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Live Loved Locket Box

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This locket box is made in the shape of a heart and has the "live loved" tag tucked inside... a constant reminder that you are loved and should live life knowing that full well. These components were formed using COPPRCLAY, a metal clay product. Metal clay is made up of fine elements of metal mixed with organic binders. The clay is formed by hand, dried, and then kiln-fired, causing all of the organic binders to burn away, leaving over 95% pure metal behind.
heidijojo (author) 11 months ago
I honestly don't remember posting this here. I can see why you'd be disappointed to not find instructions. Please accept my apologies.

The step by step instructions on this one would be hard to create. COPPRCLAY is not a precise medium as it is. I did multiple firings with many fixes, adding clay, filing areas to make a proper fit. It really did take MUCH effort to finish this heart locket/box.

To give you an idea though: I used COPPRCLAY and wrapped a thick layer around a glass heart. (I can't recall how many cards thick. I do know it turned out quite heavy and really should have been rolled thinner. I didn't sell this necklace but gave it to my mom as a gift. Fortunately she likes weightier pieces so it worked out ok. Still, if I were to recreate this to sell I wouldn't make it so thick next go-round.) When it dried, I cut across the clay to separate the top/bottom pieces. from there I created the wrapped lip with the ivey design. I also rolled and stamped the damask pattern heart separately and used copper clay paste to adhere it to the dry bottom portion of the heart. It took some trial and error before I decided how the box would attach to the chains and what sort of open/close element would be used.

The chain is quite long - to hang mid-tummy area. I apologize but I don't know the exact length. Being long and heavy, it's not the most convenient necklace to go about your daily life with. If I still had a young child, for example, I'd not wear it knowing I had to carry a little one around. It's something I'd wear for a day/evening out, rather.

I hope this gives you a little more insight to the "how" of the design. Again, I apologize that when I originally posted I didn't come back with more of a description. It really is a project for someone experienced in using metal clay. Those details are too lengthy to include here. A quick search will certainly bring up many sites that will help you to decide if working with metal clay is something you'd like to invest in. Some metal clays are fairly easy to work with (fine silver, for example) and others are unpredictable and even experts in the material have been known to get inconsistent results when kiln firing (various copper clays in particular are quite finicky).

Thank you so much for taking an interest in my design and for your complimentary words. This really is one of my favorite designs. And while it's not flawless, it is still my favorite of all the pendants I've made. I'm glad it's in my mama's hands. :)

Heidi Jo
I wish you had step by step instructions. I am going to try to find copperclay, but I sure wish you included step by step. This is stunningly beautiful!
me too. without the instructions, it isn't really an instructible so much as showing of your design--which is gorgeous and why we want to try to make something similar. And why I like my instructibles with LOTS of instructions and pictures. =D
GaryMeow1 year ago
how big is it? (just wondering)
I love it, by the way :)
tinker2342 years ago
i love this idea for a pendant i think that knowing you will always be loved is very good for pepepole to know
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