Tutorial: Double Fingerprint Heart Necklace

One of the very first things that I ever pinned was this double fingerprint charm by Brent and Jess of Fabuluster on Etsy. You’ve probably seen the gorgeous pendants that mesh your and your spouse’s thumbprints, kind of a lovers charm? But if you’re anything like me you might have a hard time spending the 235$ to buy one (or ask someone else to buy one) for yourself.

I decided to try to make something similar out of clay. And while I still think the original version is clearly better I’m quite smitten with how this one turned out.

This was actually really easy and super inexpensive to make. I was thinking of making my sister one for mother’s day with the thumbprints of the naughties on it. And if you want to make it for a man it would be fun to put the hole on the side and make it into a key chain.

Lovers Double Fingerprint Heart Necklace Tutorial

You’ll Need:

Start by rolling a small amount of clay into a ball. Next roll the clay out flat. Have the first person press his thumb hard into the clay. Then do the second thumbprint at an angle forming a V with both prints.

With scissors cut around the thumbprints to form a heart. Use your fingers to gently smooth the edges without disrupting the fingerprints. Use a pint and make a hole. Make it as close as you can to the edge being sure to consider the size of your jump ring or key ring.

Place the prepared clay on parchment paper or foil and bake according to the directions on the package. Turn off the heat and let cool completely in the oven before removing. place a small dot of black paint on the charm and quickly rub off. You may want to use a tiny bit of water to remove more paint depending on how dark you prefer it to look. As long as you work quickly you can add more paint or remove more.

Capture your love one's finger prints in a pretty necklace. DIY craft tutorial would make a great Mother's Day, valentine's Day or even Christmas gift idea

Finally open your jump ring spreading the pieces sideways (as opposed to prying open) and thread through the hole. My hole was too far from the edge so I had to spread my jump ring really really far. Then thread your chain through the jump ring and enjoy.

UDATE: thanks to a few people that brought this to my attention!

 This fingerprint pendant would make a great Mother's Day gift if you make it with kid finger prints. Great DIY craft tutorial.
From –Truebluemeandyou Polymer Clay Safety: Anything that touches polymer clay (knives, rollers, unlined cookie sheets etc…) can never ever be used for/on food again. Be safe and cover your clay in the oven with aluminum foil so the fumes don’t get in your oven (I use a cheap dedicated toaster oven).

A really good simple article about Polymer Clay Safety that goes into why and how you should be careful is here: http://www.squidoo.com/polymer-clay-sculpting#module10603851

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Comments

  1. Isn’t that sweet! Love it.

  2. I’ve been waiting for someone to come up with a really good tutorial for this! Love this and how you make it with kids’ fingerprints also as a circular pendant. I posted the top photo and a link back to you on truebluemeandyou and my other two blogs.

  3. I want to try it.

  4. Love this! I have it pinned as well, and totally want to make one!

  5. This is a comment from Alicia F on Pinterest I thought I’d share: Good tut, but FYI! Be careful with polymer clay; anything used on it cannot be used near/on food and its fumes can affect your oven. Wrap in aluminium before baking, or use a toaster oven specific for crafting to avoid health issues.

  6. I totally love this! I have been lurking here the last few months (shame on me!) but Debra keeps telling me how awesome you are so I will take the plunge and finally subscribe AND comment. This is AMAZING and you do so many awesome things. :)

  7. I love this so much! I keep thinking I am going to make one and then I get very, very lazy. I am inspired. :) By the way, I feel like I haven’t seen you in ages! My Housewife Eclectic/Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook photo album is sad.

  8. Love this !! So elegant and simple…perfect!!

  9. Thanks everyone I’m super proud of this one :)

  10. Simply beautiful. I have seen the original necklaces before, but like you said they are expensive. I like your idea. I am thinking about making one with my parents fingerprints!

  11. This is darling! And perfect for Valentine’s Day :) Off to pin!

  12. These would be so easy to make with silver clay! You work with it exactly like you work with sculpy and then you fire it with a butane torch. It comes out 99.99% silver. This stuff is amazing and SO easy to work with :D

  13. So cute! I am doing this!

  14. Thanks you guys I’d love to see pictures if you make your own! thanks for stopping by :)

  15. Really nice idea! Looove the finish, so brilliant idea :-) thank for sharing :-)

  16. Is there a safer clay to use ? I’m pregnant and that just makes me nervous but I love the necklace and want to make one !! :)

  17. This is perfect! I love it so much! Pinning and MAKING!!
    :)Cathy @ LemonTreeDwelling

  18. I love it!! I’ve seen the originals too and yes, they are definitely a big investment. This is a fabulous alternative! Thanks so much for linking up at The Creative Spark! Pinned and shared on my Facebook page!
    Jenn :)

  19. Love it! such an awesome and unique gift! I love the idea of one with children’s fingerprints!

  20. Simple beauty! I’d love to make one of these with my daughter’s fingerprint!
    Selene from restorationbeauty.com

  21. I LOVE this project every time I see it! I’m hosting a Loving Valentine’s Day Party (with a prize package) and I’d love for you to stop by and link this up! Have a wonderful day!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2013/02/loving-valentines-day-party-link-up.html

    Marilyn

  22. This is a really nice idea. Love it. :)

  23. I absolutely LOVE this!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinned ;)

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

  24. So fun! It turned out wonderfully! You are very talented. :) I’m your newest follower!

    Visiting from Southern Lovely.

    ~Emily

    http://www.texaslifeblog.com

  25. Every time I see this project I smile..I just LOVE it! I’m so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!

    TGIF!
    Marilyn

  26. LOVE it! Featuring this tomorrow!

  27. This is SO adorable! Love it!

  28. What a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing. Came from the linky party at Six Sisters’ Stuff. Please feel free to stop over.

    Joanne @ jmacreativemess.blogspot.com

  29. That is super cool!

  30. Sooooo cool Marissa!!! I want one too!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality last week!!!

  31. This is great! I must now go buy some clay!

  32. This is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

  33. CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! Come on over and grab your Featured Button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-53/

  34. Love this project! It’s such a sweet idea! I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out!
    Melanie
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

  35. Marissa, I’ve not seen the original version, but I LOVE this one! I can’t wait to try this. Visiting from Sweet Sharing Monday

  36. These came out great! I think we’ll try to make one quick today!! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  37. Hi Marisa-

    I love this idea! I’m going to have the boys make this for their nanas for Mother’s Day. I’ll be featuring you tonight at Creative and sharing at facebook & pinterest. Thanks for sharing last week.

    Chat soon,
    Nic

  38. I love how yours turned out. And your photos are really cool too!

  39. What a cute idea! I am new to your blog and signed up to follow. Please follow me as well at http://www.enzieshahmiri.com

    Thanks,
    Enzie

  40. Just shared this lovely pendant on Facebook and pinned it!!
    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Have an awesome day:)

  41. I made these for the littles that I nanny and it turned out GREAT! (so I made one for myself with my kiddos) Thanks for the tutorial, I know their mom is going to LOVE it. I could have made enough for 10 moms for under $20 easy.

  42. I love this Marissa! I I actually think I prefer yours over the original necklace. While theirs looks like a copy of a fingerprint, yours has the actual fingerprints. Makes it more personal I think! :)

  43. I absolutely love the thought of one of these from my children for mother’s day. I’ll be informing them of their obligation tomorrow lol.

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