TUTORIAL: “Patchwork” Floral Heart Charm

The majority of my wardrobe and (bought) jewellery collection is a scrambled mess of colours and beautiful floral patterns- I just love it! Yet I had never created something incorporating that type of design. Naturally, I decided to change that with a floral faux patchwork effect cut into a heart shape! It can be used as a necklace, a brooch, an ornament- whatever you like!
It’s super easy and a perfect tutorial for anyone of all skill levels. I hope you enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (light blue, light pink, cream, red, white, medium blue, light green)
  • Cutting tool
  • Rolling tool
  • Liquid clay
  • A pin or needle
  • Small letter stamps
  • A large heart cookie/clay cutter
  • Dotting tool or ball tool
  • A very clean surface
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • A very small paintbrush
  • Varnish (I use original Fimo gloss)
  • An oven
  • Something that can cut out very small circles (I used a cutting tool with the knife clicked in, but you could try a clicked in pen, or perhaps something you can cut around like the flat end of a paintbrush)
  • A sheet of felt, strong craft glue, scissors, links and a necklace chain (optional)

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Step one:
Roll out a sheet of light blue clay. You want it to be large enough to fit your heart cutter on, and no thinner than a 1/2 cm all over. Don’t worry if it’s a little thicker, it’ll just make it more durable!

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Step two:
Now roll out some light pink clay of the same thickness and place it very gently over the top of your blue heart. Decide where you want the “seam” to be and cut a straight line at any angle you like. Now line up your heart cutter so that it cuts away any excess from around the pink heart, and the shape blends with the rest.

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Begin to build up your floral pattern on the blue part of the heart. To do this, I mixed together some red and white clay (enough so that it makes a kind of swirl pattern, but not so that it mixed completely). Now use it to roll out some very small balls which you then press flat. Roll one gently with your fingertips so that it creates an upwards spiral, then wrap the others around this first piece until you’re satisfied with the size.
For the smaller flowers and leaves, it’s just a matter of experimenting. I rolled out some small sausage shapes and pressed them down. I also added a little red piece in the middle of the small flowers and used my dotting tool / ball tool to press down very slightly on the leaves to give it extra detail.
Stick all of the flowers and leaves down with a little bit of liquid clay.

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Step four: 
Now roll out a sheet of cream clay and cut out lots of small circles. Stick them fairly evenly over the pink side of the heart using liquid clay.

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Step five: 
Cut out a small rectangle shape of light blue clay, then stamp on your lettering. Press down hard enough so that it’s visible, but not so hard that it comes out the other side! Again, use liquid clay to stick this down on the pink half.

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Step six:
Add a couple more roses to frame the rectangle.

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Step seven:
Now for my favourite part! Use your needle to draw faint, tiny lines around the outside of the heart, around the rectangle and down the “seam”. This will give a faux stitched affect.

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Step eight: 
If you’re making this into a necklace, you’ll want to poke a couple of holes through the sides of the top of the heart for the links to go through later.
Bake the whole heart in the oven until hard. This should take approximately 30 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius).

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Step nine: 
Once cooled, very carefully paint some of your dark green acrylic into the imprints the lettering made. If you go outside the lines, just wipe it off before it dries!

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Step ten: 
Once the paint has dried completely, paint over an even layer of varnish and leave to dry.
Now this part is optional, but for added comfort and durability you could stick a backing of felt to the underside of the heart and trim off the excess, then it’s ready to attach to your necklace! Finished!

Thanks for reading! 
Please check out the rest of my site for more craft tutorials, and feel free to share them with any friends you think would enjoy them! 
Have a beautiful day! :)

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