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Polymer clay flower tutorial by GemDeDude Polymer clay flower tutorial by GemDeDude
I made it! :la:

It took me a lot more to make the tutorial than the flowers! :giggle:

If you have any questions please ask in comments and I will answer them here.

If you use the tutorial, I'd appreciate if you'd link to this tutorial in the description.

Also, I'd like to see the flowers you make. :la: Gimme a link in the comments. I will feature them! :D

Download for better view. ;)

Versiunea īn limba romānă: [link]

EDIT:
Q: Is it fragile?
A: It depends on the size of the flowers, the thickness of the petals and the quality of the clay.
- the bigger the flowers are, the bigger is the possibility to hit them by mistake.
- if the petals are very thin, they are more fragile, of course. You have to find the best size/thickness ratio. :)
- if the clay you use is old and poorly kept, they will break easily. If the clay you use is brand new, it is much more flexible and it does not break, unless you want it to. ;P
- another thing you can do to protect the flowers is to incorporate them in jewelry with other materials, like felt, organza etc., like in my spring set [link] .

I recommend to never make these flowers from other than newly bought clay. Especially if you make them for rings or bracelets. Jewelry for hands has a higher probability of being hit and scratched.

Also, to make sure they don't break, always bake them right after you mold them. The more they stay on your desk in the open air, unbaked, the poorest will their quality be. And this is true for all polymer clay crafts. When I make more things on the same day, I start with the least fragile and end with the most fragile.

Other tutorials of mine:
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ArtfulParadox Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful!!!! Wonderful tutorial!  If you don't mind me asking, how do you make your flowers so thin, but sturdy enough not to break? I use Fimo, sometimes Premo but they tend to bend or break somewhat easily. Boo! Lol 
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Artisan Crafter
From my experience the resistance of the material depends on how fresh the material is. If the clay is old and dry, it will brake. If it's fresh clay, then it is very flexible. And when I say fresh I don't mean freshly bought, because clay can stay on the seller's shelf for a long time. You should look for a supplier who always has fresh clay to sell. :) But no matter what you do, thin petals WILL be easier to brake. So people who wear jewelry made from thin polyclay should be aware that they need to handle and wear it with care. :) When I started to work with clay I used to say to customers that the material is super resistant. That was a mistake, because they expected it to never break no matter what. Now I always tell them they should be careful if they want to keep their stuff beautiful, like with any other material. ^_^

I hope this was helpful in some way. ^_^ :hug:
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ArtfulParadox Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
Thank you so much! It was. I guess I just assumed the craft store had fresh clay since they run out a lot, but I could just be wrong =)   I think I am just extra cautious because I have never personally felt anyone else's clay work to the touch so I don't know how it is expected to feel. Thank you for the help. <3
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heuif Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Hello there! A very good day to you. I found you from deviant art and think it will be interesting to ask if you would like to share your tutorial on our blog? It's a sharing blog for clay art in Malaysia targeting audience specifically for clay, clay artists, and even event organisers who are looking for talents. Posting quality tutorials on our blog will immensely increase your exposure as a clay artist and it'll be a good portfolio for yourself too. All credits will goes to you and at the bottom of the post, I'll put link to your email, blog, facebook, websites, etc. 

Please let me know should you be interested. Hope to hear from you soon.

website : www.malaysiaclayart.com
Contact email : info@malaysiaclayart.com

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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Hi! I like the idea! :D
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heuif Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Hi There! 

Thanks!! Can you please email me a bigger resolution photos of the tutorial? I'll format it to our post and post it together with your name, email, shop, blog any contact information that you wished. Please let me know! 

email : info@malaysiaclayart.com
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heuif Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Hello there! A very good day to you. I found you from deviant art and think it will be interesting to ask if you would like to share your tutorial on our blog? It's a sharing blog for clay art in Malaysia targeting audience specifically for clay, clay artists, and even event organisers who are looking for talents. Posting quality tutorials on our blog will immensely increase your exposure as a clay artist and it'll be a good portfolio for yourself too. All credits will goes to you and at the bottom of the post, I'll put link to your email, blog, facebook, websites, etc. 

Please let me know should you be interested. Hope to hear from you soon.

website : www.malaysiaclayart.com
Contact email : info@malaysiaclayart.com
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FuturisticHedgie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Artist
Its so pretty and this tutorial is amazing!
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug:
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FuturisticHedgie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Artist
Your welcome
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