Spring flower bracelet — how to make polymer clay tulip and hydrangea
Finally, the spring is here! Everywhere i go, I am surrounded by so many beautiful blooms, from elegant magnolia, to delicate peach blossom, from dainty lilac, to cheerful daffodils……. I wish I have the chance to make them all, using my beloved polymer clay.
For today’s post, I am going to show you how to make a classic spring flower — tulip; and match the flowers with morganite beads and moonstones to create a bracelet.
- Polymer Clay: pale flesh and pale green
- Two 11mm silver plated discs
- 7-9 morganite beads
- 8-12 moonstone beads (white and grey)
- 4-5 silver beads
- 6 crimp beads
- 6 crimp covers
- Silver plated OT clasp
- Jewelry wire
1. How to make polymer clay tulip
Step 1. Cut out polymer clay circles (picture 1)
Using a clay roller, roll the pale flesh polymer clay to a little less than 1mm thickness. Then cut out small circles using a Wilton Number 7 round piping tip (4mm in diameter). Therefore, a circle is 4mm in diameter and less than 1mm in thickness.
Step 2. Prepare the polymer clay tulip petals (picture 2)
Tulip center: 2 circles
First layer: 1 circle *3
Second layer: 1 1/4 circle *3
Step 3. Shape the tulip center (picture 3–4)
Dab a piece of wire into the liquid clay and attach two clay circles to the end of the wire. Shape the clay into an elongated cone and set aside.
Step 4. Shape the tulip petals (picture 5-7)
Using your thumb and forefinger, gently squeeze the polymer clay into an oval shape. Then put all six of them on a foam pad and curl them using a ball tool. To make the petal more realistic, you can also use the ball tool to stretch the petals a little longer.
Step 5. Assemble the tulip flower (picture 8-11)
Take three smaller petals, evenly attach them around the center. Then add the second layer – another three petals — on top. Make sure the second layer petal sits in the middle of the two first layer petals.
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Tools needed for polymer clay tulip
2. How to make polymer clay hydrangea
I chose hydrangea as filler flowers in our spring bouquet. Here is how to make them.
Step 1. Cut out polymer clay circles (picture 1)
Using a clay roller, roll the pale flesh polymer clay to 1mm thickness. Then cut out small circles using a Wilton Number 7 round piping tip (4mm in diameter) and a Wilton No. 1 round piping tip (1mm in diameter). Therefore, the large circle is 4mm in diameter and 1mm in thickness. The smaller one is 1mm in diameter and 1mm in thickness.
Step 2. Prepare the polymer clay hydrangea petals (picture 2)
Center: 2 small circles
Petals: 1/4 large circles*4
Step 3. Shape the hydrangea center (picture 3–6)
Dab a piece of wire into the liquid clay and attach two tiny clay circles to the end of the wire. Then shape the clay into a ball and indent the surface using a ball tool as shown in picture 6. Don’t use too much force when indenting as you may break the center all together.
Step 4. Shape the hydrangea petals (picture 7-9)
Using your thumb and forefinger, shape each piece of the polymer clay into a diamond shape.
Then place them on a leaf veining mat and press the pieces toward the mat using your finger. Wear a glove for this task so you don’t leave your finger print on the clay.
The veining mat I am using here is from Wilton. I’ll attach a purchase link below. You can also use other veining mat as long as they have a vertical veining pattern.
The petals might stick to the veining mat if you use too much force. If that happens, you can easily peel off the petals using a needle tool.
Step 5. Assemble the hydrangea flower (picture 10-12)
Attach the petals to the hydrangea center as shown in picture 10 and 11. Make sure the petals adhere firmly to the center.
You will need 3-4 hydrangea flowers to fill a bouquet. It is also a good idea to make extra hydrangea petals so they can fill in small corners and narrow spaces.
All the flowers — tulip and hydrangea– need to be baked in the oven at 110C/230F for 30 minutes. Don’t bake the extra hydrangea petals you have on hand. We need them to be soft and malleable so they can easily fill in the small spaces.
Tools needed for polymer clay hydrangea
3. How to arrange the flowers
After baking, remove the flowers from the wire. Then take a 11mm round silver plated disc and attach a small polymer clay circle in the center.
Usually we can directly attach the flowers to this clay base. However, since the tulip flower is longer than regular flowers, they will stick out in the bouquet. The way to avoid this is to carve out two spaces for tulip flower so they can sit lower than other flowers.
Generously apply liquid clay to the base using a toothpick. Then position the tulip to the right places. Add hydrangea in the empty spaces and fill in the unbaked hydrangea petal when needed.
This bracelet calls for two bouquets like this. Finish them up and bake them in the oven again at 110C/230F for 30 minutes. After baking, remove the clay flower bouquets from the silver discs and they are ready to use.
4. How to make a string beaded bracelet
Next, we are going to make a bracelet using primarily morganite and moonstone beads. I love how those beads have a pale and muted color scheme. You can use whatever beads you have on hand, but remember to keep the colors of the flowers and beads in harmony.
Step 1. Connect all the components (picture 1-6)
I guess everyone knows how to string beads. However, to connect all the jewelry pieces together — including the clasps and two bouquets we just made — you will need to use the crimp beads.
Unlike metal wires, soft string can’t secure a loop by itself. Therefore, crimp beads — a tiny tube shaped metal — are introduced to secure the loop so a string of beads can be attached to other jewelry components.
To use the crimp bead, you can refer to the picture 1 and 2. Slide the crimp bead to the string and secure it using a crimp plier. Afterwards, you can leave the crimp as it is or cover it using a crimp cover as shown in the picture 4.
You will need one crimp bead whenever you want to make a loop. For this project, you will need 6 crimp beads to connect two clasps and four holes for the silver discs.
Step 2. Attach the polymer clay flowers (picture 7)
After connecting all the components, glue the polymer clay flowers onto the silver discs using the super glue. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
Here you have it — a subtle and elegant spring bracelet! I hope you enjoy this tutorial. If you have any questions about this project, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Happy crafting!
Here are the complete step-by-step pictures for your reference.
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