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Old 11-18-2007, 06:41 PM
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Easy Heart Tutorial

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:
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-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.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:53 PM
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

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!
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

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?
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Very nice the pictures help!
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Great tut. I will have to try this as I'm not very good at hearts.

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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Great tutorial - love the pics! Makes it seem so clear and easy.
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

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.
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Thanks, I was making very sad hearts...great pictures I think I can give this one a try.
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Here are my first three, not in any particular order.

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Old 11-20-2007, 08:58 AM
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

Great job Maggie! I really like the last one. Are these the ones you used the pliers for the twist?
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Yep, those are plier twists.
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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

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!

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Re: Easy Heart Tutorial

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.
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Terry and Sueze, let me know if this way works for you.
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