How to Make a Polymer Clay Plumeria Flower

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Form a plumeria flower with five petals.
Form a plumeria flower with five petals. (Image: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Plumeria are tropical flowers known for their distinctive pinwheel petal formation and their strong fragrance. Make a polymer clay plumeria flower by looking at real photograph references. Observe the oval shapes of their petals with a hint of added color. The petals look waxy and delicate at the same time. Once you finish the craft, bake the polymer clay in a conventional oven at 275 degrees for 20 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • White polymer clay
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • Yellow pastel chalk
  • Fine artist's brush

Pull out five equal pieces of white polymer clay to form the petals. Roll them into balls approximately 1-inch thick.

Press one of the balls into a flat oval approximately 1/8-inch thick. Pull one side of the oval to form a tear drop shape. Repeat with all five balls to form the petals.

Each petal is the same tear drop oval shape.
Each petal is the same tear drop oval shape. (Image: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Hold the petal in the palm of your hand with the pointed part facing downwards. Press the back of a 1/4 teaspoon into the petal to round it. Be gentle while you curve it. Carefully curve the outer edges of the petal upwards.

Repeat the gentle curving of each petal with the 1/4 teaspoon. Arrange the petals in a pinwheel formation with the pointed side inwards. Press the center of the arrangement so the flower holds together.

Crush a 1/4-inch of the yellow pastel chalk. Dip a fine artist's brush into the yellow chalk and brush the color into the center of the flower. Add color only around the center of the flower and be sure to blend it into the white of the petals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work on a smooth surface, such as a tile that can also be baked.
  • Use a petal cutter from a fondant set to form the proper plumeria petal shape.
  • Use any small round ball to curve the petal shapes.
  • Add the color in small amounts to prevent adding too much. Pink and fushia are other colors that can be used instead of yellow.

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