piece of plastic and that way the pieces can stay out of the air. They won't dry as quickly. I use a non skid piece underneath it, so as I'm rolling it'll stay put. If you don't have something like this you can make it up at home by using a vinyl placemat, a disposable cutting board and just a piece of plastic on top, just you know, saran wrap. You want to keep as much air out. Parchment paper works as well to roll out on. So this is the beginning of our supplies and we're going to move on so I can show you how you can make your own gum paste flowers.