Leafy Bud Vase
Flowers can transform any environment by adding fragrance and color to the space, even if you only have one or two blossoming buds. You could display them in a plain glass container or you can get creative and make this pretty alternative. This polymer clay project offers a new and colorful way to display those small blooms. The clay is draped over a wood photo cube and cured in the kitchen oven. Every detail of this vase is clay except the clear tube that holds the water and flowers. Make a vase for yourself or one for a very special friend.
Before you begin, condition all clay colors. Cutting should be done on plastic film which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
A B C
Step 3 - To create a blended clay piece (Skinner Blend) with olive and white clay, roll each color on the thickest setting of the clay conditioner. Cut one 4” square of each color. Slice each on a diagonal setting it a little off center (A). Match the diagonal line of the smaller green piece with the larger white piece and push the edges together so they bond. Do the same with the remaining two pieces then stack them with the top and bottom layer colors matching. Fold the edges together (B) and place the clay in the conditioner with the fold first (C). Fold the same edges together again and feed the clay fold first into the machine.
step 5 - Cut blended panel squares to the size of the wood sides. The white clay end should always be at the top of the box. Also cut one plain white panel for the box top. Cut a hole in the center of it to accommodate the bud vase.
step 10 - Continue joining panels together and rolling over the seams until you have three joined seams.
A B C D
step 13 - To create a small flower cane roll yellow clay into a log measuring about 3” long and 1/2” thick. Make three slits along the length of the log as shown (A). On the machine, roll a small piece of green clay extremely thin and tuck it into each slit (B). Trim away excess. Roll white clay on the #5 machine setting. Wrap the white clay around the log once pressing the seam together. Roll the log evenly on the work surface to reduce it to 1/4” thick. Cut the log into five equal lengths. Roll another piece of yellow the same length but 1/4 the thickness. Group the five logs around the thin yellow one and squeeze them together equally from all sides (C). Roll the joined pieces across the work surface until it shrinks to the size flower you want. Using a knitting needle, press down on the length of the log between the five yellow rolls to create petal definition (D). With a tissue blade, slice off thin flowers from the end of the log and press them onto the clay box.
step 14 - Insert the plastic vase in the center of the cube. In your palms, roll a thin strand of excess blended clay and wrap it loosely around the base of the bud vase. Press in place and remove the vase.
step 15 - Bake the project in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool.
step 16 - Replace the vase and fill it with water and a flower.
- Sculpey Clay - 2oz. Spanish Olive, 2 Oz. White, 1/2 oz. Yellow, 1/2 oz. Leaf Green
- Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
- Sculpey Acrylic Roller
- Sculpey Liquid Polymer
- Sculpey Texture Wheel
- plastic storage tube
- Ranger White Perfect Pearls
- plastic wrap
- baby powder
- card stock
- craft knife, box cutter, or saw
- Oriental Trading
- DIY Wood Photo Blocks