View Full Version : Easy Heart Tutorial

11-18-2007, 06:41 PM
I have never seen anyone else make a heart this way. I've tried several other methods from tutorials and descriptions off the net and here on WC! and I found this way to be much easier than any of those. It requires very few tools, and allows for so many possibilities in decorations, including encasing!

Tools needed:
-dipped mandrel
-sharp edge, such as a knife or razor tool (I like to use an old steak knife since it has a much longer length)
-tweezers or thicker mandrel/glass rod as punty to pull the point

First, I am going to post the super simplified drawn diagram with tips, then I will post step by step photos of one I made. So, this tutorial will be written in two separate posts.

Here is the diagram:

Comment on step one: This is a good time to add frit as a background decoration too. Or vines if you want to put raised flowers on later.

Comment on step two: it doesn't have to sag too much. I let it sag a little, because when you do step three, the pressure of the blade presses the glass back down, causing there to be more glass now at the bottom, which you will pull off at step 4.

Comment on step three: I use an old steak knife, but you can use a blade sideways in a pin vise. And I crease 3 sides, because when you do step 4, it pulls the front and back together and gives a nice crease.

Comment on step four: Heat the entire lower half so that when you pull, it pulls the body down and inward a little too, not just the very end. You can use a glass rod as a punty. Or, I like to use a 1/8" mandrel as a punty.

Comment on step five: If you lose definition of the "humps" during decoration, just rock your knife or razor down the middle again.

11-18-2007, 06:53 PM
Part two, the photos:
Making the initial bead. You can be organic, use foils, even encase! I have been known to make these quite large, using more than half a rod, even up to an entire rod of glass just for the base.

Showing just a little bit of a sag

Applying the crease. I initially stated to flip the bead and start the crease on top, but have recently found it easier to do it from the bottom. I put the knife in the middle, and just rock the bead back and forth on the knife. If it gets too cool, I warm the bead again and crease again. You want to crease 3 sides. The pressure will push some glass to the un-creased side.

Still creasing

After creasing, I heat up the bottom of the heart, in preparation of either pulling with tweezers to a point or adding a punty to pull to a point.

Here I am using an 1/8 mandrel to pull the point. Heat the entire lower half of the heart for the pull. Using a mandrel or glass punty instead of tweezers to pull allows you to add a twist to the bottom of the heart.

Pulling and adding a little twist.

Finished heart. Be sure not to leave any sharp points on the ends.

Now you can either pop it in the kiln or add any raised decorations.

Thanks to the DBf for taking photos for me.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post. Also, I would love to see anyone else's hearts made with this technique!

Enjoy the tutorial!

11-18-2007, 07:13 PM
Excellent! Just about to torch and thinking I'll give it a try. BOC can use some purple hearts and I just happen to have purple handy. Will post if it isn't too terribly wonky fugly. Wonkfugly?

11-18-2007, 07:33 PM
Very nice the pictures help!:D

11-18-2007, 08:49 PM
Great tut. I will have to try this as I'm not very good at hearts.


11-18-2007, 10:13 PM
Great tutorial - love the pics! Makes it seem so clear and easy.

11-18-2007, 10:56 PM
Thanks all!

Maggie, I don't think you could make anything that was in the least bit Wogly! :)
Ekkie, I saw hearts on your website. I think you did just fine!
Chrise, I hope you post some pictures if you make some.

Thanks Maureen, I always worry that it won't be very clear.

11-18-2007, 11:32 PM
Thanks, I was making very sad hearts...great pictures I think I can give this one a try.

11-19-2007, 08:38 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

11-19-2007, 11:46 PM
Here are my first three, not in any particular order.

Purple BOC Hearts

11-20-2007, 08:58 AM
Great job Maggie! I really like the last one. Are these the ones you used the pliers for the twist?

11-20-2007, 11:26 PM
Yep, those are plier twists.

11-21-2007, 12:30 PM
I have tried making hearts almost that way, but never thought to use a punty to pull the point. I just suffered through trying to use my marverer to form the point!

Thanks for the tutorial!


11-25-2007, 10:37 PM
Thanks for this great tutorial, now I know what I have been doing wrong. Your drawing and pictures work well together it makes it a complete picture for me. I'll give it a go tomorrow.

11-25-2007, 10:56 PM
Terry and Sueze, let me know if this way works for you.

11-25-2007, 11:05 PM
Three more from me.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2007/88372-CandyHeart.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2007/88372-SilverHeart.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2007/88372-PlumHeart.jpg

11-26-2007, 12:09 AM
oooo Maggie! I love the DSP one! Great hearts, all of them.

01-06-2008, 09:15 PM
Thanks for the wonderful tut and great pics, you make it look so easy, I will have to give it a try tommorow! Thanks, D.:thumbsup:

01-07-2008, 10:36 AM
D - hope it goes well and hope you share them with us! I'd love to see them.

01-07-2008, 07:22 PM
Great tutorial.
I haven't had much success with hearts yet, but this looks like great.
I am going to try it tonight.

01-07-2008, 09:17 PM
Can't even tell you how many hearts I have made since reading this tut, but it's lots! Here are some I just made and strung up so you can get one idea on what I do with them.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2008/88372-5HPen.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2008/88372-5HPend.jpg

01-07-2008, 09:30 PM
Maggie, I see yours and then just think how many I've made as well :) I couldn't count them all! I like the way you wrap yours and hang them. I've just been making them with a larger hole and putting them straight on to a chain, but yours is a pretty idea too.

01-08-2008, 01:21 PM
Here's some of my attempts from last night. They are a little pointy, but way better than what I was doin before.

01-10-2008, 10:22 AM
I posted this in the newbie thread, but thought I would share here also. When I started trying to make hearts I was getting a blob right side up and making the indent with a razor...much easier with the blob facing down...if this makes sense..anyhow, great tutorial!! This is what Ive done


01-10-2008, 10:24 AM
Everyone's ends of their hearts look great!!

01-12-2008, 06:01 PM
Both of you posted some great hearts! I love all the colors and varieties. Just be careful of pulling really long tails. They could be prone to breaking if they are too long and thin. I love seeing all the new ones and can't wait to get my router so I can get back on my computer and post some more as well. :)

01-17-2008, 11:44 PM
Great tut, Eliza! I gave it a try tonight and I was so surprised at how easy it was! I need to get some bigger mandrels so I can get better points. I'll post them as soon as I get pics taken, they're all in the kiln now!

Thanks for sharing!

01-18-2008, 01:34 AM
So, how did they come out Laura? I'm so happy you found the tutorial easy.

01-18-2008, 11:46 AM
All but 2 of them are top-heavy. Guess I need to work on that. Here's a pic (not the best pic, but I was in a hurry):



01-20-2008, 12:37 PM
Here is one I made yesterday. It was so cold out, my HH was running really slow. I could not get it pulled as much as I wanted, but I think it turned out nice for the first try.

01-20-2008, 10:41 PM
Rosemary, I saw the finished necklace in the Jan '08 finished works thread. Very pretty. Your heart looks like a cross between mine and Jayne's (I'm reminded of the way she twists her tails).

01-21-2008, 02:52 PM
Thanks. For my first attempt, I thought it turned out pretty. I liked how the twisted ones looked, so thought I would give that a try.

Hopefully if it warms up, I can torch again. Chemtane and my HH don't like the cold. :wave:

01-28-2008, 07:48 AM
Thank you very much for this tutorial! I really like making the hearts.
Here my first ones, it will certainly no be the last ones I make :thumbsup:

01-28-2008, 04:18 PM
I love the tutorial.. I don't post much but , I am going to try the heart on the torch soon. I usually use the heart mold, but I love the free hand alot better.

01-29-2008, 08:56 AM
I love seeing all these hearts! Especially since it is so close to Valentine's day!

Carolien, you're doing really well. My favorite is the last one I think, or the first one, or the black/dk blue one with the frit in the middle....

GerryAnn, I hope that you find the tutorial easy to follow and hope you post your results, good or bad. :)

01-29-2008, 09:13 AM
Tnx LizaJayne! My favorite is the black one, the blue and white is silver lake frit of Val cox. Really cool stuff! :thumbsup:

06-06-2008, 05:15 PM
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for this tutorial! I made my first two little hearts! My DH knew what they were right off the bat! YEAH!:clap: I've read other heart tutorials and I was lost. :( I am dyslexic and your drawings made a huge difference and its easy enough for me to understand and make them. I will try to take a picture of the little hearts.
Thanks again.

06-06-2008, 09:22 PM
Amazing tutorial! Thanks for it... I will try this next time I torch.
...Laura said hers were top heavy. How do you fix that? (just in case)

06-07-2008, 02:02 PM
Maria- regarding them being top heavy, it is fixed between the amount you let them droop (before creasing) and the amount that you pull when making the tail. Subtle changes in those things will help a lot. When you make the crease for the humps, it pushes a lot of glass to the tail side (just before pulling the tail). Pay attention to how much is pushed over, and then how much of that is pulled off. You don't want to push too much over that the humps are not well defined, but you don't want to leave too much at the humps to make it top heavy. It's something really learned with practice. As well, you don't want to pull too much off when making the tail. Again, practice makes perfect. Hope you and Maggie show some of your attempts!

12-03-2008, 10:51 AM
:clap: :clap:
Thank you so much for the tutorial. I'm still practicing but these are try number 1, 2, 3 and 4.



With More practice, I'm sure I'll get the sag, twist timing down better.
I just wanted to thank you for putting up the tutorial, and let you know how valuable it is to have these for us new folks.