Iris Vase

By  Gail Ritchey 

At first glance, you might think this is a rusted-metal vase, but it's actually made from flexible polymer clay! The technique is easy and you'll love the results. With Mother's Day less than a week away, this would make a great last minute gift for Mom.

  • Iris Vase
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  • Glass vase, 6” tall
  • Kato Polyclay Oven-bake Polymer Clay, 3 oz. blocks: Blue, Green, Copper
  • Iris stencil or stencil of choice


  • Craf-T Products, Inc. Metallic Rub-On Color Kit #1, Blue
  • Clay accessories: slicing blade, 6-sided ruler, craft knife, clay-dedicated pasta machine
  • 3M Scoth-Brite Multi-Purpose Scour Pad

Basic Supplies

  • parchment-lined baking sheet or ceramic tile, oven
  • 1. Mix together two 10mm sections each of Blue, Green, and Copper, following manufacturer's instructions to measure and condition. Condition six 10mm sections of Copper.
  • 2. Roll mixture and copper into separate logs. Roll and twist logs together, roll into a ball, then roll into log again. Twist log and roll into ball again. Flatten ball and run through pasta machine on thickest setting. Run clay through pasta machine on #2 setting. Gently stretch sheet so it is the same width as rollers on machine. Run through machine several times, beginning with highest setting (#1) and reducing until #6 setting is reached.
  • 3. With more attractive side facing out, fold clay in half and run through machine several times until desired color mixture is achieved. Cut one end of sheet even. Cover vase; trim excess at overlaps. Smooth seam. Trim excess clay.
  • 4. Position stencil on vase, aligning bottom stencil edge with bottom edge of vase. Use craft knife to cut out clay; carefully remove cut-out sections. Remove stencil and reposition so top edges are aligned. Cut out and remove clay in same way. Repeat to create one additional iris between first two.
  • 5. Press scour pad onto clay for texture. Follow manufacturer's instructions to randomly apply rub-on cream to vase. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheet or ceramic tile at 275° for 30 minutes; let cool in oven.