|Hellebores image from serenityinthegarden.blogspot.com|
I decided to make the flowers and leaves out of sugarplate and the base and supplementary leaves out of marzipan.
I used a bowl to make a base of silver foil which I covered with tinted marzipan to create a 'knoll'.
|The plate I used as a mould|
|The foil base for the knoll|
I tinted some marzipan green and rolled it to lay over the foil base. I added extra marzipan leaves to cover the sides.
|The marzipan knoll drying|
I originally moulded my leaves and flowers by hand, but they were very irregular so I changed to a cutter.
|Some leaves and flowers drying flat on a plate|
|I let some of the leaves and flowers dry in an egg carton to give them a more natural shape|
|Flowers drying on a bed of sugar|
Next, I 'glued' yellow non-pareils one by one to the centre of the flowers. I used white icing as 'glue' and applied them individually with a toothpick.
|I was really delighted with how they turned out.|
|The 'melted' flowers|
|Non-pareils drying - minus the lustre dust.|
I had to do some cosmetic repairs with new non-pareils and lustre dust to make the flowers look better. Then I began the tricky process of putting the subtletie together.
|The dry base ready for flowers|
|The first flowers are placed|
|The flowers and leaves are arranged and glued|
|The subtletie drying|
The subtletie had to be covered and transported to the event site. I was worried about damage in transit because the site was up in hills and the subtletie had to survive very winding roads. It made it to the event safely, although a few non-pareils did fall off in transit and one flower cracked.
The completed subtletie ready to be presented to High Table.