|Finished Dish of Hearts|
Valentine’s Day! Hearts, chocolates, wine, romance, silly sayings and sending love to friends! One of my favorite holidays! I’ve been thinking of making a valentine that would be fun and a little different.… something small that would remind my friends of me and let them know how much I care. And this is what I came up with…..puffed hearts!
I've wanted to make air-filled beads for a while. A tutorial by Page McNall http://www.flickr.com/photos/15361297@N00/6869585142/ was clear and very helpful. See her photos on flickr.
|My Old Quilt Canes|
Out came my heart cutters, my red and white quilt canes and polymer in red, white and translucent and started the conditioning. The red was rolled to #3 and the quilt canes were cut and arranged on the red sheet. I made spiral canes of translucent and white glitter. The glitter made the canes very difficult to cut thin slices. Dulls the blade rapidly! Next time I don’t think I would use the glitter. I also made spiral canes of translucent and pearl. As you can see in the photos, I placed the translucent spirals over the quilt patterns and smoothed the layers.
|Cane Slices over Red Polymer|
|Rolled Translucent Spirals over the Quilt Canes|
Following the tutorial on air-filled beads I used the larger heart shape to drape the sheet of clay into and covered with a red sheet for backing. I had no trouble cutting the two pieces and sealing the air between. Be sure to check for cracks in the clay and repair before you put on the back layer.
|Back side of canes draped in the heart mold.|
|Heart Flipped Over Shows the Air Trapped Inside|
|Puffed Heart - you can leave it like this or...|
|You can take a smaller heart, position it and press.|
Cutting the tiny heart was fun as the air moved inside the heart! This was such fun!
The left over clay turned into large beads with translucent spirals. This was a great way to use old canes and make them look different.