State Love

I saw a couple projects online and decided to combine them. Here’s the final result:

I got an old board from a kitchen cabinet we salvaged, some nails, jewelry wire and a little red nail polish and made the states. I did New Hampshire and New Mexico because it’s where I and The Sweetness are from, then meeting in the middle (kind of!) If you want to do this, I’d recommend printing out a template of your state and using it to place your nails. I free-handed mine because of the size difference between the states and I think it came out just fine.

For the heart, I had wanted to get our fingerprints pressed into it, but I wanted it to be a little fancy because this will be on our wall. I failed a little because I used Precious Metal Clay, but I’ll do the fingerprint project for you as a Christmas ornament later. The original project used salt dough, I wanted to make it come out actual silver, so I used the PMC. Precious Metal Clay is a cool product, it comes as a clay that can be worked in any way that you can work with regular clay. It also comes in syringes for beads and rope type work, paper sheets and slip for painting. You dry out your clay piece and fire it in a kiln or with a torch and it comes out as 99% silver. Super cool. Here’s a peek at my heart in process:

It works much easier with saran wrap and some Badger Balm on your hands/tools

Dried in the oven for 10 minutes, then fired in the kiln at 1200 degrees F and you get silver!

It’ll come out of the oven with a white film that’s a pain to get off, but with some effort, you’ll get there. I know these are imprecise directions, but I mostly wanted to expose you to the product since it’s so cool.

~ by accordingtoleanne on October 15, 2012.

2 Responses to “State Love”

  1. Way cool! Where did you get the clay? I have read about this clay, but have never seen any. Seems like fun stuff. Nice state project also!

  2. I think I ordered it from eBay or Amazon, it’s pretty expensive, maybe $40 for the little packet. I used 2 packets on the heart and the pendant

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