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Lotus Flower Centerpiece 2 by Battledress Lotus Flower Centerpiece 2 by Battledress
Another version....

Final image for the 3rd and final in a How To series for Dessert Professional Magazine that hits the shelves any day.

All elements in the glass centerpiece are edible.

If you follow me, you'll recognize some of the components from earlier deviations I've posted.

All hand-sculpted and painted.
Lotus flower and lilly pad are wafer paper painted with Cocoa Butter and are completely free-floating.
Frog is sculpted from fondant, gum paste and royal icing painted with Cocoa Butter.
Fish are reverse-painted with Cocoa Butter on the inside of the glass.
"Pebbles" are edible molecular gastronomy caviar.

Now that Series 1 on Wafer Paper is done and to the presses, I've started Series 2.

BTW.... my class sign up can be found at www.chefrubber.com

Photo by ~Zathros
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Given 2011-01-29
Lotus Flower Centerpiece 2 by `Battledress is an amazing centerpiece that is completely edible, except for the glass bowl of course. The flower is made from wafer paper, a technique created by the artist herself, the fishes are painted in cocoa butter and the frog is made from fondant, gum paste and royal icing. Even the pebbles are edible, made with molecular gastronomy techniques. All in all this piece is not just stunningly beautiful but also an amazing example of how amazing culinary arts can be. ( Featured by MyntKat )
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Marinetoonist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Wow amazing
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Battledress Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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Flutterby3000 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Edible molecular gastronomy caviar" O.O xD
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yep.

Specification was  *thing" well before the cake flavored glob became all the rage...
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Flutterby3000 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha :D <3 imagine being a specialist in that particular form of edible caviar though 0.0 like, you're at a party and someone asks you, "So, what do you do??" and you're like, "Well, I'm researching edible molecular gastronomy caviar...." xDDD :D
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NiennaxAngelus Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Photographer
That is really awesome. I love it! :)
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BluestOfBirds Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hello!! I have featured this lovely piece in my journal: Snakes and Frogs :la:
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AgentKK Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I want to... eat it.
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
too bad it tastes like shortening and rice cakes!
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:iconagentkk:
AgentKK Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like rice cakes but I don't know if I like shortening... :iconsadfaceplz:
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Foodie-4-Life Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Amazing! The best food art I've seen in a long time!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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ArunaDiesPretty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I would love to see how this looked sliced and served.
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Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Well, it's not a cake - but a centerpiece.
The glass bowl is filled with water and edibles...
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brandimillerart Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, that's impressive! I couldn't believe it was all edible at first!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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brandimillerart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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GreyWhether Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This centerpiece looks stunning!I love the detail you gave the fish and frog and how your flower technique gives a beautiful 'artistic' feel(as appose to gumpaste). May i ask how long it took you from start to finish? :)
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Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I can't really keep track of my time when I'm developing a technique... and there were 3 distinct stages to this.
I do work hard to have the final techniques be reproducable and viable for busy bakeries...

If I had to do each element over again, with established designs and materials all set up, I'd estimate:
Koi Fish - Reverse painted. 20-30 minutes each.
Frog - Sculpting - 2 hours. Painting 20-30 minutes. (Not including drying time for the fondant/gum-paste.)
Lillypad - Sculpting - 20 minutes. Painting 10 minutes
Lotus - Sculpting, painting & Assembly - 2 hours

If multiples are required, I'd "assembly line" to streamline the process which can speed up the times per piece.
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
This is unbelievable!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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charmed2themaxs Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
WOAH!
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zeroofvoid Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool, I gotta say. I recently learned both how to sculpt with gum paste AND the chemistry of molecular gastronomy, and this is a pretty epic way to combine those two elements.
Gotta ask... what flavour are the pebbles? :giggle:
(I've only made pseudo-caviar out of mountain dew lol)
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Battledress Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the kind words!

Since the caviar was made for the shoot, we didn't bother to flavor it.
We've been experimenting with reverse-sphereification so we could make absinthe caviar....

There really are a ton of creative possibilities - just not enough time in the day.
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Naera Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
First of all.. You really amaze me.

I'm a cake decorator myself but this is just "wow" Of course I looked up your website immediatly and I want tot thank you for the really nice introduction to wafer paper molding! It's a technique that I have never seen before and it looks so great and refined.

So big thank you! I'm going to order wafer paper right now! :D
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Battledress Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!

And, I'm glad the How-To PDF can be of some use.

It took almost a year for me to develop and perfect the technique, so I'm always gratified to see it receive such a positive welcome with culinary artists.
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Naera Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I did have one question! I don't have a heating lamp or box, but is it possible to use the oven on 50 degrees? Or is that too hot?
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Battledress Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I suggest a $10 heat lamp bulb - it will fit in a regular light socket. It is easier to control the heat/distance to the bulb. AND, it's a lot less expensive than running an oven.

Wafer paper is most brittle when it is just finished drying - it actually does better when humidity equalizes. It NEEDS some moisture - which is why it is more tolerant of humid environments.
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atomiccatz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
AMAZING WORK! How did you do the water? Is it just glass or Fiberglass? The frog, fish, and lilypad give it so much life! Great job on this wondeful masterpiece! :clap: :heart:
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Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
The water is water....
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:iconatomiccatz:
atomiccatz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Your welcome! I just thought that because i sometimes see those suspended "bulb fish" stuck in clear glass "water" at art shows. I wonder how they even do that. :nod:
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Battledress Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
I've seen those, too...
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LouiiseD Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Haha, this photo made me smile. I love it! :D
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Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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bluenova25 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
at first i thought the thumbnail was a box of tissue:XD: was like, "whats so interesting about a box of tissue:giggle:
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Feybles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011   Artisan Crafter
This has turned out Stunningly! I was looking forward to seeing how it all came together for you. :)
Congratulations on a fantastic piece of work.
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Battledress Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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OriginalVillain Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Wow, that's amazing!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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Inupaw Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Oh my good this is beatuful....
I could really image to see this in art museum or something like that, it's amazing
You're really talented :D
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Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Hetrin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, when I first looked at this, I didn't think it was something edible! Good job!
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Hetrin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. c:
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coyotesirencall Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
this is officially the best thing i've seen all day
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Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you...
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ZakuraKnightV2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! :D
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:iconbattledress:
Battledress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ZakuraKnightV2 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!~ :aww:
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