How To Make Flower Beads From A Single Polymer Clay Cane Slice

Spring Flower Bead

A Delicate Bead For Your Dainty Spring Jewelry Projects:

Old Man Winter has brought even more snow to where I live here in south western British Columbia. We’ve already had about ten times more than normal, with piles of the white stuff still lingering around from before Christmas. Having snow last for weeks and months on end may be normal for a city like Buffalo. But hey, this is Vancouver!

Oh well… I can still dream of Spring. So today’s photo is of a lovely little polymer clay flower bead that hopefully will brighten up your day. Made from slices of a polymer clay flower cane, this pretty Spring bead is dainty and delicate. It reminds me of some of the blooms that will be popping up in my garden in just a few months from now.

Although quite detailed, a flower bead such as this one is not really all that difficult to make. It starts with a slice from a flower cane such as the one pictured in this post: Polymer Clay Cane and Bead Making Tips

The slice is then rolled out thin with an acrylic rod, especially along the edges where real flower petals are naturally thin.

A ball of scrap clay is placed in the center of this thinned out cane slice, and the sides of the cane slice are drawn up around to form the flower shape. You can use a slice of lace cane to cover the scrap clay surface for the center face of your flower bead.

Another photo angle of a similar flower bead that shows the center better, can be seen here: Flower Beads for Jewelry Making

Depending on how you want to use the flower bead, you could pierce it either through the center as I did, or through the side of the stem.

These flower beads can be used for flower pendants, flower earrings or any other jewelry design idea you can think of.

If you have specific questions about the finer points of making this flower bead, you are welcome to ask them in the comments section below.

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  1. Adrienne lindsey, 28 January, 2009

    I really enjoyed the info about making these kinds of beads. It really clarified the technique for me. Thanx again Cindy!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 28 January, 2009

    You’re welcome Adriennne! I am pleased you enjoyed it!

  3. squash, 29 January, 2009

    Hi, Cindy! I have no particular comment for this post, but I visit your site from time to time and I just want to say thank you for all the good advise you’re giving to your readers, it’s impossible to read what you’re writing and not to find anything helpful. Like that alcohol ink recipe I’ve just read and I’m looking forward to try. And so much information. I always find your site by google-ing for one technique or another. You are so generous sharing your polymer experiences with us. Keep up the good work and God bless you!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 29 January, 2009

    Thank you so, so much Squash! (Cute name btw!) Your work is lovely and hearing you say these words is a great compliment!

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