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2014 03 12 woyww wirework heart

Hello and welcome to another What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday where you can plainly see that what’s on  my workdesk today is Mr. Cheech.

He was sprawled out on the white containers in the back, but then jumped up to steal my seat when I got up to take the photo. The cute little brat. 🙂

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Other things that aren’t so clear are bunches of tangled & twisted copper wire. Thankfully, these are purposefully twisted into a heart. This project isn’t my own design, just to let you know, but comes from the February 2011 issue of Bead and Button magazine.

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By the way, I did figure out how to remove the enamel coating from the copper wire my son recycled for me. (You can see it here, with enamel intact. It gives a more reddish look.)

That’s what the candle is for.  One pass through the flame and the coating burns off, then a few swipes with 400 grit sandpaper removes the firescale leaving shiny bare copper wire. Hopefully it will accept a nice patina, once the weather  gets warm enough to use liver of sulfur again.

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Here’s my finished heart. Dunno what I’m going to do with it. Any suggestions?

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  47 Responses to “WOYWW – Wirework Beaded Heart – Make It In March Day 7”

Comments (47)
  1. This is pretty Happy WOYWW

    Peggy xx

  2. such a cute kitty and I love your wire work, that heart is beautiful!
    Have a great week, Debxx # 3

  3. My daughter wants to try looks like fun. Thanks for the read and peek and love the kitty 🙂 Roberta #4

  4. Very cute kitty and lovely heart …. perhaps a brooch or pendant. Whatever you decide it will b e lovely.
    Sandra @8

  5. My kitty does the same thing. He will be sprawled across my desk and when I go to take a picture – he gets up.
    The heart is so pretty.
    April #6

  6. Gotta love that heart. I’m a BIG fan of copper. And of course, I like it just the way it is, so Liver of Sulfur is really unneeded for this.

    Bleubeard is jealous of Mr. Cheech, since he’s not allowed in my craft room. He’s sure a cutie. Happy WOYWW from #7.

  7. Your cat is beautiful! Our cat is getting spayed today so I’m a little worried. I hope all goes well. Your copper heart is a beauty. Depending on how big it is, it will make a lovely pendant, key chain or bag charm. happy WOYWW!
    peggy aplSEEDS@17

    • I’m sure your kitty will be fine, it’s such a common procedure. She’ll be sore for a few days, though, no running about.

      A bag charm is a good idea, thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Love your cat picture!
    Those little beads in the wire look fab!
    Jackie 22

  9. Oh he is adorable just like my other cat Ditto (orange too) and a cheeky boy by the look of things. Beautiful heart I would make it into a necklace.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 21

  10. Love it just as it is…no suggestions I am afraid. My kitty also made himself known just in time for the desk shot! #34

  11. The heart looks fabulous, hope you find a good use for it. The desk visitor is cute too! Helen 16

  12. Good morning,
    just popping my head around the door to say Hi.
    Thanks for sharing your creative place this morning and I hope you have a good and creative rest of the week. The heart looks lovely.
    Neil #31

  13. I think just as children are much more camera aware these days, so are the wiley cats – after all, we shove a camera in front of everything and everyone in this digital age, huh! I love that Mr Cheech gets up for a pose! The heart is so pretty – is it teeny? Can you make another and call them earrings? I’m so useless at these sort of ideas. And, at the patience required…and, at the finesse of the handiwork……

    • I figured it was just the contrary nature of cats.

      Those would be some HUGE earrings, as the heart is about 2 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches tall with the dangle. PLUS I don’t want to make another any time soon. So, maybe a pendant.

      It seems to me you have plenty of patience and finesses of handiwork, Julia, considering all the stuff you do. 🙂

  14. What a beautiful piece! Also love the kitty. So alert looking and smart!
    Glenda #55

  15. Hi lovely little heart as it is copper I think it would look stunning hanging in a sunny part of your garden….just an idea

  16. I want Mr Cheech, he is gorgeous. Nice wirework.

    • Mr. Cheech isn’t even mine, he’s my son’s. Don’t tell my son, but I don’t know if he’s ever going to get his kitties back, we’ve come to love them so.

  17. I’m sure Mr. Cheech is a big lotta help. 😀 LOVE the heart. I am VERY interested to see how the patina looks.

    • I should go out and do the patina today, since it’s nearly 60° and we’re expecting snow tomorrow. (Hello, March in New England.)

  18. Cute kitty. Love the heart. Guess it depends on the size. Part of a necklace, bag charm ? Anne x #52

    • Thanks, Anne. The heart is 2 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches tall, so a pendant or bag charm might be just right.

  19. That cat has a really cheeky look! Your wirework is lovely – you must be very patient. x Jo #46

    • He is kinda fresh, Jo, but such a darling. I think there must be different kinds of patience. Things like this I don’t mind taking the time to do, but there’s other stuff I simply can’t be bothered with. Happy Woyww!

  20. The perfect pose, what can i say as a cat lover and owner, Yours has found the best seat in the house.
    Love the beaded heart, a nice make.
    Nelle 76 xx

  21. That’s really lovely! Heart is my word for the year so I’d wear it on a necklace. I wouldn’t mind it being upside down either. Kind fitting right now! #46

  22. Hello Sandy. Your heart is lovely – it seems to need something dramatic? On a hat or a special garment? Holding a great shawl closed on the shoulder? That sort of thing – it’s gorgeous, and I trust that as you gaze at it, then the ideal finish will come to you!.
    Thanks for already visiting – and for the encouragement re the wedding dress. I will show it – I have the bride’s permission – trouble is, she isn’t getting married ’til August (here in Wales – the civil ceremony) and September (in Romania – the church wedding) So I have been banned from showing it until after it has been worn. I have a horrible feeling that the time will go VERY quickly!!!! Having to do it without a pattern ‘cos there simply isn’t one available – so am adapting a few parts of other patterns and making the rest up as I go along!!!!! I have made wedding dresses before – but nothing like this one.
    I’d found a fabulous picture on the internet of what was wanted – but it has been taken down this weekend. Aaaarghhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fortunately I had printed off a small version of it – but can hardly see the back. This is testing my skills way beyond my comfort zone!
    Have a great week – and be warned… I have seen your garments (which are lovely) on your website – so may be back when I need to ask questions 🙂
    Margaret #32

  23. Gorgeous heart and a beautiful cat. Happy crafting, Angela #59

  24. Beautiful heart… Love it … I would use it as part of a bookmark maybe or as a charm on a bag?
    What ever you choose to do with it … It is lovely.
    Thanks for sharing
    Catiecuddles @55

  25. Wow very cool wire wrapped heart! Mr. Cheech is definitely waiting for ‘his’ chair. 🙂 Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G (no # this week)

  26. Hi Peggy,

    Great heart! I think it would look great hanging in a window. Your cat is so cute – he was just waiting for you to warm up HIS chair!! tee hee

    I honestly thought I’d be by sooner but better late than never!

    Happy belated WOYWW
    Kay (23)

  27. I have 3 female cats and the girls have become like my children to me…I can’t go pee without one or all accompanying me to the john! I love the hear and it would sparkle where ever you decide to put it. I think a scarf slide would be nice or a hair adornment. I love twisted wire and bead work! Very nice. Have a great week and thanks for visiting my desk earlier! Vickie aka Okienurse #72

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