Monday, May 18, 2015

Craftsy Class Review: Sugar Flowers Off The Garden Path

Craftsy Cake Decorating Class
Sugar Flowers: Off the Garden Path was taught by Alan Dunn, who also taught the Tropical Sugar Flowers class. His flowers are highly detailed and realistic, but he makes the process of making them easy.

He covers a few different wildflower-type flowers in this class, so they might not be anything that you're going to be asked to make by a customer. I can't think of the last time someone said that they were having nasturtiums on their wedding cake. However, the techniques that he uses are transferable to other types of flowers, and the skills that you'll learn in the class are well worth watching it.

The downside is that the time involved in making these is a lot more than making a simplified version of each flower. If you're going to make your flowers this realistic you need to make sure to price them so that you're making more than $3 an hour, because they'll be time-consuming to do well.

He covers daisies, nasturtiums and foxgloves, plus their buds and leaves. He also goes over some filler plants including my enemy, Virginia Creeper. I can attest to the fact that Virginia Creeper creeps everywhere n Virginia and is highly annoying, so I doubt that I'll be making any of that. After pulling ten million feet of it out of my garden every year it isn't something that I want to spend time recreating in gumpaste.

My final review:

Skill level: Intermediate or a beginner who's willing to work slow and pay attention
Equipment you have to have: Cutters. veiners, wire, gumpaste, the usual.
Sleep-inducing level: Not bad, other than how long it takes to go through each flower because of the detail involved,
What it assumes you already know: Basics of gumpaste.
Unnecessary Difficulty Level Of Methods Demonstrated: He does things the slow way a lot of the time. He does acknowledge that he does that, though, but says that it works better for him and that you can do things a different way if it works better for you.
Annoying Host Habits: Nothing much.
Level of Helpful Hints Learned: There are a lot of helpful gumpaste tips in this class. Well worth the price at full price.


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