The stamens were totally different that I thought, so it was an educational moment. See the weird little shape? I thought that they were more straight, but they're apparently segmented.
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.
I'll be making the centers this way when I do my tulips. It just goes to show that when you look at printed instructions instead of the real flower you can get farther from the real structure of the flower. It pays to get a real example and take it apart to really see what the thing that you're making really looks like.
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