I really love sunflowers! I think they are such a happy flower. I finally grew a few small ones this year.
Next year I would really like to try to grow a row of the big Mammoth ones. Anyway, sunflowers are a fun fall flower.
Although most have gone by now I thought it would be fun to try to make one using the Sculpey push mold that has leaves and flower petals.
I used Premo Cadmium yellow and Premo Raw Sienna clays, the perfect sunflower colors. It was really fun and easy.
I started by just making a nice brown center with the Raw Sienna. Using the push mold I made about 8 or so smaller petals and then 8 or so larger petals. It really helps to spritz the mold with a little water otherwise the clay can stick.
I started to arrange them to see how they would look. I realized that I needed a little backing for the center and then for the petals to rest on. I used a medium sized circle cutter that I had and made a backing.
Next I arranged my petals large and small. I put the large in the back and then layered the smaller on top of the large. I also bent the petals in different directions like a real sunflower. Petals don't always point straight out. Once the petals were done I used one of my etch and pearl tool and made dots in the center to look like seeds. Here's a photo before baking. Oh I forgot to mention that I also decided to add a couple of green leaves too.
I LOVE to use acrylic paints with most of my polymer clay projects, so after I baked my sunflower I made a nice brown
wash of paint and brushed it into the creases in the petals to give them depth and also over the center as well.
I did the same with a dark green wash over the leaves. Once this dried I coated the sunflower with Sculpey gloss
glaze and then glued a magnet to the back. I was really pleased with the end result, and it was really easy.
I highly recommend using the flower and leaf molds. I never used to use molds but boy do they help make projects like this much easier. I am looking forward to using them for lots more botanical projects.