This is a step by step tutorial on how to make a bone china clay daffodil flower.

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Bone china clay is the best flower making clay if want crack free beautiful delicate clay flowers. They will need to be fired to 1230c.

What you will need:
1. Bone china Clay
2. Vegetable or sunflower oil for fingers.
3. Smooth mat surface.
4. (optional) A grooved textured surface. I have a rubber stamp which was given to me by a lady from Wedgwood.  Coalport use to use hand made clay ones.  A sample of grooved wall paper would work or anything with grooves.

Making the Centre


tube of daffodil



1. Create a sausage shape and flatten the top





making the tube centre of daffodil



2. Use a rounded thin implement and dip in oil before poking into centre of clay.  The end of a knitting needle works well.





making the centre tube of clay daffodil



3. Move stick in circles to create hole.





creating ruffles around top of daffodile tube center



4. Use the end of the stick to drag up from center to flop the clay over the edge to make ruffles.  Go around a couple of times. Set aside.




Making the Daffodil Petals


shaping daffodil petals



5. Roll the clay to make a sausage but make more of a triangle shape like image.





flattening both sides of daffodil petal



6. Flatten the edges but keep the middle thicker.





pinching base of daffodil



7. Lift up and squeeze of pinch the base of the petal and put aside.





6 daffodile petals ready for putting together



Make 6 petals and set aside.





Putting Daffodil Together


Adding first petal around daffodil centre




8. Stick the petals around the center about 15mm from the top depending on how large you want the daffodil tube part to be.  Aim for 3 petals to fit half way round, and the other 3 to complete.



6 petals around daffodile centre








start of stem



9.  Hold the daffodil from underneath and using your fingertips turn the flower upside down and gently twisting the daffodil back and forth to turn it into a thin stem.  You can let gravity help but be careful not to drop it.


(Note: image shows same technique on a rose flower)


thin stem of flower








dafodile stamens



10.  Create 3-5 little thing sausage shapes and stick together.





adding stamens to daffodil center



11. Use  a pointed implement to push stamens into the centre of the daffodil.






Video of me making a clay daffodil

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