Polymerized Fabric Roses Polymer Clay Tutorial [Video]

Polymerized Fabric RosesVid #188: “A polycloth
rose is huge on the
WOW scale for me!”

According to Wikipedia, Serendipity means, “a propensity for making fortunate discoveries while looking for something unrelated.” Well… when it comes to polymer clay, this happens to me all the time.

For example, just after publishing the teaser video for my new Polymerized Cloth Technique, I came across an interesting article from Tip Junkie that showed a paper flower made out of recycled magazines. This led me to the Frugal Life Project blog which linked to a tutorial on making paper roses that Splitcoaststampers did back in May 2010.

During this little serendipitous journey, I realized that the paper flower making technique could be easily adapted to work with polymerized cloth for making beautiful fabric roses.

Cindy, I am really inspired by the Polymerized Fabric technique. I have been working on combining my love of fiber with my love of jewelry and polymer clay. This is the perfect marriage. Your Fabric Rose is wonderful!!

This feeling – being passionate about something – is one I haven’t experienced in many years, and your work has played a big part. I simply cannot thank you enough. Serendipity is always such a wonderful surprise, and that’s what happened – the warm weather, the magazine, your course. I never expected any of them, but together they have set me on a course that I’m thoroughly enjoying. ~Linda-D

I love when something unexpected and beautiful happens! Definitely serendipity. ~Silverleaf

The art is in the serendipity of the process. ~Lisa-R

Health experts are always telling seniors (I guess being in my late 70’s qualifies me) to learn new things to keep the brain active. Your tutes are definitely keeping my brain buzzing. A polymer cloth rose next??? Wow – bring it on !! ~Fran-R

Well… coming up tomorrow (Friday, January 21st, 2011) at the Polymer Clay Library I will demonstrate how to use the polymerized cloth you guys made in the Vol-032-1 tutorial, to make some beautiful Polymer Fabric Roses.

Please Note: A general prerequisite for all of my weekly tutorials is that you have a good understanding of the polymer clay basics, including: conditioning clay, using a pasta machine, clay blade and other simple tools, making Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends, baking clay, as well as sanding and finishing. If you need help in these areas, my Polymer Clay Beginners Course will get you up to speed quickly. There is also plenty of free information on this blog. Use the search box at the top of the page to find articles on specific topics.

Supplies & Tools: Video-032-3 Polymerized Fabric Roses:

  • A sample of polymerized cloth in a round or square shape somewhere in the size range between  2″ x 2″ and 4″x4″ depending on the size rose you wish to make. The piece I used was approximately 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square which created a rose approximately 1 1/4″ across and 1″ high. The size that the final rose will be will vary depending on how it is cut and rolled, so these measurements are only approximate.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • Bake and Bond, or liquid polymer clay… though Bake and Bond is stickier and will be easier to use in this technique.
  • Ceramic tile for baking on.
  • Lighter or candle for singing edges (optional).
  • Cardstock for tenting rose while baking.

The full version of the Vid-032-3 Polymerized Fabric Roses video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday January 21st, 2011. But if you would like to see a sneak peek intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.


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The full version of the “Polymerized Fabric Roses” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-032 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Somehow or another I have never come across your website before Cindy. Until last night! I finally decided to give myself an early holiday present and subscribe today. I just watched my very first video, the feather cane, incredible! And you make it look so easy! I have been handsculpting little clay animals and such for years. But lately I have found myself drawn to the beautiful clay beads that I see. I desperately want to broaden my knowledge of polymer clay art. I know the basics, and I know how to put balls of clay together to make animals and flowers, but I want to know the techniques to make the fancy looking stuff too. None of the books I have looked at really give great instructions or a wide variety of projects. Thank you so much for offering such wonderful tutorials, such a wide variety of project ideas, and at such a great price. ~Anita-M

I’m always hoping that other clayers or interested beginners will find Cindy. I always try to spread the word… so they can discover what she has to offer, for themselves. I admit, I was a little ‘unsettled’ yesterday, worried that someone might get the wrong idea — that books are a better way to start out with clay. No way! Cindy is the way to go, for SO many reasons… and it’s especially true for beginning /intermediate clayers… they can really benefit from the foundation of knowledge Cindy offers. Not to mention her unique teaching style… makes it all so simple. Read this blog… you’ll see that ‘before Cindy’ (BC… there’s even an acronym for it!) many of us bought materials we didn’t need. Many of us were doing things the wrong way — because we were using books or “free” tutes that ended up costing more in wasted clay and materials. Those “missing steps” Linda mentioned — so true! There ARE lots of gaps in those books and magazines! Cindy fills them with her step-by-step tutes… we get to see every move she makes, so we know what to expect, and how to deal with any problems that might occur. And of course, she’s here to answer questions if we have them. You never get that with books, magazines, or DVD’s! I’m very fortunate to have the ability to follow directions / instructions easily. I don’t usually need video to understand how to do a technique. BUT, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it! When I saw Cindy’s videos, I became a convert. It was so nice to have it all made so simple (and her tutorials are SO inexpensive!) I haven’t bought a book in a long while, because Cindy’s videos and the inspiration I get here at the blog offer a LONG list of ideas. The new Facebook Gallery adds even more, and really spurs creativity. I still “cheat” occasionally, LOL. I browse the web, and skim through books and mags to see what inspires me. And I would never ‘toss’ my old books. In fact, I now have a better understanding of the written techniques that did have “holes” or “gaps” in them — and that’s because of all the great things I’ve learned here. One last thing Cindy teaches you, is that it’s okay to make mistakes (but you’ll make fewer ones after watching her videos!) She gives you the confidence to practice actually open up that bar of clay… and play with it — you end up learning even more. A big “Thank you!” to Cindy Lietz!

Cindy, You do so much for so little money. I do hope you have many subscribers to make it worth your while. I just purchased this Vol-30 Back Issue with feather canes, kateydid bezels, pod beads and polymer postage stamps. And you also mentioned about faux opals too. I am just so excited to learn about all of the things mentioned so glowingly in the user reviews of back issue packages as soon as possible. Btw, your vintage rose choker is gorgeous and I am excited that you incorporate mixed media with your polymer clay tutorials since I am a big admirer of mixed media art – especially when it features polymer clay. Thank you so much. ~JoAnna-G

The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Polymerized Fabric Roses video tutorial:

  • See examples of several different polymerized fabric roses and the jewelry that was created from them.
  • Discussion of the tools and materials needed to create this fun and simple polymer clay technique.
  • Learn about how simple it really is to make this unique and versatile art bead technique.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with unique versions of your own!

The full version of the “Polymerized Fabric Roses” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Volume-032 Back Issue Package.


  1. pollyanna, 20 January, 2011

    Wow….come on Friday!!!!

  2. Becky C., 20 January, 2011

    All right! Roses are my favorite flower and I was hoping a rose technique would follow the polymerized fabric technique! Can’t wait!

  3. Elizabeth S, 20 January, 2011


  4. fran, 20 January, 2011

    Really glad to see you did this tute.

  5. Koolbraider, 20 January, 2011

    Fantastic! I have tried and tried to make “regular” clay roses and they look awful. But having one made from fabric would be perfect. Have to dig up my stash of fabrics (you know, that “don’t throw it out because you’ll need it someday” 25 years later stuff).

  6. Cheryl B, 20 January, 2011

    Hi Cindy!

    I have to tell you that I’m so enjoying the content of all your videos. As a relative “newbie” to polymer clay, I’ve found them all so helpful and informative. I ordered the beginner course too – even though I have a basic working knowledge of this craft, it’s still nice to have an experienced clayer to learn from. Thanks for letting me “watch over your shoulder”!

    Take care,

  7. Elizabeth S., 21 January, 2011

    Horrors! I’m traveling and forgot to bring my library password! I’ll have to wait until Sunday to watch the tut. Will I survive?

  8. Pollyanna, 21 January, 2011

    Elizabeth…..how you could you leave home without it???
    Cindy…this was a great tute. I think I’m learning too much, I can’t seem to fit it all in. I know it will come in time.
    OT…My oldest grandson had to do a social studies project on King Tut. One of his ideas was to make some clay pots and treasures to put in the treasure room. We both had fun with that one. BTW he’s 11 yrs old.

  9. Silverleaf, 21 January, 2011

    Interesting fabric is one of the things I don’t have a whole stash of! But I’ll definitely try this one if I can find something suitable – we don’t have drier sheets since we don’t have a drier, lol.

    I’m thinking that little roses would look good on hair sticks.

  10. Cheryl Hodges, 21 January, 2011

    Just watched the video. The roses are beautiful, also the one on the soft flex wire necklace. I loved the pink one. Reminds me of the ribbon roses I used to make. I made some for my daughters First communion dress.

  11. Ken H, 21 January, 2011


    Now for a question, how tight of a woven material can you use, obviously you coldn’t use velvet due to plastering down the nap, but would satin work?

  12. Cindy Lietz, 21 January, 2011

    Thanks guys! The greatest thing about this technique is that you really can use almost any type of thinner fabric, even a chunk of an old shirt will work if you like. (Just don’t cut it out while you’re still wearing it… People may talk! LOL)

    The best way to get out of a creative slump or even overwhelm, is to just do. Just pick something and try it. Doesn’t even matter how it turns out. Just the process of doing will get the creative juices flowing again. I am really looking forward to hearing about your Polymerized Fabric adventures!

    @Ken H: Sure satin will work! I used a chunk of satin ribbon in the Polymerized Cloth Tutorial. And don’t rule out velvet. There are some thinner ones out there and the flattened nap may look really cool!

  13. Brenda, 21 January, 2011

    Very neat technique Cindy. I have fallen behind in making anything new this year. I feel like I am in a “blah” state and can’t focus. But this technique I will be doing today. I will post it on your Fb site when it is complete.

  14. Elizabeth S., 22 January, 2011

    Check out Brenda’s polymerized rose on facebook. It’s gorgeous!

  15. Cherie, 22 January, 2011

    Brenda’s rose is just beautiful!

    I’m having trouble uploading photos to the polymer clay gallery on FB. don’t see any icon for photos anymore. Is anyone having the same problem?

  16. Lawrence, 22 January, 2011

    Elizabeth S. thanks for the link to Brenda’s BEAUTIFUL polimerized fabric rose.
    Has anyone seen the cover of the Feb/March Step By Step Wire Jewelry? Just in time to use Cindy’s last two brilliant tutorials. My busy workload doesn’t allow me to try these until the end of Feb., but have it on my “to do” list.

  17. Peggy Barnes, 23 January, 2011

    Another tute to lOVE and thank you both for from the bottom of my heart. Not sure how you do it. I shouldn’t even ask just THANK GOD you do. The talent the two of you have and the way you blend it is just like a great marriage. Lots of hard work give a little here and there add a lot of love and respect and BOOM you have the best PC TUTE TEAM ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you both

    Now is Friday and weekends open mic also still. I found a awesome cane I was wondering if you knew anything about you two? ?Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern. Not sure where this person found it or who first came up with it. I saw it on my facebook and fell in love with it and thought maybe you might know something about it. If so I thought maybe you might be able to do a tute on it someday soon.

    Love and Uuuuuuggggs, Peggy

  18. Cindy Lietz, 23 January, 2011

    Thanks everyone! You are all so sweet and make me very happy with your kind comments!

    @Peggy Barnes: This is the perfect place for Open Mic comments like this. I know exactly which cane design you’re talking about. I too am not sure who did it first, but you’re right in saying it is a great looking cane. I’ll have to play with it for awhile and see if I can bring anything new to the idea. It has definitely ‘been done’ but I may be able to put my own little spin on it. We’ll see.

  19. Elizabeth S., 23 January, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Rustic Arizona Style Beads: Rustic Arizona Style Beads???? Is this a hint of something coming???

  20. Cindy Lietz, 25 January, 2011

    @Elizabeth S.: It wasn’t actually a hint Elizabeth, I was just linking to an older post so people wouldn’t forget about it. But you’ve got me thinking. The Arizona Beads are such great looking beads and they are quite simple to do. They would be a great thing to share in a future tutorial. Thanks for the reminder!

  21. Silverleaf, 25 January, 2011

    I made some pretty “serendipity” beads inspired by the Arizona beads.

    I was trying out the extruder flower cane and because it was my first try I expected to mess it up, so I just grabbed any old colours from my work surface – a pale ecru type colour, a warm bright red and a forest green – and made the cane. It worked fine but I didn’t like it because it had too much contrast to it, so I was just about to ball it up and add to my scrap pile when I thought about the Arizona beads and decided to experiment with the idea…

    … and ended up making three stripy tube beads which I really like. You can see the necklace I made from them by clicking on my name.

  22. Elizabeth S., 26 January, 2011

    @Cindy Lietz from Heart Shaped beads for Valentines: Oh yeah! I remember them now and appreciate the reminder-definitely a tut I need to revisit. These senior brain farts (did she really just say that?) seem to be happening more and more regularly. It is sort of nice to have an excuse to fall back upon, though.

  23. Cindy Lietz, 27 January, 2011

    @Silverleaf: I meant to pop in here the other day and tell you how great your beads turned out. I love the color of them. Also wanted to congratulate you on being featured on Iris Mishly’s blog the other day. That must have felt great! I know how nice it is to get a little recognition for your work. Makes you feel appreciated!

    @Elizabeth S.: We can always count on you to say something fun! That is why we love you so much! :-)

  24. Phaedrakat, 28 January, 2011

    Cool tute! Thanks, Cindy…your creativity is amazing! I love the look of the singed edges; it’s a great look with certain fabrics (like your gallery necklace.) I was wondering about the use of decorative scissors on the outside edge…for more “dainty” fabrics & colors. Has anyone tried anything like that? Cindy’s idea of adding a bit of glitter glue/fabric shimmer paint on the edge would look cool, too. Or maybe mix some Pearl Ex, Embossing Powder, glitter, etc. into some TLS or Bake & Bond, and “pipe” it/paint it on the edges (to keep it completely ‘polymerized’, LOL…) I have to try this tomorrow, when I have access to my work table again, haha!

    @Silverleaf: Congrat’s on the feature at Iris’ blog! Must’ve been exciting to see the increased activity and discover it “that way”. Your Etsy pieces are looking great, BTW. Congratulations again!

    Off Topic: @Elizabeth S.: I’m not a senior yet, but I certainly have memory lapses. As for your brain ____’s, Manny probably prefers them to the other type? (Hmmm…too much? Yeah, I definitely shouldn’t have said that…but you started it, LOL!) Wait, I just remembered how perfect you are…there’s no such thing for you! :D

  25. Elizabeth S., 23 January, 2011

    WOOHOO! I just got home from my daughter’s house and couldn’t fire up the computer fast enough. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tut. It was the perfect homecoming gift . Thank you. Thank you.

  26. Silverleaf, 28 January, 2011

    Thank you Cindy, the colour surprised me a little because the red is so prominent, when in the original cane I used equal amounts of red, green and ecru, so it gave me a good reminder of how strong the red pigments can be.

    I didn’t realise that I’d been featured until I looked at my Google Analytics stats and noticed for that day my page views were way up, and I hadn’t posted on Facebook or anything that day, or listed any new pieces of jewellery. But then I found out that lots of people had got to my site through polymerionline.blogspot.com so it was a really nice surprise to see myself there! :)

  27. gloriela philpotts, 18 May, 2011

    I would very much like to become a member. I’m new to polymer clay and jewelry making.

  28. Cindy Lietz, 19 May, 2011

    @gloriela philpotts: Welcome! Myself as well as many of other members here would love for you to join this fun, supportive and friendly community :-) The link by my name just above, will provide you with information on how to get started.

    Please do let everyone know what part of the country or world you are from :-) :-)

  29. Phaedrakat, 20 May, 2011

    @gloriela philpotts: Welcome, Gloriela! I hope you joined up, as Cindy’s videos are fantastic, and membership is SUCH a super deal! Hope to see you join in at the blog posts, as well…
    ~Kat, Riverside, CA, USA (Where are you from?)

  30. Roshin K, 01 November, 2015

    Hi Cindy

    Just wanted to know…. if i can bake polymerized cloth in a normal baking tray…. or is it important to bake it in a ceramic tile…… ( where can I buy a ceramic tile)


  31. Cindy Lietz, 02 November, 2015

    Hi Roshin, you can bake it on a glass pan, a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper instead if you wish, but don’t bake it on paper because it will stick or on metal because it may scorch. You can easily find smooth ceramic tiles in building/hardware stores like home depot. Often you can buy one as a sample, very cheap.

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