Sunday, 20 March 2011

Miniature Succulent Plant Tutorial

A tutorial in which I give away some of my 'trade secrets' and tell you how to make a miniature succulent plant to add to your dollhouse cacti and succulent plant collection or garden.

Don’t want to make your own?
Check my sales sites - I occasionally have them on offer.

Want to make your own?

N.B. - * denotes not essential or optional throughout instructions.

You will need -
Polymer clay in colour and make of choice (I use Fimo Classic and Soft)
Talcum powder or other preferred powder to prevent sticking
*Fimo Deko Gel or other translucent liquid clay
* Artists’ pastels


Working surface- I use a glazed tile
Flower cutter (for this I used a small daisy, other flowers and sizes produce different plants)
Cutting blade (scalpel, tissue blade etc.)
Ball ended tool or blunt pointed tool.
Paintbrush with fairly short stiff bristles
Pasta machine or clay rolling pin, bottle etc.

1) Mix colours and thoroughly knead clay to condition it

2) Roll clay out to desired thickness, if using a pasta machine this is very easy, for this plant I used setting number 5. (Different thicknesses produce different looking plants and may require different numbers of flower shapes).

3) Lay clay on tile and use flower cutter to make five flower shapes.

4) Using paintbrush dipped into your non-stick powder work round petal shapes to smooth them and lightly coat with powder, then brush top of petals (which will become leaves in the finished plant) avoiding the centre. This prevents the leaves of your plant from sticking together. *If you want shaded colour, i.e. red tips to leaves use artist pastel instead of the non-stick powder and only use the non-stick power on surfaces to remain base colour. To obtain a slight surface bloom or slightly furry look press more white powder on, for a clean shiny plant use less and clean off after curing. If using liquid clay add a very tiny touch to centre of each shape to help adhesion.

5) Using blade carefully slice all but one flower shape loose from tile. Stack four of the flower shapes, the first being the flower you didn’t release from the tile, placing them so each layer of petals falls between the gaps of the one beneath it.

6) Taking ball tool and holding upright placed in the centre press right down. The leaves will spring up into your plant shape. This is the magic moment.

7) * Add a small amount of liquid clay in centre hole

8) Cut off one or two petals from your remaining flower shape.

9) Gather up petals and pinch together at base.

10) Using a small ball tool or blunt pointed tool insert this into the centre of the plant and gently press in.

Your plant is made and ready to cure in the oven.

Using fingers gently shape plant if necessary.

Cure in oven according to clay manufacturer’s instructions.

Plant by gluing in pot, bowl or garden as required using clay or dried tea leaf soil etc.


Susan said...

Oh you dear person, thankyou so much for sharing this tutorial!

I have a small wooden bowl that was a gift from a friend, it is crying out for a plant like this one. I'm really 'plant challenged' but am enthused to give this a whirl.

Elga said...

Lovely tutorial, BUT one of the things I would rather buy!!!!!

Hello there! My name is June said...

Cute as a bug in a rug! Lovely tutorial you did!

Mythical Miniatures said...

Oh this is too cute not to make! Thanks for posting this!

De said...

Great tutorial, BK. You make it look so easy but I'm certain my first attempts will look nowhere near as lovely as yours. :)

msfierce7 said...

Hi, Great tut! love your plants but where can I find one of those flower cutters and what size do I need for this tut?

Thank you for sharing this tut.


Blue Kitty Miniatures said...

Hi - the cutters I use are sold for cake decorating so try anywhere selling supplies for baking and sugar craft. For succulent plants you can use any size for smaller and larger plants. This daisy shape comes in a set of four sizes. Here they are for sale on UK Ebay (not the only supplier of them)

Eva - tatalamaru said...

Un tutorial genial. Gracias por compartirlo.

Chynadoll said...

Love your work! Thanks for sharing :-)