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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Valentine PMC Heart by Teva Chaffin

A Simple Heart - Just in Time for Valentine's! This is not my design but from a PMCC Senior Instructor; Teva Chaffin. Enjoy.

"Make this simple heart just in time for Valentine's Day with two snake coils, a straw, and some paste.

This pendant is a floating heart, made in about 15 minutes. The design can be simple - or add a little bling with cubic zirconia!

The pendant size is determined by the length of your snake coils. Roll two snake coils of approximately the same thickness. Spritz with water - this helps to keep coils from cracking or drying while shaping into a heart. Spritzing may make things a little messy, but also much more workable.

Begin on the right side of the heart at the bottom point. Working counter-clockwise, shape the snake coil around the straw as shown in the illustration. Use paste to join the ends of the coil at the bottom point of the heart.

Once the first coil is shaped around the straw, begin adding the second coil, adding paste or water as necessary to hold the two together. The design idea is to make it appear as two hearts within one. Be sure to use my favorite tool, the clay shaper, to snug the second snake coil against the first.

Dry, sand, and touch up any gaps. After all touch-ups are completed and dried, it is ready to fire. The finished pendant should look just as beautiful from the back as it does from the front.

As you can see, this design can be simple or complex. You can have a simple floating heart or you can add a couple of cubic zirconia stones set in an additional coil inside the heart at the point. (Reminder: never quench CZ stones.)"

Happy Creating.
Teva Chaffin, Senior Instructor

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