For this challenge I decided to figure out a way to make something that I love but can't afford to buy... a silver ex-voto Sacred Heart.
Edith and Evelyn's Etsy shop. They are usually engraved silver and sometimes are studded with rhinestones. I just love what they represent.. the most beautiful heart... Jesus' heart and just how beautiful they are to look at. Since I don't have money in the budget to buy one... I tried to figure out how I could get the look by making one myself.
- I started by cutting out a paper shape and tracing the outline onto the aluminum tray.
- Using a heavy duty pair of scissors cut out the shape. (be careful when cutting as the edges can be sharp and can prick you)
- I wanted it to have an antique silver look so I mixed some black paint with clear glaze and matte varnish. Using a brush I painted it on the entire piece. Using a rag to wipe the excess off, I continued these two steps until I was happy with the result. Then I left it to dry.
- To make the heart a little firmer I adhered it with hot glue to a stiff thin piece of cardboard. In hindsight I would probably do this step before adding the aging glaze.
- Cut out the shape once again. And you now have a sturdier heart on which to adhere the rhinestone chain.
- You could put your finished piece in a shadow box... I happened to use a little wooden drawer that I picked up at a garage sale for $2. I used foam core as a backing and marked it to fit inside.
- Using an exacto knife I cut where I had marked and tested to see that it fit in the drawer.
- Make sure to cut the fabric you will use as a backing a little larger than the foamcore backing.
- Adhere the excess edges to the the back of it with hot glue making sure to stretch it tight to get out all the wrinkles.
- Pop it into place and you are ready to add the heart.
Now to find the perfect place to display it...
Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day!
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