Saturday, May 22, 2010

Peony Sugar Flower Vase

I just had the wonderful opportunity to make more peonies...in peach and white...and mix them with green hydrangea, filler flowers, and a myriad of other little buds and leaves. This time, I used them in a sugar vase topper:



The vase itself was made out of a granulated sugar and water mixture pressed into a slender mug. Once formed and dried for a day, the edges of the vase were firm, but the center was still soft enough to be scooped out with a spoon.



I formed a small base by pressing the same mixture into the hollow base of the mug. Both were dried for an additional day until they hardened completely, and I glued them together with royal icing:



The base of the vase was covered with tiny strings of sugarpaste to give it a modern and polished look:





Finally, I used royal icing to glue a Styrofoam ball into the opening of the vase, and then created the bouquet by arranging all of the flower, bud and leaf stems in the Styrofoam. A few extra peony petals were added for fun:



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19 comments:

Jeannie and Henry said...

Hi Jacqueline!
How heavy is the vase you posted? This is a great idea...using 99% edible material. Thanks for posting this piece.

Regards,
Jeannie

Jacqueline Butler said...

Thanks Jeannie! The completed piece has some weight - 1 pound 5 ounces altogether...and would need several dowels in the tier underneath it for support! It's also tall, so it would be a good idea to attach several narrow dowels into the base of the vase, and slide them into the tier to prevent any tipping over. Jackie

Craftiness NOW said...

a beautiful piece! i've been loving the peonies popping up all over everywhere this spring :-)

DK Designs said...

So amazing! Great job. :)

Lambie's Family said...

Neat idea, it's similar to the same method for making sugar skulls. It makes a wonderful keepsake for displaying the beautiful bouquet after the wedding. Have you tried coloring the sugar to get a different color vase?

faithy, the baker said...

Love the idea for the sugar flower vase! thanks for sharing! And as usual, your sugar flowers are amazing as always and so beautiful and perfect.

SweetThingsTO said...

A sugar vase - what a fabulous idea! Amazing display - thanks!

CindysConfections.com said...

That vase is amazing!! The whole arrangement is just lovely.

CindysConfections.com said...

Okay I have a question, did you use any kind of "glue" to adhere the sugarpaste strings to the base?

Doreen said...

This is great!

Jacqueline Butler said...

Thank you so much everyone!! I really appreciate your comments!

**Lambie's Family - I have read about coloring the sugar, but have not tried it yet! Would love to - thanks for the great reminder!

**Cindy - just a light dab or two of piping gel to get the strings to stick to the base...a very small amount in several spots..not all over the base.

CindysConfections.com said...

That's a great idea, coloring the sugar. Would you use a powdered coloring or gels? Maybe airbrush color? How would you do go about doing that?

Jacqueline Butler said...

Cindy - you could color the water before you mix it into the sugar, or just add a drop of gel color to the sugar/water mixture and mix well to distribute the color. Maybe I should play around with it and then blog about it!! :)

CindysConfections.com said...

That's a great idea! I know for my gelatin work (butterflies and such) I use one drop of airbrush color which works great. You play, I'll play and we'll compare notes! :D

kudoskookies said...

Your art is truly amazing! It all looks so real!!! Kudos to you!

Bianka said...

I do not know what link took me to your blog, but wow your work is really inspiring. I am a beginner in gum paste, learning my self with books and videos, now your blog is going to be very helpful to me. Too bad I live in FL and you are in CA, would love to be one of your students. How often do you post tutotials, the one on hygrangeas is awesome, I printed them all 3 parts. Regards, Bianka

Winnie said...

I love the sugar vase! I cant wait to try it out.... I've always wondered how sugar cubes were made.......

Thanks for the inpsiring post. Though it didnt over shadow the perfect flowers!!

Send flowers said...

A perfect flower and a perfect handmade vase. Very nice one.

online florist said...

Oh wow, this is so good. I liked the vase a lot.