Clay

Wedding Keepsake Hearts

By  Myléne Hillam 

size: 2"x2"

  • Wedding Keepsake Hearts
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Materials

  • ETI EnviroTex EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay
  • Polystyrene hearts, 2”
  • Swarovski Flat Back Clear Crystals: 4mm, six; 3mm, 15

Tools

  • Castin’ Craft White Opaque Pigment
  • Scraperfect Embellie Gellie or tool for positioning crystals
  • Clay blade
  • GS Hypo Cement
  • Talcum powder
  • Teflon craft sheet

Basic Supplies

  • toothpick, gloves, rubbing alcohol, timer
  • 1. Scoop equal parts of A and B about the size of large marbles from EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay wearing gloves. Mix together following manufacturer's instructions.

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  • 2. Dust gloves with talcum powder and flatten clay into large circle. Place clay over top of heart and gently stretch it to reach the bottom. Trim away any excess and smooth seams with gloved fingers.

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  • 3. Pierce any air pockets with needle tool and smooth with finger until pierced hole disappears.

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  • 4. Dust Teflon sheet with talcum powder. Place heart with its back on the sheet. Set timer to 30 minutes for clay to become firm.
  • 5. Use gloved hand to smooth out any wrinkles in clay. Set timer for 10 minutes and smooth again. Repeat again at 10-minute intervals until heart is smooth. Roll heart in palms for a smooth finish all over.
  • 6. Measure and mix equal parts of EasySculpt about the size of a pea. Flatten clay into circle and add two drops of white pigment into clay. Mix well. Powder gloves as needed while working in color. Use rubbing alcohol and tissue to clean gloves of any residue. Set timer for 10 minutes for clay to become firm.

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  • 7. Dust Teflon sheet with talcum powder. Pull small amount from white clay and roll on powdered sheet to form a 1/8" thick snake, approximately 4-1/2" long.

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  • 8. Starting at the upper left area of the heart, coil clay in an open circle. Take clay over top point of heart and make another coil on backside.
  • 9. Take another small piece of clay and roll into a thin snake. Create a second coil by placing end of snake at starting point of first coil. Wrap and shape coil as shown.

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  • 10. Continue coiling snakes around heart front as shown.

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  • 11. Position five crystals along middle of second coil.

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  • 12. Form 1/4" wide clay log and cut it into 1/4" long pieces. Cut some pieces in half, some into fourths and some into smaller pieces. Roll each piece into a ball to create graduating sizes. Set aside to firm up.

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  • 13. Adhere large crystal into center of each of the first two coils created.

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  • 14. Apply dots of adhesive along inside curve of the first coil. Position graduating sized balls along curve.

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  • 15. Roll out another 1/4" wide clay log and cut into 1/4" long pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and taper one end to form teardrop shape. Press needle tool tip into middle of each teardrop and reform tip of each point.

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  • 16. Position teardrop pieces at an angle around outside curves of coils with points facing in. Secure using adhesive. Add more coils in empty spaces and embellish with balls, teardrops and crystals. Decorate back of heart as desired.
  • Tip
  • 1. EasySculpt Clay can be sticky to work with so wear gloves at all times. If you find it difficult to roll snakes with freshly mixed EasySculpt, allow clay to firm up for 10-15 minutes and try again. As clay becomes firmer, you'll need to use adhesive to attach embellishments. It's best to mix and color small quantities of EasySculpt as you go rather than mixing one large batch for embellishments.