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Poppy Beads

Vid #125: “Yes, yes, a big yes for the poppy beads! Please show us how to make them!” ~Squash

Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things! Like the innocence of a young child’s precious smile gazing up at you with admiration. Like a beautifully colored oak or maple leaf falling lazily to ground in the crisp Autumn air. And like whimsical Poppy Beads sculpted from your polymer clay!

You are going to love creating these beads. They are so simple to make and so cool looking! Just look at this Poppy Bead Bracelet. Isn’t it neat?

Yes, yes, a big yes for the poppy beads! Please show us how to make them! I just saw the bracelet in this week’s [Beaded S-Hook] video and the poppies look spectacular. I love every new technique you come up with and this kind of video would be so helpful. Modeling is not my forte and seeing how you make sculptural beads just pushes me to go beyond my abilities. I also enjoyed the calla lily beads and the roses. Thank you, Cindy! ~Squash

Luckily, you will get the chance to learn how to make these funky, modern, stylized flower beads in this week’s video release.

The full version of the Vid-017-1 tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday October 2nd, 2009. But if you would like to see a sneak peak intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “Poppy Beads” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Vol-017 Back Issue Package.

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The following topics are included in this “Poppy Beads” video tutorial:

  • Using a custom color blend from the Alpine Succulent Palette, or the color of your choice, you will learn how to create stunning poppy flower beads that are perfect for adding to many of your jewelry making projects.
  • With a few simple and inexpensive tools I will show you how to form each blossom so quickly, that you may think it is too easy!
  • Learn how to avoid leaving finger prints to minimize the amount of sanding required after the beads are baked.
  • Tricks for measuring the clay so that you can have whatever sized flower bead you want.
  • Ideas on how to bake and wire up the beads into charms for necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings.

The full version of the “Poppy Beads” preview video shown above, is now available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Vol-017 Back Issue Package.

  1. Claycass, 28 September, 2009

    Cindy I remember when polymer clay enthusiast spent their days in hardware and kitchen supply stores for their tool. Did you know that a garlic press is a great tool for creating tiny worms. The pasta machine came from the kitchen. So for those people who can’t find those tools they will need to be inventive. Look around the house and be creative.

  2. aims, 28 September, 2009

    I’m looking forward to this Cindy – anything unusual and I’m in there!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 28 September, 2009

    @Claycass: Great point, I’m always about improvising! If you don’t have these tools (which I will use in future projects, so you may want to try and get them eventually) then I have just now thought of a couple of tools you could use instead. A marble or large bead glued onto a stick, pencil or some kind of rod could work to replace the large stylus. You would have to use a super strong glue like an epoxy. A small straw could also work to replace the etch and pearl tool. Hope that helps those that need to improvise for now.

    @aims: Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! :-)

  4. Claycass, 28 September, 2009

    I love your bracelet. Poppies are popular with Veterans Day in the USA. I don’t see as many veterans selling them as I did when I was a child but I do remember them being sold in the fall.

    Earlier you said that you found copper wire at the hardware store. I seem to be unlucky. I have only seen covered wire that I would have to strip. I guess I better go get some, so that I can be ready for Friday.

  5. Jeanne, 28 September, 2009

    I have found polymer clay tools can be expensive like any craft so I’m always looking for items I can use in their place. The last trip to the dentist I decide to ask them if they had any instruments they couldn’t use anymore, I told them I worked with polymer clay, she said she would check, when she came back she handed me 11 different tools!! WOW I felt like a hit the jack-pot! So many different tips all perfect for claying. :)

  6. Polyanya, 29 September, 2009

    Ooh whats happened to the blog format? It appears to have changed.

  7. Jocelyn, 29 September, 2009

    Cindy, love this poppy bracelet and cannot wait to try it! Another great design with casual all season wearability. But, especially with the reds in the upcoming holiday season, think they’d be very popular.

    Cannot wait to see how the tools are used, too.

    Love the copper bracelet, but doubt my hands would hold up to much wire work. Anyone have good sites for purchasing the copper components and bracelets?

  8. Cindy Lietz, 29 September, 2009

    @Claycass: Did you try Home Depot? Ours here has huge spools of copper wire cable that you can buy by the foot. The wires are bare, so you don’t have to strip them. You just have to untwist the strands.

    @Jeanne: My husband Doug’s dad is a retired dentist, so I got all his dental tools and drill bits. Teeth are pretty hard so when the tools get the least bit dull they just throw the tools and bits out. They are still incredibly sharp and are great for polymer clay. I think most dentists would be happy to give them you to you instead. Cool you thought of asking!

    @Polyanya: Yeah things have changed a little with the format. The blog software had to be upgraded and with upgrades come a few changes. Expect to see a few more, over time. (I’ve been looking at the same site for almost two years now, so it’s a bit of a shock for me to see the new format. I like it though and hopefully everyone gets used to it fast!)

    @Jocelyn: Thanks! I’m glad you like the beads. There are several sellers on Etsy the make copper headpins, jump rings and other components very inexpensively. Just search for ‘copper findings’ in the supplies section.

  9. Claycass, 29 September, 2009

    I noticed the change immediate. But I figured it most have been an improvement from the old, ie. loads quicker, takes up less memory, something…. But I missed the old. I came to – let’s say – enjoyed it. This layout is really white.

  10. Tania, 02 October, 2009

    Loved it Cindy thanks so much :) you are the best!

  11. Silverleaf, 02 October, 2009

    Liking this video Cindy! Fun technique, might have to mix up a load of reds and have a go!

  12. Sue Whelan, 02 October, 2009

    Since poppies are one of my favourite flowers, I’m all over this great video, Cindy. Off to check out Michaels for the Sculpey tools. Love the bracelet. I can just see one done with jet swarovskis interspersed with little bunches of poppies hanging off jump rings. Yippee!

  13. JoyceM, 02 October, 2009

    These are so cool. Had the tools on hand so mixed up the Succulent Red and it was off to make the poppies. Will have to try some other colors too. Really had fun with this. Thanks Cindy.

  14. pamagela, 02 October, 2009

    Cindy, thanks for sharing in a future tutorial for how to use copper to make the pistil,

  15. lynn watts, 02 October, 2009

    I ask for the tools from a dentist and I was told NO because of spreading germs or something like that. So I found some simular tools at Harbour Freight. They are picks for mechanical purposes or something like that. I have found alot of neat things at that store. I figured if the dentist just got rid of the tools why not give them to somebody that could use them. They know I work in polymer clay and still no go on the tools. Oh well where there is a will there is a way. Hello hardware store etc; no place is above or below the eyes of an artist. My family tease me cause all I think about is “can I get texture from that or a mold.” Oh well you never have to much of a good thing no matter where it comes from.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 02 October, 2009

    Thank you everyone!

    @pamagela: I will make a tutorial on the copper head pins in the future. Thanks for asking!

    @lynn: Just ask them to sterilize the instruments first. Surely if they can put them into someone else’s mouth, you can use them for clay. Sounds like you found what you needed though. That is cool!

  17. Peggy, 03 October, 2009

    Love the new video and hope to try to make some this weekend. I need the Etch and Pearl Set from Sculpey so hopefully Hobby Lobby will have it and I can use the 40% off coupon they have on internet site this week. If not I think I might try just putting half of a small round bead on it. Wish me luck either way I am going to try smiling all the way.

  18. Cindy Lietz, 03 October, 2009

    Another option to the Etch and Pearl tools Peggy, is to use a small straw. If you make the ball slightly bigger than the straw opening, you can push the ball onto the flower with the straw. The edges will ooze out and get embedded like it does with the pearl tool. Plus since the straw is open, the top will stay domed and won’t get flattened out.

  19. Zuleykha, 06 October, 2009

    I use these Sculpey tools just the same way you do to make 3D flowers. Those tools are great! Only I make flowers out of cane slices. :)

  20. Lisa Whitham, 29 October, 2009

    Do you know a reliable place online we can order the tools to make the poppy beads? One that ships to/in the U.S.?


  21. Cindy Lietz, 30 October, 2009

    Hi Lisa! Polymer Clay Express would be a good place to get the tools online.

  22. Karen Sexton, 28 December, 2009

    A question: After viewing a video (in the members’ area), what’s the quickest way to return to the others in that set?

    I’m enjoying the videos! Good job!

  23. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2009

    Hi Karen,

    Glad to hear you are enjoying the videos. Now to answer your question about the quickest way to return to the other videos in Volume set. There are a couple of ways to do this.

    If you are viewing newer videos, the best way is to click on the “Home” page Link. There is a “Home” link in the top navigation bar at the members library site. And there is also one in the right side bar. The home page allows you to visually scroll through the content in the library from newest to oldest. At the bottom of the Home page is a link that says “Next Page” which allows you to keep browsing all the way to the very beginning of Volume-000 if you like.

    But if you are wanting to go straight to older videos, the quickest way is to use the “Back-Issues” link. Again you will find this link reference in both the top navigation bar at the members library site, as well as in the right side bar. When you get to the back issue page, scroll down to the Volume you want to watch, and then click where it says… “If You Already Own This Volume…”

  24. Cindy Lietz, 23 April, 2010


    Polymer Clay Tribal Purse Bead Project by Lisa Whitham

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Poppy Flower Beads), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Lisa-W. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  25. Mickey McGuire, 12 January, 2012

    Where do i find the color succulent red?

  26. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Mickey,

    Succulent Red is the name of the color recipe I created for Vol-017-B Alpine Succulent Flower Palette.

    If you have been subscribed to my weekly newsletter for a while, you make have access to that color recipe. If not, we are planning to make archives available of the older B-recipes at some point. Just have not had enough time to get that project done yet.

  27. Louise S, 31 March, 2012

    (From October 2, 2009 at 8:52 pm)
    “@pamagela: I will make a tutorial on the copper head pins in the future. Thanks for asking!”

    Cindy, did you ever make a tutorial for these head pins with the cute little ball on the end? I would really like to learn to make these, especially on these poppy flowers.

  28. Cindy Lietz, 03 April, 2012

    Hi Louise, I didn’t technically do a tutorial on making the beaded headpins, but I did post a bunch of other people’s videos and some of my own commentary on the technique. Here is the post where you can learn about Making Your Own Jewelry Headpins.

  29. Anita C, 12 April, 2012

    Hi Cindy,

    I am so enjoying learning from you. You do a fantastic job and I REALLY appreciate it! I did some bead wraps and also the poppy bead tonight watching the video. I look forward to a lot more. Thank you!!!


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