Saturday, 28 March 2009

Two tutorials in one post - flower canes and daisy buttons

We are going to make two kinds of flowers from this lot:

Making a skinner blend using pasta-machine:

Making a shaded plug. Cut the plug into 4 segments.

Place 2 thin sheets of dark clay on sides of 2 segments.

Making a "stamen" :) I mixed light part of leftover clay into one colour and rolled it into a snake. Place a snake in the middle of one segment, cover with another one. Press and shape resulting cane into roundish cane.

Join the two remaining segments of shaded plug, so the white sides face each other. Roll them to get the right length, and to fix two segments together. Wrap the resulting piece around the first cane, and wrap the whole thing with a thin sheet of dark clay.

Here you can do whatever you want with you petal cane. You can reduce it and cut it into 5-6 parts, form them into a flower and fill the background with translucent clay.
I prefer keeping petal canes as they are, as you can use them just for petals as well you can make flowers out of them any time.

Making a flower. Cut a small piece of petal cane, give it a shape of a drop. Slice this cane into small single petals. Place petals on a rolled sheet of clay and press them gently onto a base.

For the flower center I took some yellow clay, placed it in the middle of the flower and pressed it with an embossing tool.

A second flower will be a quick daisy, a very basic cane.

Making a cane for the center of a flower. Make a yeloow and orange cane out of many smaller yellow and orange bull's canes.

Making a petal. I used Fimo "Sahara" for contours and lines inside petal.

I tried two colours for the base of a flower. In the final creation you don't see a base att all, so the colour of it doesn't matter. In one of the daisies I've bent the petal slightly down, which makes a future button less fragile. Buttons of a last photo are still unbaked.

These are some of my fresh petal canes.

For these yellow and red flowers I used the same petal cane.

An Altoids box, covered with my new canes.


  1. Fantastic tutorial !! The petal canes are marvelous. I love the decorated Altoids box !

  2. Dora, thank you! I love you tutorials too!!!

  3. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  4. I am very happy you like it :)

  5. Zu,thank you so much for the tutorial.
    Your blog is beautiful.

    Have a super day!

  6. Wow you make everything look so easy, thank you from a newbie PC user, your pages are full of great tips and tuts !

  7. Hello! I found your tutorial.
    I would like to translate it into Russian and post it in my site. I will mention you and your site (let me know which one).
    Is it possible? What will be your condition?
    My site is

  8. Привет, Delia! Спасибо за интерес :)
    Этот пост уже есть на русском языке вот здесь :))) Его можно опубликовать с обязательными ссылками на блог и указанием автора (Zuleykha McMillan).

  9. Wow I just love your tutorials could you do one on your orange and yellow flower petal. I just can't figure it out
    Thanks Rita

  10. hello!
    i have a question. how did you made the red/yellow flower cane? its fantastic! i make flowers myzelf but i am not zo good. yet! i am working at it;)

  11. Beautiful. Thanks for the photographs with step by step. I'll try to make these flowers. Greetings from Madrid.

  12. Thank you, I like you flowers very much. Thank you for sharink, I am happy to do it:)