Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sculpted Roses

A couple of weeks ago I promised a full tutorial on sculpted roses for tutorial Tuesday. I try to do a tutorial every Tuesday, but I took off the week of Christmas. Sorry. It had to happen. This week is shaping up to be one of extreme excitement as this year draws to a close. Tomorrow morning I will doing another cooking segment on Fox 10 , this time on freezer meals and how to use them to keep on track with your diet. Joining me on the piece will be one of my old high school friends...Sione Fa (The Biggest Loser, season 7).Along with his sister Selena who is so cute and amazing. It should be a lot of fun. Though I don't think I will be giving him nooogies like I used to when he was smaller than me.

On to the roses. If you missed the last entry Neive's Modeling Chocolate is what we will be using to make the roses. So you will need to read that and prepare some in order to proceed with the tutorial. I start with a hunk of chocolate. This isn't going to technical, since it's more of an art than an exact science and some of this stuff just comes by experience. I've been making roses like this for 15 years.
Mold the chocolate into a base like this.

Take a second piece of modeling chocolate about 1 inch in diameter, and roll it into a ball. Mold it into a long petal, about 2 inches long, and pinch one edge until it is paper thin, like a real petal. Wrap the petal around the base like this.
Curl it back slightly.
Repeat with another one inch ball rolled and then shaped into a petal. Place it squarely in front of the opening of the bud. Repeat three times, placing petals one third of the way around the base of the rose.
Place it on the rose so that all three petals look like this.
It is very important that the rose maintain the shape of a rose. Yea, like a strict diet and exercise...or a petal tuck. Plastic surgeon Tess. Keep it nice and smooth folks.

Repeat this petal pattern with a second layer of 5 petals, made from 1/2 inch balls of modeling chocolate.
When rose is completed, I add a light dusting of pearl powder. Wilton makes it. I got mine at Orson Gygi Co.

Bronze and Red pearl give the roses a wonderful effect. Modeling chocolate picks up the pearl quite nicely.
Hand sculpted roses. There you go. It takes a lot of practice, but I think you can do it.


mlebagley said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Makes me not only want to stop and smell the roses, but to eat them too! Yummo!

Goob said...

Beautiful as always!