This year, for some unusual reason I cannot explain, Valentine’s day has captured Angel’s imagination (maybe it’s do with all the lovely crafts about!), she’s requested to make everything from Valentine’s cards to Valentine’s Jewellery; her ideas inspiring our very pretty Valentine Heart Suncatcher.
I have to admit,the combination of clay and pony beads left me dubious. I wasn’t sure it would actually work! But, I am absolutely thrilled that it did, with the beads capturing the light better than I had imagined.
Valentine Heart Suncatcher: Materials
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Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay
Colourful Wooden Round Beads
Transparent Glitter Plastic Pony/Barrel Beads 150pk approx
Heart Cookie Cutter
Valentine Heart Suncatcher
To start, we kneaded the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay until soft into a ball, mixing it with red glitter.
Before removing the Heart Cookie Cutter, we pushed three pony beads into the heart. By leaving the cookie cutter in the clay, the heart will not lose shape when the beads are added.
A little tip: Select the transparent beads as they catch the light beautifully!
When adding the beads, we not only pushed down firmly but gave each a little twist too, to ensure they cut through the clay.
Pierce a small threading hole into the heart. I used the bottom of a paintbrush, but a straw might be better!
Place the hearts onto a baking tray and pop them into the oven (gas mark 7, 160/140c) for around 15 minutes.
Keep a close eye on the hearts, looking out for clay discolouration. Remove immediately if this occurs.
Once baked, allow to cool.
Once the hearts are baked, allow them to cool before adding the thread. For decoration, we also added a cute coloured wooden bead.
You may notice that one of our hearts was left in the oven too long 😉 I quite like the pinky tinge, but if you’re aiming for vibrant white, I would keep a closer eye on them during the baking stage!
The hearts could be left as they are or linked up with a simple knot, as we have.
All that’s left is for your gorgeous Valentine Heart Suncatcher to be hung by the window.
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