In the olden days, when making a leaf for a flower, I’d put a small amount of gumpaste on a groove board, roll it to make a groove, use a leaf cutter, slowly insert the wire, thin the edges and then place the leaf into a leaf veiner.
Making a wired gumpaste leaf was tedious work.
After making sugar flowers, I’d always spend a few days admiring their beauty and then <bam> leaf reality would lift its wormy head blasting in a panic, ‘It’s all about the leaves…oh noooo….it’s the time for leaves!!’
It was a royal pain in the booty!
One afternoon, sitting and <ahem> staring <okay procrastinating> at the second wired leaf for the day and dreading the third, I studied the groove board on the craft desk and mulled over the main reason for using the board.
Then it dawned on me, ‘All I needed was a piece of gumpaste the size of the groove to use with the leaf veiner.’
And it was <drum roll please> leaf paradise.
Admiring an effortless dozen leaves drying on the foam pad was the perfect time to turn-on some oldies but goodies & dance the leaf line dance.It was amazing. The sugar hack worked. I was leafstein! And at that very moment, I turned over a new leaf.
Now it’s time for the Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack tutorial. Hitch up your boots and stay awhile. ‘Cause it’s time to crank up the music & learn the new leaf line dance!
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Update: the YouTube Easy & Fast Fondant Wired Leaves video is faster & easier if you’re making a small amount of leaves. Add tylose powder mixed in with the fondant instead gumpaste.
Gumpaste Wired Leaf Hack – Equipment Required
Sugar tip: after coloring the gumpaste green, it’s time to sit down and make a batch and save the leaves in a sealed container. When a leaf or two is required, just add color dust and the flower.
It’s procrastination, nevermore!
Step 1: Color the gumpaste using Lime Green and Spring Green food-safe colors. Wrap the gumpaste tightly with plastic wrap; allow to rest for an hour.
Step 2: Using the Wilton 9″ rolling pin, roll out the gumpaste into a rectangle; even thickness.
Place the end of the gumpaste into the pasta roller on the #7 setting. Continue to roll the gumpaste thinner until reaching the #4 setting.
Step 3. Cut out leaf shapes on the self-healing mat. To keep the gumpaste pliable, place the cut out leaves into a sleeve of a gumpaste storage board.
Fast & easy! Now all you have to do is shade and color the leaves with a mixture of edible dusts to compliment beautiful sugar flowers.
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