Puffy Patriotic Heart Pendant

pendant measures 1.75"

pendant measures 1.75"

This patriotic heart is not a flat piece of clay, it’s filled with air making it domed or pillow shaped. Special thanks to the talented Page McNall for her online tutorial demonstrating how to make air filled polymer clay beads. I’ve been experimenting with this technique and enjoying each variation I’ve created. This heart features hot fix rhinestones and a custom “USA” bail.  Make this project to show your patriotic spirit and your creativity!

Before you begin, condition clay. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

Directions

step 1 - Roll white clay on the # 2 setting. Cut a heart shape from the clay with a cutter larger than the one you will use for you final piece.

step 1 - Roll white clay on the # 2 setting. Cut a heart shape from the clay with a cutter larger than the one you will use for you final piece.

step 2 - Create navy blue clay by mixing black with purple. Add bits of black a little at a time blending after each addition until the color you want is achieved. Roll the clay on the # 3 setting of the conditioning machine. Cut a rectangular piece of navy blue clay slightly larger than half of the large heart cutter.

step 2 - Create navy blue clay by mixing black with purple. Add bits of black a little at a time blending after each addition until the color you want is achieved. Roll the clay on the # 3 setting of the conditioning machine. Cut a rectangular piece of navy blue clay slightly larger than half of the large heart cutter.

step 3 - Poke small circles in the clay with a tube. Parts from most ballpoint pens can be the right size, approximately 2mm.

step 3 - Poke small circles in the clay with a tube. Parts from most ballpoint pens can be the right size, approximately 2mm.

step 4 - Use an oval cutter to cut out a curve in the blue clay.

step 4 - Use an oval cutter to cut out a curve in the blue clay.

step 5 - Place the blue clay on the white heart.

step 5 - Place the blue clay on the white heart.

step 6 - With a 2mm round hole disc, extrude white, then red clay to form round strands of both colors. Keep them separated as the red will easily leech onto the white.

step 6 - With a 2mm round hole disc, extrude white, then red clay to form round strands of both colors. Keep them separated as the red will easily leech onto the white.

step 7 - Add the strands to the heart, alternating between red and white.  The edges should be placed flush against the edge of the blue clay. Curve the strands slightly. Fill the remaining white space.

step 7 - Add the strands to the heart, alternating between red and white.  The edges should be placed flush against the edge of the blue clay. Curve the strands slightly. Fill the remaining white space.

step 8 - Position the small heart cutter over the clay. Flip the cutter over along with the clay.

step 8 - Position the small heart cutter over the clay. Flip the cutter over along with the clay.

step 9 - Use your finger knuckle to gently push the clay into the cutter so it droops just slightly and evenly inside.  

step 9 - Use your finger knuckle to gently push the clay into the cutter so it droops just slightly and evenly inside.  

step 10 - Add texture to a piece of red clay with rough sand paper. Cut it out with the large heart cutter and press the red clay over the white clay. The texture will prevent the pendant from sticking to your skin when you wear it.

step 10 - Add texture to a piece of red clay with rough sand paper. Cut it out with the large heart cutter and press the red clay over the white clay. The texture will prevent the pendant from sticking to your skin when you wear it.

step 11 - Cover the clay with deli film and flip all layers over. Press down on the cutter.  The top and bottom layers will seal together trapping air inside the clay, giving the heart a puffy shape.

step 11 - Cover the clay with deli film and flip all layers over. Press down on the cutter.  The top and bottom layers will seal together trapping air inside the clay, giving the heart a puffy shape.

step 12 - Place metal letters on a strip of the navy blue clay. Press them down to leave impressions.

step 12 - Place metal letters on a strip of the navy blue clay. Press them down to leave impressions.

step 13 - Use the point of the heart to shape the end below the letters.

step 13 - Use the point of the heart to shape the end below the letters.

step 14 - Trim the sides of the clay straight with a tissue blade. The piece should be long enough to form a loop for a bail.

step 14 - Trim the sides of the clay straight with a tissue blade. The piece should be long enough to form a loop for a bail.

step 15 - Press the point of the clay to the center of the heart.  Bring the rest of the strip to the back of the pendant and trim away the excess. Place a wood pick into the bail loop to hold the strip open while baking.

step 15 - Press the point of the clay to the center of the heart.  Bring the rest of the strip to the back of the pendant and trim away the excess. Place a wood pick into the bail loop to hold the strip open while baking.

step 16 - Place 10ss hot fix rhinestones in all the holes of the navy blue clay.

step 16 - Place 10ss hot fix rhinestones in all the holes of the navy blue clay.

step 17 - Bake the clay in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes on a flat tile.  Allow it to cool before handling.

step 18 - Sand the clay lightly with 600, 800, and 1000 wet dry sand paper.

step 19 - Buff the clay with a soft cloth or rotary tool.

 


Supplies

Craft Store

  • Premo Clay - Black, Purple, Red and White
  •  Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  •  Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  •  Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  •  heart cutters
  •  oval cutter
  •  rectangular cutter
  •  small tube to cut holes
  •  metal letter stamps
  •  extruder with 2mm round disc
  •  Wet/Dry Sanding paper
  •  10ss hot fix clear rhinestones
  •  wood pick
  •  Dixie Deli Film - Lorenz Supply

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