There's something about incorporating buds into a bouquet (even one made of gum paste) that lends a sense of realism, as though at any moment the bud might open and the bouquet will further evolve. Recently I posted the directions for the stephanotis, and today I want to show you how to make the stephanotis bud. The setup includes green and white gum paste, Crisco (to knead into the gum paste if it gets dry), a small fondant roller fitted with purple rings, a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch, needle-nose pliers (the kind used in jewelry-making), a gum paste storage mat (the back side of which makes a great work surface), a small brush, a sealed container of gum glue adhesive (a pinch of gum paste dissolved in a tablespoon of water), florist's tape, 22-gauge florist wire, the knife tool from the 10-piece Wilton Fondant & Gum Paste set, and two cutters available in the Course 4 Student Kit: the rose petal cutter and the small blossom cutter. You may also wish to use Lime Green Color Dust to add some color.
Start by bending the end of one of the wires into a hook with the needle-nose pliers:
Dust your work surface by shaking the dusting pouch over it:
Roll out the ball…
Here's the shape again, slightly elongated: