Not for nothing is the stargazer lily the final flower in Wilton's Course 4: Advanced Gum Paste Flowers; there are a lot of steps! But the spectacular final product is well worth it. You'll need just about every piece of gum paste equipment including a wave flower former, a container of gum glue adhesive (a pinch of gum paste dissolved in a tablespoon of water), white and green gum paste, florist's tape, a dusting pouch filled with a 50/50 mix of powdered sugar and cornstarch, three 4" pieces of 26-gauge florist's wire for the leaves, six 4" pieces of 26-gauge white florist's wire for the petals, one 4" piece of 20-gauge florist's wire, a cluster of brown stamens, a 9" fondant roller, thin pink and purple shaping foam, three small brushes, Color Dust in Lime Green, Deep Pink and Spruce Green, the narrow and wide lily cutters from the Course 4 Student Kit, the ball tool and the veining tool from Wilton's 10-piece Fondant and Gum Paste Tool Set, a brown food-safe marker (like AmeriColor Gourmet Writers), and a petal impression mat (preferably not the one that came in the Student Kit).
Dip one of the 26-gauge pieces of wire in gum glue, and lie it against one side of the ridge.
Press the ridge over the wire and gently stick it into place.
Lay the thin pink shaping foam over the leaf and press down:
Draw a line from the wire to the tip of the leaf with the narrow end of the veining tool.
The process for making the petals is very similar, except for 1) you'll use white gum paste, 2) you'll use white wire instead of green, and 3) you'll run the ball tool back and forth on the edge to slightly ruffle the edge of each petal. You'll make three petals using the wide lily cutter and three using the narrow lily cutter.stargazer lily bud or two.
When your leaves and petals are dry, you'll need to wrap all their wires with green florist's tape. Cut off about six inches of tape for each one.
Pull one end of the tape to activate the adhesive in the tape; it will turn a lighter shade of green when this occurs.
The bundle of stamens is wrapped with white tape. Remove some or all of the white tape, and start wrapping the stamens to the piece of 20-gauge wire, starting at about the middle of where the tape was and continuing to the end. Fan out the stamens to make them look less bundled and more natural.
Start by taping a triad of large petals around the stamen. Here's the first one…
Place in a vase and count the seconds before somebody tries to water it. If you like the stargazer lily, give the tiger lily a try!