Roses!

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When I was in university, I made some extra spending money by selling jewellery. One of my favourite designs was to make roses out of a clay you can bake in the oven, and make the roses into earrings, pendants etc. I have also used the same techniques to make roses out of fondant to decorate cakes (I decorated our wedding cake), or out of pottery to decorate vases…
For this post, i have used the clay that is designed to be baked in the oven. It is called Sculpty, or Fimo, there are also brands available. Here are the instructions…
First, roll the clay into a little ball…

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Flatten it on your fingertip. For the center of the rose, I make a long oval shape…

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Pick the side that has the nicest edge to be the top of the flower, and roll it between your fingertips…

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Then to make the petals, roll smaller balls, flatten them on your fingertips…

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Then, once again, pick the nicest smoothest side to face up. Attach it to the center of the rose. I find it looks best if you overlap where the join of the previous petal was…

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Repeat four or five times until the rose is the size you want…

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When the rose is the size you want, use a sharp knife to cut off the stem to make a flat back…

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Here are some roses in different colours…

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You can cook these and then glue them on picture frames, pin backs, pendants etc. the instructions say to bake at 300 degrees for about half an hour. I put them in the oven cold so they heat up with the oven. Also, make sure you turn on a fan… They do create a chemical sort of smell…
Here is the pendant I made…

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And a summary of the project and instructions…

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