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Easy Polymer Clay Flower Cane Tutorial

I thought it would be fun to do another step by step tutorial with polymer clay. I think that starting with any new technique can be a little (or a lot) scary and having an easier project to start with can be a great way to just get started with out too much procrastination (I am a master at procrastinating) or frustration.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane tutorial

You will need –

  • A circle cutter about 1.5″ round
  • A flower cutter about 1″ at its widest point
  • A small circle cutter about 0.5″ round
  • Clay – I used Fimo Professional in Leaf Green, Terracotta, Ochre and White
Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 1 – Prepare the clay

Step 1 – Begin by conditioning the clay to make it soft enough to work with. I made a ball each of the Terracotta and Ochre and pressed until they were about 3/4″ thick (the depth of my cutter shapes) and made sure that they were bigger than the circle (Terracotta) and flower (ochre) cutter shapes. The Leaf Green was rolled thinly and I added a little ochre to the white to make it a little creamier.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 2 – Cut the centre circle

Step 2 – Using the smallest circle cutter cut through the centre of the Ochre clay.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 3 – Cut the flower

Step 3 – Position the flower shape so that the middle circle is in the centre and then press the cutter down to cut. It may help to spray the inside of the cutter with a little water to help release the clay. You will need to gently push it out of the cutting shape – it doesn’t matter if the very top of the clay gets dented.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 4 – Prepare the flower centre

Step 4 – Roll out the white/cream clay to make a little sausage shape and wrap the Leaf Green around it once. Cut the excess green clay off. Roll this until it is roughly the same with as the circle cut in the middle of the flower.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 5 – Prepare to add the flower centre

Step 5 – Cut the flower shape to make an opening for the green and white centre. Cut it where the petal dips in as I find it is easier to match back up at this point.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 6 – Put the flower back together

Step 6 – Check the fit of the centre piece. If it is still to big roll it a little more to make it thinner. Once it fits well rejoin the flower piece as best as you can and cut off any excess clay from the clay in the middle.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 7 – Cutting the flower surround

Step 7 – Cut the same flower shape from the middle of the Terracotta colour clay.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 8 – Getting ready to add the flower surround

Step 8 – Cut an opening in the Terracotta clay. I cut it in the middle of a petal this time so that I could squeeze all the inner points in to the actual flower shape.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 9 – Adding the flower

Step 9 – Put the Ochre flower into the cut out shape in the Terracotta and close the flower back up. Make sure each of the points match as this will give neater finish to the overall cane.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 10 – Cutting the surround

Step 10 – Spray the inside of the large circle cutter with a little water to prevent sticking. Position the circle cutter with the flower in the middle.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 11 – Cut the shape

Step 11 – Press down on the circle cutter and gently press out the shape inside. Again if the top of the clay gets a little dented it doesn’t matter.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 12 – Reduce the cane

Step 12 – Reduce the cane down to make a long sausage. Start by squeezing the middle of the clay to push out any air bubbles and then roll in between your hand and the table.

Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane
Step 13 – Cut the clay to make into jewellery

Step 13 – Once the clay is reduced down cut thin discs to make into beads. This is a whole tutorial on it’s own but use the same Terracotta colour clay for the base of the beads, apply the cut cane and roll until the clay forms a smooth bead. Pierce a hole and bake according to instructions. I finish my beads with 2 coats of gloss varnish.

Going forward you could play with colour combinations and maybe make a pattern in the centre. This technique works well with hearts and stars too.

Here is an example of a few finished pieces of jewellery.

Easy beginner flower cane tutorial / Burnt orange flower earrings
Easy beginner polymer clay flower tutorial / Burnt orange necklace
Easy beginner polymer clay flower cane tutorial / Burnt orange bracelet

I posted a little timelapse of the beads being made on my instagram and Facebook.

I hope that this has been a helpful step by step. As ever the pieces made from this are available in my Etsy shop ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have a go and show your work on Instagram or Facebook don’t forget to tag me @theartisanduck. I would love to see what colour combinations you come up with and the end result.

Happy claying.

Hannah

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