Vid #110: You’ll Be Selling Your Own Clay Roses On Etsy in No Time!
Learning how to blend and shift colors is an important part of being able to make polymer clay roses that look realistic. This week in the members library, I am going to demonstrate a unique process for creating beautiful sculpted roses with natural variegated patterns.
I’ve received many compliments about my clay rose designs… figured it is time for all of you to learn how to make them as well.
Cindy, your rose is stunning! If I ever get that good, you can bet I’ll be selling PC roses on Etsy — and I will give you credit for inspiration and tutoring! It’s always good to have something to aspire to! I’ve sure learned a ton of great stuff from your site. Now that I’m signed up, I’m sure I’ll learn even more. ~Sue
Hi Cindy… Your Rose is just perfect… I love making roses but they are not as nice as yours… and one big problem I run into is burning them… of course they are supper thin petals most of the time thinner then pasta machine setting #6… can you help me with the baking time please? How long should they be baked? My biggest worry is if they are not baked at the right temp or right time they can crack? Please help me… Thanks :) ~Tannumoni
Well Sue, Tannumoni and everyone else… you are in for a treat! The first episode of the two part sculpted rose mini-series, will be available in the members library on Friday June 12, 2009 (Vol-013-2). It will cover the process of making the variegated rose petal cane.
Part 2 will be posted next week on June 19th, 2009 (Vol-013-3). It will show you how to use the variegated rose petal cane to create your sculpted rose beads… as well as how to bake, sand and finish them.
What I love about this particular style of polymer clay bead is all the possibilities it possesses. Made small they work great as a dainty feminine accent bead. Perfect for little girls jewelry or mixed in with other types of beads.
Created large, these rose beads make fabulous rose pendants, brooches and pins.
Sculpted rose flower beads are also perfect for making custom handmade wedding jewelry. You can custom design them to match the roses in the Bride’s bouquet. And they make wonderful keepsake gifts for the Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, Mother of the Bride or Groom, and for the Flower Girls!
If you want to see a preview video clip of the Part 1 segment, click here, or just scroll down a bit to the video player below.
Information about how to get signed up at the members library, is posted further down on the page (under the video player). I hope you can join me and the many other students who have already enrolled.
Here’s That “Link Below” Referred To at End of the Video
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The full version of the “Rose Bead” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-013 Back Issue Package.
- Achieving different variegation effects by using different combinations of translucent, pearls and colors.
- How to mix the clay for 2 different styles of sculpted rose beads — Ones that look more like real flowers vs the ones that have a porcelain appearance like what you might see decorating fine china pieces.
- Teardrop color blend technique specifically for this type of rose petal cane.
- Modified Skinner Blend Plug that allows you to control how the colors end up getting layered in your rose petal cane design.
Topics covered in Part 2 (Volume 013-3) of this two part mini-series include:
- Using the rose petal cane created in Part 1 to make your rose petals.
- Combining the petals to form an initial rose bud and then the full rose bead.
- Methods for reducing fingerprints that will the finishing process much easier after the rose beads are baked.
- How to bake your sculpted beads so they keep their delicate shape and colors, without burning.
- Techniques for sanding and finishing the delicate petals to a wonderful feel and luster.