Give your significant other gift heartfelt gift: a rose clay rose perpetually in bloom!This is a simple D.I.Y. project for acute and cost effective Valentine's day gift. Artistic talent is optional!
- Sculpey or other brand of oven-bake clay
- craft knife or kitchen knife without serration and a sharp point
- rolling pin ( I used a magic marker)
- Acrylic paint
- Acrylic varnish (optional)
- Pizza stone or clean baking sheet
Step One: Remove desired length of clay and roll into a cylindrical shape (slide 3). Then roll flat. Do not make it too thick or too thin.
Step Two: Cut clay so that the edges are roughly even. Reserve scraps for later use (slide 4). Starting at one end, begin a tight roll(slide 5). After forming the first spiral, loosen the roll slightly to help create more dramatic petals (slide 6). Complete the roll (slide 7).
Step Three: Beginning at the end of the roll, carefully start to fold clay down to create petals (slide 8). Continue to fold back the petals in desired shape to complete bloom (slide 9)
Step Four: Flatten the scraps you set aside to create a leaf and cut into a tear-drop shape (slide 10). Starting at the pointed end, use the knife to cut small slits into the edges of the leaf. If desired, use the knife to make a shallow line down the center of the leaf (slide 11).
Step Five: Pick up bloom and leaf and carefully pinch and smooth clay to attach the leaf to the bottom of the bloom (slide 12).
Step Six: Bake for 15 minutes at 275 degrees or according to directions. Note: Large projects will take longer to bake. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Step Seven: Apply 3-4 coats of desired colors of acrylic paints. Be sure to get into the crevices between petals. Apply optional varnish to seal the paint.