Roses are so popular with people and I have to say they really are a favourite of mine too.
Having seen Kathryn Sturrock demonstrate the FMM cutter range, I was drawn to the roses. The cutters (and results) lived up to and exceeded my expectations, so I really had to share my experience as part of my Floral series of posts.
If you use flowers on any of your craft projects, I would highly recommend them to you. Today, I am using the ‘Easiest Rose Ever’ cutter.
For these you will need:
- FMM ‘The Easiest Rose Ever’ cutter
- FMM Bright and Light Modelling Clay
- Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Colour (whatever your preference)
Before I start this tutorial, I would like to tell you that I have also tried the Silk Clay with these cutters also. It does give great results, But please DO NOT use it on your foam forming mat. It will stick like crazy and takes ages to get off completely. For the flowers, I used my finger tips to shape the edges and frill them. For best results, I would highly recommend the FMM Bright and Light, but do feel free to experiment. The cutters come with full instructions.
Step 1: Take a small amount of your clay and add a small drop of your colour and mix. Here I have used cream. Top Tip: The Pro-Ge colour is extremely concentrated so be cautious and add a little at a time.
Step 2: Roll out your clay to approximately 2 mm, then use your cutter. Top Tip: Pull the excess away from the cutter before removing your petal strip.
Step 3: Vary the amount of colour for your additional layers. Here I used 3 shades, using the deepest for the centre and the palest as my last layer. This gives a very natural look to your roses. Top Tip: If it’s warm cover your clay pieces with a sheet of damp kitchen roll, especially if you are mixing 3 colours for the gradient. It was very warm here and it really helped.
Step 4: Shape the outer edges of each of the petals using a 5 or 6 mm ball tool. You can be fairly firm with the clay. Your aim is to thin the edges and produce a natural looking frill. Once you are happy, fold the clay form in half, very gently. Don’t press the petals together they want to be free.
Step 5: Roll the folded piece tightly to start with. Once you have rolled the first part, sit the bloom with the base flat on your mat and roll. This will keep the base perfectly level, loosen off the tension as you roll to produce a looser rose head.
Step 6: Repeat with your next layer of petals, keeping the head of the rose upwards and the base flat on your desk as you roll.
Step 7 & 8: For larger blooms you can repeat with further layers as before. Once you are happy with the result, lightly pinch under the petals with your thumb and finger. Turn as you go until the clay beneath thins, then remove the excess clay.
Step 9 & 10: Here are a selection of blooms I have made with this cutter. You can see what a variety of sizes you can get by adding further layers.