Rem and I exchanged handcrafted Valentine projects with each other.
Last year we did it a little differently and instead of each of us working on an item for the other, we created something together:
I had an idea for a message for my project this year but hadn’t figured out a medium or design. Rem wanted to think about the whole thing and after doing a little research (at Michael’s) he agreed to another swap. I am glad because I really love the items he’s made for me over the years and the little gallery of Art from the Heart we have on either side of our bed.
We worked on them independently and save the finished projects for Valentine’s Day. This might mean I hastily grab some paper to cover my project when Rem comes out of the bedroom or I might find glue out on the dresser after work.
My heart for him this year has a number on it. I cut each tag out of aluminum flashing and used metal stamps to stamp the number on each tag. I used ink to enhance the numbers.
The rest I just wanted to look kind of mechanical and the antithesis of a lacy, flowery, sweet Valentine.
It doesn’t actually turn or move (except the little tags with the numbers, which will swing on their pins if you tip the heart), but it looks kind of like it could do something.
I picked up different gears and wheels at Michael’s and also used a small roll with a gear on one end from a tape runner, covered in copper foil tape from the hardware store. A larger roll held ribbon before I covered it in aluminum foil tape. A few brads and buttons were from my craft supplies and I picked up a piece of aluminum flashing and a small brass knob at the hardware store. That visit included a fun conversation with a salesman (I need to take the finished project back in to show him how it turned out).
There is a small heart, which I punched from corrugated cardboard and covered with aluminum foil tape with wings that I also found at Micheal’s. A piece of foam core backed the aluminum flashing and I used gold embossing powder around the edge.
The number represents this:
Rem told me he found two hearts, the larger one made of wood and the smaller one of foam.
He wanted to cover them with something red. He asked for help finding the red stones, which when he saw them, he said thought they were perfect. He got a bag with several shades of red, some translucent, some not. I love the rich color.
He looked for something smaller to put in the center to cover the smaller heart and found red beads. He said he considered covering the base with aluminum foil before gluing on the glass stones, but decided he didn’t like how it looked.
It is very sweet having someone craft something just for you and this shiny red-covered heart looks luscious, kind of like a cherry pie filling.
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