Monday, September 13, 2010

Pearl-exed Heart to go with the spiral extruded tube beads

Pearl-exed Hearts

I showed you how to make the spiral extruded tube beads here and I told you I would put the instructions for the heart up. So here it is.

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You will need:

Cernit polymer clay color of your choice
Pearl-ex colors of your choice
needle tool or bugsticker also called a protool
Small glass bead
24 gauge Artistic wire 1" piece
2 rubber stamps of your choice unmounted-Stamp scraps
texture plate- I used lava rock from Victoria James
Knitting needle- bigger, mine is about 1/4" in diameter and it is metal
Paper plate
wire cutters

1. Condition the clay. Roll a 1" ball of black Cernit.
Then roll that in to a chubby teardrop.

2. Flatten the rounded end with your thumb and forefinger just a little. Do not smash, just flatten a little.
You want it to look puffy when you are done. I take that back, I like it to look puffy when I am done. You can have your heart anyway you want.
We are going to flatten this a bit with the stamp so it is best to leave it more puffy. No worries though, you can always smash it up and try again.

3. I am using a knitting needle here to make the indentation in the top part of the heart, I hold the pointed part of the heart and roll the knitting needle point from the front to the back. I then with my fingers adjust the lobes of the heart until I like them.

4. With the needle tool you are going to "drill" it in to the bottom of the heart and keep "drilling" until it comes out in between the lobes in the top of the heart. Drilling by rolling the needle tool back and forth between your finger and thumb keeps the needle from sticking.

5. "Drill" the needle tool out of the heart and flip the heart from end to end and place the point of the needle tool in to the hole in between the lobes of the heart and "drill" it to the other end of the heart. Leave the heart on the needle tool like this.

6. Lay the heart on one of the stamps and place the other stamp on the top of the heart.

7. Press the stamp down around the heart gently but firmly.You can even go around the edges a little.
You can even use the palm of your hand to press gently.

8. Pull the stamp off and check it out. If it is not deep enough you may have to do it over again. Roll the heart into a ball again and start from the beginning.

Here is a picture of the other side.

9. Place a very small(very small) amount of Pearl-ex powder on the plate. Some times I just take it out of the lid.
I place my finger in the powder and then rub it on the plate to get rid of clumps and smooth the powder on the end of my finger.
10. Rub the powder in to the heart gently. For the multicolored heart I just add little patches of this color to the heart. I used Interference blue, Interference red, Interference gold, interference violet and interference green. I use a circular motion to apply the powder. I also go over one area and keep rubbing gently to force the powder into the surface of the clay.

11. Keep adding the colors until the heart is covered front and back.

12. Get a small glass bead  and cut a small piece of wire about 1" long and thread the bead on the wire.

13. Place the bead in the middle of the wire and twist the ends together, tight to the bead.

14. With the wire cutters cut off the ends of the wire leaving a 1/2" tail.

15. Bend the twisted wire in to a little hook.

16. Insert the twisted end in to the clay heart. I put mine on the  left hand side of the heart. I leave the heart on the needle tool to make sure I do not put it in to the hole that runs vertically through the heart.
Bake the heart in a preheated 275 degree F. oven for 1/2 hour, shut off the oven and let cool inside until you  cam touch it. All of my baking instructions are for an electric home oven, not a toaster oven.

17. With a flexible silicone texture plate, I lay the heart on the needle tool on top of one side of the texture plate.

18. Fold the other half of the texture plate over the heart and press the texture plate together. You can even do this between your palms.

19. With corrugated cardboard pieces lay one of the pieces of the cardboard down, place the heart on the needle tool on top of the cardboard the way you want the lines to impress. Place the other cardboard over the top of the heart and press them together gently and firmly. Peel them off, tah-dah.

20. Now, with a piece of cotton lace, lay the lace down, place the heart on top of the lace with the needle tool still in it.

21. Place the other end of the lace over the heart and press the lace in to the heart on both sides.

22. With something this flexible you can press it easily around the sides too!


  1. i cannot believe this marie. you have explained this in a way that i was able to follow and understand the whole process. i've wondered how you make your magic with clay. this is amazing.

    as are you. i will be back to read this again, and probably once again after that. you can TEACH, marie. bravo


  2. Gorgeous hearts - and thanks so much for the tuto.

  3. Oh so pretty Marie! Love the stamps and lace! Going to try one this afternoon, we shall see what happens. LOL Although I already know. You amaze me with all of your creativity!


  4. Marie, you are a very thorough and inspiring teacher. Very generous too. Thanks for this great tutorial. Your heart is beautiful. So are your clay hearts.

  5. Oh no. I'm just going to send my OH your way when I tell him I'm buying more tools and some clay. It's your fault completely Marie!

    Amazing tutorial which I will be bookmarking for definite - thank you so much for sharing this :)

  6. Hi Marie! I sended my package sooner than you, but i just received your wonderful heart and the pieces of cernit! Thank you so much!
    My mum is in love with this heart :-)
    I'm gonna buy one for her before its christmas!
    xoxo Donna

  7. Oh Marie, what a patient, generous teacher you are! Now what was step 2 again???? It's me, not you! So much detail you put into your work...I appreciate you even more. **blows kisses** Deb

  8. Thanks for another great tutorial Marie! I have been playing with my clay lately...I love all the ideas you gave for adding texture!

  9. Son unas piezas preciosas!!!
    Gracias por e tutorial.
    besitos ascension

  10. Awesome tutorial! I was wondering how this was done. Thanks very much, dear friend! Theresa

  11. Hi! This is a great design! I am a crafter myself and I would love to feature your designs at

    Hope this is okay with you?


  12. Hi Diylessonsassistant. I am flattered by your need.
    You for one, could take the time to find my email and ask me. It is easy, it is in my profile and on the page tab above that says contact me.
    And you could sign your name.
    Leave an email where I could contact you and say no if I want to.
    You just never know I might say yes!
    But the way you did this, I am saying no, they are already posted here.


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