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Valentine’s Hearts

Happy Hearts-Group

Fast to carve for last minute gifts

By Cyndi Joslyn

Hearts have long been a symbol of love and Valentine’s Day. These hearts can be carved and painted in less than an hour. In most cases, it takes longer for the paint to dry than it takes to carve and paint them.

The color choice is up to you. I suggest acrylic paints, which dry quickly. Then, drill a hole in the top to turn it into a pendant, or scale them down to turn them into earrings. Carve a bunch and give them out to brighten someone’s day.


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Scraps of 1⁄4″ (6mm)- or 3⁄8″ (10mm)-thick wood of choice (the smallest heart is 1 1⁄4″ x 1 3⁄4″ (32mm x 44mm) and the largest heart 1 1⁄4″ x 2 1⁄4″ (32mm x 57mm))
Gridded template plastic
Two-part epoxy
Pin backs or small magnets: 1″ (25mm)
Acrylic paint, such as DecoArts Americana: Desert Turquoise DA044, Tangerine DA 012, Dioxazine Purple DA101, Citron Green DA235, Cadmium Yellow DA 010, Santa Red DA 170, Burnt Sienna DA063, Milk Chocolate DA 174 DecoArts Stain/Antiquing Medium DS51 DecoArts DuraClear Satin Varnish DS21

Band saw or scroll saw
Detail knife
#3 gouge: 5⁄8″ (16mm)
V-tool: 1mm
Soft cloth for antiquing
Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort Brush 14300-4, Shader
Loew-Cornell Soft Comfort Brush 14000-0, Round



This article first appeared in Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2006 (Issue 34).



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