|Stamens for gumpaste at a discount!|
I bought the huge lot of about 200 bunches of various stamens pictured above from Ebay for $20. Yes, $20 including the shipping. Feel free to be jealous now.
Something else that I had never thought about, was that stamens for millinery are the same as stamens for gumpaste flower making. There are a lot of sites that sell fabrics and notions for the fabric arts that offer things that would be good for cake decorating. (Obviously, don't stick the stamens directly into the cake, duh.)
Check out Lacis.com and click on their online shopping link. In the Tools and Accessories section go to floral accesories, then "centers." Their stamens are the same as the ones that you'd buy online from other sources, and the prices are similar, but the shapes are more interesting.
You can also do a search for millinery supplies for making silk flowers to find some interesting-looking vintage stamens, if you have a large one-off flower that needs to be unusual and dramatic.
Do you have strange sources for decorating supplies? Share them in the comments section, unless you want to keep them secret!