How to make a Stargazer Lily by Emma Chard of Divine Cake Design.
Stargazer Lilies are my favourite flower; there is something about the delicate petals and vibrant colours that always cheer me up! They are also a lovely flower to make and although they require a bit of patience the end result looks really stunning! I hope that you will find this tutorial helpful and that it will inspire you all to you to make some beautiful lilies!!
You will need
2 sizes of lily cutters – I used a medium set of Casablanca/stargazer cutters Veiner – I used a Diamond paste Lily veiner 30g white floristry wire Thin green floristry tape Flower paste – I used Squires Kitchen Paste food colouring – I used Sugarflair tangerine Edible dusts – I used Sugarflair blossom tints in spring green, red and tangerine Dusting brush Sugartex granular pollen Edible glue Medium ball tool Cel pad Ready made stamens (optional)
Making the pistil. Take a small piece of flower paste and roll it into a garden pea sized ball.
Thread this half way down a piece of 30g white floristry wire pic
Roll the flower paste ball backwards and forwards to make a sausage that extends from halfway up the piece if wire to the very end of the wire. The sausage should be quite thin and the length should be 2/3 of the length of your large lily cutter. There should still be at least 6cm of exposed wire at one end which you will need when taping the lily. At the other end there should be a tiny amount of wire exposed; this is where you will attach the pistil head.
To form the pistil head take a small piece of flower paste and flatten slightly to form a disc.
Use the thin end of a paint brush to make to indentations in the disc shape so that you end up with 3 equal sized segments.
Fix the pistil head to the pistil with some edible glue.
Cover the pistil head in edible glue and dip into some Sugartex granular pollen
Set aside Making the stamens You will need 6 stamens for each Lily. These can be quite time consuming so I must confess that I usually cheat and buy ready made stamens (available from most cake craft stores) which I think look really effective. They come in a wide range of colours to suit the colour scheme you are using. However if you want to make them yourself here’s how... 1. Repeat steps 1-4 above. 2. The stamens should be slightly shorter than the Pistil 3. Gently bend the sausage so that it curves outwards.
4. Roll a piece of flower paste into the size and shape of a grain of rice.
5. Using a sharp knife score a horizontal line through the top and then attach it to the stamen using edible glue.
6. Dust the grain of rice piece with an edible dust – terracotta blossom tint works well.
7. Set aside Forming the petals 1. Roll out some flower paste in your chosen colour to about 3mm. You can buy a huge range of ready coloured flower pastes or like me you can use white and colour it yourself. 2. You need to keep a central ridge ( about 3mm wide) of flower paste this thickness and roll out the flower paste either side to about 1mm.
3. Place the cutter over the flower paste ensuring that the central ridge runs from top to bottom through the centre of your cutter. 4. Cut out your petal then using the veiner emboss the petal.
5. Dip the end of some white 30g floristry wire in a small amount of edible glue and then carefully insert it about 10mm into the bottom of the central ridge of your petal. 6. Place the petal on a foam cel pad and use a medium ball tool to gently frill the petal (run the ball tool with fairly firm pressure along the very edge of the petal – the ball tool should be half on the pad and half on the petal). It is up to you how frilly you make the petals as in nature some are extremely ruffled others not at all.
7. Position your petal over a curved object – make sure the curve is not too dramatic or you will struggle to tape your finished lily.
8. Leave for at least 24 hours to dry. 9. You will need 3 large and 3 small petals for each Lilly. Colouring the petals Probably the most fun part –these flowers come in a huge array of colours. I have gone through how I coloured this lily but by no means stick to this – have a look at lilies in florist shops and online for some inspiration and then get creative!! 1. Whatever the colour most have a yellow/green base to the petals so this is where I like to start. I dusted the base with green dust.
2. I then highlight the centre of the petal with red dust and also dusted small amounts fanning out from the centre of the petal to the outer edge
3. Finally I dusted the entire petal with orange dust.
Some lillies have small dots on the petal – this is easily achieved by dipping the broken end of a cocktail stick in a little paste colouring and dabbing gently on the petal. Taping the Lily 1. Take your pistil and 3 stamens. Arrange the 3 stamens around one half of the pistil The stamens should be very slightly shorter than the pistil) and tape together using thin green floristry wire.
Take the 3 remaining stamens and arrange on the other half of the pistol and tape these together.
3. Cover the remaining exposed wires with green floristry tape 4. Next take the 3 large petals and arrange around your pistil/stamen at regular intervals, secure with floristry tape.
5. Finally take the 3 small petals and arrange in the gaps, secure with floristry tape.
Sit back and admire your finished Lily!!