Comment Poppy Tutorial #1: How to Make a Gum Paste Poppy (using heart shaped cutters)

Jenny Kennedy ...

Pauline, I am CONFIDENT you can do it! Flowers, like anything, just require you practice an get a feel for doing it. He precision details on your cakes suggests you have the necessary patience! My experience with teaching flower making in classes is that people who haven’t really used a ball tool a lot are tentative with it. That seems to e the trickiest part. Just hold the ball tool like a pencil, half on the petal and half off, and trace around. Don’t try to hold the petal with your other hand. It will move around and curl and that is just fine! You want it to be able to do those things. The more you run on the edge, the thinner it becomes and the rufflier too. If the ball sticks to your gum paste, either your gum paste is too wet (add some powdered sugar or cornstarch or a blend. It could also be that your tool is not perfectly clean. Wash it and dry it. Even if you don’t see anything on it. Trust me! The other problem could be the you are catching the petal with a seam on the ball tool if are using a plastic one (like Wilton or Duff). You always need to make sure the seam of the ball tool is away from the petal. It you decide to try it, definitely send me a photos! And if you are having any problems, ask and I will try my best to help!