Making Polymer Clay Flower Beads For Your Spring Jewelry Projects

Cane Slice Flower Bead

How To Make Your Handmade Bead Jewelry Items Even More Desirable:

It’s only natural that springtime and flower jewelry designs go hand in hand. So it goes without saying that flower-shaped polymer clay beads should be popular at the time of year when all of those beautiful colors start popping up in your garden.

Flower shapes and colors are probably my biggest source of inspiration when it comes to polymer clay. Being an avid gardener, I am always exposed to the rich vibrant beauty of nature and the world that surrounds us.

As a polymer clay instructor, one of my main focuses is to teach you how to make polymer clay beads that will give your jewelry projects that special, one-of-a-kind uniqueness to set you apart from everyone else. In other words… how to make your jewelry designs more desirable to your customers.

So today, I’m going to talk about flower beads, handmade by you. This is about as unique as you can get.

Although there are some pretty flower shaped beads to be found at various beading outlets, they often are not going to be in the colors or designs that you are looking for. When you need something specific, I always say make it yourself from polymer clay. It’s easier than you might be thinking.

The cane slice bead pictured above is very easy to make. At only 1/4″ in diameter, it is much smaller than the last polymer clay flower bead I showed you and wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

But similar to that previous flower shaped bead design, this one is also made with a single slice from a polymer clay flower cane.

Wearing gloves so as not to transfer any fingerprints to the polymer clay, the slice is pinched and thinned around the edges and drawn over the rounded end of a artist’s paintbrush to form the basic flower shape.

Once the paintbrush handle is removed, the bead is pierced through the center onto a bead piercing wire, and shaped a little more prior to baking.

You can pierce several of these flower shaped beads onto the same piercing wire. Then lay them down onto a bed of cornstarch. Gently fill the inner cavity of each flower with the soft cornstarch, while also sprinkling more over top so that everything is completely buried. Now they are ready for baking in your polymer clay or toaster oven.

The cornstarch prevents the delicate petals from drooping in heat of the oven. Plus it provides added protection from discoloration that can happen.

The beads are baked for 1 hour at 265F degrees and left to cool before removing from the cornstarch. You can rinse off the beads with water if you like.

Although sanding is difficult with these small delicate flower beads, it is a good idea to use a high grit sandpaper just around the edges of the petals to give them a smooth, snag free feel. An 800 grit wet-dry sandpaper works well for this.

These pretty beads can be made with any flower cane design you like, though if the cane has a translucent clay background, you may want to trim some of it off for a prettier edge.

I like to use these tiny blossom beads for dangling earrings, charms and focal beads.

So why not add a little bit of spring to your jewelry designs and make some polymer clay flower beads from your favorite polymer clay cane today!


BTW: If you are new to bead making, my Polymer Clay Basics Course will get you started on the right foot. It will have you making your own unique handmade polymer clay beads in no time at all.

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor

  1. Maria Casey, 18 February, 2009

    Cindy – this flower is breathtaking! I would love to see a video on how to make it as I’m a visual learner. I have tried a couple of times to make beads like this, but have always been discouraged as they come out looking thick and clumsy. I will try the “brush technique” with the cornstarch. Thanks again!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 19 February, 2009

    Thank you Maria for your kind words! I’ve been thinking of doing a video for this technique, so it is nice to hear you would like to see one. Stay tuned I’ll be doing one shortly.

  3. Cindy Erickson, 20 February, 2009

    Very very pretty, Cindy!!!

    I too would love to see a video on how to make this bead! It would also help to see how you use the corn starch to bake it as well.

    Thanks much :)

    Cindy E.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2009

    Thanks Cindy! I do hope to be filming that video tomorrow for posting in library very soon!

  5. Miss Charlene of the Caribbean, 27 February, 2009

    Hi Cindy,
    Your videos are always so inspiring! I get up especially early on Fridays just to see what video you have sent and I sit down with my coffee and watch. As you know, I am new to polymer clay, but I have watched your videos as much as I can and I am a fast learner, but I was wondering where I can find the patten for making flower cans such as the one you used in the video today. I have already tried a mod cane and a checkered cane, but the flower cane looks so daunting to me.
    Thanks so much,
    Miss Charlene of the Caribbean Islands

  6. Anna Sabina, 27 February, 2009

    Your video tutorial on this was really good and suggestion about the corn stach was also helpful. i have heard of some PCers using a heat gun (not a hair dryer) to pre-cure delicate clay before baking. Anyone tried this technique?

  7. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2009

    @Miss Charlene: Thanks for your sweet comments! I will be getting to some flower cane videos soon. You will be surprised that when you take it a step at a time, a flower cane cane be as easy as a checkerboard cane!

    @Anna: I have tried a heat gun for pre-curing beads but find it a hassle. You have to hold it for along time and since it is not properly set yet they can slump in the oven anyways. I find the cornstarch to be a lot easier and to give it more support. There may be time when a heat gun would be better but not most of the times.

  8. Mary Ellen, 18 April, 2009

    This might be a crazy question but why does the flower take 1 hour? Is it thicker than what you get putting it through the pasta machine?

  9. Cindy Lietz, 20 April, 2009

    It’s not a crazy question Mary Ellen… Baking polymer clay is not like baking a food item in the oven. It takes a certain amount of time at the proper temp for the polymers to change and bond with each other.

    The problem is that most ovens don’t hold their temp for very long. They heat up and cool down, then heat up and cool down again. Baking every piece for one hour, even when thin, makes sure that it has cured long enough. Some artists will bake thick pieces (like dolls heads) for 2 or more hours!

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