Margaret Schindel has designed, created and sold one-of-a-kind and custom handcrafted jewelry for decades. She loves sharing her techniques.
Colorful Blooms to Wear Year-Round!
Many polymer clay tutorials exist for making either very basic or realistic flowers. I have designed something different: colorful, cheerful and fun polymer clay flower jewelry to wear all year long. These playful flowers will brighten your outfits—and your spirits—even during the cold, drab winter months.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create your own whimsical polymer clay flowers in whatever size you wish and then turn them into brooches, pins, pendant, rings or earrings. Choose your favorite color combinations and add your own personal flair to the petals and centers to make your creations unique!
This project is easy enough for polymer clay newbies to complete successfully and also unusual and pretty enough to interest intermediate crafters who have experience with this material.
Note: All photos on this page were taken by the author and may not be used without written permission.
Polymer Clay Fantasy Flower Jewelry Step-by-Step Tutorial
- Choose three contrasting colors of polymer clay.
- Condition them and create a modified Skinner blend sheet.
- Apply metal leaf to the sheet and crackle it.
- Slice the clay into strips and arrange them in a patchwork pattern.
- Create the backing sheet and apply the patchwork sheet.
- Cut out and shape the flower petals.
- Assemble the flower and embellish the center.
- Bake at the recommended polymer clay curing temperature.
- Glaze or varnish the front of the flower.
- Glue on a brooch or pin back, bail, ring or earring finding.
Step 1: Choose Three Contrasting Polymer Clay Colors
Choose two main colors of polymer clay for your fantasy flower. They should be strongly contrasting colors that mix nicely. For example, I chose yellow and red, which are high contrast colors and become orange when mixed. Yellow and blue would have been equally good choices since they contrast well and become green when combined.
But green and red would not have been a good color combination because they become a muddy brown when mixed together. It is a good idea to try mushing together small amounts of the two colors you want to use to make sure you like the color they create when mixed.
Choose a third color of clay as an accent color that contrasts well with the two main colors and also with the color they create when blended. I chose a light wasabi green that contrasted well with not only against the yellow and red but also with the orange mixture they would create. You will need only a very small amount of this accent color.
Use a High-Quality Clay
I recommend using either Premo! Sculpey or Kato Polyclay for jewelry making. Both are high-quality formulas that are strong and not brittle after curing if they are baked according to the respective manufacturers' recommended temperatures. Premo Sculpey is easier to find and comes in a very wide range of premixed colors. It's what I used for this project.
Kato Polyclay is great, too but is firmer than Premo and needs more conditioning. FIMO Professional is also excellent, but I recommend it only for very experienced or professional users because it includes a very limited number of colors designed specifically for mixing custom color blends, which is not as intuitive when working with polymer clay as it is when mixing paints.
Tip: Don't use Sculpey III for anything except kids' projects! It's a much weaker formula that is more brittle after baking and breaks easily.
Step 2: Condition the Polymer Clay and Create a Modified Skinner Blend Sheet
Next, you will create a color gradient, using a slight modification of the popular "Skinner blend" technique.
- Condition the lighter of the main colors using a pasta machine dedicated exclusively to this purpose. (If you don't have one, see the alternate instructions for conditioning and rolling out by hand.) The amount of each color you need will depend on the size you want your flower to be. I usually condition half of a 2-ounce block of each of the two main colors to make sure I have enough for a large brooch/pin-sized flower.
- Roll out the conditioned clay at the pasta machine's thickest setting (#1 on an Atlas brand pasta machine) and place it on a clean sheet of wax paper.
- Repeat with the darker main color.
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Cut the Triangles for the Modified Skinner Blend
- Cut matching squares or rectangles (mine were about 2.5" square) from the light and dark color sheets.
- Cut each square or rectangle half diagonally into triangles.
- Take one triangle of each color and reassemble it into a square or rectangle, pressing the edges together where the two colors meet so that the triangles stick together as a single sheet, as shown in the photo below.
- Repeat with the remaining two triangles.