Dogwood Flower Pendant Project | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Dogwood Flower Pendants - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #238: “I confess I have never been a ‘flower’ gal… but Cindy, you’re making me ‘change my religion’ with all these gorgeous blooms!” ~Monique-U

Well it looks like I have a new favorite polymer clay project. It is these Dogwood Flower Pendants… I think because they look so realistic, and stunning to wear. And they are so easy to make as well!

Last month when I demonstrated how to make the Poinsettia Flowers, I did promise to do more tutes using the Wilton Gum Paste Flower Cutters and Impression Set. These wonderful tools were actually made for cake decorating, but I just love how well they work with polymer clay.

Once you have an awesome cutter collection like this, you’re going to want to learn how to use the whole set. In fact, as you can see from Monique’s comment above, and another one from Angela below, there are even a few members who have converted over to the flowery side, LOL.

Possibly I’m in the minority but I’m not really into making flowers (unless it’s a cane). Or, rather, I WASN’T into making flowers. Now, after seeing the Poinsettia tutorial I can tell I’m going to be making a lot of them this next year. Thank you so much for this tute. ~Angela-M

I was at Michael’s at 8 AM this morning with my 50% off coupon clutched in my hot little hand and got the only one they had my store for $20. They had a few impression kits so returned later with another 50% coupon and got one of those for $12. The book that comes with the Flower Cutter Set is filled with so many great ideas that I am sure we will pursue later. Thanks for this tut Cindy as now I will have a few hostess gifts such as napkin rings, ornaments or brooches / pendants, making this a worthwhile investment. ~Lawerence-S

Got my Wilton cutters and the ideas look great. I do need the Cindy twist to make them come to life though. Can’t wait for more of these flower tutes to appear. ~Pollyanna

So… without further ado, coming up tomorrow (Friday, January 13 2012) in the Vol-044-2 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I will be…

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Supplies & Tools: Video-044-2 Dogwood Flower Pendants:

  • For the White version I used:

5001 White Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay.
5101 Pearl Premo Sculpey Accents Polymer Clay.
5527 White Translucent (Frost) Premo Sculpey Accents Polymer Clay.
5022 Wasabi Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay.
5007 Spanish Olive Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay.

  • Wilton Gum Paste Flower Cutter Set. Optional but recommended. You could use an Exacto knife to cut out the shapes by hand instead. I suggest you get the Wilton cutters though, because I have decided to use it for several upcoming polymer clay flower tutorials in the New Year. The set is meant for creating fondant or gum paste flowers for cake decorating. I found my set at Michaels in the Baking aisle. You can also find them on Amazon.
  • Wilton Flower Impression Set. Optional but recommended. You could use a real leaf or leaf texture sheet that you have made yourself instead. You should know that this set is coordinated to work with the Flower Cutter Set above and will also be used in future tutorials, so you may want to put these two tool sets on your Christmas list *wink*. The set can be found at Michaels or on Amazon as well.
  • Pasta Machine.
  • Clay Blade.
  • Small art brush (optional).
  • Chalk Pastels (optional but recommended. Could use make-up Blush instead).
  • Pearl-Ex Powders (optional).
  • 20g wire.
  • Chain Nose Pliers (jewelry grade).
  • Round Nose Pliers (jewelry grade).
  • Flush Cutters (jewelry grade).

By the way, if you did not already know, those “shopping” links I provided above for the various tools and supplies, are “affiliate” links. That means companies like Amazon pay me a small commission if you click on the links and end up making a purchase at their site. It’s not a lot, but every bit helps in keeping the cost of my tutorials so low… at only $3.32 per month ;-)

The full version of the Vol-044-2 Dogwood Flower Pendants video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday January 13, 2012.

Here’s a sneak peak…

The full version of the “Dogwood Flowers” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-044 Back Issue Pkg.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Thanks for always being here when I need my fix. Looking forward to another year of fun and exciting videos. Keep ’em coming please. Just put in for another year. Well worth it. I have made the money back ten times over selling the items I make that I learned from Cindy at craft shows . Did not hesitate to sign up for another year. Good job guys!!!! Yeah Cindy and Doug! So thankful for you both! Have a happy klay day! ~Sherry-W

Volume 20 holds fond memories for me… my first videos as a member! Now, over a year later: I’m still a member and SO happy I joined!) ~Phaedrakat

Cindy I love your online videos and look forward to them every week. There is no way that I wouldn’t renew my membership. Look forward to future postings and new ideas. Apart from more caning advice which will be covered in upcoming courses, (that I would definitely buy) I would love to learn how to make more flowers in the future. I love the flower jewellery of the 40’s and 50’s, especially the vintage Japan and West Germany beads and necklaces. I think if you know basic technique then you can experiment and perfect a certain style. I am definitely learning techniques from you and am successful at the new things that I am learning. That is a testament to a very good teacher. So thanks again – all the best. ~Cara-L

The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Dogwood Flower Pendants video tutorial:

  • See examples of pendants done in two different dogwood flower color combinations.
  • Find out how simple it is to create these realistic looking flower pendants, by just following along to the step by step instructional video.
  • Learn the reasons why you may just want to look in the baking aisle next time you’re looking for polymer clay tools and supplies.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with other unique designs of your own.

The full version of the “Dogwood Flowers” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-044 Back Issue Pkg.

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  1. Jocelyn, 12 January, 2012

    Looks like another fun tut, ordered the set.

    Cruised on eBay.com tonite, looks like all those who less than thrillingly received Atlas Pasta Machines for the holidays are selling them now. Tremendous variety and a couple of motors.
    Good luck.

  2. Rebecca Chisenhall, 12 January, 2012

    Wow, what gorgeous dogwood blossoms! I received a Michaels gift card for Christmas, so together with my handy-dandy 50% off coupon, got the gum paste cutter set and the impressions set, so I am ready to go!!!!

  3. Sarahwww, 12 January, 2012

    Hmmmm, I’m thinking a stop at Michaels may be in the cards….

  4. Kelli N, 12 January, 2012

    I was so excited to see Cindy doing tutorials with the Wilton Gum Paste set, I had my husband at Walmart looking all over for this set for me for Christmas.. YES they do carry it at some Walmarts.. It was a bit ironic since I had printed it out on my Michaels wish list the day before Cindy posted the Poinsettia tute. I too was not a flowery person but as I sit at my computer this morning I have seven sculpted Roses in front of me.. I cant wait to make the dogwood flowers.

    I do believe that alot of Clay Artists think alike… I wonder what I will think of next, just to see Cindy doing a tute the next day on that very same idea…. It must be true great minds think alike…I am so glad we have Cindy because I might be able to think of a great idea, but Cindy actually makes her great ideas come to life..Thanks Cindy you are the best….

  5. pollyanna, 12 January, 2012

    Got the cutters and my molds are on the way. Yippppeeee!!! Love this dogwood blossom by the way.

  6. Jeanne C., 12 January, 2012

    Very pretty flowers. Would look nice as a pin or scarf slide. I’m looking forward to the tutorial.

  7. Ken Hamilton, 12 January, 2012

    Oh WOW, they really do look real, these are the cornus florida variety of dogwood as compared to the dogwood you did a while back that is your state/territory (not sure how you call them) flower. I’ve REALLY got to get to Michaels now.

  8. Cherie, 12 January, 2012

    The flowers are just gorgeous! They look so real. I got myself a Wilton cutter set and can’t wait to get started claying. Just so many things happening I’ve not had the chance to get into it.

  9. Laurette M, 13 January, 2012

    Super tutorial Cindy the dogwood flowers!!! I cannot seem to find the mold and impression articles here in France :( do you know where I can get them? Thank you

  10. Dia H, 13 January, 2012

    Hi Cindy,

    Those are Lovely Flower!!!
    Definitely, I am going to make this flower. I am thinking to make hair accessories . So I will attached the Dog Flower to the metal base hair pin. Would you recommend the best glue that working with metal??

    Thank you.

    Dia

  11. Peggy, 13 January, 2012

    Wow I was sick and missed the poinsettia tute in December but I am finally over my 2nd round of shingles and so ready to sink my hands into some clay. If the weather cooperates I will have a 4 day weekend with my 2 youngest grandkids and they will be more than happy to play with the clay with me. Goosebumps just thinking about it. I haven’t had Christmas with my youngest daughter and her family yet because I have been so sick so this is going to be a wonderful weekend. I have a big tub full of Wilton I use with my clay and now I can buy 2 more items and they are needed and will be used. Hobby Lobby carries a huge line of Wilton and offer classes also. Fondant tools are great with clay. They run Wilton items on sale 50% off at times so you can buy as many items as you want. I will try to post next time they have the Wilton on sale. The also have several sizes of cookie cutters that make wonderful pendants with a little imagination. Cindy I love this tute and can’t wait for each and every one you do using the Wilton sets. What a BLAST I am going to have. Thank you both once again for giving way more than you ever ask for in return. Many Uuuuuugggggs

  12. Patricia L, 13 January, 2012

    Hi Cindy,
    Going to try the dogwood flower this weekend. What a nice Mother’s Day gift that will make!

    Could you please tell me where you got the wire necklace you had your dogwood flower on.
    Thank you,
    Pat

  13. pollyanna, 13 January, 2012

    Oh gosh!!! You made this much easier than the book……lol. Hopefully I can get to it tomorrow. Have my non crafty gs tonight……lol. These are so pretty.

  14. Francine C, 13 January, 2012

    Boohoohoo.
    Impossible to find a way to have the wilton stuff shipped to France.
    Would you know any website through which I could order the set and impression mat ?
    Thank you
    Francine

  15. Elizabeth S., 13 January, 2012

    These are just stunning. I can’t believe how real they look. I haven’t had a chance to purchase the set yet but it is now a priority to be sure.

    I

  16. Isabel, 13 January, 2012

    hi
    i really like these, but when i looked online at the wilton floral collection set, the contain:

    1 leaf mold, 3 wood modeling tools, protector flap, instruction book, 2 foam squares for modeling and 24 plastic cutters – Wild Rose, Baby’s Breath, Forget-Me-Not, Apple Blossom, Pansy, Small and Large Daisies, Calyx, Orchid Throat, Stephanotis, Small and Large Carnations, Rose Petals (three sizes), Daffodil Petal, Daffodil Cup, Lily, Tulip Petal, Small and Large Rose Leaves, Holly Leaves, Ivy Leaf, Tulip Leaf.

    but no dogwood!

    i’m in canada. any idea where i can buy the set you have?

    thanks.

  17. Isabel, 13 January, 2012

    oops….should have read all the posts! i see that the set is available at michael’s. i’ll get out my 40% off coupon and head out as soon as this snow stops!

  18. LauraZ, 13 January, 2012

    I haven’t purchased the sets, but I love these flowers! I will have to invest soon. Life has me so busy I haven’t had time to play with my clay, but I always look forward to and find time to watch your videos, Cindy.

  19. Shelley T, 14 January, 2012

    Nice job Cindy! Just ordered the Wilton sets and am excited to try these dogwoods as well as the poinsettas!

  20. Sandra J, 14 January, 2012

    I’m on holiday at the moment at the beach, so when a wet day comes along i will be giving these a go. they are so cool!
    Sandra

  21. Dixie Ann Scott, 15 January, 2012

    Love the dogwood choker on a wire. I am going to try and make my own wire choker. It can’t be that hard if you just measure your neck and then find a coffee can or something round you can wrap the wire around. A little hammering should harden the wire and keep it in shape. I don’t remember see a tute on making wire chokers. I do have a couple of great tips I discovered by accident. When using a medium that has to be cleaned with a solvent such as paint thinner from my brush I first poured a couple of tablespoons of 91% alcohol in a little condiment glass dish, cleaned and wiped with a paper towel first. Then I cleaned the brush with the paint thinner I keep in a little glass jar. To dispose of the alcohol I spoon kitty litter in the little dish and mix it around until it is all absorbed. This way I can dispose of it
    right in the garbage can! Also found out that Lava bar soap is the best paint brush cleaner. After cleaning it in alcohol and paint thinner, I keep a bar right on my sink in the laundry room and the brushes are just like new when cleaned. I also use Lava to clean up any brushes that can be cleaned with water. Since Lava has pumice in it, it also does a great job of cleaning up dirty hands that have been working in a lot of clay. The only place I found it was at my local hardware store.

  22. Lesley Symons, 19 January, 2012

    Oh nooooo! Had never heard of Viking Knit, been googling it …. it looks great, must try it. Something else to obsess about, even less housework done …. who cares? :-)

  23. Barb L, 24 January, 2012

    Housework, what’s that? I’d never heard of Viking Knit before, either, one more thing to add to the bucket list.

    A poster above mentioned that the Wilton link took her to a product that does not have the dogwood cutter and I have the same issue. Amazon does have a dogwood cutter, but I”m not sure if it would match up with texture plate.

  24. Barb L, 24 January, 2012

    I overlooked the little red cutter at the top and focused on the 5-petal teal cutter at the right bottom, I think that was my mistake! Thanks all, love this site for all the help I find here.

  25. Michelle L, 29 January, 2012

    I ended up making 15 dogwood blossoms today – white, pink, yellow, brown, and copper! What fun, what fun . With the copper flower I added copper links that I made myself.

  26. Johnnie C, 22 March, 2012

    Oh my goodness, Cindy. I LOVE your videos. I just became a member, and my only complaint is that I didn’t do it when I first started working with clay. You are amazing. I can’t wait to try these flowers. Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  27. Louise S, 24 March, 2012

    I’m upset to see that Wilton took out 4 of the cutters, including the Hydrangea cutter from this set. I thought the set I got was just missing those 4 pieces, but when I compare them to what Cindy shows in the video it makes me think they were taken out by Wilton. What’s confusing though is Cindy’s box you can see says 26 piece set yet her set has 30 pieces and my set really does have 26. There is not even a picture of the 4 missing items on the box. I’m curious to see if Cindy’s box shows those 4 missing cutters. Where can I find the same set as Cindy’s?

  28. Kati D, 25 March, 2012

    Hi Cindy, I really enjoy making 3-D flowers- I have recently purchased the Wilton cutter kit, the silicon impression pad and the chalk
    I have a question about using the chalk on the clay- once baked, do you need to protect it with anything? Will the chalk disappear with time if you don’t finish it with anything?
    What would be the finish of choice for these pieces?

    I usually like a shiny finish to my pieces and use future a lot but in this instance, it looks rather nice just raw- out of the oven.

    Thank you, Kati

  29. Patricia Rasmuson, 05 April, 2012

    Hi Cindy, I made a few of the dogwood pendants and they look great. But they are somewhat bendable, should they be? I have the Amaco pasta machine and it goes from 1-9 and I rolled the pendants out at a 5, should have I rolled them out at a 6 so they wouldn’t be bendable? Thanks!

  30. Cindy Lietz, 06 April, 2012

    Hi Patricia, although polymer does have some flexibility to it after being baked, I have one of my dogwood pendants in my hands right now, and I wouldn’t really describe it as bendy. Did you bake the piece for a full hour? Also how many cards thick is the #4 setting on your machine? It could be that you may want to go a little thicker. It is not too critical though, as long as the piece isn’t’ going to break easily. Why don’t you try making a few different ones at a thicker setting and a longer baking time and see if that makes a difference? Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

  31. Hazel Hampshire, 22 April, 2012

    I made 3 of the dogwood flower pendants they all turned out fine, with the exception of one, which when handled very lightly, one of the petals snapped/cracked off. Any ideas?

  32. Katie C, 11 August, 2014

    I finally got around to making some of these the past couple of days in white and pink varieties. They are still waiting to be colored, but I want to get my hands on some Preserve Your Memories II first to use with this and other techniques. Turns out there’s a local-enough retailer (about an hour) and I can hit the yarn store while I’m there. Win-win!

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