Friday, January 22, 2010
I love recycling glass and I think that polymer clay gives me this option every day, by using bought, spent or exhausted items and making something beautiful out of it.
And Oy would this make a lovely gift for your mother!!! LOL!
White, Olive, and Red Cernit
Needle tool or needle
Used glass votive holder
2 paper towels or an old towel/rag
Clean the glass by putting it in a warm oven, under 200 degrees F.
When the wax melts, save it to a can or pour it out in the trash.
Take a paper towel and clean out the glass while holding it with an old towel.
I find the labels are easier to get off when the glass is hot.
Clean the glass with glass cleaner or white vinegar.
Then cut some in half with your clay blade so you have some smaller hearts.
Make 14 or 15 hearts, small and large. You may not use them all, but you will have them in case you might want to add more than I have.
A little border of hearts around the top rim would be nice too.
Set these aside.
You might want to wash your hands before you condition the green. I didn't but you might.
Pinch off little balls about 1/2" in diameter.
Cut some of those in half.
Pinch one end of the coil in to a point.
With the back of the clay blade make a mark in the middle for a vein.
Where the shorter ones are, you can add a heart as if it is a flower.
Or even maybe two flowers in one section.
Make sure that when you put the hearts on that they are attached to the leaves.
When you put the leaves on make sure that they are touching each other.
If you have a straight sided votive that you are using you may want to use some of the Weldbond or Ultimate glue on the back of the leaves to hold them in place after baking.
Since the leaves wrap the bulge of the glass on this votive, they are less likely to come off.
Bake the whole thing in the oven for 1/2 hour at 275 degrees F and let cool in the oven until you can touch it.