Step 1: Getting Started
Gumpaste (Satin Ice is recommended)
Small bowl of flour
Ball tool (metal is recommended) I found mine in the clay department at michaels
Small rolling pin
Wilton practice board set (keeps the petals from drying out )
Yellow or pink luster dust
Wilton shaping foam set or a foam pad from your local cake supply store- recommended
Teardrop cookie cutter graduated set or you can trace a template with a paring knife
Small cup of water
To make the flour cups(they support the plumeria while it dries)
Use a small cup or bowl, pack it tight with flour. Stick your ball tool in the middle and make a dip in the flour about 1 inch deep.Set aside.You will need one of these for every plumeria that you make. I know you dont want to make 30 of these bowls ,so what you can do is wait til the plumerias are almost dry(about 3 hours) and carefuly set on the table to dry so you can reuse the bowls that you have made.
Step 2: Making the Petals
First you need a light layer of cornstarch.Take your gumpaste and roll it out as flat as you can.(about as thick as a nickel) Choose the size of the teardrop cutter or trace your template and cut out 5 “petals”. Gumpaste dries very quickly so you will need a Wilton practice board to keep your petals from drying out. Or you could cover them VERY good with plastic wrap. Take one petal out at a time and place it on your foam ,using your ball tool , make small circles in the top rounded part of the petal then place your ball tool half way on the petal and half way on the foam, press with medium pressure along the whole top part of the petal. Repeat until you have nice thin edges that curl a little. (this method will probably take a little practice and is much easier with the metal ball tool instead of a plastic one ) Place your petal back in the practice board so it doesn’t dry out.
Step 3: Putting the Plumeria Together
Step 4: Time to Color the Plumerias
NOTE: The last 5 pics are of real plumerias. As you can see they come in all shapes and colors so you cant go wrong.