How To Make a Gumpaste Pine Cone

I have a new mold in my shop, and it's a fun one. Witness the pine cone mold! I love this because you can make a small or large one by adjusting the number of scales and rows that you put on it. This is how to use it by starting at the bottom and working your way up, and on Friday I'll be posting a video showing how to make it starting at the top and working your way down.

Start with about 20 of each scale size and let them dry overnight so that they can be pressed without breaking:

Make a base and cut it to be the size that you'd like.

Add some water to the base on the side without the scales.

Make a cone of gumpaste and attach it to the center of the base. You might need to experiment to figure out what size to make it, but for the most part just make it a little smaller than the width of the base and you'll be fine.

Make the center of the cone and insert a wire (I used about an 18 gauge for this.)

Insert the wire into the cone (make sure that it isn't too long, don't let it poke out the bottom.)

 Add some water or gum glue to the base of the cone and the flat bottom surface.

Start sticking the largest scales into the cone, keeping them a little longer than the base.

If you need to break the scales to make them fit into and around the cone, go ahead and do that. You want the rows to be about the same width all the way around.

Make one row, then do a second the same way, but overlap the scales so that the one on the row above lines up with a space between two scales in the row below. They shouldn't be right over each other, they should be alternating.

Keep making rows of scales that overlap the spaces below, and do about three rows for the largest and second to largest scale.

When you get to the top part of the cone, use the second smallest scales and stick them straight into the center section so that they stick farther out with spaces between the row below. (The top of pinecones tend to have more space between the rows if they've started to open up.)

Keep inserting the smaller two sizes of scales until you get to the top. Angle the scales up more as you get higher.

By the time you get to the last row,  the scales should be angled up to be fairly upright like the top section.

Check the pinecone and see if there are any "bald" areas. Insert a scale into any spots that might need one to fill it in.

And now you have a gumpaste pinecone!

Click here to get the mold set: pine cone mold

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