24 Jan 2012

DIY: How To Make Love Hate Brooches

Today we thought we would share a little diy on how to make your very own Love Hate brooches. They're just as awesome as tattoo's, but slightly less permanent. Your mother will be proud!
These are really simple to make and you can have a lot of fun with what you write on them. So, without further adieu, lets crack on!

We are going to make these using our little hands and red, white and black Sculpey. That's pretty much the same as Fimo if you can't get hold of it. You could also make these out of clay and paint them if you are really stuck... and we think they would be the best cupcake toppers ever if you had time to make them out of icing!

So, take enough red Sculpey to make a ball in your palm. Surprise! This is going to make the heart. All you need to do is pinch it in the middle to create a wide v shape. Then using your pointing finger, push down all the edges until the top is rounded. Make sure to do this on something flat as you will need to glue the brooch back on. We recommend working on a piece of paper as it is easier to pick up and it wont wreck the furniture too! Once rounded, squidge the top part together until you get a nice fat heart...


Next, take a wee ball (a little larger than a pea) of the white sculpey. Roll it out and gently press it down so it makes a long flat rectangle. This is going to be your scroll, so make sure there is enough of it to cover the heart with a little left over on each side of it. As you can see from above it doesn't need to be too wide in depth, just enough to put words on it.
Slowly take it off the paper (you don't want it to stretch out) and place on top of your heart. Gently press it down - it doesn't need much to stay in place...

Then roll up the excess to create a lovely scroll effect!

For the words, take a smaller ball from the black sculpey (less than a pea) and roll it out so it is really thin. Then simply cut lengths from it and bend them into whatever letters you need. You may need to attach separate pieces for letters like t and k. This part is the fiddliest so take your time and make a few attempts before you pop them on. You may want to use a pair of tweezers if you are struggling. Remember to make each small enough to fit within the scroll too!

Once you are happy with the letters, take them from the paper and gently press them onto the scroll. Again, you really don't need to put much pressure on to make these stay in place. Done!
Now you are ready to harden them.
Check the packet and pop them in the oven. Sculpey should take about 15-20 mins at 130 degrees celsius to bake.

Once cooled, just glue on the backs!
We have used a glue gun here, but super glue is great too. We used small brooch backs from our local bead store, but are planning to make some rings later on; these hearts are really versatile and even easier to put on everything. Let the glue harden and get ready to put on anything you can get your hands on!

We hope you enjoyed our little Love Hate diy and we'd love to hear how you got on!
We're taking ours out on the town to celebrate. A job well done afterall!

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