Forget-me-not Flower Beads | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Forget-me-not Beads - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #252: “One of my favourite flowers! So bright and cheerful and cute.” ~Silverleaf

Is there a sweeter or more darling little flower than the Forget-Me-Not? Their teeny, tiny size, delicate color and charming name make it a naturally romantic symbol of everlasting love. That is why you will find the Forget-me-not flower used in Spring Weddings, Baby Showers and of course jewelry designs.

One of my favourite flowers! So bright and cheerful and cute, and the ones in my garden don’t require any work at all, lol. I especially like how the flowers start off pink then gradually go blue. Just yesterday, I was thinking about trying to recreate the forget-me-not blue color. ~Silverleaf

… and posted below is another YouTube clip that was put together by a music artist, who said…

The beautiful flower called forget me not. Life is much more beautiful to me when looking through the camera lens. ~Lucie Silvas

So why not make some Forget-me-not blossom beads from polymer clay? I’ll show you how in this this week’s Fun & Easy, Vol-047-3 video. It will be posted in the Polymer Clay Tutor Members Library on Friday, April 20 2012 (tomorrow).



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Supplies & Tools: Video-047-3 Forget-me-not Flower Beads:

  • Polymer Clay I used:

5001 White Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
5525 Sunshine Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
5513 Purple Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
5505 Turquoise Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
5562 Ultramarine Blue Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay

Optional Supplies:

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

The full version of the “Forget-me-not Beads” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-047 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Forget-me-not Beads video tutorial:

  • See examples of beads and jewelry projects using Forget-Me-Not Beads in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes.
  • Find out how simple it is to create these realistic looking flower beads, by just following along to the step by step instructional video.
  • Learn the reasons why you may just want to look in the baking aisle next time you’re looking for polymer clay tools and supplies.
  • 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 “Forget-me-not Beads” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-047 Back Issue Package.

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  1. pollyanna, 19 April, 2012

    Oh Boy!!! Love these little treasures. I had planted some seeds in the garden and every year I would look to see where they had traveled. the wind would spread their seeds and it was always and pleasant surprise. What great fun this tute will be!

  2. pattw35, 19 April, 2012

    Flowers with a song ! How lovely. Forget -me -nots are so tiny and pretty. What a nice colorway you have created. And we get to use the forms – how easy is that ? I have my clay ready – for tomorrow.

    Cindy – you put SO much into each tutorial. What a gift to all of us. We thank you every chance we get. You truly inspire all of us to try so many different things. Your giving nature has rewarded you . Never have I seen such a wealth of goodness !!!! So, again, we thank you and your family for making it possible ………….”smile”

  3. Paige Foxe, 19 April, 2012

    Cool! I’m all excited. Thanks for all the hard work you and Doug put into these videos. I absolutly love the braclete. I wish I knew how to put that braclete together. I am wondering though, what keeps the flowers from breaking and chiping? These flowers look so fragile. I would just be so heart broken if I broke them while I was wearing this. Anyway, these flowers are so pretty. This would make some mom’s very happy for Mother’s Day. Does Canada celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day as America? Thanks again.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 23 April, 2012

    Great question Paige! Actually if you use a strong clay like Premo, your clay is properly conditioned and your pieces are baked at the right temp (265F -275F) for the right amount of time (1 hr) then you shouldn’t have any problems with breakage with this bead shape, unless you are really rough with your jewelry.

    An as far as Mother’s Day, as far as I know, we do celebrate Mother’s Day in Canada the same day as the States. I think in England theirs is in an entirely different month, but I’d have to Google that to be sure.

  5. Jocelyn, 19 April, 2012

    The short piece on the flower with that lovely song made me cry. All of a sudden, I wanted my Mom.

  6. Dixie Ann, 19 April, 2012

    Thank you so much Cindy for the video on these flowers. We just cleaned out a flower garden and was looking for a lovely little flower to add to some bare places. I am going to check into planting the Forget-Me-Nots literally. Can’t wait to make them from Polymer Clay. The bracelet is so pretty.

  7. Cherie, 19 April, 2012

    So pretty! another little flower that my mom always paints into her flower bouquets. I love them too and the bracelet is gorgeous.

  8. Monique U, 19 April, 2012

    Eager to see the full video tomorrow, Cindy! Since receiving my flower cutter set last Christmas, I’ve been anticipating all the projects you promised. I’m so pleased you picked those tiny cutters as your next floral inspiration (love that they come in three sizes).

  9. Peggy Barnes, 20 April, 2012

    Can’t sleep and remembered it was Friday. So I went to my email and YES my tute is waiting for me to go and watch.
    Love these little flowers Cindy so as soon as I start claying again this will be a good one to start with. I love wilton items for my clay. I should own stock in wilton as many of their items I have purchased since I started my fun with PC
    Thanks for a great tutorial I’m headed back to the site to make sure I haven’t missed any tutes since I have been away from my clay for so long.
    Have a great weekend everyone. Sending lots of Uuuugggs to try and make up for loss time.

  10. Patti Underwood, 20 April, 2012

    This is so cute! I love flowers and will be getting that set today!!!!! Thank you for these videos! I am making centers for my friend who has a hair bow business, so I will do these types of flowers for the centers! Patti Underwood

  11. Tantesherry, 20 April, 2012

    Love the bracelet <3

    perfect timing on Cindy's part — Again :)

    been sorting and cleaning All The boxes, bins, drawers and shelves in our spare room where I keep my polymer clay stuff for what seems like months but really has only been a couple of weeks…….
    anyway my point is I'm ready with a bunch of pretty color clay bits that would make a nice mixed color bracelet :)

    And now for some SAD NEWS – I have LOST one of my clover earring beads ! Happened the other day trying on dresses to wear to my B-I-Laws wedding went back and looked everywhere even inside the rejected dresses….hmmm 3 hours for another set.

    And now for some GREAT NEWS – About this time last year my mom was very sick and I ask for prayers and good thoughts to be sent her way…. Its been a hard journey for her BUT I am so happy to report she is well on her way to recovery. Thank you all very much for your support. Today is her birthday too <3

  12. pattw35, 20 April, 2012

    Happy Birthday to your MOM !

  13. Sandra J, 20 April, 2012

    glad to hear your mom is on the mend.

  14. pattw35, 20 April, 2012

    Well now – in the making mode. Goin to crank out a bunch of Forget-me-nots! How fun is this ?
    I finally read the book inclosed. So many choices -so little time. Even a huge Calla Lily. This was a good investment – The Gum Paste Flower Set. Thanks for showing us how to create so many varieties of flowers.

    This flower has so many possibilities, and colorways…………….hm……….”grin”

  15. pattw35, 23 April, 2012

    FYI- I found the setting for the flowers was too fragile for a bracelet -I’m not too gentle with stuff – so I upped the setting one turn. The are easier to punch out, too. Your mileage may vary…………..

  16. Cindy Lietz, 23 April, 2012

    Hi Patt, like I just mentioned to Paige in a comment up above… if you use a strong clay like Premo, your clay is properly conditioned and your pieces are baked at the right temp (265F -275F) for the right amount of time (1 hr) then you shouldn’t have any problems with breakage with this bead shape or the suggested thickness, unless you are really rough with your jewelry. If your pieces are breaking, I would say that one of those things has gone wrong. Are you using an Oven thermometer, to make sure your temp is actually what you think it is? That is usually the most common problem.

  17. pattw35, 26 April, 2012

    I use my thermometer – always. I just , on purpose, broke a couple of the beads. They broke easily. I do condition well. Just my thoughts, because I lurch around -bump into things, that sort of thing.LOL

    I cure at 265 for an hour. Preheat the oven and ALWAYS check the thermometer. I only use Premo.

    So it is just a personal thing………….;=}

  18. Cindy Lietz, 26 April, 2012

    Hmmm still sounds a little weird Patt. I just broke one of mine on purpose too and it took about 5 or 6 really good bends back and forth before it broke. Maybe you should try pushing the temp up to 275F and test that? Your oven may be dropping below 265F for a fair amount of the baking and not really registering on the thermometer. Just a thought. It would be good if your pieces had less chance of breaking.

  19. pattw35, 26 April, 2012

    My oven is 6 yrs old. It’s a Black & Decker Convection oven. Could be my thermostat is probably breaking down. Sigh -if it isn’t one thing its another. I will watch it more closely and up the temp to 275. Don’t need stuff breaking. It did take quite a lot of bending before it broke. Maybe I’m being over careful.

    My forget-me-nots are so pretty. Think I will cover a picture frame with them. My granddaughter would look lovely in it !!

    Thanks for the advice. You are the greatest !!

  20. Deborah Ross, 20 April, 2012

    Thanks for introducing the flower set! I found mine for a low price online with free shipping! There are so many possibilities…can’t wait to see what else you show us how to do.

  21. Elaine Faulks, 20 April, 2012

    ………….and two special Angels had been chosen to name all the flowers…………

    “So many wonderful colors” said the first Angel.

    “But these ones are covered in thorns” replied the second.

    “I know, but touch the petals and feel how soft and smooth they are, I like the name Rose for these beautiful flowers. Do you agree?”

    “Yes, I think that sounds just right. Now what about these tall spiky ones in these heavenly shades of blue?”
    They deliberated for a long time and finally came up with the name Delphinium.

    “This seems to be taking a lot longer than we thought, but we must get it right.” said the second Angel. So they worked even harder, choosing names that they thought suited every flower.

    “Well, I think that’s the last one” said the first Angel, but just then a tiny blue flower reached up as tall as it could and said “Please forget me not”

    “Oh, said the second Angel. “What a lovely name for this tiny teeny flower”.

    So as you all know this flower is called the FORGET ME NOT to this day.


  22. pollyanna, 21 April, 2012

    Hadn’t heard that story before,Elaine, very nice.
    Love these small flowers. This is an easy tute with lots of potential.

  23. Sandra J, 21 April, 2012

    Hi guys, i’m going a bit off topic here, was wondering if anyone can tell me if you can buy those kettles that you put on a hot-plate at the “dollar store”. We need one for our trip in the RV.
    any help will be appreciated.
    Sandra, New Zealand

  24. Pauline Duke, 23 April, 2012

    Hello everyone:
    What a wonderful project to have while having a rainy weekend. I have satellite internet and when it is stormy most of the time – the coverage is stopped by heavy clouds. So, when I saw that we were going to use the Wilton Flower Set – I was all set to buckle down and try an idea I had.
    I took some of my old canes and used the plungers (small and mediums) that Cindy suggested for the Forget me Not flowers and My Goodness – I spent two days using up some of those ole canes in a different way. I will have to email Cindy and send in some photos – some came out good, and some were just stiff and cracking for just being too old. Hmmm……sounds like me in the morning!
    Hope you all had a great weekend.

  25. Dixie Ann, 23 April, 2012

    Pauline, what a novel idea. I bet they turned out really neat. Would love to see them Can you post on facebook? Be sure and keep your stiff and cracking canes for Cindy’s other tute.

  26. Pauline Duke, 24 April, 2012

    Hi Dixie Ann:
    I posted some photos on Facebook in an album called “My CL Interpretations 2012”. Thanks for your comment! What other tute does Cindy have for my ole stiff canes?

  27. Dixie Ann, 24 April, 2012

    Hi Pauline, will check out your facebook album. I can’t remember which tute we used old, dry, cracked clay but I think it was one of the 26 thru current tutes. I just remember it was pretty neat. Maybe someone else out there can chime in and help us out.
    Does anyone remember the tute Cindy had us use old dry clay????

  28. Monique U, 24 April, 2012

    There are several tutes I recall utilizing old canes as part of the fun:

    Video 014-1: Jupiter beads

    Video 021-3: Polymer Clay Inlay Technique (need to bake slices first)

    Video 025-3: Faux Agate Technique

    Video 042-3: Arizona Beads

    …and I think a few others where bits are grated into the fresh clay for grainy effects. Hope this gives you some ideas. Also hope if this is too much info Doug or Cindy will remove this post!!

  29. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 29 April, 2012

    Definitely not too much info, Monique! On the contrary, this kind of comment is greatly appreciated. The site is getting very big so we always appreciate help with pointing others in the right direction.

  30. Tantesherry, 04 May, 2012

    super cute !!!

  31. pollyanna, 25 April, 2012

    Just saw your photos and what a great idea!!!

  32. Vierra C, 23 April, 2012

    Thank you so much for such a great value with your tutorials. I’ve never seen anyone else make inspiration (and instruction) so affordable and doable! Thanks for broadening all of your members’ creative horizons.

  33. Francine C, 24 April, 2012

    Thank you Cindy for this tutorial. I also wish I could put the bracelet together and thank you also Pauline for this great idea. I hope we will be able to see the pictures!

  34. Pauline Duke, 25 April, 2012

    Thank you Monique for the information, I am just getting myself around all this mountain of information. I do love those Jupiter Beads – will save up my scraps for those.
    I have deleted the album called CL Interpretation 2012 on my Facebook page, and have moved my little tiny cane photos into an album Here comes Round Two in respect to Cindy’s privacy. There are a few samples available on the PolymerClay Members Facebook page.
    Thank you Polyanna for your excitement, I appreciate that. I had a ball for 2 days just rambling thru all of my ole cases.
    Pauline Duke aka Mtnmamaduke

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