This instructable will show you how to create a ceramic LOVE MOBILE (sculpture), a hanging artwork.....The
one you love can hang it in their window or garden and think of you each time the breeze makes it chime.....
Step 1: Supplies
The supplies you will need are;
clay rolling pin
assorted sizes heart cookie cutters
access to a kiln
Step 2: Ribbon
and thin ribbin to later use to assemble mobile
Step 3: Clay
roll a clay slab large enough to fit 4X18 template
Step 4: Cut Clay
carefully cut the slab of clay
Step 5: Cylinder
carefully turn the clay into a cylinder
Step 6: Design
draw a "blue print" of the mobile design
Step 8: Cutting Hearts
roll more clay and begin to cut the hearts you will need for your LOVE MOBILE. I used the letters L O V E as well, to enhance my design. I also cut several extra smaller hearts to use to decorate the cylinder shape on top.
Step 10: Holes
holes need to be made in the cylinder
two on the top to hang it.
My design will have 8 strands hanging so I need to make 8 holes on the bottom edge of the cylinder as well.
Step 12: Holes in the Hearts
now make the holes in the hearts, use the guide that you drew to be reminded which hearts need 2 holes and which hearts need only one.
when everything is completely dry, bisque fire the clay pieces.
Step 14: Painting
Use underglazes to paint and decorate the mobile pieces.
Step 15: Glaze
When the paint is dry glaze the pieces. I like this green glaze made by Duncan. It goes on green but fires clear...it is easy to see on the bisque pieces if any areas are missed with the glaze.
after glazing be sure to check all the pieces to be sure the hanging holes are not clogged with glaze before firing.
Step 17: Organize
Organize all the hearts to get ready to assemble the mobile.
Step 18: Glue
begin by gluing any pieces you have made to the cylinder shape, be careful not to cover any holes!
I use tape to hold the hearts in place until the glue is dry.
Step 20: Ribbon
Cut the lengths of ribbon you will need to tie the hearts together
Step 21: Tie Hearts
tie each strand of hearts according to your diagram.
when all the strands are tied, arrange them around the cylinder to mimic the original design.
tie a longer length of ribbon through the top holes of the cylinder. then tie each strand around the bottom of the holder.