Polymer Clay Flowers: How to Make Beautiful Blooms with Leaves and Stems
Many people who work with polymer clay enjoy making flowers, and some create flower heads used for refrigerator magnets, floral plaques, and beautiful table decorations. It is really very easy to make polymer clay flowers that include leaves and stems, and their beauty rivals real flowers of all varieties. With a few simple and inexpensive supplies you can make polymer clay flowers complete with leaves and stems that look outstanding when displayed in a vase.
To make polymer clay flowers with leaves and stems you will need polymer clay in yellow and at least two other colors of your choice. The most realistic looking flowers are made when colors are combined. Artists should never use paint taken directly from the tube without mixing it to create a new and more realistic looking color. Likewise, those who use polymer clay should use the same color mixing technique. Colors taken directly from the package are typically too bright and too rich to look realistic, but they can be grayed down with darker colors or lightened with the addition of white or other light hues.
You will also require floral tape, floral wire, artificial leaves attached to short wires, latex matte gloss, a fine-tip paintbrush, a toothpick, and wire cutters. Consider using gloss that contains fine iridescent glitter as well as ordinary clear matte gloss for a very eye-catching and beautiful finished look. You can find artificial leaves in the bridal section of most major craft stores. They are ideal for attaching to the stems of polymer clay flowers.
Begin by mixing the clay to make the first flower. Choose a combination of colors to create the petals, and after kneading the clay, roll it into several ¼ inch balls. For a fuller looking polymer clay flower, roll about one dozen ¼ inch balls. In addition, roll a very small yellow ball for the center.
Flatten the first ball to a thickness of about a millimeter, and gently wrap it around the yellow ball that will represent the center of the polymer clay flower. Do the same with the next ball, and slightly overlap it around the first petal surrounding the yellow center. Continue this pattern until the first flower is completed. Petals should slightly overlap just like real blooms.
Carefully bend out the polymer clay petals with your fingers, and use the point of the toothpick to create tiny indentations in the yellow center to make it appear more realistic. Next, use the toothpick to make a slight indentation in the center of each petal to give it a more realistic appearance.
Insert a wire stem in a length of your choice into the base of the polymer clay flower, and gently roll the base of flower around the stem. Bake it according to product label instructions, and allow it to cool completely.
Once the polymer clay has cooled, choose two or three wire stem leaves, and attach them to the floral stem approximately two inches apart. After the leaves are attached, tightly wrap the floral wire with floral tape. Begin at either the top or the bottom of the stem, and be sure to also wrap the base of the flower. Bend and arrange the leaves for a realistic appearance.
The last step is to apply clear matte gloss to give the polymer clay flower a slightly shiny and finished appearance. The gloss will also provide a layer of protection. Apply gloss that contains tiny flecks of gold or multi-colored glitter to the center or apply it to some of the polymer clay petals for a beautiful finished look that is sure to make a stunning impression.