In my opinion, roses are tricky flowers to make. They are the easiest flowers to make, but at the same time, they are the hardest to make looking realistically. I can’t say I love making roses, but they are in heavy demand in every Sylvanian town I’ve seen.
You can find all sorts of roses tutorials out there, so you should definitely experiment and find the one that works for you. This is just what I came up with after tons of trials and error. I still don’t think the flowers look too realistic, but I’m confident that these roses look more rose like than many store bought rose embellishments.
For these roses, I used FIMO oven bake clay. You can use other kinds of clay too, but I recommend avoiding soft clay, as it is very hard to make delicate miniatures with soft clay in general.
1. make 3 slightly different sizes of clay logs.
2. Cut out about 1mm thick slices from each log. To make 1 flower, I usually cut out 5 slices from the smallest log, 4 slices each from medium and large logs.
3. Take one of the smallest slices onto your index finger, and push it flat. Roll it with your fingers to make the core of the flower.
4. A small advice here….when you handle these tiny clay pieces, it is the easiest to pick them up with the tip of a toothpick. In fact, I use toothpicks A LOT on my flowers for various purposes.
5. Pick up one slice of clay at a time, and roll the tip of a toothpick left and right on it to flatten. When you take the shaped petal off your finger, use the side of your toothpick from the side and slowly scrape it off.
6. These petals are ready to be assembled! It is not important that the petals look like perfect circles. The randomness in flowers is very good for the realistic look anyway.
7. This is probably the step people tend to miss when I see other tutorials. Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out the way to show it to you in pictures, but I will try my best to explain it.
To put the flower together, you basically put each petal onto the core one by one. When you do that, try to put 2 petals facing each other sandwiching the core. Once one pair is attached, do another pair the same way on the side.
Also, when you attach each petal, put it slightly higher than the core, this helps the flower to ‘flower’ better. Of course there are some types of roses that bloom in a different way, so I recommend checking with the photos of real roses.
Once your petals are all attached, below is what your flower should look like.
8. Let’s add some finishing touches! curl the tips of outer petals very gently with the side of your toothpick. This make a big difference.
9. Poke a hole on the back of the flower for the stem you will attach later.
10. A lot of the time, you won’t need to make the calyx. If you must, bake the flower after step 9, then make the calyx on the baked flower, then bake again. This avoids your flower from getting squished. 😉
For the stem, I usually just use flower wire with gel type super glue.