Making a Miniature Enchanted Rose – Stem Construction

Beauty and the Beast Miniature Enchanted Rose Stem Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #753: See how I plan through the process of going miniature… in this StudioCam sampler (Beauty & the Beast) video clip.

Designing the stem for my teeny tiny miniature enchanted rose, was just one step in the process of what it took to make this mini polymer clay rose… encased in a bell jar.

Working in miniature means that you need to scale things down (way down)… in order for it to look realistic. A rose petal is paper thin in full size, which means it needs to be even thinner than that, when it’s in miniature.

See how I think through how to make this tiny enchanted rose… in this behind-the-scenes StudioCam sampler clip.

I’m excited about the new live action Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast coming out in early 2017! Are you?

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  1. Jamie Robert Swimm, 27 February, 2017

    Hello Cindy,

    I’ve been making polymer clay figures for a little while now. They usually don’t go over about 3′ high. I use Sculpey III. I can’t seem to stop very fine hairline cracks from forming after it’s baked. I have a oven thermometer which keeps the right temp and I cover it with a tin foil tent. I let them bake for about an hour. Do you have any guess why the cracks form? Am I baking too long? Thanks!

    Best,

    Jamie

  2. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2017

    Hi Jamie, the cracks are most likely because of the brand of clay you’re using. Sculpey III is a pretty low quality clay and is known to be quite brittle. You need to switch to a stronger clay, like Premo, Fimo Classic or Professional, Kato Polyclay, or Cernit. Also if your pieces are thick you may want to bake in stages, to be sure your clay is properly cured all the way to the inside. If the out layer cures before the inner layer, the steam from the inside will crack the outside. If anything you also will need to bake longer… not shorter. Make sure that you do a search on baking, on this blog and you will find more answers to your situation. Good luck!

  3. Jamie Robert Swimm, 28 February, 2017

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I may try Premo next.

    Jamie

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