Make Paperclay Hearts for Jewelry
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Creative Paperclay
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Paper Towels and water
Prismacolor Pencils
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Mod Podge
Sandpaper, 220 Or 320 Grit
Clay Blade Or Regular Knife
20g Wire, 5-minute Epoxy
Moisturize hands before starting to help keep clay from sticking & drying out.
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Have a cup of water to tap finger in as the clay dries and a wet paper towel to wrap working clay.
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Cut a slab of clay from the end, stuff a wet towel into package, wrap and set aside.
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I'm starting with a piece of clay about 1 x 1 x 1/2".
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For a matching pair, roll a log and cut in half. Put one piece under the wet paper towel.
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The surface will have cracks. Tap lightly with water and roll firmly. Repeat till smooth.
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Pinch one end, start to roll and define the tip. A drop of water tames cracks.
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A good sno-cone shape--pinch then flatten. Use a blade or knife to cut the crease, rocking to even.
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Gently pull lobes apart, tap & pinch to round the squared cut edges. Keep rolling the tip too.
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Fingers are the perfect shape to contour the heart. Use a drop of water to massage away cracks.
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Bumps are less a problem than cracks. A 'pretty good' shape will be refined after drying.
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The back of your fingernail or a round tool smooths the curves & surface.
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Make several, then set aside to dry several hours. This candle warmer helps speed drying.
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Dry clay feels...dry! Warm to touch and quite hard.
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320 or 220 grit sandpaper work well. Tear a piece that feels comfortable.
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Paper around my finger fits the curve perfectly. The clay sands very easily.
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A cushion or pad makes it easier to hold the heart. This is a silversmith's leather shot bag.
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Pay special attention to the crease. Folding the sandpaper makes it easier to hold.
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And so on...a velvety surface will result from your hard work!
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I use Prismacolor pencils. I start with a medium tone and build up layers. No need to press hard!
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2 layers of color. If a very sharp point can't get into the crease, there's a trick at the end.
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Darker, lighter, medium, building layers on layers.
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A layer of white or near white can add highlight and blend. Color till you are happy!
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I tend to add color till the surface won't take any more. You don't have to be so obsessive.
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About that crease: paint thinner on a tiny brush will move just enough color onto the bare spot.
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Carefully drill to a depth of 5-6mm.
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Place a wire in the hole as a handle; seal as desired. I use Mod Podge matte finish.
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Allow to dry and add a second coat if desired.
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Glue in a premade eye loop or length of wire and your heart is ready to use! I use 5-minute epoxy.
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