Mirror Image Heart Beads | Polymer Clay Tutorial

Mirror Image Heart Beads - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #240: “Would love to see more in your valentines series… and unique one of a kind heart shaped beads.” ~Drew-G

With Valentines just around the corner, it is time for another Heart Bead Tutorial. I’ve already posted a couple of different video tutorials on how to make heart shaped beads in previous Back Issue Volumes at the PcT Members Libary. And there’s also several relevant blog articles you can look up by using apprpriate keywords in the search box (i.e. hearts, heart beads, valentines, etc.).

This week’s heart bead tutorial combines two different polymer clay techniques… Mirror Image Beads (aka Natasha Beads); and the Split Heart Bead Shape.

I made some really cool Natasha beads with scraps. Since they’re like the Rorschach Inkblots on four sides, it’s fun to show them to people and see what “pictures” they see. ~Tanya-L

I love the Natasha Beads too – I can’t wait to “reveal” what is inside… like a present! ~Michele-N

For Valentine’s Day, my husband decided to take me shopping (early) for all the polymer clay supplies my little heart desired. ~Bonnie-B

So… without further ado, coming up tomorrow (Friday, Jan 27, 2012) in the Vol-044-4 members video at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library, I will demonstrate how to make unique heart bead shape that not only is cool looking, but different every single time. So every bead you make in this style is a one-of-a-kind!


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Supplies & Tools: Video-044-4 Mirror Heart Beads:

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The full version of the Vol-044-4 Mirror Image Heart Beads video will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday January 27, 2012.

Here’s a sneak peak…

The full version of the “Mirror Image Heart” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-044 Back Issue Pkg.

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The following topics are included in this week’s Polymer Clay Tutor Library, Valentines Mirror Image Heart Bead video tutorial:

  • See examples of beads and pendants made in a variety of sizes and color combinations.
  • Find out how simple it is to create unique heart bead shape that has a one of a kind mirror image revealed inside.
  • Plus, with some creativity and ingenuity, there are many ways to come up with other unique designs of your own.

The full version of the “Mirror Image Heart” preview video shown above, is now avail for purchase at the Polymer Clay Library in the Vol-044 Back Issue Pckg.

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  1. pollyanna, 26 January, 2012

    Oh my gosh!!! These are wonderful. Love the color combinations.

  2. pattw35, 26 January, 2012

    Another “scrap” tute. We all have lots of left-overs, so this is another way to use them. Hearts are always welcome. Looking forward to the whole tute tomorrow !

  3. Dixie Ann, 26 January, 2012

    Very pretty and intriguing. Have never made Natasha Beads.

  4. Monique U, 26 January, 2012

    These little hearts represent what I love the most about Cindy’s ongoing video series. Just as with flowers, hearts and other (to my mind) “frilly stuff” have never been my cuppa tea. Well, I have learned to expect pleasant surprise here at PCT! I just “let it happen”… the videos that initially have me raising an eyebrow invariably become my faves. I guess it’s a chance for this old tomboy to relive my girlhood in a more feminine style! LOL (I am a little late in commenting on this post, but I was so caught up in all the other interesting streams since coming online today.)

  5. Phaedrakat, 26 January, 2012

    Funny…the first time I made a Natasha bead, I messed-up the shape while trimming. Instead of removing even more clay, I popped it into a heart mold…making sure to keep the center aligned properly. So, my first “mirror image” bead was in a heart shape! I guess that’s not all that strange, as hearts are a very popular shape, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait to see what clever tricks Cindy’s come up with for this video — no doubt I’ll be inspired, and learn something new, as usual! (Unfortunately, I can’t see it yet…video’s still not working on my Vista PC.)
    Thank you! ~Kat

  6. Elizabeth Kerr, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Cindy and all,
    I make Natasha beads and so seeing this as another way , making a heart is great. I do use bails like the one in the video, so am familiar with those.
    I think this is a better way than even using a heart mold, quicker and easier,and a great way to use up the scrap clay, amazing the designs that come up.
    The tear drop bead has done a lot for us, using it in all kinds of ways.
    Thanks again Cindy for another nice Friday tutorial.
    Elizabeth K.

  7. Natalie H, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Cindy,
    It’s 4;10 AM and I coulld not sleep( I m on the coach when I heard the.bling that I got an email just what I needed a fantastic tut form my guru . Absolutely love his new tut… I make a lot of heart beads ans bookmarks and I love your easy way of making mirror image…neve heard of them called Natasha wads…..can’t wait for my hubby to pick up my supplies. It this is one that I can do. With out all my fancy stuff …. don’t need my pasta machine Thsnks for making thing so easy to follow… XTo may clay tuts have way to Many steps that I get frustrated and just give up….especially if the are tooooo wordy with few pixs …..can’t thank ldoug enough for his great videos of you…you guys are a great test
    Natalie aka Safti.also. Soled twinkle toes by my Son( he thinks he’s funny)

  8. Natalie, 27 January, 2012

    I meant great team… This iPod touch key board is sooooo small. … Not great for spelling words correctly….. Can’t wait to be ableto it up Anthony on the computer!!!!!!
    Natalie aka Safti ( twinkle toes…..ha ha on me)

  9. Ken Hamilton, 27 January, 2012

    Will be trying this really soon. Is there any reason you couldn’t use the food processor to chop the clay, like you do in some faux turquoise techniques?

  10. Jocelyn, 27 January, 2012

    You can, but those suckers work fast. More than not, you’d end up with a granite looking blend. Hand control gives you big and little.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 01 February, 2012

    I agree with Jocelyn. The processor may be a bit of an overkill on this technique.

  12. Patricia Z, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Cindy, just watched the new video for the mirror image heart shaped beads, or natasha beads.. Another very cool tute, I guess I have been with you on here close to a year now. I can’t really remember when I signed up, but it feels like forever.. :) That’s how easy and fun you make it, you never cease to amaze and inspire me.. I just want to say Thank you all so much for sharing your talent and making this wonderful website possible.. You, Doug and Willow are all so talented, Thank You, Thank You from the very bottom of my heart.. :)

  13. Cindy Lietz, 28 January, 2012

    Patricia you are so sweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is your joy and kindness that is the reason why I love to teach. Thanks again for your comment!

  14. Kathy G, 27 January, 2012

    Love it! Thank you. Is there anything special we need to know if we want to make a shape other than a heart?

  15. Cindy Lietz, 28 January, 2012

    Now you have me thinking Kathy… I have done the ‘normal’ rectangular shape 4 sided Natasha bead many times and of course the heart, but haven’t attempted any other shape. The only thing that I can think of that would be special about any shape you tried, is that one side should be straight so that you can match the center line, to get that mirror image. But then again, why not break the rules? Will have to play around with the concept and see if there are any other shapes that could be made with the mirror image concept. Now you’ve got me curious!

  16. Jocelyn C, 27 January, 2012

    What a lovely project!

    Only wish I had my nieces back at six seven eight……because the ooooo’s and ahhhh’s that would have resulted when the teardrop sliced into the heart would have been wonderful.

    Still good for me, and I’m in my late fifties, lol.

    Also commend you for really providing good ideas for the use of scrap clay.

    I wish all of you a happy heart day.

  17. nwna, 27 January, 2012

    Unfortunately I can not watch the video, but is only two minutes

  18. Tantesherry, 27 January, 2012

    Hi Doug

    sorry to bug you but
    this is the 1st time I’ve ever had any kind of video problem

    tried 3 times to watch it and every time at 3m 52s it just freezes up
    so I would log out and try again…

    I’m using a laptop w/ xp just like always


  19. Monique U, 27 January, 2012

    Nwna and Tantesherry: I had the same problem earlier today, was thinking it was just high traffic from everyone viewing at once. But I clicked on the “Video Problem” tab at the top of the page (under the header) and followed Doug’s instructions to clear my cache. I also restarted my computer (I do that whenever I don’t really know what I’m doing, which is often LOL). The video works perfectly now! And it looks like an addictive bead. too. Thanks Cindy and Doug!!

  20. Tantesherry, 27 January, 2012

    thanks Monique off to try that now

  21. Tantesherry, 27 January, 2012

    thank you hon it worked!!

    What a wonderful spin on a tech that I’ve done for years
    Lovely heart shaped result

  22. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 27 January, 2012

    You are Awesome Monique! Thanks for chiming in on the tech issue. You have no idea how much it helps for you guys to help one another out like this.

    Since web browsers have so many moving parts, it is not uncommon for video issues to crop up for individual members. Fortunately, most of the problems are easily solved by following the posted trouble shooting tips… just as you suggested Monique. Again, thank you!

  23. pollyanna, 27 January, 2012

    I had video problem earlier also. I followed the suggestions…[went against my nature…..lol.] and was able to see the whole thing. Wow Love this tute. Can’t wait to try this one. I like it better when it’s not chopped too fine. Just personal preference.

  24. pollyanna, 27 January, 2012

    My younger gs and I made these tonight. Boy, did they turn out pretty. He’d seven and very proud of himself. I just gave instructions and he did all the work. Now he has presents for his mom and step mom. When he goes home tomorrow I will attempt some cause I really like how they look.

  25. Monique U, 28 January, 2012

    Pollyanna: It’s great that you let him “do his own thing”. I find it hard not to “help”, when all the little ones really want is to do it themselves. You are like his own personal Polymer Clay Tutor LOL

  26. Linda H, 02 February, 2012

    Hi Cindy,
    This looks like a great project even I could do as a beginner.

    I do have a question though about Fimo clay.
    I found some old packets of Fimo clay in a cupboard which I must have bought when I was going to try polymer clay before. They are probably quite old but I’m not sure what they are.
    The packet just says Fimo. Not classic or soft.
    There is also one packet of Fimo Soft which I must have bought at the same time.
    Can I assume that this is probably Fimo Classic?
    It does seem quite hard, but that could also be age.
    There are several colours which will be nice for me to use.

    Many Thanks
    Linda H

  27. Cindy Lietz, 05 February, 2012

    Hi Linda, I would also like to add my warm welcome to our clay family! I am so glad that Jocelyn came in to say hi. It is always nice to hear from others, isn’t it?

    You can definitely use up that old Fimo, like Jocelyn suggested. Use the search box as she suggested to find articles on how to soften hard clay. There are absolutely tons of helpful articles on the topic. Try and read the comments in these threads as well, since there are often great suggestions added from our members. You can almost always get an old clay to ‘come around again’ if you follow the tips. Sometimes it can take some work though. :)

    If by off chance the clay is so hard that it just crumbles no matter what you do, then it could be partially cured, by being stored somewhere warm. In that case, you can still use it by chopping or grating it up fine, for techniques like faux rocks or pebbles, faux jade, faux granite or even this mirror image heart. Never throw out clay, good or bad. It can always be used for something!

    Have fun searching, reading and making friends around the blog. Let us know if you need any help!

  28. Jocelyn, 03 February, 2012

    Linda, welcome and good luck with your first project. You can mix the Fimos. But you may find it a challenge to work with the old clay, depending on how it was stored.

    Go to the search facility and request topics like

    conditioning clay
    old clay
    reconstituting clay
    leaching clay

    and certainly gift yourself with Cindy and Doug’s entry to polymer clay course. This is a fun and satisfying craft, hope you love it as much as I.

  29. Linda H, 03 February, 2012

    H i Jocelyn,
    Thank you for your kind welcome.
    Polymer Clay is something I’ve been wanting to try for many years, but life always seemed to get in the way. However after battling Cancer for the past year, I have decided not to wait any longer!
    I did purchase the Beginner’s Course as well as subscribing to the monthly offerings, and I’m hoping to buy some of the back issues as well.

    I’m at the collecting stage at the moment. As I said I found these old packets and I also have some Sculpey III which is all I can find locally (I don’t live in a major town). Still it will be okay for me to learn the basics with.
    I purchased a cheap Halogen Cooker last week and have already checked the temperature. It seems to hold it very well, and I bought a Pyrex chopping board that already has circles and measurements marked on it. Perfect I thought.
    So, I’m just about ready to go.

    I have been enjoying reading the comments as there is so much information there, and everybody seems so helpful.

    Linda H

  30. Jocelyn, 04 February, 2012

    Sorry, Linda, if I hurt your feelings.

    I’m a jr chemist myself, reconstituting stuff I’ve picked up on sale and in bargain bins for years, stockpiling for the future, lol.

    I always seem to err on the side of too soft and need to leach out the excess…but, thanks to all of Cindy’s inspirational scrap based tuts, I can find uses for even the hardest bits.

    It’s a noisy hobby here…..the food processor/grinder, the pasta machine motor, the Dremel, and the rock tumbler and vibrator. The next door neighbor says she loves my work……hmmmmm.

  31. Linda H, 05 February, 2012

    Oh Jocelyn,
    You didn’t hurt my feelings. I’m sorry if you got that impression.
    I was really pleased that someone replied, and I was just giving some background so you could see where I was at. Probably too much information!
    You certainly seem to be well equiped.
    I noticed that you have a tumbler and a vibrator, do they do different things?

    Linda H

  32. Jocelyn, 05 February, 2012

    Yep. LOL. One runs to do rough stuff (Lortone) and the vibrating tumbler does fine finish.

  33. Suzanne C, 17 July, 2012

    Do you think one hour baking is enough time for the Mirror Image Hearts?

  34. Cindy Lietz, 18 July, 2012

    Yes Suzanne, I think 1 hour should be fine unless you make enormous hearts. You can always bake them for longer if you are worried. Just make sure that the temp stays between 265F and 275F for Premo and you should have no problem baking for as long as you want.

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