To Make this you will need
Bakels RTR Pettinice (Or something like Satin ice but if you can Bakels is what I use)
Food Colouring (I use rainbow Dust Progel colours and for this coloured Red pettinice with Burgundy and purple to get a deep maroon)
Crisco (white Vege fat)
A paint Brush
A snap lock bag separated into two sheets (You only need one side of the bag)
And a cell bud (Preferably on a wire)
To get your Pettinice (icing / fondant etc) ready I add 1 teaspoon of tylose to 375 grams of Bakels pettinice and leave to rest for at least 12 hours
Put a thin layer of crisco onto the cell bud
Take a tiny piece of icing
Make at least 6 little sausages of icing
Place between plastic. I use Glad Snaplock bags separate into 1 half … then place the icing on the plastic and fold over the top
Push the icing down making sure you push out towards the ends
Thin it out concentrating on the edges
Gently cut it into two… these wee petals make two of the inner centre petals
Repeat with all your little bits of icing
Gently fold over one side of the bottom of the petal
Using a tiny bit of sugar glue fold the other side of the petal and secure at the base with the glue
Start placing these around the cell bud. The crisco will secure the icing.
put all of these petals on. On this one there are twelve of these.
Put them all on concentrating on the top centre
Take another tiny ball of icing and start again….Make more petals .. ONLY a TINY bit bigger.. I made about another 18. Once these are stuck on you need to make more.
Make these petals slightly larger and make them singular now not two out of one.
And keep making them until you have about 16 to 18. Then fold them and glue them as before
Add these a bit more fanned out, to create a real looking bud, add all the petals you have made
But for the pointed ends start pinching the tips of your petal.
Wee tip: if you put the tiniest bit of sugar glue on the centre of the end and pinch the petal will not split at the end I was tired at this point so I left it to dry overnight and started again the next night
Make more petals in singles again… and go a bit larger this time
You need a lot of petals … at least 20
Again Fold your bottom petal on one side and add a tiny bit of sugar glue
Fold the other side of the petals and pinch the tips as before
Once you have the shape you want and have added the petals are far out circumference wise you need to start adding the petals under the others to start getting a more rounded shape
Between making and adding more petals support the ones you are putting on with foam or wee containers… anything you can find lol
Now you need to make more petals about the same size now as the last ones
Again folding them… there is a lot of repetition in this type of flower!
after adding all the petals leave it at least overnight to dry. If you have made this on a wire, you can just hang it upside down to dry and you won’t need to support it
Once dry you can dust this if you want to!
The Lemon Dahlia here has been made the same way with more rounded ends (NOT pinching the tips) It has about 40 to 50 of the tiny centre petals…Where this one only had around 30 so you can experiment with petal shapes and amounts.
And now its finished! Oh dear will have to find something else to make lol
Dahlias are not easy and not for those who are impatient. They are fiddly and have a lot of petals. I made this dahlia with a lot less centre petals than the lemon Dahlia as I feared it would be too too complicated and the amount of centre petals might put people off trying. Please note, This is Just MY way of making this flower! I am sure others have other ways that might be better, faster, more beautiful etc, etc, etc… But I have been asked how I make it so wanted to share with you all xox