Making a flower cane from Polymer Clay is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, I am not quite sure why I haven’t. You would think with my love of including flowers in my jewellery it would have been one of the first things I would have tried to do, if I’m honest, maybe I was just scared and thought they were really difficult and complicated to make. Well no it’s not really, yes it takes a while and making beads afterwards is not a quick process either, but the satisfaction of seeing the flower appear in your cane, once you have put it all together, squeezed it, rolled it, pinched and stretched it and finally cut off the messy ends is amazing. You really do feel quite proud of yourself.
Here are the first two flower canes I made, one with 6 petals and one with just 5.
I made the first by following a time-lapse video on YouTube, a brilliant video but not the easiest to follow without pausing it every few seconds if you are trying to learn and it is difficult to work out the sizes etc. Here is the link to the video, if you are interested Polymer Clay Millefiori Project.
After making the flower canes, I was asked if I would do a tutorial, to show others how to do it. Obviously I refer you to the YouTube video above, but usually when I am trying to learn how to make something for the first time, I prefer to follow a step by step guide using photos, so I can take my time. So here is my version of the flower cane tutorial.
For this cane I decided I wanted to make a flower that looked a bit like a daisy. So I chose to use white for the petals, a self mixed grey (with glitter), a self mixed green for the outside and yellow and gold for the centre. (You will see it didn’t quite turn out exactly like a daisy though, I blame it on the gold!)
You will need:
4 or 5 colours of Polymer Clay (I use Fimo Soft)
Pasta Machine or Rolling Pin
Long Blade for cutting
A mat or glass cutting board.
1. Once you have decided the colours you want your flower to be, condition each piece of clay to ensure it is soft and not crumbly, you will need more of the colour you will be using for the outside of the petals and around the whole thing, ie. for me the green.
White, Green, Gold, Yellow
White mixed with grey and silver effect clay
2. Take the clay you want to use for your petals (Colour 1) (mine was white) and roll this into a cylinder approx 3″ long and about 1.5″ fat.
3. Take the clay you want to edge the petal with first (Colour 2) (I used the grey as I didn’t want a colour to show to strongly). Put this through your pasta machine, setting 4 or roll to approx 2mm thick.
4. Using the white cylinder of clay as a guide, cut the grey clay to this width, then roll the clay just over half way around the cylinder and cut.
5. Take the next colour of clay you want to use (Colour 3) (green for me) and do the same as you did with the grey and gently squeeze it together to ensure there is no trapped air.
6. Next you need to make 3 cuts lengthways in the white clay. Using your blade cut down the centre approx 1cm (this does depend on how thick your cylinder is) then do 2 further cuts on either side. Pull them slightly apart
7. Now choose the colour you want to use to add a vein to your petal. I used the grey (Colour 2), but in the first 2 canes I made I used what would be your Colour 3. Cut a strip of clay (check the size to your slits) and insert into the centre cut, then do the same with the other 2 cuts.