Vid #96: A Pretty Polymer Clay Bead for Your Spring Making Jewelry Projects:
For those of you who have been asking for a demonstration of how to make my dainty little trumpet flower beads… you’re in luck! The full tutorial video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Tutor Library later this week!
In this polymer clay tutorial video, I will show you how you can take a slice form any round polymer clay cane, and create these delicate ruffled flower beads.
If you have followed this blog for awhile, you will know that I absolutely love to make flower beads. There is something so freeing about the way the clay ripples and folds. Even old polymer canes or ones with distorted ends can be used with this flower bead making technique to produce beautiful results.
The bead shown in the photo above is referred to as a Trumpet Flower Bead because of its long neck shaped like the horn of a bugle or trumpet instrument. It lends itself wonderfully to dangling earring designs, beaded pendants and fresh looking flower charms.
If you are interested in learning how to make this trumpet flower bead the full tutorial video will be available in the members library later this week [See Video 009-4].
But you can watch a preview clip right now if you like, by scrolling down on this page a bit. Or just click here to go straight to the preview video player.
More information about my Polymer Clay Tutor Library is posted right below the preview video.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Flower Bead” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-009 Back Issue Package.
In the “Trumpet Flower Bead” video I walk you step by step through the process of using an artist’s brush, a cane slice and some cornstarch to create stunning, sculptural flower beads for your next jewelry bead project. Specific topics covered in the video include:
- Why cutting the cane the right thickness is important.
- How to get your flower beads to look as much like real flowers as possible.
- Tips for tapering the clay at the edge of the cane slice properly.
- Tricks for avoiding fingerprints and why fingerprints are particularly important to avoid with this bead shape.
- How to keep the petals from deforming during the baking process… using corn starch.
- Making sure that the color of your beads don’t fade in heat and exposure of your polymer clay or toaster oven.
- What to do with canes that have translucent backgrounds in order to get wonderful dimensional petals.