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When we shared our rustic egg cup holders a few weeks ago a lot of people asked about the slate heart we used to stage the photo and how we made it. Silly me, I honestly thought that it was almost too easy to share, but sometimes, the best DIY projects are the simplest.
The gorgeous slate heart serving boards take about an hour to make and hardly cost a thing. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it might just be the perfect gift too 😉
All you need is a piece of slate. You should be able to find some at builders yards or tiling shops. If you’re in South Africa then go to Builder’s Warehouse peeps. They have them in the back and you can pick and choose the thickness and colors.
You’ll also need a spray bottle filled with water, pliers, a rubber mallet, safety gear, a tile cutter, and a tile file.
Before we get into the how to, I just want to chat a little about tile cutters.
You can use various tools to cut slate. A wet tile saw, regular circular saw with a tile blade, an oscillating multi-tool or even a tile nipper all work. But we prefer using our Dremel and attaching a diamond tile cutting wheel. It’s lightweight and the smaller blade makes it sooo much easier to cut the rounded edges at the top of the heart. It’s like using a girlie man tool 😉 (I’ll add an affiliate link at the bottom of the post for your convenience). If you don’t have a Dremel, no worries, many hardware stores will them rent them out for the day. So you can play without paying to much.
To make the heart shape simply score a heart onto the slate using a sharp knife or pointy stick. You could also use a permanent marker to draw the heart. When you’re ready to start, spray the slate with water, turn on the cutting tool and start cutting. The water helps lubricate the blade (LOL, that sounds so wrong) and eliminates airborne dust. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to put on a dust mask and all your protective gear 😉 That fine dust that you see in the picture below is hot, so please be careful.
You don’t need to cut all the way through the slate. About 5 mm (1/8”) should be more than enough. Once you’ve cut all the way around the heart, use your pliers to break off the outer edges. They break off really easily. We saved all those little bits and used them to tile our tiny bathroom. But if you want to be really adventurous you can always learn a new skill and turn them into arrowheads and make some bookends 😉
To break off the larger pieces a light tap with a rubber mallet works beautifully. The slate should break all along the “fault” line you made with the cutting wheel. If there are any sharp edges you can get rid of them with a tile file. Just sand them away. Slate has a tendency to stain so it’s best to put on a food safe tile sealer if you want to use it as a serving board.
The sealer also gives it a beautiful sheen and brings out all those gorgeous “slatey” colors. Slatey is a word right!!?
I wasn’t sure if a few words and pictures were enough to explain how easy it was to make so we’ve uploaded a video just in case. We’re still learning how this whole video thing works, so please let me know what you think. Editing a video is way more complicated than cutting a heart in slate 😉
Did the video help? I really hope so, but if you’ve got any question, please ask away in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them.
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Wishing you a beautiful week and happy crafting.