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Heart Shaped Earring Tree
Ok ladies... how many pair of earrings do you have, and are you sure to get another pair for Valentine's Day? Maybe it's time for you to make a heart shaped earring tree, or better yet, let the kids make one for you.
We only need a couple supplies for this project, and if you get to making it today, you could have it done in time for those Valentine's Day earrings. By the way... this is A great project for oven-bake clay!
Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio!
Here is what you will need to make your earring tree:
- Rolling pin or dowel rod
- pin/needle tool
- scoring tool
- slip or magic water
- Paint brush
- Acrylic paint
The first step in creating your heart-shaped tree is to make a template. I used a clip art found on the internet for expediency and repetition, but you could draw your own if you want. Either way, make sure the band is at least a 1/2" wide to accommodate shrinkage.
After you've cut out a template, go ahead and roll a slab large enough to fit the heart, or two hearts if you want to get fancy. The hearts can be either solid or open. I prefer a solid one for post earrings, and an open one for loops and dangles.
I'm doing both a solid and open heart, and I will use the inside of the open heart to make the base for my stand.
Using a pin tool or fettling knife, cut a straight bottom on the solid heart. Score/slip both the bottom of the heart, and a spot on the smallest heart, and attach them together as follows;
After the heart and base are sturdy and leather hard, use the open heart to determine placement, and cut a slit to put the open heart peak into.
Cut the peak of the open heart to separate, score/slip both edges, place them in the opening, and attach them together. You may have to support this piece with wood blocks, jars, etc...
Once it is fully assembled, make sure to add the holes for your earrings. You can add as many or as few as you want. Ps... it's easier to punch holes in the open heart while it's laying flat.
Cover with plastic for a few days to slow dry, then bisque and glaze to your liking, or you fire to max cone and paint with Mayco Softee Acrylics, craft paints, or spray enamel.
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