I have always enjoyed creating my own original artwork. And recently, I have been working on making my own pieces for use in altered art and jewelry. Today's project I'm sharing is one of these. This "DEVILISH" Heart is an original piece of art that I created from a sketch, and brought to life with polymer clay. For multiple altered arts projects I have in the works of a similar theme, I made a mold of the original in Amazing Mold Putty and then cast it in a colored mixture of Amazing Casting Resin accented with an alcohol ink patina.
I have to tell you these two products are truly "AMAZING" for molding and casting anything from household items, to vintage jewelry to your own original artwork. The possibilities are endless!
This is a piece that I will be using in an altered book round robin project that is "Fairie" themed. This is just part of the whole fairy I am creating. It all began with a sketch...
To create this piece I made a polymer clay original. As I was kneading the polymer clay to soften and condition it, I decided to think about future use of this heart. I decided I wanted it with and without the devilish horns. So I actually created two mold putty castings of this heart art. One with just heart as it is pictured below. I cast the plain heart and when mold curing was completed, I went back to the original piece and added more polymer clay for the devilish horns. I baked again to harden/cure polymer. Then I mixed up a second batch of Amazing Mold Putty to make a second mold putty casting of one a heart with the devilish horns. So now I have two sets of molds of my original work to use for my every creative desire. I have only photographed one set for the how-to below.
Please see accompanying image number to go along with written instruction/description.
Photo #1: I began with a conditioned ball of polymer clay. Photo #2: I flattened out and shaped the polymer clay right on top of my sketch so that I can match it up to the shape. Photo #3: Completed sculpture after much adjusting and sculpting to get my heart just right. Photo #4: Before heating to cure polymer in my toaster oven, I added some texture detailing. I made a hammered metal texture with a series of little dents made with the back end of a plastic knife. This worked wonders on masking all of my finger prints and fingernail nicks. Photo #5: Completed cured hearts - large and small ready for casting molds using Amazing Mold Putty.
Now for the FUN to BEGIN! I got out my Amazing Mold Putty!
This next series of images are describing preparation of Amazing Mold Putty,
Amazing Casting Resin, mixing of each and curing.
Photo #6: Begin by taking equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty parts "A" and "B". Photo #7: Gently mix together both parts, working quickly so that the colors are evenly mixed together with no striping. Photo #8: Place the mixed Amazing Mold Putty around the item starting gently pressing it around the item and around the sides. You have about a 5 minute open time to work with shaping before it begins to cure/harden. For larger pieces, you can build up the mold casting by working in sections. If you would like to see a more in depth how-to of mixing Amazing Mold Putty please click here. Photo #9: Before mixing up Amazing Casting Resin, I painted the inside of each mold with a mixture of Wild Plum and Silver Mixative Alcohol Inks. Photo #10: Following directions on packaging, I mixed equal parts of "A" and "B" of Amazing Casting Resin and also added some Purple Shimmer Terri Sproul Mixers pigment to add coloring. The resin is clear at first and when cured is completely opaque. This Amazing Casting Resing cures in about 10 minutes so you have to mix it up and pour it quickly. Photo #11: These are my molds with the poured resin as the curing process reaches the flash point where it changes from clear to an opaque hardened plastic.
After about 10 minutes I removed my heart pieces from the molds. They had a beautiful sparkly purple color and patina from the alcohol ink I applied to the mold. I touched up the alcohol ink colored patina and rubbed on, then immediately buffed off some black ink to bring out some of the details. Then I hammered the word "DEVILISH" into the casted resin piece with metal stamp letters. To bring out the detail, I rubbed some black ink over, then rubbed away the excess. WOW - this is turning out so much better than I expected!!!
To finish off I drilled a small hole with my dremel-like rotary tool in the bottom of the large and in the top of the small piece to accept and dangle a beaded wire tail.
I hope you like my perfectly purple "Devilish Heart".
I'm loving this piece so much...I think I'm going to mount it to a necklace to wear at my upcoming craft show. For my altered book project I guess I will be needing another one. Guess what??? I can make another one real quick and easy...because I have a mold of it! You just gotta love this stuff!!