“I hope you don’t leave until you have an open heart.” <>< Dona (03/07/20)
Today’s craft is a heart. It was inspired by Deuteronomy 4:29-31 which says we are to look for God with all our heart and soul.
This heart can be worn on a ribbon, string or chain. And if you use reading glasses and don’t wear them continually this can be a place to park your glasses too. My granddaughter made 2 hearts (one purple for her Mom and one multicolor for herself). I made an orange one.
Supplies: I used SCULPEY Bake Shop clay. I bought a variety pack of 12 different colors for under 10 dollars at Walmart (see photo # 1). I purchased 4 yards of baker’s twine after Christmas for 10 cents at Kroger.
Directions: Roll out a marble size portion of clay (in your choice of color) into a long pencil like shape. Curve the clay into a heart. Flatten the heart to about ¼ inch thick. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Bake at 275 for 15 minutes. Do not overcook. Let cool.
Loop a 24 inch length of baker’s twine around the heart (see photo # 2 and # 3). (For my neck cord I chose to double the twine and therefore used 48 inches of twine.) Now tie off the twine ends as shown (photo # 4). It’s now ready to slip over your head and go (photo # 5). If you use reading glasses and can’t seem to keep up with them, slip them on your heart (photo # 6).
Perhaps you’d like a wire heart. I purchased 200 ft. of 16 gauge, galvanized wire for less than $7. And the glasses holder necklace I purchased for $1 at the Dollar Tree.
I was able to fashion a heart from 12 inches of the wire. I free formed my heart but you could draw out the pattern you want to make and bend the wire using your drawing. I used long nose pliers to bend the wire into shape. And then I attached a glass holder necklace to my wire heart (photo # 7) and hooked my reading glasses into the heart (photo # 8). * Make sure you can slip the loops from your glasses holder necklace on to the wire ends of the heart.
This craft reminds me of the song “Open The Eyes Of My Heart” by Michael W. Smith.
“I hope you had time to make an open heart.” <>< Dona