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Make your own roses for Valentine's Day!
My journey into rose making started mid last year when I saw beautiful handcrafted realistic roses made from clay online and I was really amazed by this beautiful piece of art. So I told myself to give it a try, I started making miniature roses but they weren't pretty at first. I went through a lot of research and gathered all the useful tips, finally I am happy with what I have achieved and discovered and now would like to share them. This is just a quick walkthrough because it was also my first trial out for a larger scale rose, and I just took photos of my steps. I hope you find this helpful, please leave a comment if you would like to share your own experience in making clay roses.

Posted by li-sa from Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand • Published See li-sa's 7 projects »
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  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, curl the wire into a small loop and shape a tear drop with your clay.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place a small ball onto the cooking paper.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 3
    Step 3

    Roll into a thin oval as a petal for your rose. You need to repeat this step many times, the petal will become larger as you work through.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 4
    Step 4

    Hold the petal lightly, use the weight of the chopstick to roll around the edges of the oval shape.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 5
    Step 5

    This is what it should look like, the top of the petal should be thin.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 6
    Step 6

    Press your thumb gently in the middle of the petal to create an 'U' shape, and curl the top of the petal backwards using your fingertips.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap 3 petals around the tear shape to create the flower bud.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 8
    Step 8

    The trick to make roses is that you need to warp the petal starting from the middle of the previous petal. The two petals will over lap each other.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 9
    Step 9

    Start wrapping the rose in a pattern. Work in one direction only.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 10
    Step 10

    The side view. The rose should be tightly pressed at the bottom and let the petal 'fall down' naturally.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 11
    Step 11

    You can also pinch the middle of each petal between your thumb and second finger lightly to make it look more realistic.

  • How to mold a clay flower. Clay Roses   A Quick Walkthrough - Step 12
    Step 12

    And now it's done!

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Tessa S.
Tessa S. · 1 project
This is beautiful! Is it hard to make a smaller rose? And how fragile are these? I think these would make really pretty jewelry, but I'm not sure if I could make it on a smaller scale or if it would hold up.
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Karina
Karina
Gorgeous! How do you deal with the base getting too wide though? I chop it off, but then it looks like a Flower with its butt cut off and yours looks real from top to bottom.
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Miranda  L.
Miranda L.
It's so pretty...I want to try this with polymer clayHappy
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BlackjackVIP
BlackjackVIP · Singapore, SG · 2 projects
nice, but all the clay i used break apart when it is that thin
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Isaura
Isaura · De Haan, Flanders, BE · 36 projects
Wonderful idea!
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
That's the most real petal I've ever seen. O.O Beautiful!
li-sa
li-sa · Auckland, Auckland, NZ · 10 projects
Thank you so much!!
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