Isomalt Skeleton Flower or just the skeleton flower. Otherwise known as Diphelleia grayi. Its white petals turn crystal clear when they become wet. It only grows it 3 places in the world, and in the US, that place is the Appalachian Mountains.
When I first saw this amazing flower a few weeks ago, the first thing I thought was how cool it would be in isomalt! I don’t use isomalt much but have been wanting to and it is on my 2019 list of things to challenge myself to learn. So a quick amazon shopping trip and a few days later I had some supplies!
My first attempt I painted the centers. But this time I used colored isomalt to make the centers. I had some yellow isomalt already from a cake show goody bag! Yay! For the little green center I mixed a tiny bit of Roxy and Rich green color cust into the isomalt and made a light green. It works perfect. I also used Roxy and Rich white to mix in to make to white petals yesterday.
I started out melting the yellow in the microwave, stirring it smooth, and pouring it out onto a silicone mat.
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Once cool enough to touch with gloved hands, i form it into a ball then I stared to pick up little pieces with a pick and turn the ends. This is to make the stamens.
Next I melted the clear isomalt. I separated a small amount to mix with a tiny bit of Roxy & Rich color dust to make the green.
I formed the rest of the white into a ball when it was cool enough to handle with gloved hands. Then pulled off small sections and formed them into petal/teardrop shapes. Working quickly i then placed them into a rose petal veiner I have and pressed them. I held them for a second till they were cool enough to hold the shape. Repeat to make 6 petals per flower.
Take a ball of clear isomalt and form a cone and stick a stick in it. I used a cake pop type stick. Turn it upside down on the mat to make the top flat for the petals to stick to.
Place the stick in a jar or something to hold it as you work on it. Use your blow torch to heat the ball and/or ends of the flowers and stick them to the ball. I stuck the two on opposite sides. Then the next two on one side and the next two on the other. It spaced them nicely. However by the time i took pics I had broken a few off and had to replace them!!!! So sad!!!
Once you have the flower petals on, carefully heat the end of the green piece and place it on and then the yellow pieces around it. I would suggest tweezers for this.
Drop some little tiny drops of isomalt onto your mat. Once they dry, turn them over. Heat them quickly with the torch. one quick pass will do. Then touch the petals to the drops to pic them up to make it look like rain.
The petals are very fragile! I broke several! It is different to get use to but is was a lot of fun and so pretty. The skeleton flower is so unique! I wonder if it is as fragile as the isomalt skeleton flower!
I like the colored isomalt centers better than the painted. Here is a comparison. Here is also the isomalt mixed with the white roxy and rich giving the isomalt skeleton flower its “before” appearance.
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! If you make a skeleton flower please share it at www.facebook.com/ediblesugarart I would love to see it!
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