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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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:icontheelementofmagic:
TheElementOfMagic Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Hi! 

I'd just like to say I love this tutorial, I think it's very well made. :) (Smile) 
I'm just a little stuck on what to do from the point of uniting the two lots of pieces, to obtaining the long shape from which the ends are cut off.
(So from step 6 to step 7)

Is it just a case of molding the united pieces into the long shape?
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Yes. :) When you press them on the sides to get the tear shape you also get a longer shape. The smaller the tear, the longer the shape. ^_^
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO beautiful. 
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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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:iconheuif:
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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:icongemdedude:
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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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This will be very useful!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :hug:
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Ari-Heart-Matsuri Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah pretty!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :lol: Flowers are one of the easiest for earrings I think XD
Made some dogwood blossoms for an engagement gift for my sister
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YourLoveisWicked Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
How long do you usually bake these? I always tend to burn mine
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:iconyourloveiswicked:
YourLoveisWicked Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
How long do you usually bake these? I always tend to burn mine...
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Well, haven't you tested your oven? If you USUALLY burn them... you should learn from those mistakes. :) My oven is on gas and I'm pretty sure you don't have one as mine. ;P I cannot even tell what temperature is inside it. :lol: I just know that on small fire I have to bake them for 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness.

My advice is to experiment and see at how long you have to keep them and at what temperature for them not to burn. It's not healthy for you (and it can get expensive too) to usually burn them. :)
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:iconyourloveiswicked:
YourLoveisWicked Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Oh I've never really gotten actual advise on the oven, haha. I usually look at the packet for the polymer clay I buy, but they only say it for something that's a 1/4 of an inch thick, and only say adjust the time, but not the temperature. When I bake things as delicate and thin as flowers, it ends up coming out to something like 30 seconds in the oven, which just doesn't do it. haha.

I guess I'll just experiment a bit!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Well, if I could have an exact temperature in my oven, I'd totally use the one they mention on the package and just change the time. But my oven is not smart enough to do that. ;P Experimenting is always good though. Good luck and be safe! :D
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GingerSnapClay Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very pretty
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Artisan Crafter
thanks :D
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GingerSnapClay Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your welcome :)
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Chicky25 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:woohoo: Amazing beautiful! Awesome! I Love it....
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Kichisama666 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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GypsyPup Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Thank you so much for your tutorial :) They are extremely beautiful flowers
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it! Thank you too! :hug:
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:iconstella-sama:
Stella-sama Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
woah! this is cool! :D i will try it :3
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! Have fun! :D
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Stella-sama Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
thankies:3
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Ooooh, lovely result ^.^
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D The flowers made with this tut are always interesting. :D
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newneycandy123 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
making .-.
i cant wait to try it!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yay! Can't wait to see what you make. :D
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WaterlilyDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I FINALLY sat down and used this last night, and it was SO MUCH FUN! It was very easy to follow, and my flowers came out lovely!! I am sure I will be making more of them! I just need to take pictures and then I will post them and link back here! :)
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yay! :D I'm happy it was fun! I'm sure they came out great! I'll take a look these days and see them. :D
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:iconjustsuey:
JustSuey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are so awesome! XD Thanks for making such a great tutorial!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so! :D You're welcome! :la:
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okaminojo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Photographer
awesome and so pretty
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
thanks! :D
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AmyLinesAndColour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Going to try this out! <3 Thank you for sharing!
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem! :D I'm glad you find it useful! :hug:
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   General Artist
this is really cool! thank you for sharing!!!
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:icongemdedude:
GemDeDude Featured By Owner May 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome and than you too! :D
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