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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
4X18 template
underglazes
glaze
brushes
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 7: Cookie Cutters

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. 

Step 13:

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. 

Step 16:

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!

Step 19:

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. 

Step 22:

when all the strands are tied, arrange them around the cylinder to mimic the original design. 

Step 23:

tie a longer length of ribbon through the top holes of the cylinder. then tie each strand around the bottom of the holder.

Step 25: All Done!

beatiful
thank you!
Cute! Love the heart in the middle of the "O" :)

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Bio: I am an artist living and teaching ART in NYC for over 30 years, and I am a CZT, Certified Zentangle Teacher. I love to ... More »
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