Wafer paper.

It is ALL the rage.

Some people love it… some people hate it…. some people know nothing about it and think we’ve all gone mad.
(Which may actually BE the case, but let’s not digress.)

Me? Well… I am a lover.
From the moment I laid eyes on a cake having incorporated this heavenly, edible paper (I think one of the first I saw was my friend Kara’s GORGEOUS cake, here, of Kara’s Couture Cakes. Eye bulging, salivia-slippin’-out-of-the-corners-of-my-mouth, GORGEOUS… knaw I’m sayin’?) I fell in love with the possibilities my li’l brain instantly envisioned!

Ok… now “envisioned possibilities” are really great and all.  I mean, I love visions as much as the next guy… but what GOOD are they if you can’t actually bring them to life, right?

In other words… I had NO FLIPPING IDEA HOW TO WORK WITH WAFER PAPER.  Heck, I didn’t even know where to get the stuff…. or even what it’s official name was to start Googling it (I just don’t know how to spell that word so I’m ignoring it and moving on) as a while ago, almost every artist who’d used it seemed to call it something different.

Um, FRUSTRATED much?

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But Google and I are buddies.  We spend a LOT of time together, you see.  And as a result, I know JUST how to push ‘er buttons and get ‘er goin’.  (hee hee, get it?  K.  Nevermind.)

Anyway,  after some trial and error (and just the teeniest of head bashing)  I figured it out.  (I’m not suuuper great at asking for help.  I know… add it to my long list of “much needed therapy sessions ’cause I’m riddled with issues”. *sigh* )

AHEM, I found a source (good o’l Amazon came through for me once again)… and I WENT TO TOWN on this stuff.  I dabbled and dipped.  I poked and prodded.  I pushed and SHOVED.  I ripped and TORE.  I curled up into a tight fetal ball…

And then I had a REVELATION. (I know… weeeeird.) Piping gel is nice.  Water is good.  But what about STEAM?  Could it work?  Could steam get me the bend I need to shape this stuff the way I wantta?

Hadn’t heard of anyone using it… so maybe I’s just completely daft and hanging somewhere out in left field, admiring the butterflies… but MAYBE not.  (Stop laughing.  That’s not nice.)

What if I took out my li’l travel steamer and… experimented?  I mean, I had PLANS for this stuff, and thus far, it just wasn’t completely cooperating.

So I tried it.

AND IT WOOOOOOOORKED!!!!!

Holding it for however long I needed to, right in front of that blissful stream of steam, enabled me to manipulate it HOWEVER I wanted!!!

I could make EASY RUFFLES!  I could bend pieces I had cut out to form PETALS.  I could make clothing for my modeled FIGURES, even!  Life could now be SO MUCH EASIER!

ARE YOU HEARING THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH????

Oh wait… you can’t hear me.  Right.

K… ANYWAY… I made the all of the flowers (except the white rose buds) in this recent wedding cake, right here, with wafer paper.   Roses and small dahlias.   No drying time!   Busted out my “precious” (aka, my airbrush) when I was done, and brought some color to their world…. and viola!

They’re easy… they’re light (no worries about them falling off o’ the cake)… and they’re way quicker to make than their gumpaste versions, I’ll tell ya!

Moral of the story?

YOU NEED WAFER PAPER IN YOUR LIFE.

Stop fighting it.  Don’t be sceeered.  Let it overtake you.  It’s ok…

It won’t hurt.  It is only goodness and light.

(And strangely addicting to chew on during projects.  *AHEM* But that just may be me.)

Gosh, I am a head case. 😉

Wafer paper ruffles video tutorial, up top.  (A good example of how I use steam to bend the paper…)

The wafer paper I buy, here!

The steamer I use, here!

(Airbrushed the blue ombre on, as well!)

  NOW, GO GET YO’ WAFER ON, I SAY!!!  Xx

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