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How to make a polymer clay flower mug

Polymer clay is a versatile, man-made medium that’s easy and safe to work with, whether the crafter is 8 or 58. It can serve as the basis of a project, such as the polymer clay jewelry that’s so popular, or it can be used to make something extra special and personalized when applied to something such as a plain terra cotta flower pot or used to fashion a one-of-a-kind cell phone charm.
The clay is available online and at craft stores, and it’s affordable, so purchasing a set of small tools made just for working with polymer clay won’t be too expensive. Household items, such as small pieces of silverware, mini-screwdrivers, or toothpicks can also be used to shape the clay if you don't want to buy tools.
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Polymer clay comes in every color of the rainbow as well as metallic and glitter-infused for those who like a bit of glam. This project, a plain ceramic mug decorated with polymer clay flowers and a vine, is one that would make a much-appreciated gift.
Materials
- Several two-ounce packages of polymer clay. (The number of packages depends on how many colors will be used for the flowers, plus one package of green clay)
- A solid-colored coffee mug
- Polymer clay tools (optional) or household items to shape clay
- Aluminum foil
- Baking sheet
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Instructions
1. Remove cellophane wrapping from a small piece of clay, and break off one pre-cut piece in preferred color.
2. Pinch a smaller piece of clay in a different shade but the same color as the first piece.
3. Blend colors together and form into a melon-sized ball.
4. Remove a small piece of clay and hand roll into a small, tubular shape – this will be the stem or center of the rose, which will be surrounded by individual layered petals.
5. Flatten five small pieces of clay into oval shapes. These will be the first petals.
6. Envelop the rose’s center with these pieces and situate them so they overlap a bit and flare out slightly at the top of the flower’s center stem while pinching the pieces in at the stem’s bottom.
7. Fashion five more small circles and layer them, still overlapping, around the others.
8. Repeat Steps 1 to 7 to craft a second, smaller flower.
9. Unwrap a piece of green polymer clay and make four small balls using the hand-rolling technique.
10. With fingers, mold into four leaves, two bigger ones and two smaller ones.
11. To fashion a vine, rub a small chunk of green clay between hands to form a long, snake-like length of clay and wind it around the upper half of the mug handle. Make sure the top end rests on the uppermost flat portion of the mug handle.
12. Using a small clay knife tool or cutlery handle, take one leafy flower and place on vine’s upper end, at the top of the mug handle.
13. Fuse the larger flower and stem together with the tool, smoothing the clay’s surface so flower and vine become one piece.
14. Attach second smaller flower next to the larger one, also atop the stem.
15. Place the mug on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake according to the directions from the clay manufacturer.
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