With our beginners Sugar flower course starting in september we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about the basic equipment needed to start making sugar flowers and sugar models.
Non stick board –Non stick boards come in a range of sizes from 152mm x 114mm to 600mm x 500mm and a good size non stick board is the 254 x 177mm.
Non stick rolling pin – Once again non stick rolling pins come in various sizes but an idea size to start with is the 9 inch (228mm) rolling pin.
Foam pads –There are two types you require which can be purchased as a set or individually. You will need a plain square flower foam pad and a mexican foam pad. Mexican foam pads have five holes of different sizes and are designed for creating gum paste flowers using the Mexican Hat method, while flower foam pads are designed for shaping and thinning the edges of petals and leaves made from gum or flower paste.
Modelling tools Our range of modelling tools can be used to model sugar paste, marzipan, claydough etc. Modelling tools used on any edible products should be kept separate from tools used on non-food materials. Each tool is designed to perform a specific function so it is important to choose the right modelling tools for the right job. If you’re not sure which one you need, you can select one of our sets which contains a selection of the most popular modelling tools. bone tool, ball tool, sugarcraft knife, bulbous cone, Flower/leaf shaper and double ended cutting wheel are the most used or you can buy a complete set of 8.
Cutters – There are a vast range of cutters to choose from but the cutters most used when beginning are rose petal, leaf & calyx, ivy leaf, 5 petal blossom, heart and daisy.
Veiners – Once again when beginning, start with rose leaf and an ivy leaf veiner. Having good general leaf veiner is ideal for many other petals.
Wires and tape – Most useful sized wire is 24 and and 28 gauge wires and florist tapes of different colours. Nile green is the most used colour which can also be dusted to a darker colour.
Ready to use flower paste or modelling paste – you can make this florist paste yourself, or save time by buying ready made paste. There is a vast array of colours to choose from and Beau paste have a fantastic colour range to match most needs.
Dusting Colours – Choose the basic colours to start. You can also mix pastes and dusts together to create further colours.
General Tools - Brushes, scissors, angled tweezers, fine pliers and wire cutters.
Petal Base – Used for ease of rolling out flower paste on board and prevents any sticking.