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Gelatin Art Examples Below


You will need:

Leaf gelatine
33 gauge covered wires (white for flowers but you could use green for leaves) ......
    they must be paper covered wires for gelatine flowers and leaves.
Gel-Paste colors
Metal petal gumpaste cutters - choose flower and shape
Stamens
Floral tape
Paintbrush
OTHER
Heatproof receptacle for the gelatine
Somewhere to dry the petals i.e. a block of oasis

Method:
1. Soak your gelatine leaf in cold water until it feels soft and squidgey like a wet J-cloth! (about 10 mins)

2. While it's soaking prepare your wires. Either make your petal shape free-hand or mould them round a metal petal cutter. Twist the wire to enclose the shape. You can paint it with the paste colour or leave it white.

3. Take the soggy gelatine sheet out of the water, shake off the excess water and put it into a heat-proof container that is sitting in hot water. This can be in a saucepan of simmering water or just in another bowl with boiling water. If you use the latter, be sure to keep it topped up with boiling water so that the gelatine stays liquid. Stir in what ever colour you like.

4. Slide in your wire petal so that it is totally submerged. You can either do this by tipping the gelatine container at an angle or by bending your wire to a right angle with the base of the petal and dipping it straight in.

5. Take it out slowly and carefully so that you have a film of gelatine covering the entire petal shape. (Just like dipping the wand into bubble blowing liquid!). If the "bubble" breaks ..... just re-dip it!

6. This is just to show you the gelatine film.

7. Hold upright to let any excess gelatine run down the wire. You can pick this off later when it is dry.

8. Stick it into a block of oasis (or whatever else you use) to dry for about half an hour.

9. Meanwhile, make the centres by taping some stamens to a wire.

10. When the petals are dry, shape them by bending them gently over your finger. The only thing you can't do is to widen them as the gelatine will then tear, otherwise you can play around to your heart's content! Tape as many petals as you like to the centre ..... just like you would with sugar flowers.
You can make a green calyx and / or leaves in exactly the same way.



Step-by step instructions

Shows mixture

Add 1 TBsp Gelatin ro 1/4 cup water

Gelatin and water is all you need.
Soak your gelatine in cold water until it feels soft and squidgey
like a wet J-cloth! (about 10 mins)It

Warm mixture in the microwave to disolve gelatin.

It will look foamy. Let foam subside

Skim foam off the top

Add airbrush coloring because it is thinner.
Form your wire petal shape as desired. (wire for this is available
where crafts are sold). Mine is on a spool and is very fine.

Slide in your wire petal so that it is totally submerged.
Take it out slowly and carefully so that you have a film of 
gelatin covering the entire petal shape.
If the "bubble" breaks ..... just re-dip it!
Hold upright to let any excess gelatine run down the wire. 
You can pick this off later when it is dry.
Stick it into a block of styrofoam to dry about 1/2 hour.

Prepare your wires. Either make your petal shape free-hand or mould them round a metal petal cutter. Twist the wire to enclose the shape. You can paint it with the paste colour or leave it white.

Choose a gelatin mold. Lay wire on sheet. 

Brush gelatin mixture on petal.
If you make a mistake, put gelatin back into glass and start over.
Let set 4-6 hours depending on humidity.

Unmold petals

Trim edges of petals smooth. Brush in any color now, if desired.

When the petals are dry, shape them by 
bending them gently over your finger.

Make the centets by taping some Stamens to a wire. 
Using Floral tape, tape petals together to form flower.

Book available here

How to make Fairy and Insect Wings:

Cake by Dolores
The method is essentially the same but with a couple of changes.
Gold Highlighter dust (put a drop of oil on a square of foil and add a bit of the dust, mix and paint as shown.
I used fine wire on a spool. I don't know if you can still get that. Rocks are fondant. MORE INSTRUCTIONS

You can remove the wire.
The gelatine has just formed a neat little border round the edge using tip #00. Any unwanted bits can be trimmed with scissors.

You must use bare wires ..... either florist's wire or fuse wire would do fine. Either make your shape round a butterfly cutter or do it free-hand.

The gelatine is uncoloured but there's nothing to say it shouldn't be coloured!
Once dry ..... and this time leave it for about an hour ...... gently peel the wire away from the gelatine (this is why it needs to be a bare wire).
You will then have a gossamer thin wing which you can paint if you like!

Do give it a go...... it's VERY much easier than it sounds and these flowers are so robust when made!
I look forward to seeing your gelatine flowers!


Finished flowers and bows


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