I’m quite ashamed to admit it, but this was my first ever time using polymer clay. I think up until now I just assumed it was quite a labour intensive procedure to make charms and beads, but after whipping up this delicate rose in about 10 minutes I must say I am converted. I’ve got some great plans for more tutorials… but lets stick with this one for now.
I love this ring. It reminds me of Frida Khalo and Mexican flower bouquets, and was inspired by the Oscar de la Renta ring in our Inspire// Fresh Florals post. If you like it, here’s how to make it.
- Take a small block of polymer clay and split it into 6 chick pea sized balls.
- To make the petal flatten the ball between your thumb and finger until it’s about 5mm thick.
- Work the edges between your thumb and finger until they are as thin as possible without tearing, keeping the middle slightly thicker.
- Do this to all 6 petals.
- Take your first petal and roll it up in a spiral.
- Take another petal and wrap it around the first. Make sure the edges don’t meet to give it a natural, organic look.
- Build this up placing the outer layers further up the body of the flower and delicately folding them outwards.
- Using scissors gently cut off the excess from the bottom to create a flat surface to stick your ring blank to. Use the extra clay to make another petal.
- Follow the instructions on your polymer clay packet to heat and harden the rose. Mine took about half an hour (actually a bit longer because I forgot about it…) in the oven on quite a low heat.
- Using a strong glue or glue gun stick onto your ring blank and leave to dry.
And that’s it. Ace! What other flowers do you think would work well using polymer clay?