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Here’s a quick method to glue unwired tulip petals together using melted chocolate.
To make the petals, use a gumpaste petal cutter, or download this template for tulips petal and leaf shapes:
Make the centers
The centers on these are wired, but it saves time when you don’t have to do wires in each individual petal.
Tulip stamens are segmented. This is a real one and you can see the center shape that can be made with gumpaste and the sections around it that should be made separately then taped to the middle section.
In addition, the top of the pistil isn’t as distinctly made as most of the gumpaste tulips stamen instructions I’ve seen make them.
Instead of having three little balls attached to the main center part, it’s really more of a flared part on the end, with no distinct separation between the flared edge and the center stem, and with an indentation in the center of each section.
They’re also really short, compared to what I thought. The complete center from where the green stem ended was only about and inch and a half tall.
The petals would have attached right where the green part started, so the center really doesn’t stick very far up into the open part of the flower.
Make a gumapste center to mimic the green inner section, then add 6 wired brown pieces around it and tape the whole thing together.
Make the petals.
Remember that the petals on these flowers can’t be adjusted once the chocolate dries, so make sure that they’re in the position that you want them to be in while they’re still wet!
You’ll need to have three larger tulip petals and three smaller ones that have been shaped and dried.
Attach the petals.
Next, take the center and put it through a piece of waxed paper that’s about 3″ square.
Take some melted chocolate and pipe it around the base of the center. You can use the same color as the tulip petals, or make it green as a contract.
Since the stem is green any color that peeks through when the flower is done won’t seem out of place.
Using the three larger petals, place them around the center with the ends stuck into the chocolate.
Pipe some more chocolate dots on the three parts where the petals meet, right up against the center wire.
Take the smaller petals and place them on the chocolate dots, overlapping the areas where the three larger petals connect.
Let the flower dry.
Take the tulip and carefully put it in an egg carton or another curved former that will hold the petals upright while the chocolate cools off.
The shape that it dries in will be that shape when it’s done so make sure you arrange the petals more open or more closed depending on what you want them to look like.
The final flower looks like this. Very nice, and it avoids the time involved with wiring all the individual petals.