Jan 092018

The fun thing about playing with wire is that with just a little imagination and practice with your tools you can make any shapes you like.

Wire can be shaped into complex things, like words, bird’s nests or holly leaves, or you can create simple things, like ear wires, jump rings and clasps.

wired hearts cover

You can even use wire as the foundation for an entire piece, as in my Autumn Jewels Necklace.

However, since Autumn and Christmas are behind us, and Valentine’s is ahead, I thought I’d try making some cute little hearts out of wire.

These are quick & easy to make, and you can vary them in many ways. If you want to make tiny hearts, try using your round nose pliers as the form, rather than the bail making pliers I show in the video.

Of course, the best part, in my opinion, is adding some sparkle with beads! Swarovskis look nice, but so do Czech Fire Polish beads. I love the way the beads I used look different, depending on the color of wire I used.

Tools & Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Wired Heart Charms & Pendants-Wire Wrapping Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 112014

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. 🙂

2014 03 12 woyww wirework heart partial

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.

2014 03 12 woyww wirework heart 3

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.

2014 03 12 woyww wirework heart 2

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

Like to see the creative spaces of other crafty people? Then you’ll want to check out the weekly blog party we call What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Happy creating!