I am biased. I spent time with Ron Ben-Israel as an intern and his sugar flowers are my standard of excellence so I was a bit reluctant to “jump ship” and take a Nick Lodge class (found here: http://bit.ly/ModernSugarFlowers).
There I am being hard headed, as usual.
In the class he teaches many variations on each of three flowers: succulent, ranunculus, and the dahlia.
Succulents are all the rage right now (oh, that cliche… Smack me if I use corny cliches like that again) and I love each of his three methods for making them. He also has a fabulous section on fun uses outside of cakes, super cute!
If you know me at all, you know whose ranunculus I’m partial to. Mine. 🙂 But as far as sugar ranunculus go, his method is good and easy to follow. He’s particular about botanically correct recreations of them which I really respect.
The dahlias are what I was most excited for! I LOVE them and he teaches three varieties: classic, pompom and spider. The spider one was my fave despite it bearing the name of one of my biggest fears… *shudder* He makes them so easy that I may just whip one up when I have a spare moment one evening. Just for fun. Check it out!
Lastly, and I think for me, one of the best topics he goes over is arranging the flowers, both on and off a cake. I don’t believe there is a caker out there that hasn’t struggled with this. It can be hard to visualize, they just don’t seem to sit together in a pretty way, or they look awkward. Fear not my sugar flower friends! Nick Lodge helps you 🙂 It’s a whole class section.
He’s my kind of teacher, and a great instructor for learners of all levels. Yes. This is a Master’s Series class. But if you have any experience with sugar flowers and a bit of time, you’ll pick up his techniques quickly. He has tons of information and talks you through every last detail (I don’t think he breathes through this video…).
The class is expensive. But when Craftsy has it for 50% off, grab it up! It’s worth the $30 investment for any sugar flower lover.
*This class was gifted to me in the hopes that I would write a review. I don’t review things I don’t like – I like to keep it positive. If you don’t see a review here from me, I either dislike it, haven’t tried it, or am indifferent so I don’t recommend it. If you click the link above, I am compensated if you purchase the class. It’s pays for things like materials for tutorials. And for the kids to be budding soccer players and Tae Kwon Do champs. So, in the words of one of my favorite mom bloggers, Amber Dusik of Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures (funny, funny stuff) “You click the link, the monkey gets a banana.”