The 2016 Disney movie, Moana, was a delightful hit with beautiful animation, outstanding music by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton musical fame) and vocal talent.  The strong young female lead has captured the attention of many girls.  One asked for the Heart of Te Fiti necklace so her mother, Melanie, of A Peace of Creativity on Etsy, made her one!  The Heart of Te Fiti, according to the story is "an ancient gem belong to the living Mother Island."

moana heart of te fiti inspired necklace tutorial

The tutorial is in three parts.  The first is the construction of the abalone shell locket out of felt which is then embellished with sequins and thread. Pearls are knotted on a simple cord.  The Heart of Te Fiti is made with polymer clay. I suggest using tinted translucent polymer clay for the heart as it will look more like the gem in the movie.

Note that this made on the large side - ideal for smaller hands. So you can make it smaller or out of other materials besides felt etc.  Perfect gift for movie fans!  You can see numerous handmade ideas for Moana inspired Heart of Te Fiti pendants and necklaces here.

Check out the outstanding signature song, "How Far I'll Go", from the movie, sung by Auli'i Cravalho.  It is not only my favorite but I think it a wonderfully inspiring song for all of us who have yet to see how far we can go with designing! And not doing what is expected of you but what your heart tells you to.

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