|Step 1: Choose two colors (I'm using orange and orange mixed
with red), roll them out and set them up for a Skinner Blend. Add a strip of white and a strip of the darker color to the sides as shown to enhance the effect of the blend.
||Step 2: Make A Skinner Blend.
(see Leigh's lesson for any assist)
|Step 3: Roll the sheet - lighter color to the light one and
darker color to the dark one.
|Step 4: The finished roll will look like this.
||Step 5: Reduce the roll.
||Step 6: Square up the reduced roll to a cube shape.
||Step 7: Turn the cube's light end to face you and now roll the cube into a cylinder (the light and dark ends will now become the sides of the roll). Every slice will now have variable colors from light to dark.
|Step 8: Wrap a layer of the darker of the two main colors around the roll.
||Step 9: Mark four equal parts on the roll and cut one off.
||Step 10: Lengthen the remaining piece a little and cut it into five equal parts. You will now have six rolls as shown.
||Step 11: The finished construction of the flower is shown in this illustration. this should help you to place the pieces together.
|Step 12: Flatten one of the smaller rolls into a lengthy slice (like a very narrow slice of cake - one end thicker than the other). From now on maintain the light side and the dark side when you build the pieces.
||Step 13:Roll the slice into a spiral with the narrow
end to the inside.
||Step 14: Flatten the spiral a little. It will be the heart of the bud.
||Step 15: You are left with 4 equal size rolls and one larger
roll, marked with an arrow. Compress the large roll to the same height as the smaller
rolls. It will have a larger diameter than the others.
|Step 16: Shape the larger piece into a teardrop shape.
||Step 17: Attach the narrow side of the teardrop to the squeezed spiral.
||Step 18: Shape one of the smaller rolls into a triangle shape.
||Step 19: Insert the triangle into the construction as show.
|Step 20: Shape another small piece into a crescent shape as shown.
||Step 21: Add this to the left side of the spiral and triangle.
||Step 22: Shape another small piece as shown.
||Step 23: Put this piece on top of the spiral and push the
narrow edge between the spiral and the top of the teardrop.
|Step 24: Shape the last roll as shown. You can indent the ends with the skewer if desired.
||Step 25: Attach this piece to the right of the teardrop as shown. This is the end of the rosebud construction. Now we add the sepals.
||Step 26: Make a roll of the dark colored clay you selected for the sepals.
||Step 27: Pinch the roll into a narrow triangle shape.
|Step 28: Cut 3 or 4 pieces from the triangle.
||Step 29: Attach the pieces to the bottom of the bud as shown.
||Step 30: Use translucent clay to pack around the rosebud forming a circle, and finish with a thin sheet of translucent wrapped around the cane.