It is that time of the month again when I join my friends from all over the world. I am talking about the International Bloggers Club.
A few months ago we started a new theme that involves using the Anniversary years as our guideline. We featured projects with paper and projects with cotton. The last time we did Christmas And now we I am going to show you how to make a natural clay Valentine's heart garland.
Make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post to see what my friends have made this month.
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My daughter came home with some of this clay and I thought this project would be the perfect opportunity for us to do a project together.
What We Used:
The How To:
Since we are doing Valentine's Day, I cut out a heart on a piece of paper as a template by folding a piece of paper and making the half shape. Once unfolded, it looked like a full heart.
And replicated it on a piece of cardboard because I needed a sturdy template.
My girl then rolled out the clay on a cutting board. It was about 1/4 inch in height.
Using the cardboard heart as a template she was able to cut out a shape. You can also use cookie cutters if you have them.
She used plastic clay tools, but a knife will do just as well.
We didn't worry about the rough edges since we were going for a rustic look, but this would be the time to smooth them out if you want a more finished look.
As an afterthought I took sprigs of pine and pressed them into the clay. I was trying to achieve a bit more texture. I'm sure you can use anything with a pattern on it. I just liked this idea.
We also poked holes near the tops of the years for the twine to go through.
We placed them on a non-stick sheet made for baking clay. And baked them in the oven for about 15 minutes.
This is how they looked when they came out of the oven. I let them rest a few days but you don't really need to wait that long.
And here is where the fun begins. I had three different waxes to choose from. I wanted to experiment so using the furniture polish (that's the one in the center which is really clear) I went over all of the hearts. and wiped them with a clear cloth.
On the left is the heart with the clear wax. On the right I have added the dark wax on top of the clear. It looks like a mess but wait...
Once the dark wax is wiped back you can clearly see all the markings on the heart.
I then took another heart and applied white wax on top of the clear. That is the one on the left and you can see how it compares to the dark wax on the right.
But I was not happy with either one. The one was too bland and the other too dark. To soften up the darker one I added white on top. This process was trial and error but that's how you figure out what you like.
I had finally found something in the middle that made me happy! And just look at that shine! It is as smooth as a well worn rock and the color is a nice oatmeal.
You may have noticed that I had made holes in the hearts before baking them. My intent was to create a garland with the hearts.
I think it turned out just right!
Not too bland.
And not too dark!
Now that I'm done I'm giving it a second look and it would not be a stretch to say that the hearts look a little like they have fossil indentations on them.
I hope you've enjoyed our how to make a natural clay Valentine's heart garland. I got to spend a wonderful afternoon with my daughter and we made a heart garland which can pretty much stay up all year round. That is definitely a win-win in my book! How do you decorate for Valentine's Day? Do you go all out or are you like me?
And now scroll below to see what my pals from the International Bloggers Club are up to. If you'd like to see more past challenges click here.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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