Polymer Clay Floral Painting
Denise Graham creates unique three-dimensional "paintings" using her polymer clay.
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5. Reduce the piece into a small block of clay, which is called a plug.
6. Slice three cuts into the side of the plug and insert thin pieces of cream-colored clay. Begin to reduce the clay to create a cane.
7. Reduce the cane. Cut it, stack and reduce it three times. Shape the cane into the petal style needed. Then set the cane aside to cool.
8. Prepare a skinner blend for the green segments of the painting. Place a leaf from a flower face down on the clay. Cover it with deli paper. Rub over the leaf with the back of a spoon leaving an impression in the clay. Remove the deli paper and peel the leaf away from the clay.
9. To make the stems, roll two snakes of green skinner blend clay. Twist them together, and then roll them into one thin snake. Cut the snake in half lengthwise.
10. Apply the unbaked leaf and stems to the unbaked background. Bend and mold them, create elevated areas to produce a three-dimensional effect. Refer to the sketch for placement.
11. Slice the petal cane and apply the first layer of petals to the unbaked clay according to the sketch.
12. When finished applying the first layer, fire at 265 degrees for 20 minutes in the oven.
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