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Tutorial - Polymer clay roses by Catgoyle Tutorial - Polymer clay roses by Catgoyle
I find these really easy to do, and hope this will be pretty clear. If it's not, let me know. It's my first real tutorial. This should work for any polymer clay; work the clay first until it's soft and pliable, then follow the instructions below.

1) Choose your colors. This is a sample set requested of me.

2) For mini roses (what I'm showing), you don't need a lot of clay. The American dime is pretty small; you really don't need much clay to do this. The center will be one ball, the next ring needs two (or three, if you want it a bit thicker), the third ring requires 3 or 4, depending on what you want. I've done it as 1-2-3, and rolled up the amount I'll need as shown here, with only one of the darkest pink for the center and 3 for the outer ring.

3) Flatten in an oblong shape your center ball of clay. The edge that will be the upper edge of the bloom should be flattened/stretched a bit more than the base. Make no real effort for this flattened/stretched area to be perfectly even; having it somewhat odd-edged will enhance the final bloom. Brush finger gently over the clay that will be rolled in the center until fingerprints are removed, or you will have to live with them being there.

4) Start on one short end and roll along the wide length until you have the core of the bloom rolled snugly. If you want it smaller/narrower, now is the time to roll it a bit extra between your fingers (not too hard) to thin it out.

5) Brush the tip of your finger from the center out very, very lightly along the thin lip of clay; this causes it to curl outward slightly, the way the petals should.

6) Repeat step 3; when you've removed your fingerprints from the inner edge, carefully add this side to your core piece. Make sure that the end of the center piece is either centered or not to either end of this piece.

7) Roll it between your fingers a bit so that the clay is snugly attached. Repeat step five.

8) Add the second piece of mid-color clay; I advise an eyeball centering of this one, so that the seam of the first mid-color clay is in about the center of this one. If you're doing three petals in this second step, DON'T center it, but place them more in thirds.

9) Roll it between your fingers a bit so that the clay is snugly attached.

10) Repeat step five.

11-14) Start the final ring. This goes the same as for all of the second ring of petals; space them as you see fit, but try really, really hard not to stack the seams on each row so that they line up, or your bloom will look very odd.

15) Step 5 again; this time make sure to go over all of your petal lips one final time to remove any fingerprints on them with very gentle strokes.

16) Side view; not so pretty, is it?

17) I've rolled it between my fingers (perhaps a bit much) to thin it down a bit. Now it's way too long.

18) Trim off the extra. The tail that's not being used can be saved, blended and (especially if you're doing a lot of the same blend) can be recycled for future use. I find that it usually ends up matching (or close to it) the mid-tone.

19) I use a twist of wire to spear it and bake it on. The clay used for this demo is Sculpey III; I bake it for about 3 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE. These burn really quickly. When cooled, I painted over it with Liquid Sculpey and baked it again for a few minutes. Liquid Sculpey appears to keep it from burning, so the length of time is a bit more flexible. I still only bake it for a few minutes, but it's more forgiving at this step. Brush on a very light coating, careful of leaving it pooled in cracks. It does NOT look attractive if you glop it on and let it fill the cracks, trust me...

If you wish to add leaves, they can still be added after this point, or if you want to add anything else to it as well. Use a spot of super glue to attach any findings to it for jewelry, or they will be able to pull out. Super glue should be the last step, after you're done with all the baking.

EDIT:

[link] *kittykitty5150 is the first one to send me a link to the finished product of using my tutorial. Thank you, *kittykitty5150!
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With Artisan Crafts Week upon us and Valentine's Day approaching, rose tint your world with Tutorial - Polymer clay roses by ~Catgoyle! It's a fabulous tutorial to get you your polymer rose garden growing. ( Featured by FantasyStock )
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stardragon35 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
They are pretty easy! I might make them for my freinds birthday! Thanks! :D
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CBJCreations Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
its really simple just with the pictures but i love the text break down, thank you so much, i'll definitely be making these at some point!
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Natty27 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cuteness!! Hehe! Great work!
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Inuvantem Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi!

This tutorial has been featured in a journal by our group :iconclay-for-beginners:. You can find this journal here. If you would like me to remove your tutorial from this journal feel free to let me know and I will! Have a nice day! Hi!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
(hugs) No, I'm fine with it being shared around, and hope it's helpful. Love your page, too!
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Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial! I love making clay roses!
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Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love making clay roses!!!!!
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Piimocial Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting !
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MythologyNut01 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this tutorial, it was very simple to follow, clear instructions, and was pleased with the result after a few practices. Thank you very much for making this cool tutorial, well done :D
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You are most welcome! I am pleased to hear that you found it clear and easy to follow. That was what I hoped for when taking so many pics and attempting to be so careful in the words I chose for describing what was going on in each image. The number of photos... well. I was also hoping that those who might NOT understand English could also follow along with what was going on for the most part.
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Thea-r-tist Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
This was really really useful. Thank You!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Most welcome!
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LilCreepCake Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I absolutely love the color gradient. :D
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Thank you! Gradients can be fun.
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siKi7lee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Thanks got it, as Reader, now nothing will stop me, great tutorial, thanks!!!!
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siKi7lee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Love it, I cant copy on ipad, so sory, love to do
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
It's a huge file image. Feel free to copy the text by hand if you like. I've had a few crashes and lost the original file years ago.
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG thank you sooooooooooooooo much!!!! I'm gonna try it out!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
(snugs!) You're so welcome!
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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nica-chan21 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to make a rose.. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial~! :D
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You are welcome. If you do use it, I hope that you'll hit me up with a link so I can enjoy what you've done with it!
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PandaHero123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Pretty!
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Moon-lady13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hiyah, loved the tutorial so much. So easy to understand so I gave it ago here on one of my cakes. [link]
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Saraiyina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh
So I've been doing it right this whole time just not as skilled XD
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sefeli Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
thanks
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Opdeverent Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Cool
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SailorXena251 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I used your tutorial to make these [link] :D
Thank you for making such a wonderful tutorial!
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angelielle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
thanks for the tutorial ^-^ <3
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Silverscythes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Thank you for the tutorial! I've just started using clay so I'm really excited to practice these!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
(smiles) I hope to see what you do with them. Making this was fun, but hearing back from everyone who liked trying it makes me happy!
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CandyForYourSkull Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks cant wait to try to make my own
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
If you do, will you share? I love seeing how others' roses come out.
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CandyForYourSkull Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
of course!
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LupaAkarii Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
really nice tutorial. ill try this out soon
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
(snugs!) Be my guest. I'm always happy to know others are enjoying my work, and love to collect copies of all the roses people made using my tutorial. Have fun!
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
You have been linked=> Roxi's Custom Dolls\Links
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PrinceCandyy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWW, These flowers are so pretty! I love cute thing's!:heart:
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Peach360 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Thank you so much for sharing us this wonderful tutorial on making roses. :heart:
You are really really good at this craft!
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
You are most welcome! The roses are easy. I've seen the work of others that makes this look like a silly-putty pressing of a Sunday comic strip, so there's a lot of room to explore this craft beyond flowers and such. Sometimes I buy books on things you can do with clay, and it just... blows my mind! There are so very many things I wish to try my hand at when I'm not struggling to pay my bills...
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!! :+fav: This resource has been featured in my latest news article: February 2011 Resources DDs
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
(hugs!) Thank you so much for both your article and for featuring my work! Sorry that I've been away so long... cross-country moves are the pits for some things.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
:hug:
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nativecentaur Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used this tutorial for my clay roses! [link] Thanks so much! They turned out so great!! <3
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Yay! And I've collected your roses! They are lovely!
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nativecentaur Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so so much! <3
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
You're most welcome! I can look through there and =see= that people have used what I've put the time and effort into showing them how to do, and knowing it's helped others is most rewarding.
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nativecentaur Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
=3 I'm glad!
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mezzotessitura Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw I remember making these! They're great. Great tutorial:)
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Catgoyle Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Thank you very much! They can be a lot of fun...
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