Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Clay Conversation Hearts

A few years ago, I decorated for Valentine's Day by filling a vase with with conversation hearts. I loved the way it looked but it seemed a little wasteful as neither me nor my husband like conversation hearts. This year I decided I wanted to make some hearts that would last and I wouldn't feel guilty about not eating.


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Materials:
White Polymer Clay (Like Sculpey)
Heart mold (I used a chocolate mold, it was 40% off)
Paint

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Tools:
Toothpicks
Steel Letter Stamping Set
Paint
Paint brush

Start by kneading the clay for 2 minutes, don't over-knead it. Then press the clay into the mold. You want to over fill it just a little on one side, to use it to pull the heart out.

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Cut the excess off with a toothpick, or you know, an actual sculpey tool. Next, gently press the letters into the clay. Not too hard, or you'll get a circle around the letter, but not too soft either. Experiment. 

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Next, bake for about 20 minutes at 275.

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Let the hearts cool and then sand the edges to make them smooth. I used a nail file. 

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Now paint. If you got colored clay, skip this part. Let the paint completely dry, using two coats if needed.

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Next, take a tooth pick and dip it into the red paint. Smear over the letters.

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Wipe off with a damp paper towel, leaving paint just in the letters.

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Magically it will change into a new heart =)

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I made one with our anniversary on it too.

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Ta-Da!

12 comments:

Mary Pat Siehl said...

these are just way too cute! tfs the process!

Kristin said...

These are so cute! Not wasteful at all!

Brave Brooke said...

I love these!

Smallgood said...

I don't like conversation heart candy either, but these look so much like the real thing. Awesome!

Christine said...

Such a great idea!!! They look perfect!

Funny.. I don't like conversation hearts either hehe

Crafty Cousins said...

Super cute! :)

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Great idea. Fun project.

Tracy said...

This is such a cute and fun project. You are so clever :)

Diana said...

Very cute! I like the real ones, too. What's not to like? Pure sugar.

Maranda said...

I love this!! I also love the Necco hearts though. Thanks for reminding me to go get some. ;)

Holly Lefevre said...

LOVE this idea. These are so cute. I want to make some!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

I love this idea! They are so cute...I bet my 3 year old son would totally try to eat them:) I would love it if you stopped by to share this at my linky party going on right now:)
http://too-much-time.com/2012/02/diy-craft-link-party.html

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