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Polymer Clay for Beginners
Cacti are fun and easy to create! Once you’ve learned how to form the simple, round cactus shown here, you can start experimenting with all different shapes, colors, and sizes of cacti.

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Small clay pots can be found in the floral section of art and craft stores.

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  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by forming a ball of olive-green clay.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using the side of a pointed detail tool or a sewing pin, make 6 evenly spaced vertical lines in the ball.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 3
    Step 3

    Paint 7 white dots down
    each section of the cactus.
    Start by making a large
    dot in the center. Continue
    on either side, making the
    dots smaller as you reach
    the ends of each section.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 4
    Step 4

    While the paint dries, prepare a small ball of pink clay.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 5
    Step 5

    Separate the pink clay into 11 tiny balls. Create a flower petal by flattening and pinching both ends of the pink clay. Repeat until you’ve formed 11 petals.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 6
    Step 6

    Arrange 6 petals together in a circle.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 7
    Step 7

    Create a second row of petals by arranging the remaining 5 petals between the first 6.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 8
    Step 8

    Gently place the flower on top of the cactus.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fill the miniature pot with beige clay.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Cactus - Step 10
    Step 10

    Place the cactus on top of the pot. Bake your piece in the oven according to the directions on the package of polymer clay.

    Note: Polymer clay is baked at such a low temperature that the heat won’t affect the paint or the clay pot.

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