Free Pattern: Heart Pendant By Oksana Truhan

By on July 13, 2017
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by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com

Wire Jewelry Pattern for July 13th, 2017

Heart Pendant

by Oksana Truhan

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This heart framed pendant is filled with freeform weaving and beads. That means, you’re free to create your own freeform design and add your favorite beads. Make it as simple or as ornate as you like!

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Directions:

Step 1: Use my pattern or sketch your own heart frame and trace it with the 14g wire.

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Step 2: Cut 2″ of 14g wire for the bail.

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Step 3: Flatten the wire from the back side and smooth the ends with a file.

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Step 4:  Solder the point of the heart together, and solder the bail wire to the top back of the heart frame. Pickle and rinse to clean.

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Step 5: Bend the bail wire over round-nose pliers to form the bail and trim any excess.

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Step 6: Gently hammer the heart to work harden it. It will be soft after soldering.

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Step 7: Use 16g wire to form the inside decorative wire. Trace my sketch or create your own pattern.

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Trim the wire and file smooth the ends. Make sure the piece fits within the heart frame. Determine where you’d like to put beads.

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Step 8: Gently flatten the decorative inside wire, bending open the design where necessary to reach all areas. Try not to hammer where the wires crisscross each other as that weakens the wire.

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Step 9: Using 28g wire, wrap the inside wire to the frame in several spots.

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Step 10: Use the 18g wire again to form a second layer of decorative inside wire. Be generous with your design and go outside, over, and under the frame for embellishment.

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Use the torch to ball the ends and pickle and clean the balls.

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Step 11: Wrap and last the news decorative piece of wire to the frame and the previous 18g wire using 28g wire. Add the beads where you want them to sit by stringing them onto the 28g wire.

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Step 12: Continue to wrap and weave the wires together at different points on the frame. Add more beads.

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Step 13: If you feel you want another layer of embellishment wire, use 20g to make another piece for inside the frame.

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Don’t forget to ball the ends of this piece and pickle and rinse.

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Add any more beads you want.

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Step 14: Use the 28g wire to make small sections of weaving along various wires for decoration and strength.

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Step 15: In order to really bring out the detail of the piece, oxidize it in liver of sulfur. Rinse and dry, and then polish to remove some of the oxidization.

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Happy Wrapping!

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