Charming Clay Flowers Tutorial

I have to admit that I’m one of those moms who enjoys playing play dough with my daughter. I find it fun and relaxing to sit down and create with it and then smoosh it up and put it away. There’s no agenda, it’s fun to squoosh in between your fingers, and the colors are pretty. Every now and then we also get clay, the more grown up version of play dough. I saw this brooch and flowers on BHLDN and decided to take a trip and buy me and the little one some clay to play around with.

My daughter got a pack with some pretty colors and I got some plain ole white. We sat down and began to create. She made towers and I made these:

Charming Clay Flower

Earrings on

Aren’t they just so elegant looking? It makes me want to go find some fancy dress to wear with it.

Originally I was just going to make the brooch, but then I had extra leftover and thought a pair of earrings would be lovely as well. Maybe I’ll make a ring or make some for a necklace next?

Charming Clay Flower Earrings

I’m sure by now you are ready to find out how to make them! Here is what you will need:

-Clay (the kind you bake to harden it)
-Something for the center (I used a vintage earring on the brooch and a small bead on the earrings)
-Wax paper
-Pan to bake it in
-A strong glue (I used E-600, industrial strength glue)
-Clay glaze (I used Sculpey Glaze from Micheal’s)
-Desired backing (earring backs, pin back, etc)

On wax paper, I started off by softening the clay some. The wax paper helps not make your work surface messy and at the end you will just lift it up with the flower and place it into a pan.

Then for the brooch, I made ten balls about the size of the end of my thumb. For the earrings I made ten balls as well, but they were a lot smaller.

Then I molded each one into a flower petal looking piece.

Next, create a ball and squoosh it flat. This will be what you rest all of the petals on. Make sure it is size appropriate.

Lay the first layer of five petals down. Push down at the middle to squish the petals to the round bottom piece.

Then place the second layer of five petals on. I alternated the petals so you could see the edges of both layers. Squoosh the middle of the petals down again to make sure they are secure.

Take the object you are using for the center and press it into the middle to create a mold of where it will go. This makes sure the piece will fit in place after baked. See the earring impression here?

Now lift up your wax paper, with your creation on it, and place it into a baking tray. Follow the directions for your clay on how to bake it.

Once it is done and cooled off, paint on a coat of the glaze. I did the top, let it dry, then flipped it over and did the underneath of the petals.

Then put some glue in the spot where the middle piece will go and place the piece in place. Let dry.

Last but not least, add your backing. I used the same glue again to make sure everything stayed in place.

Now you have some charming clay flowers to wear, use for decoration, etc. The sky’s the limit!

If you make some, please share with us here! I love to see your take on things :)

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  1. says

    Very cool. I’ve been wanting to pull my clay out for a while now (I have a couple of things that I want to make) but baby garments keep getting my fore-most attention. You are looking totally Yummy Mummy by the way!!! Hope you have a great day!
    S xxx

  2. says

    That turned out so cute and looks (almost) easy! I just might have to try my hand at these today… and I agree with everyone else. Your baby bump is so adorable!

  3. Anonymous says

    To make your backs look neater, Try using a hole punch, to punch two holes in the felt the size of your pin back. And just slide the front part through, the back of your pin will be hidden and you won’t have that extra square piece on the front. You can also do this with the clay circle and place the pin in it and bake it. It won’t hurt the pin. Your Jewerly is very pretty.

  4. says

    i gotta say- i tried and it was a fail! lol. i made all my little balls, flattened them and tried to shape them into petals but i just couldn’t do it. any suggestions?

    • says

      Oh no! Well don’t feel bad. I had a friend who had a hard time doing it too. I would suggest just pinching around the edges with your fingers. That is pretty much all I did. They might not look that great alone, but usually once all grouped together it looks lovely! I would also suggest maybe starting with a bigger size if you didn’t because it’s easier to shape the clay. I even had a harder time doing the really small ones. You could also maybe try making heart shapes for the petals too. Hope these ideas might help some :)

  5. miss cherry says

    I love this tutorial. It’s AWESOME! The jewelry is so beautiful, unique, and exquisite. My spelling may be bad because I am a kid.

  6. Debra says

    So creative and beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial. My mom pasted away a few years ago and I have some of her old costume jewelry that I wanted to re-purpose. This is going to be perfect.

    • Jessica says

      Thank you so much. That’s sweet that you are going to continue her jewelry being in use. It will be a reminder of her whenever you wear it :)

  7. Pauline Campbell says

    Hi I have just started to have a go with polymerclay, I have really enjoyed your project and great easy instructions . I am going to have a go myself tomorrow .Thank you .Do you have any other ideals.
    many thanks Pauline

    • Jessica says

      How fun :) I have only done a few type of projects with this type of clay. One that I always think is fun is making simple ornaments with them and using letter stamps to add words to them. We have also made large simple beads before. I bet you will find lots of fabulous projects to help inspire you on your creative journey :) Have fun! -jess


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