How To Make A Gel Skin Heart

Posted by Kim Dellow
Gel skins are great fun and really easy to make - try this gel skin heart banner.

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Hi, it’s Kim Dellow here with a cute gel skin heart. Gel skins are really easy to make and use in your mixed media projects. This particular one uses Liquitex Pouring Medium and when it dries it is very glossy and not as sticky as gel skin made with other mediums can be. For this particular project I’ve included some wire to give the skin some structure and you can use it as a bookmark, or a journal embellishment, turn it into a hanger or perhaps make a stand to go with it so that it is stands freely.

​Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Liquitex Pouring Medium - 8 oz.
  • Craft Medley Beading/Jewelry Wire - Silver - 28 Gauge, 10 yds.
  • Mijello Fredi Weber Large Palette
  • Ranger Tool Brayer 3 5/16"
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Cadmium Red Medium Hue
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Acrylic Color - Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
  • The Crafter's Workshop Template 6" x 6" - Pebbles Tied
  • We R Memory Keepers Cinch Wire Cutters
  • Beadalon Bent Chain Nose Pliers - 5"

Let’s Make A Gel Skin Heart!

Add some paint to the palette and use the brayer to spread it into a thin layer.

Place the stencil over the top and brayer again to add pattern to the paint, then remove the stencil and let the paint layer dry.

Remove approximately 60 inches of wire then fold it in half and half again to around 15 inches in four strands. Hold the open end with one of the pliers and twist the rest of the wire into one strand.

Using your hands and the bent nose pliers, sculpt the wire into a heart shape starting from the open end so that the open end is inside the heart and the sharp ends of the wire will be covered by the gel.

Twist the other end around the bottom of the heart to make a ‘tail’. This can be the bookmark or be bent into a stand or a paperclip when you are finished.

Try to make sure that the heart wire will sit flat on a surface and bend the tail upright out of the way. Then place the heart over the dried paint surface from Step 2 and cover it with the Pouring Medium.

Once the pouring medium is completely dry (at least 24 hours), carefully peel the medium, wire and paint off the palette and trim the excess gel away from the heart. Bend the tail back down to make the banner, stand or bookmark.

You can also add inclusions to the gel skin. Try dropping in beads, glitter or other items to wet the medium just after you have added it and before it starts to dry. It looks great with a light source, like a window, behind it.

Kim Dellow