I have uploaded a tutorial for making a gumpaste Dutch Iris. You can locate the video through this link:
Gumpaste Iris Part 1
Gumpaste Iris: Part 2
Here is the template for the Iris cutter if you do not have access to one of my cutter suggestions. Print the template on heavy card stock paper, cut it out and use it cut your gumpaste petals.Most of the tools that I used can be found at Nicholas Lodge or Global Sugar Art.
Tools for Making the Gumpaste Iris
Artist Brushes for dusting – I like the nail art brush sets
Cel Board by CelCakes
Cel former Set #1 by CelCakes or Wilton flower former tray
Cel pad by CelCakes
Cel Shredderby CelCakes
Dusting colors: Canary yellow, Prairie Green, Royal Purple, Lilac, Cinnamon
Floral Tape – I used light green
Florist wire: 22g., 24g. 26g.
Gel colors: brown and lemon yellow
Gum glue adhesive
Iris Cutters – I used Framar cutters
Jem petal veiner
Jem Veiner Set #1
Long flat tweezers
Medium Cel pin by Nicholas Lodge
Petal pad by CelCakes
Thick foam and cosmetic sponge for cupping
Wilton Confectioners Tool Kit: ball tool, dog bone tool, pencil tool,
Written Instructions are below.
Dutch Iris Instructions
Roll paste over three ridges of a grooved board to about 1/16th inch, remove paste and flip over.
Cut three of each Iris shape (standard petal, secondary fall petal, fall petal)
Store the petals under protective flap to prevent paste from drying out.
Insert a moistened 26 gauge wire about 1 inch into the base of the petal and pinch slightly at the base.
Using a cosmetic sponge, press the petal onto a veiner of choice, grooved side first, then the flat side.
On foam pad, using a ball tool, soften the petal, grooved side upwards, around the top edge of the petal almost down to the neck of the petal.
Using a petal veining tool (porcelain tool) or pencil tool, gently fold the base (neck) around the tool to form a hollow area.
Dry in the Styrofoam large Cel former or on a flower forming try with the flat side upwards.
Repeat with remaining two fall petals.
Secondary Fall Petals:
Insert a moistened 26 gauge wire about 1 inch into the base of the petal and pinch slightly at base to secure.
Using a cosmetic sponge, press the petal onto a veiner of choice, flat side first then grooved side.
With the dog bone tool on a foam pad, soften the two end pieces (rabbit ears)
Using flat tweezers create a deep ridge on in the center of the grooved side of the petal.
Again using the dog bone tool, Cup the two end pieces (rabbit ears) on the cosmetic sponge
Using the petal veiner tool (porcelain tool or a pencil tool, gently mold the base of the petal to form a hollow area.
Arrange the petal on top of a fall petal in the Cel former or dry on a flower former tray with the grooved side downwards. If using the Cel former, you may need to prop up the end of the petals with a bit of tissue.
Repeat with the two remaining secondary fall petals.
Insert a moistened 26 gauge wire about a third of the way into the base of the petal.
Using a cosmetic sponge, press the petal onto a veiner of choice grooved side first, then the flat side.
Using a ball tool on a foam pad, soften the petal edges slightly, using light pressure, so as not to create a frill. Using a ball tool on the cosmetic sponge, cup the end of the petal on the grooved side. Using the petal veiner (porcelain tool) or pencil tool, gently mold the base on the grooved side to form a hollow area.
Repeat with the remaining two standard petals.
Roll light green paste over three ridges of a grooved board, remove paste and flip over. Cut three leaves using a lily leaf cutter or other long slender leaf cutter. Insert a moistened 24 gauge wire about halfway into the leaf at the base and pinch at the base to secure.
Using a cosmetic sponge, press the leaf onto a cornhusk veiner (may also use a lily leaf or lily of the valley leaf veiner).
Using a ball tool on a foam pad, soften the leaf edge with grooved side upwards.
Using a veining tool on soft thick foam, slide the tool down the center of the leaf starting at leaf base and ending at leaf tip to create a center vein. Dry the leaf on top of crumpled foil. Tape the leaf at the base with ½ width floral tape. Dust the leaf with Prairie green dusting powder over large sections of leaf. Add accents of a darker green dusting powder in small sections if desired.
Dusting the Petals:
Use your creative flair for this please …here is what I did:
Fall Petals: Prairie Green petal dust in center of petal back and at base of petal front. Lilac petal dust on the petal edges and all over the back of the petal. Royal Purple petal dust for inner parts of the front of the petal brushed to form an arc shape and blended towards petal edge.
Secondary petal: Prairie green at the base of the petal. Royal Purple intensely brushed on groove of petal, center of petal back and gently blended towards petal edge. A quick brush with the lilac brush at petal edges.
Standard Petal: Brush front and back of petal with Lilac dusting powder. Brush petal edges in a few areas with the Royal Purple dusting powder.
Tape all the petals with ½ width floral tape. Tape a Secondary fall petal to each fall petal so that the secondary fall petal rests atop the fall petal using ½ width floral tape.
Tape, using full width floral tape, the three Standard petals at the petals base to a 22 gauge wire with floral tape. The grooved side of the petals should face each other.
Add a Secondary fall/fall petal combination to the Standard petals, situating them so they rest in between each standard petal (see video for details).
Add two more 22 gauge wires at the base of the assembled petals and tape the length of the wires adding in leaves as desired.
Steam the Iris to set the color and give the flowers an attractive sheen.
Please email if you have any questions. I hope you have fun making this flower.