Polymer Clay Tutorial: Caned Poinsettia Flower Pin – Part 3
Posted on December 14, 2013 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Polymer Clay Poinsettia Tutorial
PART 3 – Using the Caned Millefiori Components
Cane Polymer Clay Poinsettia Tutorial
Creating the “Backing”
- First gather up all your scraps from both part 1 & part 2 in separate piles.
- Then roll both of those scrap piles into logs.
- These logs will form the “backs” for your flowers.
- Slice off a chunk of either scrappy cane,
- Smoosh it onto your work surface.
- This will be the base that you build your flowers on.
TIPS for Adding the Leaves & Petals
- First off, slice the petals off your canes from part 1 on the thick side.
- Why? Because by slicing them thicker you will give added strength to the piece. These are decorative flowers. If you are turning them into pins, earrings, pendants, etc you want them to be as strong as possible. Generally, as polymer goes, the thinner the piece the more fragile it becomes in most cases; there are some exceptions to this rule.
- When slicing your leaves, you want to slice them at a medium thickness.
- You are going to sculpt and mold each of your leaves, you don’t want them so thick that they look like canes … you want your leaves to look more natural.
Adding the Leaves & Petals
- Take your scrappy hunk you cut off of one of your scrappy logs and place it on your work surface.
- Then gently add dimension to your leaves (see this post on how to do that)
- Secure your leaves to your backing by using your needle tool to gently adhere them to the back clay piece.
- NOTE: I much preferred the look of lots of leaves, both on the bottom of my poinsettia and in between the petals as shown in the picture above. You can vary the amount of petals to your liking.
- Using the largest petal cane slices, place 5 evenly spaced on top of the leaf canes.
- Now using the medium petal cane slices, add 4 petals where they look to “blend” in on the 5 below it.
- Finally add 2-4 of your smallest petal canes as the inside flower petals.
- Leave your flower as is OR add a Swarovski Hotfix Crystal to the center.
- NOTE: I used a clear crystal, but citrine would be perfect for the yellow center of the poinsettias.
Finishing Your Poinsettia
- Finishing your piece is the most important part!
- Remember to bend, twist, & tweak any leaves, petals, or anything else you don’t like BEFORE baking.
- If you don’t like it, tweak it now. Later will be too late.
- BAKING INSTRUCTIONS: FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON YOUR PACKAGE. This being said, I bake ALL my pieces at 275 for an hour or more each.
- NOTE: Get baking tips here.
- If you choose, use this tutorial to add a patina to your piece to bring out all those interesting parts you couldn’t see earlier!
- You can also varnish this piece if you would like.
- And there you have it … a gorgeous poinsettia you can display or wear for years to come.
- Make these small and dainty to wear as earrings at Christmas time!
- Add oodles of leaves in between your petals for a more natural & full look to your poinsettia.
- Add an eye pin and make them into Christmas tree ornaments.
- Add a pin back and make it a pin to wear on your coat or sweater.
- Add a bail to the back to turn it into a focal bead for a necklace.
- Use some SnowTex to add a little “snow” effect to the tips of the petals.
Poinsettia Caned Flower Project
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