Sweet Seasons: Summer Sunflower
Discover simple secrets for setting your sugar sunflowers apart in this special mini-class led by popular instructor Nicholas Lodge. Start by learning two methods for forming and coloring the iconic sunflower center using either a mold or working by hand, and find out how to add eye-catching texture to your center. Then, explore different techniques for cutting your petals and attaching them to your center for an end result that truly shines. Your sunflower wouldn't be complete without calyxes, so Nicholas shows you how to create those next. And, he'll share tricks for cutting out, thinning and veining your most realistic leaves yet. Finally, Nicholas shares coloring techniques for both a traditional sunny palette and one of a deep ruby hue perfect for a gorgeous autumn-theme cake before walking you through each step of assembling your sweet sunflowers.
Nicholas Lodge is one of the top instructors in the current generation of sugarcraft artists. The author of numerous books, Nicholas teaches and demonstrates his unique skills around the world. Over the years his teaching tours have taken him to 26 countries. He is internationally known not only for his mastery of sugar art, but also for the quality of his demonstrations and classes, at which he inspires enthusiasm in everyone who attends. He is also a popular judge for sugar art events around the globe. A native Brit, Nicholas founded the International Sugar Art Collection school near Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches his signature sugar flower classes. His product line, the International Sugar Art Collection, features more than 400 specialized tools and piece of equipment. ISAC boasts a sister school in Tokyo, Japan, where Nicholas spends 16 weeks of the year teaching. He also spends time in Chicago, where he is a regular instructor at the prestigious French Pastry School's L'Art de Gateau program.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Learn two different ways to create and color the iconic sunflower center, with a mold or by hand, for ultimate customization. And, discover the trick to adding realistic color and texture to your blooms.
Master Nicholas' expert techniques for cutting out and thinning petals, either one at a time or with an all-in-one multi-petal cutter for faster results. Then, attach petals to the center to make a sunflower head everyone will rave about.
Calyxes are an important part of creating a realistic-looking flower. Find out how to use a cutter to bring your calyxes to life. Then, cut out, thin and vein realistic leaves before adding natural colors to your flowers, from a traditional sunny palette to deep ruby hues.
In your final lesson, discover how to assemble a simple sunflower with realistic leaves. And feel inspired by the different ways you can use these symbols of summer.