After my center has dried for 24 hours, I'm ready to add the petals. I first start by rolling out my gum paste and cutting it with a teardrop cutter. I'm going to add the petals individually. My first layer of petals has one petal that wraps all the way around. So I've cut out my teardrop shape. Now I like my petal edges super thin, so I'm going to pinch and roll. The technique that I use is as if I'm snapping. As if I'm snapping I'm going to use my first finger and my thumb, and pinch and roll all the way around. I want to take this teardrop shape and make it as wide as possible, probably a good inch and a half to two inches wide, so that I can wrap it all the way around my center. I'll take my center and add a tiny bit of edible glue, all over. Just brush it on with the little paint brush, brush all over the center. And I want to wrap it around.
When I start it, I hold it and I push my finger up against it, but I want to make sure that the petal is just a wee little bit higher than the tip of my center. I'm going to fold down the edges. I kind of think about this as folding it like a breast cancer ribbon, where everything overlaps. I take one piece and fold it down, diagonally to one side, and fold the other down to the other side. When I finish, I should see a teeny, teeny, tiny bit of an opening, right here in the middle. And once I have my nice teardrop shape, I'm ready to add my second layer of petals.
I'm just going to put this aside for one second, while I prepare my petals. The same I've rolled out my petals, and I've cut them with the same size teardrop cutter. This teardrop cutter is probably about an inch in length, but when I'm working it, I do want to also pinch and roll the edges, just like I did before, in order to make them probably about an inch and a half or two inches long.
For this layer of petals, I need to have two petals, in order to create my shapes. Now when I'm creating these shapes, I want to think about them as making a C and a backwards C. I want to interlock my petals into and around my center. I'm going to brush on a tiny bit of glue, all the way around the base. I just want to put a little bit around the base of the petals, not at the top, because later on I want to be able to paint these, and wherever the glue is, the paint won't stick.
So I'll adhere the first one. When I put the first one on, I want to find where the overlap is for my center, and I want to align the center of my petal right on that spot. I do also want to make sure that this petal is, at least, this tall, if not taller, than the previous petal, because I don't want the center of my rose to be sticking out of my flower. I want it to be a little bit sunken in. If you look at a rose, the petals are a little bit sunken in.
I'm going to push down, just one side of that petal. Leave the other side open. And then I can put on overlapping, this second petal. Now, remember, I want to create that C and backward C shape, so I can push down one side, but I want to make sure to tuck this side underneath that open layer. And when I put them on, they kind of just go straight around. Make sure they're around in a circle, creating a C and a backward C shape. Now I'll push down on the edge. Because I have glue on here, I'll make sure to load my fingertips up with powdered sugar so they don't stick too much, and that will help to absorb some of the glue. I'm going to put this aside, and then I'm ready to add my third layer of petals.