Valentines Day is just around the corner and you can bewitch the object of your affection by making and wearing a bejeweled heart shaped charm or pendant. It is quite easy to make and you can be wearing it in no time!
To make one, you will need:
20 gauge wire at least 9 inches long
1 large decorative bead
9 smaller beads
Basic wire jewelry pliers
Hammer and a hard metal surface if you want to flatten the wire
Cut a 20 gauge wire 9 inches long
Fold it in half
Tighten the point
On one side of the wire place 1 large bead
On the opposite side, place several smaller beads of your choice.
Start by coiling the end of one of the wires with round nose pliers, leaving space between the layers.
Do the same thing for the opposite wire to form a heart shape. You might want to "re-shape" the heart at this point if it's out of form.
It takes practice to coil the wire around in a smooth pattern. I didn't like the shape of the wire (too bumpy) that I practiced on so I used the barrel of a chunky pen (or mandrel) to wrap my wire around and then I used my round nose pliers to coil the ends into a little hook and went from there. Later, I found a very good tutorial here that I'm going to try.
To make the wire sturdy so that the scroll will not uncoil, temper the wire by hammering it on a flat hard metal surface, flattening it.(not shown in the photos)
And, you're done!
Hang your finished heart from a chain, ribbon or decorative rope. If you like, you can add a jump ring to connect the necklace for a more finished look.
Another bead variation . . . I love the coiled little heart bead that I found at Michaels!
You can become a "Valentine Sweetie" and make a loving, heart-felt statement by donning these easy to make charms and pendants!!!
Have yourself a great Happy Valentine’s Day!
Take a little time to enjoy,
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