Gumpaste Hibiscus Flower

This was my second attempt at making gumpaste hibiscus flowers and I must say, I was quite happy with the way the flower turned out. 

I bought the hibiscus petal cutter quite a while back but never tried making one until recently, when I designed a Hawaiian birthday cake. And now, I made the gumpaste hibiscus for a tropical beach wedding cake

Here is how I made the gumpaste Hibiscus flower

These were the main supplies I used to make the sugar hibiscus flower.

  • Gumpaste - I used Satin Ice gumpaste in white. 
  • Hibiscus petal cutter
  • Sepal/Calyx cutter - I did not have one for hibiscus flower so used a rose calyx cutter instead.
  • Petal viener - Again, I did not have a specific veiner for the hibiscus petals. Instead, I used my hydrangea petal veiner.
  • Floral wire - I used 22 gauge wire for each petal as well as the pistil.
  • Artificial floral sigma and stamen - I used 2 types of stamen, gold colored ones for the sigma and beige ones for the lower stamen.  
  • Green petal dust - I used Rose Leaf petal dust for the sepal.
  • Floral tape - I used green floral tape to tape all the petals and the pistil in place and a bit of white tape for the pistil.
  • Fondant glue

And this was how I made the flowers:

  • The petals were cut using a hibiscus petal cutter as shown. Unlike other flowers, I rolled the gumpaste rather thick. 

  • And then, using my small rolling pin, I rolled the the sides of the petal thin.

  • And then, I used my petal cutter to re cut the petals.

  • By now, the rounded large end of the petal is thin but the long narrow end remains thick. The thickness is necessary as the petals need to be wired individually.

  • Next is to frill the petals. For this I used a ball tool. I started with the center. I thinned the center in a circular motion. 

  • Followed by the sides until thin and slightly frilly. 

  • For the veining of the petal,  I used my hydrangea petal veiner. It was large enough for my hibiscus petals and so was perfect to create the veins.

  • And when imprinting the veins, I only pressed the wider end of the petals and made sure the narrow end is not flattened.

  • This was how the petal looked like after veining.

  • Next was wiring the petals. I used gauge 22 wire, applied some fondant glue to it and inserted about 1.5cm of it into the narrow end of the petal as shown.

  • And then, using my small rolling pin, I thinned the sides of the of the petal where the wire was inserted.14

  • I then left the petals to set and dry in a flower former until they are completely dry. 

  • Once the petals were done, I did the centre of the hibiscus. The center is known as pistil and the upper part of the pistil has sigma and stamen. For the pistil, I used gauge 22 wire, and for the stamen and sigma I used 2 different types of artificial stamen.  
  • The ones shown below formed the sigma.

  • I grouped them together and attached them to the wire using a white floral tape.

  • Next, I rolled a thin strip of gumpaste, applied fondant glue to the wire, placed it right in the center of the strip and rolled it up.

  • I rolled the pistil until the gumpaste was smooth and the pistil thin.

  • For the stamen, I used flat, beige colored artificial stamens. I cut them the stamens short into individual pieces as shown.

  • And then, I dipped each stamen lightly into fondant glue and poked them into the top part of the pistil to form as stamens.

  • Once done, I left all the components of the flower to set and dry completely before assembling them into a flower.

  • To assemble the flower, I arranged the petals around the pistil and secured them in place with a green floral tape. 

  • This was how the flower looked like after taping. 

  • Next process was attaching the sepal for the flower. For this, I used a rose calyx cutter. I rolled a piece of white gumpaste thin, cut out the sepal and made a small cut on one side of it. 

  • I then attached it to the flower with some fondant glue. 

And then, I rolled another piece of gumpaste and cut out the following shape.

  • I attached it to the gumpaste hibiscus to complete the hibiscus sepal.

  • And this was how the flower looked like upon its sepal being completed. 

  • The final step in making this flower was dusting the sepal. Since I wanted to make white hibiscus, I did not dust the petals. Had I wanted a different color for the petals, I would have dusted them before attaching the sepal.
  • For the sepal, I used rose leaf green petal dust.

  • In dusting the sepal, I was careful not to spill the color over on the petals. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave your thoughts in the comments box below. 

Happy decorating :) 

How to Make Gumpaste Hibiscus

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