Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thumbprint Heart Pendants

We made these really cute necklaces from the thumbprint hearts that Lily made with us the other day.

I LOVE the way these turned out!
They were way too easy to make.

You'll need:

one block of STAEDTLER Fimo Kids in any colour you'd like.
(we used the sparkly pink one!)
a small heart mold (optional)
baby powder as a mold release.
a few jewelry findings, jump rings, lobster claws, metal beads and bails, head pins
double sided 1/4 inch satin ribbon
a few 1/4 inch beads to dangle from the necklace backs
thread to match and a needle
jewelry glue

We kneaded the clay and pushed bits into the heart mold. We dusted the mold with the baby powder first to be sure the clay would pop out easily. 
If you don't have a mold you could just cut out little heart shapes with a craft knife from a sheet of clay. 
We helped Lily push her finger or thumb gently into each heart. We used a piece of wire to poke a hole into the top of each heart. Then we baked the hearts on a parchment paper lined baking tray in a preheated 230 degree oven for 20 minutes.

To assemble the pieces we glued in an eye pin to the holes we made in each heart, 
attached a bail with a jump ring, 
threaded an appropriate length of ribbon through the bail, 
added a metal bead to each end of the ribbon, 
folded each end of the ribbon through a jump ring and sewed the ends closed, 
added a bead of glue and pulled the metal bead up to the jump ring, 
connected a lobster claw to one end with a jump ring,
added a chain of five or six jump rings to the other end,
finished the piece off with a bead on a head pin.

They look pretty from the back too!

These will make great Christmas pressies from Lily!
Perfect way to carry on the tradition of home made gifts,
She sure is proud of these!