Helga & Arnold
If you are not a 90s Nickelodeon child as myself, I can fill you in. Helga was a super poetic-artistic-brainiac and a little nutty girl (but all in secret) with a CRAZY rough, tough big bully and just plain mean exterior :)
She was hilarious, I loved her! She was head over heels in love with the shows title character, Arnold.
I love this story because it really reminds me of the passionate way having an unrequited crush felt during adolescence only exaggerated like 400xs! Oh the drama!
The Projects:1.Of course, we had to do a Valentine Block. I have to admit, my nerdy husband and I were way too proud of ourselves when we came up with the idea for this block:
All you need is a scrap piece of 2x4, an alphabet stencil and some craft paint!!2. A Pin/brooch inspired by Helga's secret heart shaped locket.
I made this using polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, regular printer with matte photo paper, 2 eyepins and a pin back.
To transfer the image you print it on the matte photo paper (seems to work 900xs better than plain printer paper). Then you paint a very thick coating of the liquid sculpey on it and bake according to directions.
While that's baking you can make your "ribbon" topper. I just ran some white clay through my pasta machine and cut a long skinny strip (probably 0.5" x 6") Then using a knife I cut the cute ends and then folded it up like a banner. I impressed the word "love" with the back of a paint brush. I also built up the gap in the back with a little ball of clay.
When the transfer image is done baking you rinse and/or soak it and scrub of the paper (the image stays behind on a fairly translucent and pliable sheet).
Then you place your translucent sheet on top of a heart shaped solid piece of clay and build up the edges with small "snakes" of clay (to be the frame). Before baking I filled in some gaps with the liquid polymer clay as well as used it to glue on the pin back and eye pins.
Once done baking I spray painted the banner and the locket (you'll need to cover your image first). This could be avoided by using colors and metallic clay, but I had white so . . . :)
Then you're finished!! Now, I know Miss Helga wouldn't ever just wear her heart on her sleeve (or chest) like this, but I think it's a fun and festive tribute to romance!! And it's the time of year for that, right?!
Want more Helga and Arnold? Hop over and see this cute little montage video someone had made on youtube :)
Stay tuned for another great love story coupled with a cute Valentine-y craft project!!