Polymer Clay Tutorial | 3 Center Designs for a Gerbera Flower Cane

Polymer Clay Flower Cane Centers

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Many of you have asked me to film more video tutorials about polymer clay canes. More specifically about making flower canes. So this Friday’s addition to the Polymer Clay Library is the first of three tutes that should be helpful. This week in Vol-015-2, you will learn how to make three different types of Gerbera flower cane centers.

Each of these centers can be made in an unlimited variety of colors. Because of the variety of styles and color combos you can make with these canes, they can be used for almost any type of flower cane imaginable.

These flower center canes can also be used with a whole variety of other projects too. You can cut slices from them to cover round beads; Add to pattern background sheets; Or for decorating lentil beads.

An overview of the other two videos in this month’s Volume-015 flower cane series is at this link: 3 Polymer Clay Flower Cane Tutorials

The full Vol-015-2 tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday August 7th, 2009. But to watch a sneak peak intro clip right now, you can scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Flower Cane Centers” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-015 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are covered in this “Flower Cane” video tutorial:

  • How to make lace canes, extruded canes and spiral canes for using as the centers in a Gerbera flower cane projects.
  • Ideas for using these 3 types of canes in other bead making projects besides flower designs.
  • See several examples of each of the flower center canes done in the different styles and in different color combinations.
  • Find out how the trimmings from one cane, becomes the basis of another cane.
  • The importance of using high contrast colors in your cane designs, to ensure they look good when reduced.

The full version of the “Flower Cane Centers” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-015 Back Issue Package.

  1. Zarah, 05 August, 2009

    Cute flower canes! They must be very helpful when making clay beads :)

  2. Elizabeth, 05 August, 2009

    Hi Cindy,

    Thank heavens for the video library from which I can “check out” a tutorial any time I want to review a particular lesson. Otherwise I would never keep up with all the wonderful techniques in your repertoire. Can’t wait for the cane work tuts! As always, my thanks. Elizabeth

  3. Linda Dube, 05 August, 2009

    I am SO looking forward to these three tutorials! I’ve tried making flower canes and failed miserably (well, at least I’ve added to my scrap clay stash), so I’m hoping to learn how to do it over the coming few weeks. Thanks!

  4. Jocelyn, 05 August, 2009

    Wish it was Friday…….LOL!!!!

  5. Carrie, 05 August, 2009

    Me too Linda! My very first flower cane turned out perfect, it was a balloon flower. So I assumed since my first one came out great that I would be able to continue making good ones. WRONG! I haven’t been able to make a usable one since. But as a result, I have loads of jupiter beads :)

  6. Nancy Reddick, 05 August, 2009

    I agree with ya’ll, I am very happy to have some lessons in making canes, I have made alot of attempts, and alot of failures, I think alot had to do with using to soft clay, I have found you need a very firm clay to make a workable cane. Looking forward to Friday as always.

  7. Carrie, 05 August, 2009

    I was at my local Michaels today and found them putting a new brand of polymer clay on the shelf! It is Michaels own brand (I can’t remember the name). It is 1.29 for 2 oz. It seems most similar to Sculpey III with regard to firmness, and there were not a lot of colors to choose from. Has anyone else seen this? Used it?

  8. Cindy Lietz, 06 August, 2009

    Thanks guys! Hopefully these videos will help you from making too many more mistakes with your flower canes.

    @Carrie: That is interesting about the Michaels brand clay. Will have to see if there is any in my local store and check it out!

  9. Mary Ellen Bieber, 06 August, 2009

    Great news about Michael’s having their own line of polymer clay! I live in NYC and they will have it next week. Thank u so much 4 the wonderful info. With 40% off coupon it won’t cost much at all.

  10. Polyanya, 07 August, 2009

    You just won’t believe that I sat ALL Thursday making flower canes! Just watched the video, great idea with the extruder. Looking forward to the next instalment, my flowers look different to the one pictured, so that’ll be a nice addition. Many many thanks Cindy! Have a great weekend everyone.

  11. Jamie, 07 August, 2009

    Goody, goody, goody!! More canes! Im a bit of a cane-aholic. It is one of the first things I started making when I found polymer clay a loooong time ago. And I have amassed quite a collection by now. Im familiar with the lace cane and with the jelly roll too. But as usual Cindy, you have put your own very cool spin on them. I especially like the use of the scraps. And the extruder cane I love! Who would have thunk of that? Why Cindy of course! Thats why we love ya sweety! Cant wait for part 2 and 3. Come on Friday! (oh wait, it is friday, hee hee hee!) XOXO Jamie

  12. Jocelyn, 07 August, 2009

    Yay! It’s Friday….another wonderful video Cindy!

    Cannot wait for the next several which will show the flower components all coming together.

    Think my first attempt will be with the blanket flower. I love the oranges, reds, yellows in this flower. Cannot wait to see how it comes out!

  13. Ariti, 08 August, 2009

    Hello Everyone,
    Thank you Cindy for the wonderful tutorial on Flower Cane Centers.
    I made several of them last night and I was very pleased with my progress.:-) Although, I did have one problem. The Swirl Cane was the most difficult for me to make. I gathered all my scrap pieces together and ran them through the pasta machine and then rolled the clay into a tube. The design on the tube was so beautiful I couldn’t bear to cover it, so I gently rolled the acrylic roller over the tube and used a cutter to make pendants. After 3 attempts I finally stopped trying. LOL

  14. Cindy Lietz, 09 August, 2009

    Thanks girls. Glad you’re having fun with the videos!

    @Ariti: Are you saying you had trouble with the spiral cane because it didn’t turn out or that you couldn’t resist cutting the cane into beads because they looked so cool? Wasn’t sure if you were being playful or needed some help. :-)

  15. Ariti, 10 August, 2009

    Hi Cindy,
    I couldn’t resist cutting the canes into beads because they were so beautiful. :-)

  16. Norieta Kawewehi, 10 August, 2009

    Hi Cindy,

    The problem was that the videos will skip or stop and it was really frustrating. I love your videos, they help so much. I have learned so many new things thanks to you and the three or four videos that would run all the way through. I tried everything and last night I REALLY wanted to see the flower center tutorial.

    Instead of using AOL, I went to Internet Explorer and typed in your address into the search and then clicked on the first one in the list and went to the back issues and moved forward to the flower center. TADA!!!! it worked, then I tried all of the other videos and they work too. So I think I have the problem finally solved. Thank you a bunch.

    I truly appreciate the help you give and the videos are well worth the price and then some! I am eagerly waiting for the tute on the flower petals. Love, hugs, and warmest aloha. Mahalo.


  17. Cindy Lietz, 10 August, 2009

    @Aritie: That’s a GOOD problem to have. LOL :)

    @Norieta: That is so great to hear that your AOL videos troubles are now behind you. If there are other AOL users experiencing issues with video playback, there are more tips posted by another AOL member at the “Polymer Clay Artist” link by my name above.

    Oh and thanks for the kind words Norieta. Love, jugs and warmest aloha back to you. I wish I was in Hawaii right now because it’s very rainy outside as I write this. Mahalo.

  18. Jocelyn, 10 August, 2009

    I had to try it. Combined both of your techniques, Cindy, just fooling around, to try and get a center that would mimic the blanket flower.

    Laid out the spiral cane, but then before rolling it up, added side ways wise snakes of double wrapped clay along the top, then rolled.

    Dimension, dots, and spiral, all in one slice. Came out well, really liked it, and will do more.

    Could never have imagined it without that great video! Thanks!

  19. Cindy Lietz, 10 August, 2009

    That’s sound cool Jocelyn! I think I know what you mean but a picture would be way better. Did you get that camera yet?

  20. Jocelyn, 10 August, 2009

    Got the digital camera, got the fax, scanner, and copier, got the work area almost set up, and want to make that blanket flower so bad I can taste it. LOL!

    The problem is, I need someone who can show me first. When I try, and something doesn’t work, I freak. Friends are promising assistance, so asap.

    Almost lost that gorgeous whale tail photo trying to scan it. I can do a lot of damage trying stuff myself. I need tutors!!!

  21. Nancy Boaz, 14 August, 2009

    I am fairly new at this polymer clay thing. I have been watching the flower cane video. What are you using to roll and make the canes, etc.?

  22. Jocelyn, 15 August, 2009

    Nancy, could you rephrase the question? Not sure what you mean when you say “roll” and make the canes.”

    Be glad to help, just need to understand your needs better.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 16 August, 2009

    @Jocelyn: Oh dear… I know what you mean about technology. In regards to the blanket flower, I looked it up and it pretty much looks exactly like a Gerbera only with different colors and more petals. Can’t you just tweak that tutorial to get what you want? Love to see that whale’s tale. Glad you didn’t lose it. Thanks for trying to help Nancy. That is very helpful of you.

    @Nancy: Do you mean the clear rolling pin? That is called an acrylic rod. It is in the clay section of the craft store and is very handy for working with clay. Polymer doesn’t stick to the rod and it leaves a very smooth surface. If you meant something else, ask again. Maybe I will better understand.

  24. jocelyn, 16 August, 2009

    Cindy, yep, I need someone to walk me through all that stuff. Once done, I am fine, but Lord help me if something goes wrong if I try alone first and mess up. Immediate immense anxiety about wrecking a valuable piece of equipment, LOL!

    Was out picking my blanket flowers for a bouquet to give a neighbor when your gerber daisy video came. Immediately saw the resemblance in form, and you are right, just need to tweak the color combos. Using your techniques, it will be beautiful, I am sure.

    Want to try to do some of those huge flower pendants you showed too. The reversible one is a great idea!

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