As with most gift giving holidays, I am unprepared. Such was the Valentines Day “holiday”. My favorite thing about Valentines day is that my wife’s birthday is right around there. I can disguise a beyond-late birthday gift as an on-time Valentine gift. In fact, maybe as a global community we can employ my vehicle in-dash clock method: The clock is set 7 minutes fast so every time I’m running 7 minutes late, I’m actually right on time. Here… just… while I’m not looking, just move the date forward a few days. Then, all my fantastic beyond-last minute gift ideas would become fantastic on-time gifts! Let’s face it, last minute gift ideas are always the best because,”they’d better be!”
The big ideas this Valentines day came from one of my mom’s suggestions. A while back she suggested that I make some sculptures like you see of hands holding a heart. It seems so simple after I had seen an actual image of what she was talking about, a Claddagh: a symbol of friendship, love and loyalty.
I had pictured something a little different but apparently, that’s the nature of perspective.
An anatomical human heart… now that’s true love. The original piece was sculpted from Super Sculpey Firm and subsequently painted to look like a real heart. I was even able to make a mold of it without too much fuss or folly.
This molding and casting business is a bear any way I cut it so I’ll try to make 10-15 of these but that’ll be all for now. If you’re interested in one check in the Shop. If don’t see this available, drop me a line.
The heart charm below is one of the first pieces to come out of the mold. It’s antiqued with a silver enamel and would be the perfect addition to the Tin Man in your life. The resin I cast with is easily painted. In fact, it’s easier to paint than it is to cast so let me know if you want a heart that’s unfinished to paint yourself.