I came up
with this piece while making some experimental pieces with my new
inks and Kato liquid clay. I really liked the effect. Feel free to
colors, shapes and textures used.
light colored clay
inks – rainforest green, passion purple
Sauce, TLS or Fimo Gel ( I used the Kato liquid clay in this lesson)
tool or skewer
tool or your choice of tool for smoothing
or stamps of your choice (I used the Amaco Violets & Ivy)
release such as water, corn starch or talcum powder
Step 1: Form a small ball of clay. Flatten it slightly on your
work surface to form a
pancake. Pinch one end into a point to form the bottom of the heart.
side of a needle tool or a fake credit card to indent a line in the top
Widen the indent made by
the credit card to form
the top of the heart. Smooth the edges and refine your shape until you
happy with it.
Step 3: Dust your
mold with baby powder or other mold release. Press some clay into
your mold and then gently remove it. I used a combination of leaves and
Step 4: Arrange
them on your heart and press gently. Smooth the edges with the
or similar smoothing tool.
Step 5: Make a
design on both sides of the heart if you like. I choose to put a single
violet on the back of the heart and I used a piece of scrubbing pad to
the clay around it.
Step 6: You can
pierce the heart for stringing now or choose to drill a hole after it
Another option is to embed a jump ring in the clay.
Step 7: Put some
liquid clay into a palette or small
container. These little paint cups
come in handy to save your colors. Add a drop or two of piñata ink, wait a
moment for the alcohol to evaporate, and mix it in with a toothpick.
Mix up a
purple or blue color and some green. Use your paintbrush to sparingly
over the leaves and flowers on one side of the heart.
Step 8: Don't
if the colors bleed into each other – it creates a beautiful glaze
Don’t add too much liquid clay though since it will run to the lowest
form a glop (the technical term for any unsightly mess that you didn’t
be there). If you have a heat gun, you can set the glaze slightly on
side and paint the other. Since I don't (YET!!) I put it in the oven
flat, and baked it for about 10 minutes to set it.
Step 9: Remove the
heart from the oven and paint the back of the heart. Bake the heart for
full amount of time needed for your brand of clay. Make sure it’s wet
You can use rubbing alcohol to clean your brush and any spills of
I keep a couple of paintbrushes dedicated to liquid clay so I don’t
worry about getting them completely clean.
Finish: If you want a glassy effect, you could give your heart a
coat or two of Future,
Flecto, or the varnish of your choice. I chose to leave it as it was
had a slight shine already. String it on a ribbon for a sweet simple