Daisy Flowers for Spring | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Polymer Daisies - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #256: “Apart from more caning advice, I would love to learn how to make more flowers in the future.” ~Cara-L

Spring is in the air… so this weeks video lesson will show you all how to make some fabulous Daisy Flower pendants and embellishments… made with polymer clay of course.

As is the case with most of my tutorials, you can choose your own colors, sizes and styles. Feel free to come up with your own designs that can be used in all kinds of jewelry and crafting situations. Change the colors from white and yellow, to pink and brown… and you’ll have a Gerbera Daisy.  Double up the petals and change the colors to yellow and brown… and you have Sunflowers or Black-Eyed Susan’s. As you can see, there are tons of options for these neat looking flowers.

For inspiration, I’ve included this YouTube video that shows many varieties of live daisy flowers. Enjoy…

Coming up tomorrow (Friday, May 18, 2012) in the Vol-048-3 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I’ll be showing a fun and easy way to create your own Polymer Daisies, no matter what color you decide to use.



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Supplies & Tools: Video-048-3 Polymer Daisies:

  • Polymer Clay I used

5001 White Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
5527 White Translucent Premo Sculpey Accents Polymer Clay
– 5572 Cadmium Yellow Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

Pearl-Ex Powders
Alcohol Inks
Gilder’s Paste
– Playing Cards

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Here’s a sneak peak of this week’s tutorial…

The full version of the “Polymer Daisies” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-048 Back Issue Package.

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What I love the most about your tutorials happened today again as I watched…. you make difficult things simple and easy to understand. You always show and explain what to do and you make me feel like I can accomplish any of the wonderful techniques that I see elsewhere and only wish I could. You make our projects look great. That is the mark of a truly great teacher, your students learn and create marvelous creations that we can be proud of and others who don’t know how are amazed that we could do that “with a little lump or two of clay”! So again, Cindy, thanks for all your great efforts and sharing ability. My mind is already a jumble of I could use this technique for…. this… and this … and that too! Time, can you find more time for me in your Mary Poppins bag of wonderous things? ~Karonkay-C

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

  • See examples of components, beads and jewelry projects in a variety of colors, sizes and styles of Daisy Type Flowers.
    Find out how simple it is to create this gorgeous component shape, by just following along to the step by step instructional video.
  • Learn the reasons why you may just want to take a trip down the baking aisle of your local craft store for these awesome tools.
  • 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 “Polymer Daisies” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-048 Back Issue Package.

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  1. Monique U, 17 May, 2012

    Can there be a more universally loved flower than the humble daisy? So reminiscent of childhood innocence and the freedom of a lazy summer day … I can’t wait to start creating some with Cindy’s guidance!

  2. pollyanna, 17 May, 2012

    Love daisies. Such a humble flower with so much potential.

  3. Dixie Ann, 17 May, 2012

    Loved the video, thanks Cindy for the beautiful scenes of such a simple flower but yet so beautiful,

  4. Jocelyn C, 17 May, 2012

    Due to being asked to take a transfer to New York City with my new husband, a small wedding was arranged at work within four weeks. Whew.

    Thanks to the mother of an employee who owned a floral shop, daisies became the only flower of choice and mixed with a little greenery, it was a gorgeous display.

    Just googled daisies and black eyed susans and looked at tons of images. With just a few little changes, Cindy’s tute for daisies can also become one for black eyed susans. My Mom collected seeds and spread them around every pathway, border area, stone wall. After a few years, come July, the property was surrounded by them in bloom.

    Cannot wait for tomorrow to see how they are made.

  5. Cherie, 17 May, 2012

    Our youngest daughter Steph’s favorite flower! She loves it for it’s simplicity. So pure and beautiful! Can’t wait for tomorrow; already have ideas running around in my head!

  6. Elaine Faulks, 17 May, 2012

    We have had so much rain over the last month here in the UK that nobody has been cutting their grass. Now it looks so pretty sprinkled with hundreds of daises. But I expect on the first sunny weekend the mowers will relentlessly mow them down.Boo-Hoo.

    So it will be great to make some of my own using Cindy’s latest flower tute. Loved the hair slide Cindy pretty enough for a young bridesmaid and three fixed to an alice band would just suit a teenager. Also the small ones would make great earrings. I think I had better order some more clay…………….cheers xx……….

  7. Laura Reed, 17 May, 2012

    Cannot wait! I have been waiting or this one….love, love, love daisies ;)

  8. Lesley Symons, 18 May, 2012

    Beautiful! And I think larger ones would look totally fabulous added to a pair of plain flipflops! Thanks Cindy!!

  9. Dixie Ann, 20 May, 2012

    Lesley, love the idea of daisies on flip flops. That’s all I wear from April till Oct. How would you attached them?

  10. Monique U, 21 May, 2012

    Lesley and Dixie Ann: Saw this and thought of you guys. This artist adds buttons to her flip flops; perhaps our little daisies could be adapted?


  11. Dixie Ann, 21 May, 2012

    Those are so cute! I could probably leave a bead hole or channel for the waxed cord on the back of the daisy instead of inserting a wire hanger maybe? Thanks for sharing girlfriend.

  12. Elaine Faulks, 22 May, 2012

    Hi Dixie,
    if you go back to the kiddies section you can pick up
    that plastic “string” that the girls use to make their friendship bracelets or weave the knotted dangles they have hanging from keyring, Not sure what it’s called but it comes in loads of pretty colours in a packet.
    . Make two holes (like button holes) in your flower, then two matching holes in your flip-flops. Thread the plastic from the back to the front of flip-flops then up through back of the daisy and pull up tight so daisy sits well. Then tie knot and glue. Tie a bow and pull tight (you can glue this too) trim dangling ends either with knot or string some beads on first. I have a turquoise leather pair with small wedges. Looking a little sad as have had them 3 summer,but soo comfy. So thought I would add PC flower using this method but using deep blue leather thonging. Cutting the bows in half to give me 6 stamens and adding some bling to the knotted ends. I always seem to think back to front so think this would be another way to attach your PC flowers.

  13. Lesley Symons, 22 May, 2012

    Just saw your link Monique, thanks! I don’t know whether waxed linen will be strong enough for me, will probably use dental floss instead.

  14. Lesley Symons, 22 May, 2012

    Hi Dixie ….. I adore my flipflops, and like you I wear them constantly in the summer. So we need some pretty ones! I’ll probably stitch the daisies on with something like dental floss, having made holes in the strap with a hot needle – plus a good dab of glue or two. Nothing like the belt-and-braces approach! (but if anyone has a better way? ……)

  15. pollyanna, 18 May, 2012

    Love this tute. So many ways to use this. Love the idea for the flip flops, Lesley.

  16. pattw35, 18 May, 2012

    Who doesn’t love daisies ? Guess we all do !! Such a versatile tute. What am I going to make first -or second – or third. teehee. Really like the way these were formed. The Wilton paste flowers have so much potential . Wayay we go………………Thanks for introducing the set – you are SO right -we will be using it a lot…………….

  17. Shirali Patel Woolfrey, 19 May, 2012

    Thank you Cindy, what a great tute!! I am going to make some daisy bobby pins!!

  18. Patricia Livesay, 19 May, 2012

    Cindy, I cannot find the Wilton cutter set. My Michaels, JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby carry them.
    I even googled Wilton cutters and could not find them. Any suggestion as to how I can purchase them?

  19. Jocelyn, 19 May, 2012

    Patricia, if you go up to the supplies list on this page and click on any of the highlighted materials, you are linked directly to amazon.com and can purchase them online there.

  20. Dixie Ann, 20 May, 2012

    Patricia, they also have them at Walmart for $20
    if you live by one of those.

  21. Elaine Faulks, 22 May, 2012

    PS Dixie
    why not make 4 or even six button holes, use different coloured plastic threads and after knotting tight cut off quite short so they stand up in centre of flowers, should look stunning. Happy flip flopping …………………yea

  22. Dixie Ann, 22 May, 2012

    hey thanks ladies for all the good tips on the flip flops. My biggest concern was not having something rub against my skin because I have diabetes and need to take care of those footsies. I like the dental floss idea but maybe a combination of cording and glue will work the best. OK, back to planning!

  23. Monique U, 31 May, 2012

    Dixie Ann, on the subject of your flip flops: I was wondering if you took some nice soft ribbon or narrow fabric strips and wrapped it around the straps after attaching the daisy. It would protect your toesies, and in bright green, tied in a small bow under the daisy, wouldn’t it look just like leaves? Also curious to know if you have seen twinkletoesbykim from Boca Raton, Florida; very BLING. (Actually I’m jealous of all you sandal-wearing chicks out there ’cause it rarely gets warm enough here (I’m on the coast of the North Atlantic in Eastern Canada…brrr!)

  24. Dixie Ann, 31 May, 2012

    sounds very cold where you live Monique. I used to wear the 2.5 ” flops before the back injury but am back to the flat ones now. Thanks so much for the link, I did not know about Florida site. I liked your idea about the fabric strips. Oh and I’m halfway through the abstract necklace, it baked just like Cindy said it would and will start on the wirework next.

  25. Elaine Faulks, 01 June, 2012

    Hi Dixie Anne

    I’ve just ordered some self adhesive velcro dots for a way to keep polymerised tableclothes on miniature tables for a dolls house I am restoring. If I want to change the decor I just change the tablecloth.

    Then I though hey why not use them for a way to attach your daisies to the flip flops. They are very strong but can be peeled off without too much effort. So if you fancied having a change it would be easy to make different colour flowers to match your outfits
    . ..
    Your abstract necklace sounds great, I’m sure it will turn out wonderfully. Happy claying……………………..cheers xx

  26. Dixie Ann, 01 June, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you Elaine.

  27. Monique U, 08 June, 2012

    Dixie Ann, if you’re still on a flip flop crusade I found this cute free tutorial by Carolyn and Dave of 2 Good Claymates (more British Columbia PC superstars!) The way they cover the sandal straps looks WAY more comfy for tender toes!


  28. Dixie Ann, 08 June, 2012

    Thanks Monique, that was a very good video. Hers are really cute!

  29. Elaine Faulks, 01 June, 2012

    Hi Monique,

    What a great place Twinkletoesby Kim is. I spent way too long looking at all that bling but it gave me some good ideas, although do not think I could spend the time sticking on all those crystals, it must have taken ages.

    Here in the UK we will be looking forward to our dear Queens Diamond Jubilee. Next week there will be hundreds of street parties and all manner of celebrations. Might even paint my face red white and blue hee hee!

    You will have to make some bling for your boots as it’s too cold for flip flops, or how about a polymer clay rose to decorate your best shoes?
    (I expect Cindy would put pirate cane beads on her flip flops) Hope they are all enjoying their few days camping and bet she will come back with masses of wild new ideas. Thanks for the heads up…………cheers xx………

  30. Paula M, 12 June, 2012

    Hi Cindy, I am visiting my mother in the US as I live in France, and now am buying all of the items you suggested to use with clay (we have nothing to buy in France except food, lots of food). I have already bought the Vintaj Big Kick. Thanks again, you are inspirational and really making a huge contribution to the clay community as you are going outside the box in using tools that are not dedicated to polymer clay. Now off to play with my Wilton tools to make daisies and dogwoods.

    Thanks so much. Warmest regards.


  31. Karen S, 11 October, 2015

    Hi again everybody

    Just a quick question with regards to baking these daisies. This is my first time trying to make these. Would you recommend baking on a bed of cornstarch to keep the petal shape? I hate doing trial and error, especially when I’ve painstakingly shaped a bead, then to bake it wrong & have it come out wonky makes me crazy! Thanks in advance!


  32. Cindy Lietz, 14 October, 2015

    Hi Karen, you could if you wanted to but it really isn’t necessary. You can bake them on their backs on cardstock and the petals will be just fine. Don’t worry too much about wonky petals though… if the petal is a little out of place, you can just sayit was blowing in the wind. :)

  33. Karen S, 15 October, 2015

    Hey Cindy!

    “Blowing in the wind” that’s cute. Okay, thanks for the advice :)

  34. Karen S, 26 October, 2015

    Hi Cindy
    I’m still working on my daisy pendant project and I need a little help. My question is, can I get around using the bake and bond to bond the wire bail to the daisy? Not to be lazy, but I have to special order it because it’s not sold anywhere in the Cayman Islands. I was thinking about baking the pendants with the wire in them and the center pressed lightly onto the wire and then pulling it apart after baking and bonding it all properly with gorilla glue. Do you think this would work or is there some other way of doing it? Thanks Cindy!


  35. Cindy Lietz, 27 October, 2015

    Hi Karen, I would do a little testing but you could probably get away with not using the Bake and Bond and just pressing the raw clay to raw clay really well, with the wire sandwiched inside. I don’t think you would need to go to the effort of pulling them apart and gluing them with Gorilla Glue unless you think the pieces weren’t adhering well enough to each other. You could also try softening the clay at the join to make it stickier by rubbing a little baby oil on the join. Just test a few different options and see which one works best for you.

  36. Karen S, 29 October, 2015

    All right Cindy, I will try the baby oil option and just bake test a single flower. Thanks!!

  37. Karen S, 30 October, 2015

    Hi Cindy

    The baby oil trick worked like a charm, it made the clay even stickier than usual and the bail baked and is stuck firmly in the layers. Thanks again & have a great weekend :) (Next it’s on to the dogwoods :-D )

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