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Polymer Clay Gerbera Flower Cane

Vid #120: “I love the videos you send every week. They really do inspire me!” ~Abby-M

This week’s video tutorial to be posted in the Polymer Clay Library on Friday Aug 21, is the third in a 3 part mini series focused on building a Gerbera Flower Cane.

Listed as Volume 015-4, it will show you how to create the full Gerbera Flower Cane by combining the flower cane centers you made in Volume 015-2 (Vid #118) and the flower petal cane from Volume 015-3 (Vid #119). Also you will learn how to pack the background of your full Gerbera Cane using extruded translucent polymer clay.

This video tutorial contains helpful information that can be used for creating any flower cane, since you can easily change the flower center and flower petal designs to create a whole new flower pattern.

The full Vol-015-4 tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday August 21st, 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 “Gerbera Flower Cane” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-015 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

I cannot say enough about Cindy and her site! As for the cost, I have saved the cost many times over just by saving on time and materials using her steps and tips and suggestions. The site is a huge treasury of information both for the beginner and the experienced polyclay artist. In addition, Cindy is the most wonderful person when it comes to customer service and answering questions. I am a beginner and I have had some pretty simple questions but she always takes the time to answer. ~Suanough

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

  • See examples of the completed Gerbera Cane reduced down to various sizes, even as small as 1/4″ for using as Fimo Nail Art (tiny cane slices used for decorating fingernails).
  • How to reduce, cut and combine the flower center and petal canes to create an 8 petaled Gerbera flower cane.
  • LearnĀ  the importance of color contrast in the cane making process.
  • Use a clay extruder to make easy to pack ‘invisible’ backgrounds for your flower cane.
  • The importance of keeping the background to a minimum in order to reduce the ‘halo’ effect of the translucent clay .
  • Learn about the difference between regular Premo Translucent clay and Premo Frost clay.

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

  1. Meg Blevins, 17 August, 2009

    Your site is teaching me so much; wish we were neighbors so that I could bring you tea and banana bread while you teach!

  2. Cindy Lietz, 17 August, 2009

    Yummmm!!! I love banana bread :) :)

  3. DaisySoapGirl, 20 August, 2009

    I love this site and really have to get back into creating. Maybe I’ll work on some things for Christmas gifts.

  4. Jocelyn, 21 August, 2009

    Wow! Now that was one excellent tutorial series, Cindy. Thank you! I learned so much and had so much fun trying each of the components!

    Finally, someone demonstrated the need and proper procedure for adding the registration line. Now I understand why so many of my ealier attempts at canes failed. By trying to reduce them by rolling them like a snake, the inner contents got all twisted and irregular.

    So many wonderful tips, and the final result is spectacular. Due to the nature of the flower chosen, many other natural flowers can be done using the same techniques but changing the colors: blanket flowers, ox-eyed daisies, sunflowers, primroses, phlox, marsh pinks, violets, genetians (ahaha, can tell I have the wildflower book out now…).

    Just an incredible value for the cost of membership and one series of videos.

  5. Joyce, 21 August, 2009

    This is wonderful, Cindy. It answers so many question I didn’t know how to ask. Will enjoy this technique tremendously. Thanks so much!

  6. Melinda, 21 August, 2009

    Very good tutorial today. I’m so glad you kept your cane at a reasonable size…. I’ve seen lots of sites where they use literally pounds of clay to make a cane. I would just sit back amazed and astounded at the sheer volume of clay and huge amt of money. Now eventually I got past that hurdle and scaled back measurements for my canes and eventually learned the little tips you freely gave out in these tutorials. I really wish I had this a year ago. Fabulous teaching!!!! AND I love the petal which is different than any of the petals I’ve learned before and the center made by the extruder is GREAT!!!! It makes such a nice natural center. I will definitely be using that center a lot! Thanks

  7. Catherine, 21 August, 2009

    Cindy, I have found that your tutorials are so easy to follow and easy to understand. I prefer to learn by seeing and your videos definitely do that and more. I am so glad that I came across your website because I found that your videos and membership are so reasonably priced. Again, thanks for your hard work and I, too, soon hope to submit some of my works for your Spotlight.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 21 August, 2009

    @DaisySoapGirl: It is the perfect time to start thinking about making stuff for Christmas. Lots of time to make things how you want them, without rushing too much!

    @Jocelyn: Thank you so much for your comment! As an experienced clayer who has seen a lot of tutorials, it means a lot to hear your comments. Someone new to clay may not notice the little tips that will make their lives easier. They may just assume that is how everyone does it. Thank you for pointing that out. I do try very hard to make things as easy as possible for people.

    @Joyce: I love your comment. How could you know what to ask if you don’t know what is going wrong? I am so glad the tutorial solved some problems for you!

    @Melinda: I am so glad you said that! I just can’t bear to use 13lbs of clay (trust me I’ve seen a cane that big) on one cane design. If you made a living selling canes, that would make sense, but most people don’t do that. Plus as a beginner to cane making, why would you want to spend $50 on one cane that could turn out ugly? Better to make a tiny cane that you can flatten if it is ugly and roll into a cool flower center cane! Pleased to hear you’re so happy with the tutorials! :-)

    @Catherine: Thank you so much for your comment! I feels really good to hear you are getting such good value from the videos! I can’t wait to see your beads and do a spotlight on you!

    *For those of you who do not know what a Spotlight is, it is a feature where we ‘spotlight’ one of our member’s polymer clay projects inspired by the video tutorials. If you want to see the most recent spotlight feature of Rob Kerfoot’s work, click the Rock Tumbler link by my name.

  9. Catalina, 24 August, 2009

    Great video! This was my first series that I followed on schedule! But, I made one mistake. I started with some scrape clay – Sculpey III. It did mess up a bit and I knew I should have used Premo like you stated in the video. But, I did learn a lot from your technique.

    The first cane I ever made was of an eye ball! I decided that would be really cool. Since I didn’t have a clue how to really build a cane, it did come out pretty well. But, what do you do with an eye ball? I think I’ll stick with flowers for now. :)

  10. Stephanie Bargelski, 28 August, 2009

    I don’t understand Cindy, I thought I would get a lesson every Friday. I didn’t get one today.. Is it still coming. Also I send an e mail this morning, thought you would have responded by now.. Getting a little concerned.
    Thanks hope to hear from you soon.

  11. Jocelyn, 28 August, 2009

    Stephanie, please see the following link for an explanation of how Friday’s video was handled this week: Polymer Clay Tutor Good News Bad News

    Also, this link below gives a video today different from the norm:
    Polymer Clay Tutor Interview Video

    It’s fun to see Cindy, the whole person, in this one, LOL! Hope this helps you out.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 30 August, 2009

    @Catalina: LOL That is too funny! You could make those evil eye beads that ward off evil spirits, with your eyeball cane! Or you can save it for making into a face cane down the road. Glad you liked the flower cane. You’ll find lots of uses for it!

    @Stephanie: I was away for a few days and that was why I hadn’t responded to your email yet. Thankfully Jocelyn answered your question quite beautifully. Although there are usually videos on each Friday, our software in the video library only accounts for there being 4 weeks a month. Which means, every once in awhile when there is a month with 5 Fridays, there won’t be a regular tutorial video. We do try to make that week fun still, by doing something else… like showing a different video, having a special article, adding recipes, etc. so you aren’t disappointed. Glad to hear you love the videos so much that you can’t miss a single one though! :-)

    @Jocelyn: Thank you so much for helping out Stephanie!! I appreciate that very much! I am sending you virtual hugs right now, for all your help! :-)

  13. Betsy Butler, 18 September, 2009

    Hi Cindy,

    I tried the Gerbera Flower cane, and it’s the most beautiful cane I’ve made yet! I’m looking forward to seeing more of them. I just love all your videos! I never thought of making beads with my polymer clay canes until I found your website.


  14. Cindy Lietz, 18 September, 2009

    Thank you so much Betsy for sharing those kind words. I really appreciate it!

  15. Michelle C, 09 January, 2010

    Thanks for replying so quickly and completely to my customer service email questions… not that I would expect anything else from you… I know it’s the way you work and I appreciate it… THANKYOU!

  16. Cindy Lietz, 09 January, 2010

    My Pleasure Michelle. Thanks for being part of the community!

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