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.


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


Steel Letter Stamping Set
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.


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. 


Next, bake for about 20 minutes at 275.


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


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


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


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


Magically it will change into a new heart =)


I made one with our anniversary on it too.




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:)

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