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Cornflour Clay Hibiscus plant

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This art piece is made using expired cornflour powder, Fevicryl acrylic colours, floral wires, fevicol etc. This is a live size plant which gives this arrangement a very natural look and serves as an amazing show piece.

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How To Do it YourselfHow To Do it Yourself

step 1

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the clay i have used 1 cup of expired cornflour powder, 1 cup of fevicol, 1 spoon of lemon juice and 1 spoon of vegetable oil. Mix all the ingredients and cook for 30 seconds. Do this till the clay leaves the sides of the pan. Now in a sheet apply vaseline and knead the clay till it becomes soft.

step 2

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the cutters i have used old and waste aluminium cans. Cut the aluminium can into strips

step 3

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Draw the desired shape of the cutter in a plain sheet. Mould the strips into these shapes. For hibiscus petal and leaves I have drawn the shapes and moulded the strips.

step 4

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

The cutters look like the ones shown in the photo

step 5

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

I am making a peach colour hibiscus. So I am using orange colour fevicryl acrylic paint for the petal, crimson for pollens, sap green for the leaves and chrome yellow for pollens.

step 6

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the petals, roll the clay as thin as possible. To role the clay you can use a rolling pin. I have used a deodorant bottle. Once rolled, cut the petal using the cutter. Now give the frills to the petals by using a paint brush. This means thinning the edges of the petal.

step 7

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the leaves, roll the green colour clay and cut the leaf using the cutter. Give a little shape using the scissors. Thin the edges of the leaf like we did in the petal.

step 8

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the leaves look natural I have given veins using the real hibiscus leaf. To do this, turn the original leaf around and press the clay leaf on it. Remove gently. This gives a veins to the clay leaves.

step 9

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To support the leaves and petals, we have to attach the floral wires to the back of the petal and leaves. To do this, use the peach colour and green colour clay. Cut the floral wires and add glue to this. Take a small piece of clay and roll this to the wires

step 10

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

On a flat surface smoothen the wires using your palm. The end product is shown in the second picture

step 11

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Now stick these wires to the back of the petals and leaves. Dry the petals and leaves.

step 12

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make the pollen, use the red colour clay and make 5 small pollens. For the yellow fine pollens use yellow colour clay. Make small balls and attach the balls to the floral wires. Now attach the red pollens together and roll this into the floral wire. Cover the floral wire using peach colour clay. This is the center for the hibiscus. Now about half an inch from the top, start attaching the yellow pollens. The end result is shown in the picture.

step 13

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Shade the petals. I have used camlin rose madder hue oil paint for shading. Shade the center pollen piece too. Now using a thread tie the petals to the pollen center piece

step 14

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Completed flower is shown in the photo. Now cover the base of the flower using green clay. This is the stem of the flower.

step 15

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

To make calyx for the flower, take a small piece of clay and make a tear drop shape. Press the clay with the back of a paint brush. Make 5 of this and attach this to the base of the flower.

step 16

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Now, to make the stem of the flower, use aluminium wire which is used for drying clothes. Cut the wire and apply glue to the wire and cover this with green clay. Smooth the clay on the floor using the fingers.

step 17

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Now attach the leaves and flower this this stem using fevicol. Apply fevicol and pierce into the clay in the stem.

step 18

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

Now arrange the pot. Fill the pot using thermocol which comes with any packing. Cut the thermocol into small pieces and cover this with green moss.

step 19

Cornflour Clay Hibiscus  plant

For the buds, make a tear drop shape in peach colour and add the calyx. Now attach the stems into the pot using fevicol. The final product is shown in the pictures.

You Will NeedYou Will Need

For making the clay - Expired cornflour powder, Fevicol, Lemon juice, vegetable oil, measuring cup, table spoon and a bowl Mixing colours to the clay - To obtain dark and permanent colours, I have used Fevicryl Acrylic colours. Mix the colours to the needed portion of the clay. For making the cutters - I have made cutters for the petal and leaves. For the cutters, i have used aluminium cans (Red bull and mountain dew cans) For the petals, leaves and stem - I have used floral wires and aluminium wire (which is used for drying clothes) Veining the leaves - To give vein to the leaves, i have used a natural hibiscus leaf. Pot - I have used a ceramic pot (u can use any wooden pot or terracotta pot), some packing thermocol and green moss

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 Palaniappan

Palaniappan

Posted 3 months ago

Nice job, Creativity at its best......
 Yogaraj

Yogaraj

Posted 3 months ago

Nice art......
Karthikeyan Subramanian

Karthikeyan Subramanian

Posted 3 months ago

Good one All the best
Karthick

Karthick

Posted 3 months ago

Excellent art..!!
 Karthikeyan

Karthikeyan

Posted 3 months ago

Looks too real to be a clay flower
 Ganesh

Ganesh

Posted 3 months ago

Aesthetic !
 Pandurangan

Pandurangan

Posted 3 months ago

Nice, looks like realistic one
 Senthil

Senthil

Posted 3 months ago

Fantastic work of art Ms.Subhashree. Never knew nature could be reproduced so accurately.
Kavitha

Kavitha

Posted 3 months ago

Lovely piece of art

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