Hi all, 

These are the Bring-your-own weekly classes.

This term, the online weekly classes will be held via zoom and the recordings will be stored on new private facebook pages.  This way you can not only watch back the recordings, but you can ask questions and share images in the groups.  

The zoom links will be stored on the facebook pages and can also be found in the members section under "my bookings"

Enrolment open for Autumn 2022. 

Equipment list will be online by September

Any questions, please just ask. 



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Ingredients and Equipment - Facebook groups will contain photos of cutters/veiners


Each week please check the list for your class to see the ingredient and equipment required, these are only suggestions as you may have tools or ingredients that you would prefer to use

but please assume that

Each week you need the following basic tools: -

New to cakes? Scroll down to the bottom of the page for my youtube video about cake tools

Modelling tools set such as PME, to include Dresden, ball tool, bone tool, cone tool, scribe, non stick smooth work board, edible glue and brush, small rolling pin, corn flour puff. kitchen roll, paint palette and brushes (PME do a set of 5 brushes which have 3 detail brushes and 2 dusting brushes which is a good starter), palette knife, small sharp knife, scalpel (no.11 blade), small sharp scissors, cutting wheel if you have one. (long rolling pin for covering cakes)  Apron, baby wipes, dish cloth and tea towel, kitchen roll, gloves if you prefer to wear them.

Polystyrene dummy for flowers/models  at least 6" wide with a box at least 10-12" tall to put the dummy in.

For flower courses also include: jem 12 a/b texture tool, pliers, florist wires and tape, PME spray glaze, grooved board or non stick flower work board, celpad or flower pad or your hand. Flower cutters will be listed next to the relevant week. PVA or Impex hi-tac non toxic glue fand nivea or cold porcelain work , or trex or PME petal base for sugar flowers..

Paste - I will be using Cold porcelain: Hearty soft deluxe and/or modena - please add white oil paint if using just modena as it is translucent (it becomes opaque when the paint  or a small amount of hearty soft deluxe is added). Wilton winton oil paints Sap green is invaluable as a leaf base colour when colouring cold porcelain.

You are welcome to use sugar florist paste such as Squires kitchen or platinum, or sugarflex  (I do not recommend pastes that say "flower and modelling" however, simply heaven flower modelling paste is suitable too).  

Colours: You are welcome to choose different appropriate colours for all courses, I will suggest what I will be using. 

In the flower groups you have the freedom to choose your colours but I will be making flowers the colour of the advertised fresh flowers.

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Monday Evening 7-9pm.     10 weeks £100 

Please enrol first then you can request to join the FB group

Click here for the Facebook group once you have booked your space

Out of respect to her Majesty, the first session is postponed, and the dates below are corrected to reflect this.

Flower making can be really relaxing. Whether you are new to flowers or not, it is all about breaking down techniques and the air drying clay makes it a lot easier to learn as there are less breakages. I will be demonstrating using cold porcelain/air drying clay, you could use sugar if you wish.

Varieties will be Rose, Frangipani/Plumeria, Tradescantia leaves, Gingko leaves and looped Aspidistra leaves which can be combined with artificial bear grass to create a modern arrangement

Please check the basic tools list above by clicking here

This will also be in the new facebook group soon with ingredients and equipment.

19th September start date for 10 weeks (please note there will be gaps in the schedule due to other teaching commitments)

Cold Porcelain users

- You can choose your own preferred, I will use Modena and Hearty soft deluxe which I will show you how to mix, I also have all of these below and can chat about them, here are some suggestions:

Modena - Translucent, firm. (On its own or combined with Hearty soft deluxe which is opaque and soft and lightweight)

OR Hearty soft deluxe (opaque, soft and lightweight) on its own. 

Or Mama Dora Porcelana flex  (or modena)   mixed with Nicron soft 

OR another mix is Mama Dora Flex (or Modena) mixed with Thai Green and Artista soft deluxe (or Nicron soft) 

You will also need: Cold cream eg ponds or nivea, pva or Impex hi-tack glue

Flower Paste Users

- ( I will be demonstrating in cold porcelain)

You can use any paste you prefer.  I like using Squires kitchen sugar florist paste either on its own for quick flowers, or mixed with either Simply heaven (both available from Vanilla Valley) or Nick Lodge flexi paste (available from Sugarinuk).

You will also need edible glue, trex or PME petal base. You can also use impex hi-tack glue for glueing stamens together

Week 1   3rd October - Gingko Leaves - Remember to check the basic tools list above. I will add additional tools required per week as well as that basic list - Cutters needed either Tinkertech or sugar city (or other brand of choice). Gingko leaf veiners (or jem 12 a/b tool or Squires frilling/veining stick or corn husk veiner. (I have the Squires Kitchen version - Sugar city do a nice cutter and veiner set) Florist wires - 20, 26, 28, 30g white wires and pale green/nile green florist tape and brown florist tape.  paste etc as the cold porcelain/flower paste options above. Polystyrene block minimum of 6" to put flowers in.

No Class as I am teaching in Scotland

Week 2   10th October - Gingko Continued - Dust colours to include daffodil/lemon yellows, vine/moss/gooseberry/woodland/foliage greens, aubrgine and browns. PME spray glaze

Week 3   17th October - Tradescantia Zebrina leaves -  white or cream paste to start, Template will be preovided, Veiner - either tulip leaf or packet of wires and dresden, 26, 24, 22 g white wires, nile green florist tape. 

Week 4   24th October - Tradescantia Zebrina continued - Dusts to include: white, plum, aubergine, gooseberry, foliage, woodland, forest greens. Cake star or PME spray glaze

Half Term

Week 5   7th November - Aspidistra leaves looped - green paste to start. packet of wires and dresden for veiner. 24 and 22g white wires. foliage green, woodland, forest green, aubergine. nile green florist tape. 

Week 6  14th November - Rose - starting with 3 rose cones to make bud, half and full - polystyrene rose cone 2cm - 4cm (must be same size or smaller than your smallest cutter you will be using). Rose petal cutters eg metal or FMM set of 5 (use two largest) - for larger rose, buy the additional set of FMM 3 individual rose petals (We will not be using all in one cutters, but single petals), flower pad, non stick board to cut on, PME tools or your preferred tools to include Dresden and ball tool (ball tool can be metal or plastic), Rose petal veiner same size or larger than the largest cutter you will use. Cocktail stick or thin celstick. Petal formers - eg plastic dessert spoons either loose or glued to cake board. 18g and 24g wire and nile green florist tape

Week 7   21st November - Roses continued - as above incl rose leaf cutter and veiner and green paste. Dust colours as appropriate for rose colour as well as lemon yellow, vine, gooseberry and woodland greens, aubergine. 

Week 8  28th November - Frangipani/Plumeria - Cutter and Veiner - I have Tinkertech cutter set and Top cake studio veiner (both available on ebay). Dust to include lemon yellow, plum, coral, white plus deep green colours such as foliage, woodland, forest, hunter and aubergine. Leaves, you can use any of the following veiners - Gardenia, Camelia or Mandevilla  or an all purpose Leaf veiner and free hand cut the shape or use gardenia cutters.

Week 9   5th December - Catch up and colouring

Week 10   12th December - Arranging flowers

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Tuesday 10am-12     Week A Flowers 

5 weeks fortnightly class £50

Please enrol first then you can request to join the fb group 

Click here for the Facebook group once you have booked your place

This will be a fortnightly group making a variety of flowers - Flower varieties include wild hypericum, Old mans beard, Maple, Christmas rose and Amaryllis

I will be working in cold porcelain, but you can choose to work in flowerpaste.

Please check the basic tools list above by clicking here for the regular equipment.

This will also be in the new facebook group soon with ingredients and equipment.

The fortnightly dates for this term are below (please note there may be gaps in the schedule due to other teaching):

Week 1 - 20th September start - Wild Hypericum PME small calyx cutter, berries will be free hand with pale green florist paste, dusting with red and aubergine. You can dip the berries or spray. Leaves - I will provide a template. I use Aldaval hypercium leaf veiner. Flowers use micro stamen (yellow or white) and can either be pulled flowers, use a five petal blossom cutter approximately an inch or individual apple blossom cutter. lemon and primrose yellows, moss or gooseberry, woodland or foliage and aubergine. Wires to include 26. 28. 30. 33g white and pale green tape. PME spray glaze

Week 2 -  11th October - Maple - Orchard Maple leaf cutters, Sugar city maple leaf veiner, 20, 26, 28, 30g wires, red and brown tape for burgundy maple, nile and brown for mixed colours. Colours to include, lemon yellow, vine green, gooseberry, woodland, aubergine, red, burgundy )or additional blue, brown), PME spray glaze

Week 3 - 25th October - Old mans beard - clematis leaf cutter and veiner. white Cotton, egg white, wires to include yellow, vine, gooseberry, woodland, aubergine, squirrel brown or rust, PME spray glaze. Wires to include, 24, 26, 28, 30g white, pale/nile green

Week 4 -  15th November - Amarylis -Squires Kitchen Amaryllis veiner and templates or amaryllis cutters. Micro or mini stamen, 20, 26, 28, 28g wires. red and green florist tape. Colours to include lemon yellow, red, burgundy, aubergine. PME spray glaze, 

Week 5 -  29th November - Hellebore (Christmas rose) - Small seed head stamen, Tinkertech Christmas rose (lentern) cutters and Squires Kitchen or FPC Sugarcraft veiner, Christmas rose leaf cutter and veiner (optional), 26, 28, 30g white wires, nile green florist tape. Diust colours to include lemon yellow, gooseberry, woodland, forest green, aubergine, plum, PME spray glaze

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Tuesday 10am-12:30pm Week B Figure Modelling

5 weeks Fortnightly class £60 - intermediate 

Please enrol first then you can request to join the fb group

Click here for Facebook group when you have enrolled 

This will be a fortnightly group.  Figure Modelling - We will be making a dragon with an internal armature and a figure of your choice riding it. See the photo example for previous subject version. You can design your figure and dragon to suit you.

Please check the basic tools list above by clicking this link 

This will also be in the new facebook group soon with ingredients and equipment.

The fortnightly dates for this term are below (please note there may be gaps in the schedule due to other teaching):

week 1 4th October start - Creating armature for dragon - See Equipment list and tools as listed below - Also - Bring a 10" Cake drum and 10" double thick cake board round or square, glue gun (I have one if you don't), 4-6 x 12mm cross-head screws either 3mm or 4mm heads (can get in B and Q), cross-head/Phillips Screwdriver. Bradwl or thick scribe to make the initial hold in the board OR A cake dummy to put figures onto and work on if you would like to keep the figures after class and move them to a cake later in the future.16g or 18g and 25g wires and white florist tape if you are unsure of the finished colour, or you can use red for a red dragon, or green for a green one. Pointed nose pliars (which include a cutting section, or separate wire cutters),Polystyrene/foam egg approximately 9cm tall (try for dragon body and 3cm - 4.5cm egg for the dragon head (or you can scrunch aluminium foil into the desired shapes for both instead) . Orange peel for texture. - see also equipment and tools list below if we finish the armature early enough we will start the paste
week 2 - 18th October - dragon - equipment and tools as above

Week 3 - 8th November  -dragon - equipment and tools as above
week 4 -  22nd November - figure - equipment and tools as above
week 5 -  6th December - Complete figure and scene - As previous, Plus (optional) Isomalt water (eg Squires Kitchen or Simi pre-cooked nibs) either in clear (and colour with gel colours), blue or green for water, silicone (baking) mat. Cotton gloves and either marigold or nitrile gloves (I wear both at same time for protection). Silicone cupcake cases or small silicone jug/container to melt isomalt in the microwave. Blowtorch to soften and create smooth finish - or you can use piping gel for water with paintbrush/palette knife to spread and gel colours to colour.  Plus Sugarpaste for rocks, grass etc plus appropriate dust colours to include greens, browns, black, white. Paintbrush and palette. Naibrush and tweezers for added texture.


Equipment needed

You will need either Saracino Pasta Model or a similar modelling paste, or you can work in sugarpaste with CMC added. Paste can be all white for the dragon and then painted or start with a light shade of your chosen dragon colour, eg pale green and then dust/paint the final details.  The figure will not need more than 150g of Saracino Pasta Model (or similar as mentioned earlier). Choose your own skin tone and clothing colours. You can choose the figure you wish to create and are welcome to bring in an inspiration photo. 

Tools needed: Modelling tools eg PME modelling tools and also (optional) Cerart modelling tools such as the hard point tool (white with red tip), no 0 or K605 2 or 4 round silicone, K106 no 2 pointed silicone (I can also explain which regular PME tools to use in their place). Pointed nose pliars (which include a cutting section, or separate wire cutters), Cocktain stick, workboard of your choice. Edible glue and cornflour puff. Glue brush, dusting brushes (I use filbert brushes which as similar to eye shadow brushes. Dust/gel colours of your choice but including either Saracino - skintone, Pink and brown for skin features (or chosen skintone colours) - or other similar colours in other brands. Palette and paint brushes. Dipping solution or clear alcohol for painting. Scalpel and regular sharp knife. Palette knife. Foil and nail brush for texture. Tweezers.

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Tuesday 7-9pm. 10 weeks weekly class £100

Please enrol first then you can request to join the fb group

Click here for the Facebook group once you have booked your place

This will be a mix subject group.  Subjects are:  a Strawberry plant, a meerkat model, Christmas Elf Model, a Polar bear model and Amaryllis

Please check the basic tools list above by clicking here for the regular equipment.

This will also be in the new facebook group soon with ingredients and equipment.

Remember a polystyrene dummy to put your flowers in (6" or wider) and a box at least 12" tall (can you box extenders, but better to keep boxes that you may receive deliveries in over the summer) You will need a board and box to put models in

The fortnightly dates for this term are below (please note there may be gaps in the schedule due to other teaching):

Week 1 - 20th September Start - Strawberry Plant - Optional Strawberry leaf cutter and veiner (or bring rose leaf cutter and veiner), Strawberry mould (or create from hand and bring piping nozzle no.2), 5 petal round blossom cutter approximately 2cm or larger, Smallest daisy cutter for calyx (or strawberry calyx cutter), 24, 26, 28, 30g white wires and pale/nile green florist tape. white and green flowerpaste or cold porcelain (see list here). Small sieve to texture centre of flower or nailbrush.

Week 2 - 4th October - Strawberry Plant - as above including pale/nile green florist tape. scissors, wire cutters.

Week 3 - 11th October - Strawberry Plant - Dust colours to include: white, reds, aubergine, daffodil or lemon yellow, vine, gooseberry, woodland, . Dust brushes and palette, PME spray glaze

Week 4 - 18th October - Meerkat model - up to 100g white Saracino Pasta Model. Dust colours to include Squirrel brown, blown, black. I will provide black dragees for eyes. Dust brushes, palette, dipping solution

Week 5 - 25th October - Polar Bear model - up to 150g white Saracino pasta model, Dust colours to include white, black, blush pink

Half Term

Week 6  - 8th November - Christmas Elf - Saracino Pasta Model needed - Up to 50g skintone, dark green approx 100g, 50g red and 30g brown for clothing (can colour own paste). Kebab skewer

Week 7 - 15th November - Christmas Elf Model continued - as above to include the following dust colours: Saracino pink dust or blush pink, brown, saracino skintone dust or peach dust, dusting brush and palette. Optional gold dust and dipping solution for the bell on his hat

Week 8 - 22nd November - Amaryllis flower - Pale/red paste. Squires Kitchen Amaryllis petal veiner in chosen size. Template will be provided for size (can use petal veiner as template), Stamens will be hand made. Wires to include 26, 28g white wires. Red and n ile green tape. 

Week 9 - 29th November - Amaryllis - as above

Week 10 - 6th December - Amaryllis - to include lemon yellow and red, aubergine dust colours. PME spray glaze. florist tapes as before