Grape Hyacinth Flower Cane | Polymer Clay Tutorial [Video]

Grape Hyacinth Cane ProjectVid #197: “A Grape
Hyacinth Cane would
be cool! I just love flowers,
…real, silk, clay …you name
it!!” ~Catalina

In gardens all over the northern hemisphere, pretty little Spring bulbs are emerging from the soil. And one of the flowers popping up in my garden right now, is the tiny Grape Hyacinth. These early blooms symbolize all that is wonderful about this Spring season… so I decided to celebrate by creating a cane for this weeks video tutorial project.

Cindy you make it seem that creating canes can be so effortless. I love what you do, and how you put into words the instruction for others to follow. I love the colors of flowers in nature too… they are always inspiring. Your videos and instruction really make me want to think outside the box. Thanks! ~Andrea-R

I love your online videos and look forward to them every week. I would love to learn how to make more flower canes! ~Cara-L

Cindy! I can only imagine what you could do with other flowers, and foliage too. Wow!! thank you for being a blessing in my life!!! You are really reaching out to alot of us (in the clay world). We are very fortunate to have you sharing your expertise. Hope that you will be with us forever, and a day. ~Diana-S

Nature and flowers are the biggest source of my inspiration. God bless you, Cindy Lietz. ~Carrie-W

Knowing the art of polymer clay, I believe nature gave flowers to us as inspiration to create! ~Kody-K

So… in tomorrow’s Vol-034-4 video tutorial (Friday March 25th, 2011 at the Polymer Clay Library) you will learn how to make a stylized Hyacinth flower cane, that can be used in all sorts of different polymer clay beads and projects.


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Supplies & Tools: Video-034-4 Grape Hyacinth Cane:

  • A 1″ ball of each mixed color from the Vol-034-A Bluebell Palette (Bluebell, Moondrops, Electric Blue and Azure Nights). As an alternative, you could use the same amount of clay in a light, medium, bright and dark color of your choice. When you see the tutorial you will be able to determine the type of colors I am referring to.
  • Clay Blade.
  • Pasta Machine.
  • Ruler.
  • Dull straight edge such as, a letter opener, credit card or blunt ruler edge.
  • Skewer, dowel, knitting needle, or other long, thin, round tool like the Sculpey Etch and Pearl Tool.
  • Knowledge of a Teardrop Blend or Skinner Blend, as well as reducing canes.

The full version of the Vid-034-4 Grape Hyacinth Cane video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday Mar 25th, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.


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The full version of the “Grape Hyacinth Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-034 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Grape Hyacinth Flower Cane video tutorial:

  • See examples of several beads, pendants and earrings that were made using the Grape Hyacinth Cane.
  • Discussion of the tools and techniques needed to create this simple and stunning polymer clay cane design.
  • Learn a cool trick for getting the ruffled petals in your design, plus a neat little way to avoid having to pack a background for this cane.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity there are many ways to come up with unique palettes of your own.

The full version of the “Grape Hyacinth Cane” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-034 Back Issue Package.


  1. Rebecca Chisenhall, 24 March, 2011

    Oh, oh, oh! I am excited about this! Been watching all night, lol. I have grape hyacinths in my front yard at this very moment, too. Perfect! Can’t wait to see this!

  2. Anna Sabina, 24 March, 2011

    I LOVE grape hyacinth. It is always to sweetest little reminder that the warm weather is on its way. Hooray.
    Anna -Des Moines, Iowa.

  3. pollyanna, 24 March, 2011

    I really am looking forward to this tute. Really love the Spring flowers.

  4. Joyce M, 24 March, 2011

    Looks like another fun claying time heading our way. Lots of blossoms here in Florida, hooray for Spring and Cindy’s tute!

  5. Jeanne C., 24 March, 2011

    Looking forward to learning and making this cane. I really like the pendant very pretty.

  6. Maria, 24 March, 2011

    Hooray! Cane tutorials are my favorites!

  7. Silverleaf, 24 March, 2011

    I didn’t know the name of it, but I know exactly the flower you mean Cindy! I think this is another tute that will lend itself well to experimentation – we can use the things we learn from this one to make our own versions. I love stuff like this that lets me see how creative everyone here is!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2011

    Thanks guys! I love these tiny flowers so much I just had to make a cane featuring them. I hope you enjoy the tute!

    @Silverleaf: Grape Hyacinths are also known as Muscari. Maybe you have heard them being called that instead?

  9. DJ, 24 March, 2011

    This is so unique, I just love the shape and that the look can be changed by using different colors. Looking forward to this one, should be a fun one to learn. I was admiring the lovely dimensional bead too, I think I’m drawn to different shapes :)

  10. pattw, 24 March, 2011

    Meetoo! Have to make up the dark blue ! This is such a pleasing flower ! Another winner, team !! Thanks, again…….

  11. Peggy Barnes, 24 March, 2011

    All I know is they are beautiful coming up on the south side of my house.
    So once again hats off to Cindy and Doug because even without watching
    I know this tute is going to ROCK!!!!!!!!! Thank you both for a great Friday to look forward to again!!!!!!!!!!
    Many Uuuuuuggggggs, Peggy

  12. Catalina, 24 March, 2011

    Yep, another winner!! This will bring Spring to Michigan, finally!!!!

  13. Elizabeth K., 25 March, 2011

    Hi Cindy Hi all,
    Love Grape Hyacinths,so delicate, and lovely colours.
    Well this tut is such a georgeous video to watch. just to see it taking shape is an eyeopener, and really fun to watch. Looks complicated before you see how it is done. Bet there will be a lot of oohs and ahhs with this one. Thanks again Cindy, better than watching TV and we learn something new every week too
    Lol Love
    Elizabeth K.

  14. Andreea-N, 25 March, 2011

    Such a beautiful cane, dear Cindy! A real original one! I love the way you skipped the background on this one. The teardrop bead is strikingly stunning! I just love its dimension given by those leaves. Wonderful work!

  15. Elizabeth S., 25 March, 2011

    So beautiful!! Can’t wait to try this one.

  16. Loretta Carstensen, 25 March, 2011

    The grape hyacinth is not one of the flowers in our desert landscape here in the Palm Springs area, but this looks like a fun cane to make. Can’t wait to try.

  17. pattw, 25 March, 2011

    Love how you made this cane ! How innovative ! The way you put it together is brilliant ! Thank you, thank you. Now I can figure out some more new things !!!!!!!

  18. Michelle A, 25 March, 2011

    Hi Cindy, I’ve been a member for a few years now and I truly enjoy your work. The Lord has blessed you with many talents and I have learned a lot. Today’s video did not disappoint – none of them do. I appreciate what you and Doug are doing here. Thank you.

  19. Cherie, 25 March, 2011

    Amazing! I loved this tutorial and the colors of the grape hyacinth. I love the flowers too. The dimensional bead and the pendant are so beautiful. Thanks Cindy!

  20. Ritzs, 25 March, 2011

    Loved this one Cindy,We have grape hyacinth in the garden they are so pretty but I don’t no how you puzzle out how to make them-such skill and to share it with us is wonderful thank you.

  21. Marlene C, 26 March, 2011

    What a pretty addition to my variety of canes for use in “Floral Bouquets”. Now I will have to hunt down some more picture frames!!! Thanks again to you both, for constantly expanding my knowledge base.

  22. Natalie H, 28 March, 2011

    Just love this video… there are so many techniques that I want to do and just not enough time in the day… but you make everything look so easy… thanks for all your hard work at making these videos so easy to follow for a newbie like me.

  23. Jocelyn, 07 April, 2011

    Another giggle and a great tut.

    Trying the lily of valley and those greenish delphiniums…Irish? Bet it will be pretty special, and thanks!

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