Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant, . , , , , . This heart framed pendant is filled with freeform weaving and beads.
Heart Pendant
by Oksana Truhan
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals, Oxidizing / Antiquing, Weaving, Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
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!

Materials

14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
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16 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-16D
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18 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-18D
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20 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-20D
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28 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-28D
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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5 inch Plato Slim Flush Cutters for Wire Working or Beading - Pack of 1
G35-3
  • G35-3
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Chasing Hammer with Wooden Handle, 1 1/8 Inch Face
G3-27
  • G3-27
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Mini Economy Double Horned Jewelers Anvil - Pack of 1
G17-1
  • G17-1
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6PC File Set
FIL-912.10
  • FIL-912.10
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Micro-Flame Butane Torch
SOL-300.00
  • SOL-300.00
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
  • SOL-485.00
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Liver of Sulfur 4 oz
SOL-600.04
  • SOL-600.04
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
  • SOL-824.10
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Ultra-Polish Pads, 20 pack
POL-695.00
  • POL-695.00
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Instructions
Step 1
Use my pattern or sketch your own heart frame and trace it with the 14g wire.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , sketch
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , make the frame
Step 2
Cut 2" of 14g wire for the bail.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , cut 2 inches for the bail
Step 3
Flatten the wire from the back side and smooth the ends with a file.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , flatten the wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , flatten the wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , smooth the ends
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , smooth the ends
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.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , solder the tip of the heart
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , solder the tip of the heart
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , solder the bail
Step 5
Bend the bail wire over round-nose pliers to form the bail and trim any excess.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , bend the bail wire
Step 6
Gently hammer the heart to work harden it. It will be soft after soldering.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , workharden
Step 7
Use 16g wire to form the inside decorative wire. Trace my sketch or create your own pattern.
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.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , sketch
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , trace the sketch with 16g wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , trim the wire
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.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , flatten the wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , flatten the wire
Step 9
Using 28g wire, wrap the inside wire to the frame in several spots.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , Wrap the inside wire to the frame
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , Wrap the inside wire to the frame
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.
Use the torch to ball the ends and pickle and clean the balls.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , form a decorative layer
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , form a second decorative layer of wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , ball the ends
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.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , lash the 18g wire to the frame
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , last the 18g wire to the frame
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , add the beads
Step 12
Continue to wrap and weave the wires together at different points on the frame. Add more beads.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , lash and weave the wires together
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , lash and weave the wires together
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , add beads
Step 13
If you feel you want another layer of embellishment wire, use 20g to make another piece for inside the frame.
Don't forget to ball the ends of this piece and pickle and rinse.
Add any more beads you want.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , Use 20g wire for another layer
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , add a layer of 20g wire
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , add any more beads
Step 14
Use the 28g wire to make small sections of weaving along various wires for decoration and strength.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , weave small sections
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , weave smalls sections
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.
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , oxidize
Oksana Truhan's Heart Pendant - , , , , , , , polish