The Polymer Clay Flower Center!

The Polymer Clay Flower Center!


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If you're like most polymer clay artists, you get so focused on making gorgeous petals for your flowers that you just grab a plain solid color clay for the center.  I'm here to tell you there's a simple way to make the center more interesting too!

Come along with me to make centers that look like these!

Hands holding two yellow flower centers with interesting specsThe center on the left has yellow with dark grey specks, surrounded by a thin copper circle.  The center on the right has the same yellow with dark grey specks, but this one is surrounded by a thicker grey circle.  These will give different impressions for your flowerl

A lump of yellow polymer clay and a lump of dark grey polymer clayStep one is choosing two highly contrasting clay colors.  You can choose either the darker or lighter one for the base color.

Roll a medium thin sheet from your base color

Roll a medium thin sheet from your base color.  Here this is yellow.

Roll very thin snakes of your contrasting color 

Roll very thin polymer clay snakes from your contrasting color.  Here this is dark grey.

Drape a couple of the thin snakes across one end of your base slab

Drape a couple of the snakes across one end of the base slab.

Fold the rest of the slab over the part with the snakes.

Fold the un-snaked base over the part with the snakes.  You'll continue in this fashion, draping a few snakes, then making an accordion fold in the opposite direction until the yellow is completely folded.

Now smush the accordian-folded clay into a log.

Now smush the accordian-folded clay into a log shape.

Roll this thinner, cut it in half, and roll the two resulting logs together.

When your snake is about 4 inches long, cut it in half.

The appearance of the center after a single log-rolling..

Here is what the centers look like now.  A little more interesting, but not compelling.

Continue rolling to a 4" log, cutting it in half, and rolling the halves into a single log.  Repeat 3 more times.

Continue rolling the clay into a 4" log, cutting this in half, and rolling the two halves together in a single log.  Do this a total of 4 times.

Then squish the final log into a 2" length

Then squish the final log into a 2" length.

Cut this in half.  We'll be making two different outer circles for our flower center

Split your log in half.  Make two small slabs to try different outer circles colors and thicknesses..  Here we are using a thinner copper sheet and a thicker dark grey sheet.  

As if making a bull's eye cane, wrap the new sheet around the yellow log.  Cut, join the ends together, and trim the ends.

As if making a bull's eye cane, wrap the new sheet around the yellow log.  Cut the sheet for an even seam, and trim the ends. 

Repeat this process with the other half of the log, and the copper sheet.

Repeat this process with the other half of your log, wrapping it with your second color, joining the slab ends, and trimming the ends of the log.

And here you've got it:  Two interesting center to use for your fabulous flowers!

And here you've got it:  Two interesting centers to use for your fabulous flowers!

I hope your find this simple technique useful.  It's amazing what adding a few more details can do for the dramatization of your canes- and I love the way these centers look in my flower canes!


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