learn how to create sugar rose with alan dun's technique video

The smoke accent gives a soft romantic look!

I have posted several tutorials with roses, the response has been wonderful. In fact I have had a plethora of requests to create a video. I wanted to be sure to give you as must detail as possible. I either had to have a VERY long video or compose a series of videos, I chose the later. I wanted to break the sugar rose down to easy to follow steps, without overwhelming you.

The rose has four stages of development  the bud (sometime referred to as the Fairy),  partially open flower,  fully open flower,  and senescent flower. The first video tutorial I am going to start with is the bud to partially open rose. The partially open rose is a transitional stage where some of the petals begin to open away from the centre of the rose. The rose is quite charming at this stage, almost mysterious. The color begins to lighten slightly, some of the petals begin to curl backwards.

learn how to create sugar rose with alan dun's technique video

This beauty, I found on the Santa Clarita website

As you can see in this photograph the rose is partially open, some of the petals are cupping away from the centre and some are still fairly close. This is an essential part of building your sugar rose, your rose will look life like.

The Sugar Rose Video: Series 1 Bud to Partially Open:

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I wanted to show you close-up photographs!


  • 20,28, and 26 gauge  white wire, cut into thirds
  • 26 gauge green wire, cut into thirds
  • Rose petal cutters, Op # 1 to 3
  • 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
  • Celstick
  • Tap mat, ISAC
  • Stay fresh mat
  • Floral foam
  • Foam pad, ISAC
  • Dresden tool, OP or FMM
  • Grove board
  • 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
  • Crisco
  • Cornstarch


  • Gumpaste
  • Ruby red food paste
  • Christmas red food paste
  • Petal dusts
  • Poppy red,Ck
  • Ruby red, SF
  • Cherry Red, CC
  • Coal black,Ck
  • Aubergine,Ck
  • Egg white or edible sugar glue

For supplies here.

Color your gumpaste a pale red color.

Prepare your mise en place.

learn how to create sugar rose with alan dun's technique video

Red smoked rose mise en place

I wanted mimic a black magic rose. I was dining at one of my favorite restaurants, and they happened to have this type of rose for their decor. I fell in love with this rose and wanted to recreate it for the tutorial.

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This elegant rose looks as if it is turning from red to black..Amazing!

If you will be creating several roses, work in an assembly line fashion: if you will be making a dozen roses, work on all buds and move from there. If you work on one rose from start to finish it will double your time. Also I explain in the video, I dusted the rose after each stage was completed, this is due to the intense color. Normally I would dust the completed rose.

The Rosebud:

 If the red color is staining you fingers and it is driving you crazy you can wear gloves. My personal preference is to not wear gloves, my hands are quite small, the gloves are large, and I am afraid I might drop my rose. As you can see in the video my fingers are stained red; it washes off in a few days.

For the video flower paste (gumpaste) Roses-Rose in Transition Video..11.47 minutes


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

If you have any question please leave me a message and will try to help you.

The next series will be an open rose and dusting the rose.

Have fun and be creative!


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