Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Faux Silver Hearts

These faux silver hearts are so easy and you will fool your friends into thinking you have picked up a new skill as a metal smith.

Salt Dough! Nothing other than:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

After mixing up the dough I rolled it out to a thickness I was happy with. These hearts were cut out by hand with a butter knife. Then further shaped by hand. I wanted a little of a wonky shaped heart with an uneven surface. Don't forget to make a hole for hanging.

Place in your oven on the lowest setting to speed up the drying process. Check them frequently, drying time will depend on thickness. I let them dry further a few more days on the counter.

Once they are dry they can be sanded. I sanded them nice and smooth with a medium grit sand paper then a fine grit.

Spray painted them with Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish.

Once the silver paint was dry, I rubbed on black paint with a damp paper towel making sure to get all the nooks.

Leather cording finishes them off.

Comparable to the likes of this one or this one, even this one. Just don't get it wet!

We also made a heart shaped pen holder/paper weight!

Have fun.

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40 comments:

Jennifer said...

How Cool!!! I must give this a try!! (=

Dani @ Drops in the Bucket said...

it's a snow day here in MI and this sounds like a great snow day activity!

Alison said...

That's a great silver craft that actually looks silver! Have to try...

New follower over from Domestically Speaking.

Blessings,

Alison
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Angela said...

Thanks, thanks and thanks! Pefect project for today's snow day. I have to redeem myself from the melted crayon heart project that went terriby wrong (heavy emphasis on MELTED)and this will be just the thing. Much less mess and handy ingredients!! Yours are gorgeous. Here's hoping ours turn out half as nice.

msposhb said...

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Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Oh My goodness! this is incredible! I cannot believe it. They look so "real." Thanks so much. I will be making these.

V said...

Wow - this project makes me want to pull my 11 year old out from school early today just so we can try it. I know she is going to love this one!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh my word!!! They totally look like real silver. Well done. :) Thanks for the visit today! :)

TheCraftInMe said...

How cool and easy, thanks for sharing!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said...

Ohmygoodness! Lovin' those! I love the way the silver looks! We are making these hearts tomorrow so I'll have to remember to poke holes in a few and paint them silver!

A Vintage Vine said...

So cute, great idea and they look like real siver! Visiting from DIY club.

Jessica said...

Holy salt dough Batman! These are amazing...I never thought they would be made out of salt dough when I saw them on The Crafty Soiree linky party.

I'm def your newest follower, Jessica @ http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

I LOVE this project Thanks for sharing it, I found it at the Paisley linky Party, I hop you don't mind I added your project to a page on my blog
http://flowergirlcottage.blogspot.com/p/free-pattern-favorites.html

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

When I saw the pic, I thought they were going to be solder or something. They actually do look like metal.

Jenn Erickson said...

Those look amazing! What a wonderful valentine, and year-round craft that yields professional looking results! Love it!

tales from an oc cottage said...

WAY cool!

m ^..^

Cheryl said...

What a fun project. My daughter and I will definately make these. Thank you for sharing.

JAne said...

I live in South Africa - where it is super HOTT!!! Do you think you can leave the dough in the sun to dry for a while instead of using the oven??

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Those are so pretty, you'd never guess what they were really made out of!

Elizabeth said...

That's just really cool. I'm gonna have to try that. My little girl and I are always on the lookout for handmade gifts we can make for her friends birthdays and Christmas.

Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

This is amazing... Putting it on my to do list now!

Allie said...

Found your idea on Tatertots and Jello- so freakin cool! Great idea!

Kristi said...

Wow, these are great! I'd have never thought they were made from dough.

I'd love to have you over to link up for Favorite Things Friday. It's open until Weds.

http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-no-10.html

Anke said...

Just awesome, thanks for this great tutorial! When I was a child, I often made little salt dough creations with my mom, so this is a wonderful inspiration to revive this childhood pastime :)
Greetings from Germany!

Nesa said...

great tutorial! the pendant looks like a silver one, thanks for sharing such a great idea.

alyson said...

So beautiful! I've got a batch drying in the oven now! I just have two questions.
1. Does the metallic spray paint leave a smell? I'm giving one as a gift, and while I'll tell her its not real silver, I don't want it to smell like spray paint.
2. Thoughts on using a clear coat? I was thinking of using either Outdoor Mod Podge or a clear acrylic spray. Do you think this is even necessary?

Thanks so much for sharing this project!

Kelly said...

This is genius! I absolutely love it. I found you through Saturday Soiree. I'm also your newest follower. I'd love for you to visit my blog!

I'm definitely bookmarking this page also!

:)

Kelly

taidyeoriginal said...

these are cool! great job!

Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista said...

Whatta cool idea, I'm your newest follower ( on bloglovin)

cookievf said...

looks so REAL! thanks for sharing a tutorial on what seems like a super-fun project.
- vicki xo

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

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Vincent said...

These are amazing! And just in time for Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing this!

Lisa K said...

Love it! Personally, I like this one better than the others!

*Andrea* said...

I FEATURED this @ my blog today!
stop by and grab a button!!!

LOVE THIS!!

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Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

This is great. I will be doing this sometime for sure.

Calling All Sleepyheads said...

You inspired me to try the salt dough for charms-check out my post http://callingallsleepyheads.blogspot.com/2011/02/salt-dough-charms.html

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love salt dough. These look so much like metal-great job.

Cheri

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those are sooo cool! they really do look silver! what a great project to have a daughter do for her girlfriends. i am going to have to stash this idea away! and am going to become your newest follower right now.

Ruby said...

Awesome! I'm going to try this today. :)

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Elizabeth {sunny bug} said...

Love your blog & all of your fun projects! I pinned this awhile ago and my new goal is to actually make one thing I from Pinterest per week - in honor of Valentine's Day, this was the project of the week. Thanks for the great inspiration, I linked back to you in my post: http://www.sunnybugworld.com/2012/02/happy-hearts.html