How to Mold Clay Flowers

by Kristin Jennifer
Clay flowers can be molded for appliques on pottery.

Clay flowers can be molded for appliques on pottery.

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Using a pop-out mold to make clay flowers is a faster method of creating flower petals and leaves. Molds reduce carving time, allowing more time for flower construction. Molds also allow for use of air-drying clay. Sculptors can also use molds to facilitate production of multiple flowers in a short time frame. A variety of flower species can be sculpted from molds, including roses and daisies. Metal and polymer molds can be one-sided or double-sided depending on the mold chosen.

Items you will need

  • Cornstarch
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Flower mold
  • Clay
  • Sculpting knife
  • Wax paper
Step 1

Brush the inside of the flower mold with cornstarch. Tap excess cornstarch from the mold.

Step 2

Knead the clay until it is soft and pliable. Break the clay into pieces relative to the size of each mold. Roll the broken pieces into round balls between the palms of both hands. Leave the balls of clay as is for deep molds. Flatten the clay into 1/2-inch-thick sheets for shallow molds.

Step 3

Press the rolled clay into the flower mold. Press the second half of the mold onto the exposed clay if using a double-sided mold.

Step 4

Remove the back mold of double-sided molds. Pop the clay from the other mold by pushing against the underside of the mold. If the clay doesn't release, place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes and try again.

Step 5

Trim excess clay from the molded flowers or shape excess back into the clay. Allow the clay to dry or bake in a kiln depending on the type of clay used.

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