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Wire Heart Pendant

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Looking for a pretty jewelry craft that is sure to make a statement? A Wire Heart Pendant from Candace Jedrowicz makes a wonderful gift and is perfect for Valentine's Day! The added special touch is that it looks like a nest! This craft is perfect for love birds!

Wire Heart Pendant
 

Materials:

  • 20 Gauge wire, at least a couple of feet
  • 24 Gauge wire, half a spool or so
  • Egg shaped bead
  • Jewelry tools
  • I used this tiny ceramic heart as a reference for the shape

Instructions:

  1. For the top of the pendant, I used a wooden skewer to wrap the 20 gauge wire and wrapped it all the way around two times. I left myself an inch of wire to wrap below the loops.

    Wire Heart Pendant
     
  2. I made a frame for my shape and a cross piece that is part of the frame wire. If you have a longer piece, make all your cross pieces with part of the frame wire.

    Wire Heart Pendant
     
  3. I made another cross piece with the 20 gauge wire and began wrapping the 24 gauge wire around the middle.

    Wire Heart Pendant
     
  4. I continued wrapping the 24 gauge wire in every direction with the goal of filling in the shape. I guided the heart into a concave shape as I went along.

    Wire Heart Pendant
     
  5. As the shape filled up, I began to think about where to place my egg bead. I used shorter wires when the gaps were filling and used pliers to pull the wire through. To close larger gaps, I wove in and out of smaller holes and across the gaps. It’s a good idea to stop now and then and crimp the “sticky outy” wire loops with pliers. It’s also important to make sure that no sharp ends stick out anywhere.

    Wire Heart Pendant
     
  6. I attached my egg bead just before I was finished wrapping. It’s finished when you look at it and think “yes, that’s it!” The very last inch of wire was coiled into a spiral.

    Wire Heart Pendant

 

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