Making a Miniature Enchanted Rose – Stem Construction

Beauty and the Beast Miniature Enchanted Rose Stem Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #753: See how I plan through the process of going miniature… in this StudioCam sampler (Beauty & the Beast) video clip.

Designing the stem for my teeny tiny miniature enchanted rose, was just one step in the process of what it took to make this mini polymer clay rose… encased in a bell jar.

Working in miniature means that you need to scale things down (way down)… in order for it to look realistic. A rose petal is paper thin in full size, which means it needs to be even thinner than that, when it’s in miniature.

See how I think through how to make this tiny enchanted rose… in this behind-the-scenes StudioCam sampler clip.

I’m excited about the new live action Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast coming out in early 2017! Are you?

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  1. Jamie Robert Swimm, 27 February, 2017

    Hello Cindy,

    I’ve been making polymer clay figures for a little while now. They usually don’t go over about 3′ high. I use Sculpey III. I can’t seem to stop very fine hairline cracks from forming after it’s baked. I have a oven thermometer which keeps the right temp and I cover it with a tin foil tent. I let them bake for about an hour. Do you have any guess why the cracks form? Am I baking too long? Thanks!



  2. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2017

    Hi Jamie, the cracks are most likely because of the brand of clay you’re using. Sculpey III is a pretty low quality clay and is known to be quite brittle. You need to switch to a stronger clay, like Premo, Fimo Classic or Professional, Kato Polyclay, or Cernit. Also if your pieces are thick you may want to bake in stages, to be sure your clay is properly cured all the way to the inside. If the out layer cures before the inner layer, the steam from the inside will crack the outside. If anything you also will need to bake longer… not shorter. Make sure that you do a search on baking, on this blog and you will find more answers to your situation. Good luck!

  3. Jamie Robert Swimm, 28 February, 2017


    Thanks a lot for the advice. I may try Premo next.


  4. Des T, 10 March, 2019

    I have been watching your youtube and saw your amazing photos of Waluigi. I’m just starting with polymer clay and plan to make figures of my own characters this way. You did an amazing job.

    I do have a few questions I hope you can help me with. I have a character named Scary Fear I plan to start on soon. His shape is very similar to Waluigi as he’s tall and skinny. He’s a raven character. Here is a drawing of him on Flickr.

    My questions are
    1. how did you get the surfaces on Waluigi so smooth?
    2. Is it ok make such thing parts like the mustache?

    Scary Fear has long nails on his hands and I’m not sure how to go about that. I worry about them breaking in the oven and even afterwards being long thing parts. Any tips on that? I’m not going to make him with his wings since I’m not ready for that as my first time. Any advice would help.

    Thanks. By the way, my channel is Scary Fear. You can see some of my art there. No sculpts yet. I would love to see you post videos of figures like Waluigi to your channel. It was great.


  5. Cindy Lietz, 11 March, 2019

    Thank you Des for you kind words! Although I am not new to polymer clay, I am new to sculpting. Because of my lack of experience, it takes me way longer to get a piece looking right than an experienced sculptor would take. As far as getting it smooth, I used silicone tipped clay smoothers to get it pretty smooth and then used Sculpey Clay Softener on an art brush to smooth it further before baking. After baking, if anything need further smoothing, I used 400g wet/dry sandpaper and sanded it smooth.

    In regards to the skinny areas like the mustache, that was not a problem because I was using Cernit Polymer Clay which is a really strong brand. I would not use any of the weak brands like SculpeyIII, Craftsmart or the cheap Asian Brands on Amazon. With something as detailed and with fine features like that you need a strong brand like Cernit, Kato Polyclay, Premo, Souffle or Fimo Professional. Also you will need to learn how to bake it properly. I have tons of videos you can watch on how to work with polymer clay and how to bake it so it is strong and durable.

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope that helped!

  6. Des T, 13 March, 2019

    Thank you for the great tips. It helps a lot. I did end up getting a mix of cheap and expensive clays. Premo and Sculpy. I think I will start off easy and do a plant first before I work on my character. I will definitely be watching your videos. They are so helpful. My husband just bought me a pasta machine too so I’m very happy making little flat pieces of clay though I’m not sure what to do with them yet. It’s fun.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 13 March, 2019

    Glad I could help! :)

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