Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights | Polymer Tutorial Vol-084

Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay Tutor6 Videos #655 to #660: LED light strings decorated with translucent polymer clay flowers… adding some delights to your life.

Ever since this Fall, it seemed like every time I went into my local Michaels Craft Store, there were strings of mini LED Lights calling out to me. They were on display as Christmas decorations, in the Scrapbooking section (for making paper covered Marquee lights), with the floral supplies and even in the Wedding isle. So I started picking up different sets of these cute little lights, to see what I could come up with.

To me, they screamed flower fairy lights… flowers made of polymer clay of course!

So I got to thinking about what type of flower would look great on a string of lights… something we hadn’t made yet… something that would look lovely dangling… and something that could also be made into beads, should someone prefer to make jewelry out of them. In the end I went with Fuchsias… they are perfect for this type of project!

It took some figuring out to not only create this delicate and complex flower, but to also add them to a string of lights in a durable manner that looked natural… and so darn pretty that you’d want to hang these lights everywhere.

They look great hanging from the fireplace mantle… over a doorway… on a curtain rod… in your cubicle at work… decorating the bathroom mirror… or even draped around your computer monitor. Anywhere you need a little light and delight in your life!

So I truly hope you enjoy this pretty Spring/Summer project as your next Polymer Clay Tutorial!

Posted just below is a Sneak Peak and overview of my Polymer Clay Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights Tutorial. The rest of the 6 part video series will be posted tomorrow (Friday, May 1, 2015) in Vol-084 at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library.

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Vol-084-1: Video #655: Introduction: In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to mix your own custom polymer clay colors, cut and shape the most delicate and realistic fuchsias, torch your own flame dipped rosy headpins and string them all together on a strand of LED Fairy Lights to create a super pretty decor accent for your home or office space. You’ll also be able to create stunning fuchsia beads that can be used in jewelry projects such as earrings and pendants. There is a ton of great info in this tutorial that you are just going to love!

Pt 2 Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay TutorVol-084-2: Video #656:
Recipes And Supplies:

In this video, you will learn about the supplies and tools needed to create this fun project. You’ll find out just what kind of lights to purchase, the type of forms and tools required to create the flowers… and even the color recipes for creating your realistic looking fuchsia flowers. There is a lot of info packed into this video.

Pt 3 Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay TutorVol-084-3: Video #657:
Making The Flowers:

Although these delicate polymer clay fuchsia flowers are not difficult to make, others will be amazed when they see what you have created! In this video you’ll master the process of making the frilly layers of these fuchsia flowers. And you will also learn how to make them look natural and beautiful… just like the real thing. Once you start making these pretty little flowers, you’re not going to want to stop!

Pt 4 Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay TutorVol-084-4: Video #658:
Baking The Flowers:

Now in this video, you will learn my secret tip for pre-curing the flowers so they can bake to a durable finish in the exact form that you intended. Get this wrong, and you could end up with misshapen, brittle and/or broken petals that will leave you sad and disappointed. But if you do it my way, you’ll have the perfect shaped fuchsia blossoms that will look like they were freshly picked from the garden. And they’ll be tough and durable too!

Pt 5 Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay TutorVol-084-5: Video #659:
Flame Dipped Headpins:

In this video, you will learn how to set up a safe metal torching station so that you can make your own, artisan torched copper head pins. You’ll learn about the important step in the process that creates that red rosy color which looks so nice on the tips of the headpins. And I’ll show you how to prevent your head pins from looking lopsided. Although caution and safety is required for this step, I think you will be surprised just how easy it is to make your own flame dipped head pins. Making your own custom head pins on demand, is definitely a good skill set to have in your tool box.

Pt 6 Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights - Polymer Clay TutorVol-084-6: Video #660:
Attach Flowers To Lights:

In this final video of this exciting series, you will learn my simple ideas for wiring your gorgeous fuchsia flowers to the string of lights, in a way that would delight any fairy. The technique works great… looks great, is simple to do… and can be ‘undone’ should you want to change or add different flowers to your string of twinkle lights. I’ll also explain how you can adapt these ideas to create jewelry items as well. This jam packed tutorial will light up your senses and is sure to delight. Do enjoy!

Other Suggested Supplies:

  • Foil pan partially filled with cornstarch, with a foil lid.
  • Small dowels or skewers.
  • Masking tape or floral tape in the same color as the light strand.

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The full video series for the Fuchsia Flower Fairy Lights Tutorial described above, is available in Vol-084 at the Polymer Clay Library.

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  1. Sandra D, 30 April, 2015

    They are Beautiful!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 01 May, 2015

    Thank you Sandra!

  3. elaine faulks, 01 May, 2015

    Fabulous, fantastic, Fuchsias looking just like a fairy ballerina. Love this tute Cindy and for once I have all the supplies including my LED lights, to start making them straight away.

    Fuchsias are one of my favourite flowers and come in such beautiful two tone colours. So will get conditioning my clay right now………cheers…xx……….

  4. Cindy Lietz, 01 May, 2015

    That is great news Elaine! Let us know how yours turn out!

  5. elaine faulks, 06 May, 2015

    Wow Cindy,
    I know how sore your fingers must feel. The strand of led faiy lights I unearthed from my box of Christms decs has 35 little lights, so glad you showed how they look strung on every OTHER one. It’s taken me two days to make the flowers (with lots of rests in between).

    Now got to don my safety gear to torch 85 copper flamed torched head pins. Hope my can of Butane will last out ha ha.

    When I have finished them they will adorn my stall in the marquee at Abridge Village Craft and Antiques fair. A two day event on the 6th and 7th June. Back when you showed us the parrot tulip cane I fell inlove with this cane and made the earrings. So think that idea of using these pretty flowers on fairy lights will look very special. Just hope my local store has fairy lights in their sale isle.( Think I will stick some fun foam on the handle of my ball tool and see if that helps)….cheers..xx

  6. Jocelyn C, 01 May, 2015

    Unreal. Such a great idea!!!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 01 May, 2015

    Thanks Jocelyn! Glad that you love the idea!

  8. Jocelyn C, 01 May, 2015

    I did and do. How cool is this? Morning glories. Or your Sweet Peas, climbing a trellis….. Need lots of pymii, lol.

  9. Rosalyn Hopkins, 01 May, 2015

    Dear Cindy
    Thank you soooo much for your wonderful videos!!! You are amazing. They are so easy to follow. I especially loved this one, because I have always wanted to know how to do the torch work. it is surprisingly easy to do. Thanks to you. :) I am one HAPPY GIRL.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 01 May, 2015

    Nice to hear from you Rosalyn! I am happy right along with you. Enjoy your new found skills!

  11. Doreen Neilley, 01 May, 2015

    Very cool idea! I am not a Fuchsia fan, but I am probably going to try this with some other flowers. I think a Plumeria strand or jasmine on tiny tiny lights would be neat. Or fantasy flowers on tiny lights set around the rim of a tea cup planter with a faery world that includes a faery door …

    So many ideas, not nearly enough clay, and even LESS TIME!! ARRGGHH! :)

  12. Patt W, 01 May, 2015

    Another Super Duper tute! My Dad used to grow Fuchsias They are so dainty. I do want to add other flowers too………Now to find the time to play………….Thank you so much for all your talent, time, and energy ! So glad I belong to your family………..

  13. Dixie Ann, 01 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy and Doug, This is one of the neatest tutorials and I just squealed with delight when I saw what you were using the LEDS for. Oh the possibilities! I made a whole bouquet of Fushia flowers last year but never would have thought to add these tiny little lights. Excited all over again now to make more of these flowers and several more now that will be so pretty strung in different areas of my studio! Time to run to Michaels!

  14. Marion Rayner, 02 May, 2015

    Thank you so much Cindy and Doug, what a fabulous tutorial! And a special thank you for showing us how to make the ‘stamens’, I’ve always been nervous of wire work with a torch, but I’m ready now to give this a go!
    Marion

  15. Tammy O, 02 May, 2015

    I love the Fuchsia lights! You are so creative!

  16. Lesley Symons, 05 May, 2015

    I can only say WOW!!! I’ve been pondering a similar project for a while now …. so I’m super excited about this tutorial. Thank you so much, Cindy and Doug, as always!

    And for anyone thinking about signing up ….. really, it’s a no-brainer! :-)

  17. Nanette B, 06 May, 2015

    Hello Cindy,

    I just wanted to say that I love how your videos are quick and to the point – both the beginner course lessons and the monthly video tutorials. You can get through them very quickly and start practicing the techniques.

    Thank you
    Nanette

  18. Cindy Lietz, 11 May, 2015

    Thank you all for such sweet comment!! After all these years I am so happy that I can bring you ideas that still delight you. I would love to see pictures of your fairy lights and any other spin off ideas you come up with. Hope you all are having a wonderful Spring!!

  19. Maria C, 12 May, 2015

    Oh this is so exciting, Cindy! Thank you.

    My question is this: I noticed that some of the flame dipped headpins had blackened stems. Can this “soot” be sanded off or is it permanently part of the wire now?

    Maria

  20. Cindy Lietz, 12 May, 2015

    Hi Maria, personally I like the black on there but if you want to remove it, you can pickle your headpins either in Jeweler’s pickling solution or homemade pickle, which is just white vinegar with a ton of salt in it. After pickling, rice in water that has baking soda in it to neutralize it. Then clear water. That’s it! It is easier than sanding of and doesn’t scratch he metal.

  21. Maria, 12 May, 2015

    Ah! So that’s what pickling is used for. Thank you!

  22. Doreen Neilley, 19 May, 2015

    Thank you Cindy! And Maria, because I was also wondering about the blackened ends on the torch dipped headpins. I was wondering if I was holding the wire in the wrong part of the flame. I like the black for some projects but want the clear bright copper for some others.

    Cindy, you say “a ton of salt” in the white vinegar. How much are we talking here? A couple of tablespoons in a half cup? More? Keep stirring in salt until no more will dissolve?

    How long do you leave the wires in the pickle? A few minutes? A few days? And will it affect the lovely rosy colour of the balled end?

    I made a pair of bead cone earrings out of Mokume Gane made of Premo 18k Gold, Bronze, and Copper, with copper wire torch-dipped stamens and wrapped the way you showed us, Cindy. Then I added copper ear wires from another of your tutorials. They aren’t very good (I made the clay at the top of the cone too thin and one broke up when I put the wires through – glued it back together with Weld Bond, but I know the break is there), but I was so chuffed with myself for putting all of those tutorials together! :)

  23. Cindy Lietz, 20 May, 2015

    Hi Doreen, that is so cool about you putting those different techniques together into your own project. It doesn’t matter that it didn’t turn out very good… you figured out a process of putting things together in a way that worked… even if only partially.

    Now make another one. And you’ll see it will turn out way better.The things you learned from the first go around will help you with the next version. Then keep going until you have a version you are really proud of. That’s how an inventor ends up with something great!

    As far as the pickling questions… I am talking super saturated salty vinegar… like 1 cup vinegar and a 1/4 cup salt… something like that. It is not that critical the exact amounts… but it does need to be super salty.

    Think minutes not days for soaking in the pickle… but there again you’ll need to play it by ear. Also it can change the rosy tips to a kind of peachy copper color… so if that rose color is important to you, you will have to not pickle and figure out a different way to remove the black. Honestly, I love the blacker ends with the rosy tips… gives a lovely color variation with each head pin. But everyone has there own taste and look that they are trying to achieve.

  24. Gwen B, 12 June, 2015

    I didn’t have a propane torch to make the state’s for the fuchsia, I had a butane. It does work but a bit of light washing/ rubbing is needed to get rid of the fire scale. Just thought I would share.

  25. Nicole Newman, 16 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy,

    I am going to make a pendant and some earings for my daughter and mother.The Fushia flower is special to us, it is our go to flower plant for mothers day and birthdays. I need to get some foam, the kind you use in the video to shape the flower petals. I don’t know what it’s called, I think you called it fun foam? When I type foam or fun foam into Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or Joannes nothing comes up, Thank you for your help.

    Hugs, Nicole

  26. Krithika P, 19 May, 2015

    I think that’s fondant shaping foam. It’s available in Michaels and Joann in the baking section.

  27. Cindy Lietz, 20 May, 2015

    Hi Nicole, that is wonderful to hear that the fuchsias will be such a perfect flower for you to make for the ladies in your family! Fun Foam is also called Craft Foam… and probably a few other things as well. If you type “fun foam” into Google you will find it easily. They have a huge selection of the stuff in varying thicknesses in the kids section at my Michaels store. You can probably find it at places like Walmart too. It is widely available.

  28. Brenda Smith, 19 May, 2015

    When adding flowers or other decorations to a pendant how do you get them to “stick”? Do they just meld when baked or do you glue them?

  29. Jocelyn C, 19 May, 2015

    Hi Brenda!

    Thankfully, poly clay sticks to itself, but, when you are adding design elements that will spring off the base pendent (sp?) I’d go the extra mile and use the addition of some type of glue and cross hatch the base pendant and the base of the flower before applying.

    My favorite for durability and it’s ability to hold additions at angles so it doesn’t move during the baking process is Donna Kato’s Polymer Paste glue. Never had it react other that rock solid.

    Or, you could use a variety of other glues which hold during baking. Or you could bake the flowers and pendent separately and glue them at the end using something like an instant glue or E6000.

    If you pop “glue” or “attaching polymer clay to clay” or similar phrases in the search box on the Home screen, you will get a huge variety of blogs, videos, and comments where all the glues are discussed and profiled.

    It sounds like a lovely piece, please share of picture of it when you are done.

    All best.

  30. Helena B, 20 May, 2015

    YES!!!! (punching the air) You made it!!!!! You made the fuchsia flowers!!!! I can’t say how happy I am! I wanted to know how to build this flower for years and I was always on the lookout for tutorials just in case somebody did it already. It is even better that you were the person who made it! Loooooove it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

  31. Nancy B, 25 May, 2015

    Hi Cindy, I have now watched several of your excellent videos and wanted to I thank you for speaking directly to me in your videos, at least that’s the way you make me feel.

  32. Krithika P, 18 June, 2015

    Ok I admit I’ve been too lazy to finish this full project (though I did buy two string of lights from Michaels) but I followed the technique to make headpins and it’s so FUN! Within minutes I had about twenty lovely rosy headpins. I tried with Argentium silver and it was even easier and so pretty! I now have several rosy headpins staring at me and willing me to go make some fushias!

  33. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2015

    That is so great Kritika! Yes the Argentium Silver is easier to ball up into head pins and they are so darn beautiful to boot! More expensive but very pretty. They make perfect ear wires as well!

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