I have always loved silver lockets. These DIY metallic clay hearts were inspired by these lockets and are one of my latest Valentine Crafts.
I love making Valentine crafts. If you follow my blog then you know I have made quite a few Valentine crafts this past month. These silver metallic clay hearts were inspired by vintage metal heart-shaped lockets. I thought it might be fun to make something similar.
For centuries, the locket— a pendant that opens to contain a portrait, a lock of hair, or a tiny love letter—has been a classic accessory. There is nothing more romantic than wearing a reminder of someone you love close to your heart.
Lockets evolved from ancient amulets. European designs for lockets appear to date to the 16th century, when small pendants were worn to conceal good luck charms, small fabric squares soaked in perfume to ward off the poor smells on public thoroughfares, painted portraits, and even, on occasion, poison.
I came up with the idea to make a clay heart with a similar impression to the traditional silver lockets. I think they look a lot like them!
What You Need to Make Your Metallic Heart Valentine Crafts
1/8 yard fabric lace
How To Make Clay Metallic Valentines
Break off a piece of clay and work it through your fingers to soften. Roll about 1/4″ thick with a rolling pin. Cut out shapes with heart-shaped cookie cutters.
Select an area of the lace and press down on the clay. Use the rolling pin to enhance the indentation.
Carefully pull off the lace.
Place each clay heart on a lined cookie sheet. Bake according to directions, approximately 15 minutes.
I absolutely love how they came out! The indentation left from the lace reminds me so much of a vintage locket.
Shake the metallic acrylic paint and then apply it with a paintbrush.
Let cool and get ready to display them throughout your home for Valentine’s day!
I am so thrilled how these turned out. I just love them. I painted both sides of the hearts but I don’t think you even need to do that.
I hope you will try making these for a Valentine Craft. They are so easy and fun to make.