* white polymer clay
* purple polymer clay (or color of your choice)
* rolling pin
* Exacto knife or craft knife
* earring stud findings
* Q - tip
* rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover
* pasta machine
Step 1: Blend Till You Can't Blend Anymore
After most of the clay is mixed, roll it out flat and cut it in half length wise. Take one side and pull off a small piece of clay. If it needs to be mixed more now is the time to do so, to get rid of the marble effect. Roll it out into a ball and flatten it out.
When I work with polymer clay I use a ceramic tile. I find it easier to work on than a table top or on wax paper. Plus I can bake my clay pieces right on the tile.
Step 2: Roses Have Pedals
When you are building your rose slightly squeeze the clay so that a stem forms. After you have finished making the rose trim off the stem and make sure the base is flat. Fix any pedals that may have been messed up in the process. To get rid of any fingerprints or debris, dip a q-tip in either rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover to remove the fingerprints.
Bake the roses according to your package instructions. I baked mine for 13 minutes at 250°F.