Colour some of the pale pink petal paste a deeper pink . Make a hook on an 18# gauge
Form a ball of pink petal paste about the size of a walnut. Glue the end of the wire and
insert into the pink ball. Leave to dry.
The petals are made in graduating sizes but the process for making is the same.
Centre Petal layers - unwired (2 layers)
On a lightly greased non-stick board and using the smallest peony petal cutter, roll out
some deeper pink petal paste and cut out four petals. Vein deeply, starting at the base of
the petal and radiating outwards, using the veiner. On a petal pad, smooth and frill top edges
further with the dog bone tool. Brush a small amount of edible glue to the sides and base of
the petal. Attach three petal or 4 petals as in the image, each overlapping at the top as per the
image to allow the frilled edges to remain slightly apart from each other. Leave to dry. Apply three
or four more petals in the same way but allow then to remain slightly more apart on the top of the peony.
Intermediate layers - unwired (3 layers)
Use the next size cutter and a slightly paler shade of pink for the next two layers and create 3 or 4 petals as before. When attaching layers, make sure there is space between the layers otherwise it may resemble the structure of a cabbage rather than the delicate frilled layers of a peony. To assist, leave the petals to dry slightly before attaching and leave to dry fully before applying subsequent layers. Make 2 further layers using the next sized cutter and a very slightly lighter shade of pink.
Outer layers - unwired (2 layers)
Use the third largest cutter and create three or four petals as before. Allow to dry a little before applying and make sure there is a suitable space between this and the previous layer.
Final layer(s) - wired
Cut a length of 28# gauge wire into three. Using a cigarette lighter or match (care!) burn 5mm of the tape from one end of each length. This assists in securing the paste to the wire. Roll out the paste on a grooved board. Glue one length of burnt wire and insert into the paste until it reaches approximately 1.5cm into the groove. Remove wired paste from the board and vein and smooth as for previous layers. Leave to part set in a suitable
former. Repeat making four (or more) wired petals. Using the florist tape cut to half width attach the wired petals to the peony. Tape the full length of the peony wire to neaten.
Dust very lightly the tips of inner petals with the Fuchsia dusting powder. Add another layer if wished. Dust the back of the outer the outer petals lightly along the centre veining line using Moss green.
Roll out some green sugar florist paste on the grooved board. Insert wires as for the petals and remove wired paste from groove. Cut out freehand oval shapes.
Remove a ‘v’ shape from some of the leaf shapes. Vein using the Jem veiner and smooth the edges to give shape on the petal pad but leave un-frilled. Dust central vein with woodland green and spray with confectioners glaze. Leave to dry. Using ¼ width florist tape, tape up leaves singly and if wished, in