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Valentine Heart Suncatcher

Made from Clay and Pony Beads

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
String/ Thread
Heart Cookie Cutter
Red Glitter
Baking Paper

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.

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We rolled the Fimo Soft White Oven Bake Modelling Clay flat to approx 5mm thickness and then positioned our Heart Cookie Cutter , pushing down firmly.

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!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

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!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentines Heart Suncatcher

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.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

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!

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

The hearts could be left as they are or linked up with a simple knot, as we have.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

All that’s left is for your gorgeous Valentine Heart Suncatcher to be hung by the window.

Arty Crafty Kids - Valentine Heart Suncatcher

 

Featured in the ’14 Days of Love’ series hosted by Emma Owl.

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My name is Helen and I LOVE getting creative with my kids! Inspired by my kids, Arty Crafty Kids is our home for our artsy craftsy projects and creations and if your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love getting stuck in with the paint, glue and glitter and at times, getting Super Messy!

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