DAFFODIL (NARCISSUS) FLOWER
When I first decided I wanted to make a daffodil with polymer clay, I went looking for a tutorial, but I only found one which you had to pay for. Not wishing to pay for something I thought I could possibly make myself, I decided to try my own way of making one and I’m happy to share my experience for free. Please bear in mind that this is my interpretion of a daffodil and I have been using them on brooches and Mother’s day gifts (see pictures below).
Looking at a daffodil it is formed with 6 petals, a centre trumpet, a stem and some leaves. They also come in many colour variations other than yellow, but for this tutorial I will use Fimo Colours, Lemon for the petals, Tangerine for the centre trumpet and Apple Green for the leaves.
What you will need:
Ceramic tile or glass board to work on
Cocktail stick or bamboo stick
Blade for cutting
Conditioned Polymer clay
1. Take a small quantity of Lemon (Yellow) coloured clay and roll it into a thin sausage approx 5-10mm thick. Cut 6 equal slices depending on how big you want your flower to be.
2. Roll each slice into a ball and then gently flatten each of them between your fingers, narrowing them at each end into a diamond shape, I make them quite thick to ensure strength but you can make them thinner if you wish.
3. Now take your cocktail stick or kebab stick and gently roll it across each petal (see photo 1). Then pinch in one end on each of them. (see photo 2).
4. The centre of the daffodil, the trumpet can be made with the same colour or a contrasting colour. I am using the Tangerine colour clay. Take a small piece of clay and roll into a ball and then flatten between your fingers. (See picture 1) and then using the cocktail stick indent the top edge (picture 2), now wrap this around the stick to form the trumpet (picture 3), remove from the stick and it should look like picture 4.
5. To assemble the flower, take 3 petals and lay them as shown in pic 1, then take the other 3 petals and lay them in between the first 3 petals as shown in pic 2. Don’t worry too much about overlap, the centre trumpet will hide this. Now take the trumpet and position in the centre of the flower, gently pressing down the edges pic 3.
6. You can now curl the petals upwards slightly to improve its appearance. To add a stamen to the centre of the trumpet, scrape off some yellow clay with the stick and place in the centre of the trumpet.
7. If you require a stem and leaves. Use the green clay and roll out a very thin sausage, thin enough for a stem, cut to size. To form the leaves, take a section of the clay sausage, size as required and roll one end into a point and then flatten with the cocktail stick see pictures.
Good luck if you have a go at making one, any comments or questions please do not hesitate to ask.