This weekend, I made three different Valentine's projects with polymer clay. I'll be sharing them with you this week. I think that polymer clay might be my favorite thing to work with :)
I made some clay conversation hearts, or candy hearts. I made them at first to be fridge magnets, but then I also turned a few into necklaces.
What you need:
1. Polymer clay (I used Sculpey for this project because it is a little softer and easier to stamp)
2. A heart shaped cookie cutter
3. Uppercase letter stamps
4. Red stamp ink
5. (Small Jewelry Bails and chain for necklace)
*Make sure that your letter stamps are the right size for your cookie cutter. I used a smaller cookie cutter that is about 1.5 inches wide.
*Before you get started, play around with your stamps and some clay. You want to make sure you get a good impression, WITHOUT pushing too hard and getting a second circle impression around the letter. You can also test out how your stamp ink looks on the clay. Mine worked perfectly, but I would imagine that some kinds of ink might not.
What you do:
1. Knead your clay, and roll it out into a flat and even piece. I made mine thin, and used Popsicle sticks along the sides of the clay with my roller to make sure that all of the hearts were the same thickness.
2. Lightly make an impression with your heart shaped cookie cutter.
3. Start stamping your letters. Make sure that you have lots of ink on your stamp, but that there isn't any ink on the round part behind the letter. I wiped the edges each time before stamping.
4. Stamp all of your letters. What's great about this project is that it's ok if you make little mistakes, if the letters aren't all even, or if the ink bleeds in places. That's exactly what candy hearts look like!
5. Now follow the instructions on the clay you used and bake. The ink seemed to turn slightly more orange and faded, but it still looks great.
These hearts make such cute necklaces. You could even make one with your name, or with an inside joke to give a friend. There are a few different ways to turn these into necklaces. The easiest way is to attach them to some sort of Small Jewelry Bails with epoxy glue.
I think my favorite one is BE TRUE. What would you want to write on your candy heart necklace?