The pictures legitimately don't do the roses justice. They are much brighter in real life. I dusted all 32 of them last night. And steamed them.
You know you're OCD when you actually add thorns. ;)
You can see some brooches I'm working on in the bottom of this picture.
The dendrobium orchids are actually a very light pink on the edges... which you can't see in the pic. :(
Final count: 27 fully blown roses, 1 mid sized rose, 5 tight rose buds, 60 pearled stephanotis, 122 hydrangea, 22 hydrangea buds, 18 dendrobium orchids, 18 hydrangea leaves, and 14 rose leaves.
I also made isomalt gems today:
Isomalt is a sugar substitute known for its clarity. However, if you overcook it, it starts to yellow, which is why some of the gems are like low-grade diamonds. ;)
More of today's labors:
And I made a custom board for the cake:
It has feet, so you can get your fingers under it to lift it:
All this and I haven't even started baking yet! :oP
Don't worry-- I'll be sure to get better pictures of the final product next week before the show. In the mean time, trust that I haven't fallen off the planet. Quite the contrary, I'm busily caking away!
In case you haven't heard yet, I did not win anything in Threadcakes. I wasn't expecting to, so it's alright. The important thing was that I tackled a really big 3D cake project and I was happy with the outcome. At the end of the day, it didn't seem to be in the same style as the winning entries. Sometimes you have to make a trade-off between doing what you want to do and what you think the judges will most appreciate. That said, I hope the judges appreciate this cake I'm working on now, hahaha.... :)
Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend!