Iris Mishly and her collaborator, cake decorating artist Sharon Peled, have teamed up to address an overlooked artform. Though lifelike flowers made from sugar and synthetic clays are popular in many area of the world, they’re just catching on in the US and Europe.

Iris and Sharon call their tutorial set The Flower Academy. Their course covers 20 types of polymer flowers that end up in 40 final projects including bouquets, boutonnieres, headbands, and jewelry.

To give you a taste of the content, watch the academy’s free video on how to make lifelike mistletoe (in time for the holiday season).

Iris and Sharon are offering one FREE online version (Silver Set) of the academy to one lucky PCD reader. Leave a comment and you’re entered. Comments will close on Thursday night with the winner announced Friday.

  • reply Deb Hart ,

    Wow! They really are stunning! What a fabulous idea. Great work Iris & Sharon!

    • reply Nevenka Sabo ,

      Lovely bouquet, so realistic.
      It would be nice to win this.

      • reply Ann Cawley ,

        Wow, beautiful!

        • reply Ann Letelier ,

          I would love to make such flowers and win the Silver Set !! 🙂

          • reply Pat Thielman ,

            Love to see ‘crossover’ crafts, taking insiration from different techniques. Brilliant. I also would love to be the winner!

            • reply Connie ,

              Beautiful…absolutely beautiful.

              • reply Margit Boehmer ,

                Beautiful flowers, looking really realistic, well done Iris and Sharon, would be happy to be the winner….

                • reply Gabriela ,

                  Quite original, amazing detail. This must be the most extensive flower guide in polymer ever made; there are quite a few for air dry clay or sugar, but those don’t of course solve technical issues related to PC, nor do they offer such variety of projects. You were very inspired Iris indeed. Well thought out and well made!
                  Would indeed love to see the whole thing.

                  • reply Donna Benoit ,

                    These are stunning!! They would be great to make for hospital or long term care patients!! I would be honored to win and learn.

                    • reply Vicky Seixas ,

                      I’ve been working on flowers and leaves, and these are beautiful, so I’d love to learn some new techniques!

                      • reply Diane Smith ,

                        Beautiful flowers. I watched the mistletoe video – it was very well done. I am very impressed and intrigued by this series!

                        • reply Barbara Dolcimascolo ,

                          Wow, the flowers look good enough to stop and smell the sweetness. The mistletoe video is very good and easy to follow. Thanks for bringing this to PCD.

                          • reply Helen Rolf ,

                            The flowers are so beautiful and amazingly delicate. They’re also so very lifelike. Wow!

                            • reply cara letho ,

                              loved your video- very clear and concise instructions with great results.

                              • reply Ann Duncan Hlavach ,


                                • reply Nancy Moore ,

                                  I’d love to be the winner! Just beautiful.

                                  • reply Susan ,

                                    This would be a super tutorial to win, and share with our clay guild MHPCG, in Denver, at one of our Retreats!

                                    • reply Ginny Ford ,

                                      I wish I had seen their fabulous flowers before I helped with a wedding a few years ago.

                                      • reply Ellie ,

                                        This is a lovely idea and creates beautiful lifelike flowers. I would love to make a small bouquet of my wedding flowers (from 20 years ago!) – roses, jasmine and stargazer lilies. I can see lots of opportunities for jewellery making too. I would love to be entered into the draw – what an amazing prize!
                                        Best wishes and good luck to us all

                                        • reply Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) ,

                                          Wow, PC can indeed do it all 🙂

                                          • reply Kristina ,

                                            I know it is fabulous – I bought the ceramic package some time ago. Those polymer flowers are to die for!

                                            • reply anna ,

                                              interesting concept…I would love to try this one!

                                              • reply Emma Beane ,

                                                Beautiful! love the subtle colouring.

                                                • reply Ron lehocky ,

                                                  They look like the real thing. Hope I win.

                                                  • reply Bonnie Kreger ,

                                                    The mistletoe video was really great. Thanks for posting that. The flowers in the picture look so real, it would be wonderful to win that.
                                                    I hope there is one in there for an African Violet.

                                                    • reply Sarita ,

                                                      Incredible flowers, what a beautiful inspiration!!!

                                                      • reply Layne Davis ,

                                                        I have been working on making flowers myself but I haven’t produced anything this beautiful. I dream polymer clay flowers! Now that I see these, I simply have to know more!!!

                                                        • reply Deborah Ross ,

                                                          I would seriously love to win this! I looked it over and it seems very thorough. They have done a great job!

                                                          • reply Linda Williard ,

                                                            What beautiful flowers! And what a beautiful way to use our ever-versatile clay! I love the flowers and would love to make some with the help of the tutorials!

                                                            • reply Candice Bishop ,

                                                              My background in cake decorated made the transition to polymer clay flowers exceedingly easy. If you want another source of flower inspiration, you can check out Nicholas Lodge- he has plenty of sugar flower tutorials that should work perfectly for polymer clay as well 🙂

                                                              Lovely work by Iris and Sharon <3

                                                              • reply Boni Pienups ,

                                                                What beautiful flowers. Hugs,Boni

                                                                • reply Patricia Livesay ,

                                                                  All the flowers are absolutely beautiful. I have purchased many of Iris’s tutorials and they a very well done. It would be a wonderful surprise to win one of her flower tutorials.

                                                                  • reply Anne Rowe ,

                                                                    Wow, these are so amazing. Very realistic and one of my favorite subjects!

                                                                    • reply Karen Hanson ,

                                                                      If I win I will make them all… they are so great!

                                                                      • reply Sharon Walsh ,

                                                                        Wow, I love those flowers. So real I would love to win so I could further my skills.

                                                                        • reply Carol ,

                                                                          I have purchased several of Iris’ tutorials and can attest that they are all very thorough and well done. Iris puts out a reliable and first class product. I too would love to be the winner.

                                                                          • reply L. Dean ,

                                                                            I also did cake decorating for years, and these polymer clay flowers are simply
                                                                            wonderful. They look so real.

                                                                            • reply christine kozicke ,

                                                                              I am amazed at how far polymer clay, and sugar have come. Always something more I would love to learn. Awesome flowers

                                                                              • reply Barb Lessen ,

                                                                                I love the tutorials from Iris. This one is sure to be a hit!

                                                                                Beautiful flowers!!!

                                                                                • reply Patty Schneider ,

                                                                                  Love Iris’ art, would love to win this tutorial 🙂

                                                                                  • reply Breanne Wieler ,

                                                                                    Beautiful!! I’ve worked a small amout with fun paste flowers and I’ve thought about trying some of the techniques with clay – just wasn’t sure how. Would love to try!!

                                                                                    • reply Claire ,

                                                                                      Wow, they look like the best silk flowers you can buy. The detail is incredible.

                                                                                      • reply Laura Liggett ,

                                                                                        I love flowers and would love to learn how they make them.

                                                                                        • reply Lynn Dunn ,

                                                                                          Gorgeous. I especially like the ball bouquet. And such detail in the mistletoe video. I really think I could do it!

                                                                                          • reply JOANNE NEWMAN ,

                                                                                            This looks like another great tutorial, one which I would love to own. I can never afford the cost of these tutorials but if I could, I would certainly buy this one.

                                                                                            • reply Petrina Battaglia ,

                                                                                              I’m always amazed (and humbled!) at the talent and creativity of polymer clay artists. I have been looking for tutorials for realistic-looking flowers to make for my mother. In the days when I lived with her, she would make beautiful things out of found objects. Just recently, I showed my nieces the roses she made years ago out of egg cartons and they were in awe of her talent. I would love to show my nieces how to make these lovely clay flowers so that they can present them to their grandmother so that she will know their love for her and see that her gift of creativity has been passed on. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely tutorial.

                                                                                              • reply Deb Perretti ,

                                                                                                I am a real novice in the polymer clay art world. The flowers are absolutely beautiful. My efforts remind me of summer camp! I aspire to one day create art in polymer clay as you have.

                                                                                                • reply DiAnne Evans ,

                                                                                                  Awesome flowers! Thanks for the freebie!

                                                                                                  • reply Alena Chrasta ,

                                                                                                    I am out of the academic world for quite a few years, but I would happily study in the flower academy for sure!

                                                                                                    • reply Melissa Stanley ,

                                                                                                      Making realistic looking flowers from polymer clay is my passion! I made a Gardenia for I mother and she wears it as broach.

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