Crocus Flower Tutorial: Cold Porcelain Clay Flowers Made Easy ( Will Work for Sugar Flowers )

Crocus Flower Tutorial: Cold Porcelain Clay Flowers Made Easy ( Will Work for Sugar Flowers )

hello this is Christina Wallis and
welcome to my channel if you new to it here I publish fairly regularly
tutorials on how to make flowers with your own hands out of cold porcelain or sugar…
now this week I had a bunch of crocuses pop up in my garden… virtually
overnight of a beautiful and fragile and so brave for February and so rarely
mentioned by everyone it seems and then overnight they were all gone a huge gust
of wind and um kind of stormy UK weather and they were all on the floor and they
were all gone and finished and was so sad and I’ve decided to make a
tutorial …just to really show off this lovely flower and this is why
you’re getting it as your Valentine’s upload instead of a rose so I do
apologise… this video today is sponsored by Skillshare an online learning
platform I will come back to that later but for now let’s just get stuck into it
let’s get cracking we’re going to make this middle out of a
thread which is fairly standard for many many flowers so this technique could be
extended to all sorts of different flowers though of course not all of them
and I’m going to loop it about 20 times you can play around with it maybe have
less of them but I am NOT going to double loop it and kind of fold it in
two I will tell you why in a minute so if you need 20 don’t do ten.. okay, and
here I’m using the thinnest why I could find to kind of tie together do use wire
don’t use the thread though here’s gauge 33 and voila
we’re nearly ready to go, so I’m not looping it I’m just cutting off one side
the other side is still there and I’m just thinning it down basically and the
reason why I’m doing it is because I want the neck of this flower to be as
thin as possible and I’m sure there are more delicate ways of doing it but..
really, the way for me to do all these tutorials is I explore each flower for
the first time or most of the time anyway and so this is really just a
first sketch for you guys to work on and improve so I split it in three parts and
kind of make it a little bit or as likely as to the real flower as possible
and here we go this is what I do – this is how I achieved it this time if you
have any ideas how to do it better please leave a comment so here you have your pre-made stamens
and they are nothing complicated to make except they are quite fiddly and with
many of those delicate flower things the more of them you make they’re more bored
you become but the more beautiful your little things that create a bigger
picture become as well the easiest step in the world so here
this powder is semolina I have it crushed down to a finer semolina with a
rolling pin of all things and just make sure that all your stamen is covered in
glue and you don’t have any bits missing and voila
here you go now this bit here someone recommended to me… one of you, actually
one of you guys recommended using gelatin of four to cover and to cover
these little things and to me gelatin here looks a little bit like a too much
of an artificial sweet so didn’t work for this flower but it might work
for other so good tip, thank you very much and may perhaps put it through a sieve or
grind it down to a finer gelatine ‘flour’ and then it would stick nice
and easy and will give you a slightly different texture and yeah this bit is
also very fiddly so stick stick with it and one day you’ll become elegant tape-ing
these little things… I still am NOT elegant with it… partially because I
really struggled with cracked skin on my on my thumbs so I don’t like this bit of
flower making at all…I don’t love it! so this is how the middle looks inside
the flower actually really quite like this picture and that kind of brings me
to my next point quite a few of you have asked me whether I’m going to ever do a
tutorial on how to photograph my handmade flowers for social media
etcetera the truth is I’m probably not going to do that there were too many
things going on and besides I’m not a photographer however I think I have a
solution to that problem …I am going to show you the two courses that I have
used and that helped me with some foundation skills to take still-life
pictures and send them on social media things to look out for and things to
avoid like buying loads and loads of props for example in my case and these
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that it’s been a really really worthwhile time and money investment …now back to our tutorial and you would
find that you won’t need any expensive equipment or sophisticated colors for
this in fact all you need is the smallest of the three teardrop Rose
cutters, and most of you would have it by now I would have thought, and if you
haven’t you can buy them anyway just make sure you buy… the more expensive ones
they would cut better and yeah make sure that your green board is really well
dusted before for this rolling out of this Cold porcelain, so that your petals don’t
stick when you lift them up and they are quite chunky as well so make sure you
don’t roll them too thin to be able to shape them later which I’m going to show
you in a minute some of you would have seen me do and for those of you who
haven’t it’s a really nice trick that you can use what’s cold porcelain, that
you can’t use with other mediums so yeah here we go we have six of them and one to spare so I am going to use veiner for Ranunculus
because I think it would make it look nicer you need a straight veins on it,
this one is from Ranunculus, it’s a really good veiner… Rose or anything like this won’t do because it’s kind of
a net-like pattern but anything that’s straight and rather and quite subtle is
perfect unfortunately my camera doesn’t show off the pattern very well here
slightly out of focus but you will see it when I tone it… so this is
quite thick and watch me do this… it’s slightly dry , a touch dry…
dry and you can start shaping it just like so without any kind of them without
any ball tools, or anything with fingers you get more flexibility what shape you can
make it and it’s a really really nice quality of cold porcelain to explore…. I
will be touching on it with maybe later in the video and I do go into how much
you can do with this semi dryness or slight dryness of CP, when it’s um
really does does allow for extra creativity see and
also you could find a nice mid point when it’s already
dry enough for veins not to go but you are still able to shape it and for the shape
to stay where it is was your fingers I hope that make sense to ask me questions
leave comments if you if you don’t know what I mean and here we go… we have our
lovely little petals and they’re about to dry … this is the shape that
you’re aiming for on top of curling it slightly with your
fingers you can also finish it off finish off the roundness with a ball
tool and now this stage is done I could
actually finish it off tomorrow if I needed to I’m just gonna have to put it in
a zip bag and we’re done …so my petals are now dry it’s C
porcelain so they’re flexible but they’re pretty dry won’t go out of shape
you can invert it and turn it inside and out… WINDSOR & NEWTON oil paints!!! This technique is called dry brushing so the brush is as dry as can be and the you
just apply your colors in thin layers that kind of allows you to make it look
really really realistic looking and gentle and what-have-you, because you
don’t really see the strokes unless you want to see the strokes in which case
you go across and hope that your veining was showing, and on this particular petal
the veining isn’t showing very well there’s a bit of that you’ll see it on
the picture or rather you HAVE seen it in the picture earlier on, I’ve showed you,
the one that I said I liked, but um it’s hard to pick it up on camera especially
once this video goes over on YouTube but you will be able to see it in some other
petals the ones that are made with my normal Cold Porcelain to which I added a
little bit of white paint to make it a little bit less see-through so these are
the non white paint ones and the other they’re the ones with white paint show
off the texture a little bit better… basically the same exactly the same
technique, your brush is dry you can work over it with your finger if
you need to as well and there’s not much paint going on at all but um and it
dries quicker as well at the end you can put a little bit more paint for this
kind of an effect it’s a lovely lovely technique and you can do a lot with it
again. I have loads of videos where I learn different things with different is
the intensity of colors someone asked me on Facebook how I reach and achieve
realistic looking colors with in this case it just come comes out of a paint
tube yes of course the colors are more realistic…with Cold porcelain , I find,
anyway so I’m going to show you the assembly on
an example of the the darker petals the ones that are see-through and not as
photogenic on video here and I have over dried them while I was filming and
doing this that in the other so it’s going to be a little bit painful to try
and glue cold porcelain parts that are that thick and that dry so I’m using
this thick brown ( bottle ) American glue and it does look very painful I kind of have to
grab onto it and wait until the glue glue catches on, but yes it’s set and it
actually worked absolutely fine at the end but yeah the dryer your parts are, the
harder are they to glue together and we’re coming to the stem of it now
and if you seen in any of my other videos where I’ll cover the stem or anybody
else’s videos for that matter, it’s really really exactly the same ( well , for this type
of stem cover anyhow ) and yes stem is just practice… btw that was glue I was applying to to the wire…so so yeah stemming it takes practice there are some
tricks of the trade of how cover very long stems…
this this video is going on a bit anyway so I’m not going to cover any of that
but yeah just the little stems like this it’s it’s quite easy to just do it with
your fingers and the more practice you get the better you become at it although
you would sometimes have bad bad days and good days and all the rest of it so
in my camera didn’t catch it but yeah here I just make sure that my fingers
are really wet and I slide this clay to the bottom and then yeah and it was
there and sometimes you want to keep your stems really straight and covered
evenly here it gets thinner to the end because I’m going to be applying some
foliage so this foliage this leaf for this crocus it does look very
straightforward and uncomplicated but in all fairness I think I would have
probably just used the cutter and I do, I happen to have one of those but at
the same time I couldn’t be bothered to go and go through all my cutters
archive and dig it out never mind I’ve hardly used it and so I’ve decided to
wing it and do it freehand and besides it probably would be kind of good to
watch for those of you who don’t have those peculiar cutters at hand so anyway
so I’m just trying to kind of bend it and yeah good job is, it doesn’t stick to
my stick anymore because I put loads of petal base on it
it was really sticking but on a minus side you gonna have to cut off, or I’m
gonna have to cut off the sides because they were really wavy so a dead giveaway
that someone not very meticulous made this flower so yeah… now I’m cutting it
down it looks more natural which is good this metal sticks they are hard to come
by in the UK but you can get them on Etsy or you can improvise and
maybe use a knitting you know one of those thick knitting sticks quite
possible as well and this here use water or petal base just to really give
it a little dip to guide it a little bit what happened there… and these flower bits are
not quite foliage and not quite anything else
is those little things you see really prominently on another winter flower,
Daffodil so you can use this particular technique daffodil as well you just have
to get the right color brownish for daffodil just those kind of , really
dry wispy elements, whatever they called should really start looking these things out but if
you know what this part of a flower called please please leave it in
the comments for me, and yeah I’m just kind of left it to run really fast this whole
foliage bit because I think it’s quite self-explanatory … and
plus by the time I do foliage I’m so bored with the video it’s always really
sloppy and really lazy so… I’m sorry about that… and just
like with anything else to show you the stages yeah again you don’t have to use
metal stick but metal stick is the best for this purpose and just trying to make
it look a little bit “human’ …a little bit straight and smooth! ..And at this our joy of making flowers with our own hands is, unfortunately,
coming to an end! Thank you to everyone who stayed with me to the end of the
video I believe I have another encounter or two with Skillshare, so we’re definitely
getting another video sometime in the beginning of next month and for now
Happy Valentines everyone I love you have a lovely weekend have a lovely week
and have a lovely life bye bye for now!

13 thoughts on “Crocus Flower Tutorial: Cold Porcelain Clay Flowers Made Easy ( Will Work for Sugar Flowers )

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  2. Awesome Christina-as usual. Such a delicate flower-and with the price of saffron now a days I would've tried to save em lol.

  3. Lovely to have you back💞 I really missed your tutorials. I learn so much from them. Do you have any new tutorials on skillshare? 😘💕

  4. Love that you’re giving the crocus flowers you saw a sort of memorial. Winter flowers are so fascinating and I’m glad you shared this with us. Congrats on the sponsor. And if you want to try O’Keefe’s hand cream it’s fantastic for healing cracked skin. 🙂

  5. Another informative and helpful video with a stellar outcome!
    Thank you as always Christina for sharing your knowledge so generously.

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