watch this video and learn how to create a sugar rose with alan dun's technique

The calyx and rose hip adds the final touch of realism

I promise on  yesterday’s post “Take Your Sugar Rose to Ultimate Level with wired Petals” to add a bonus video: adding calyx and rose hips. Generally in a finished spray the calyx and rose hips are only sightly visible on an open rose or a fully open rose. However on a bud, an opening bud, or a partially open rose the calyx and rose hip is quite visible. The calyx and the rose hip are an essential part of the sugar rose it will add the extra touch of realism.

I enjoy creating the calyx and rose hip, it is exciting to see your sugar rose come life. I find it is helpful to steam my rose prior to adding the calyx, and steam once again after adding the dusted calyx. By taking this extra step I ensure the dust will transfer from the rose to light vine green inner calyx. I am not worried about the green dust from the calyx transferring to the rose, because a real rose has a hue of green on the bottom.

Calyx and Rose Hips:


  • Rose leaf cutter, OP
  • Calyx Cutter, OP & Jem
  • Rose petal veiner, SKGI
  • Spring fine scissors
  • Half width nile green floral tape
  • Tweezers
  • Dusting brushes
  • Smooth ceramic too, HP
  • Tap mat, ISAC
  • Stay fresh mat
  • Floral foam
  • Foam pad, ISAC
  • Dresden tool, OP or FMM
  • Steamer
  • Edible varnish
  • Metal ball tool
  • Fine nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Sugar paste rolling pin
  • Pasta machine
  • Plastic storage bag to keep sugar paste when not in use
  • Cocktail stick, or japanese tooth pick
  • Celstick


  • Crisco
  • Cornstarch
  • Gumpaste/Flower paste
  • Petal dusts
  • Poppy red,Ck
  • Ruby red, SF
  • Cherry Red, CC
  • Coal black,Ck
  • Aubergine,Ck
  • Moss green,CC
  • Foliage,SF
  • Food paste: vine green SKGI, moss green, wilton
  • Egg white or edible sugar glue
  • Cosmetic sponge

Materials and equipment can be purchased here.

Colour 138 grams of white gumpaste with a 1/4 of a toothpick of vine Green food paste and 138 grams of gum paste with moss green food paste (about 1/8 teaspoon). Place each of the coloured gumpastes in a storage bag while you prepare all your equipment and materials.

Roll a ball of each, they should be the same size, roll each of the balls into a disk and place the vine green paste on top of the moss green paste. Roll the two colours to thickness of about 1/4 and place in a pasta machine roll to a #4, gradually. If you do not own a pasta machine, roll the colours to 1/16-inch thick keeping the dark on the bottom and light on the top.

Enjoy the video



For the entire flower paste (gumpaste) Rose video bundle 

5 Videos

Video 1 –  Gumpaste Roses-Creating the Rosebud Video..16.31 minutes

Video 2 – Gumpaste Roses-Rose in Transition Video..11.47 minutes

Video 3 – Gumpaste Roses-Open Rose Phase Video..20.15 minutes

Video 4 – Gumpaste Roses-Fully Opened Rose Phase Video..18.42 minutes

Video 5 – Gumpaste Roses-Calyx and RoseHip Video..10.35 minutes

It has been a pleasure sharing with you how to create a rose from bud to fully open series 1-5. I would love to see your rose creation, and post them with your permission

watch this video and learn how to create a sugar rose with alan dun's technique

All of the different stages in a two sprays!


watch this video and learn how to create a sugar rose with alan dun's technique


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