Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads. Today we feature a pattern of a different sort - take a look at this adorable Wire-Wrapped Pet Charm!<br />
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Tracey Says:
Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm
by Tracey McKenzie
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Wrapping, Beading
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Today we feature a pattern of a different sort - take a look at this adorable Wire-Wrapped Pet Charm!

Tracey Says: "Like most artists, I have several furry and feathered friends to keep me sane. This pattern is for a charm to hang from your pet's collar, and has been requested by my veterinarian!

Although this sample is made using colored wire, it looks great when made in copper or even silver (for the human version). You can make this heart charm using your personal favorite colors and bead shapes, and by adding either a silk cord or making the bail in a traditional manner, you will have a matching charm to use as a pendant for a human!"

Materials

20 Gauge Round Burgundy Enameled Craft Wire - 30 ft
H5-K20-30FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.76
  • Gold Club Price: $4.32
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26 Gauge Round Silver Plated Hematite Copper Craft Wire - 90ft
H17-X26-90FT
  • Lesson Quantity: 4.50 feet
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.00
  • Gold Club Price: $6.75
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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12 Inch Stainless Steel Ruler
G7-30
  • G7-30
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.97
  • Gold Club Price: $2.23
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Instructions
Step 1

Find the center of the 20-gauge wire, and use round nose pliers to fold it in half. Use round nose pliers to slightly curl the folded tip, working on the same plane as the fold.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Forming craft wire
Step 2
Using your index finger and thumb, carefully form one side of the heart, and then the other.
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Step 3
Use flat nose pliers to bend one side of the heart wire up 90°. Note: This wire will be used to form the bail.
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Step 4
Use flat nose pliers on the other heart wire, to bend it out about 45°. This wire will wrap around the bail.
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Step 5
On the straight wire, measure ½" (10mm) up from the two-wire junction. Use a 5mm mandrel or found item (such as a crochet hook) to wrap the straight wire around 3 times. Use the end of the now-coiled wire to wrap around the stem, from the coil toward the heart, 2 times to show and trim.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Loop made in craft wire
Step 6
Using the other wire, wrap it around the base of the stem and up until it meets the 2 wraps below the coiled bail and trim.
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Step 7
Reshape by hand until the desired heart shape is achieved.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Reshaping craft wire heart
Step 8
Decide which beads are to be used and arrange them inside the heart frame. Remove the frame without disturbing the beads.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Red Beads for heart charm
Step 9
Cut a 2-foot (60cm) piece of 26-gauge wire. Begin by wrapping one end of this wire into the wraps under the bail, working from the top down. Upon reaching the heart frame thread on a bead, and while holding it in place with one hand, use the other to bring the wire to the opposite side of the frame and wrap it around the frame 3 times.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Connecting beads
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Step 10
Grab another bead and repeat the process until all of the beads are within the heart frame. (You may find the pattern changes as you go, but so long as they all fit nicely it doesn't matter.) Please note: During the bead sewing, if you are using shorter lengths of wire, you will need to start a new piece. If this is the case, you must first secure your old end by wrapping it around a new piece. You can then hide the remaining bit inside a bead, or just trim neatly making sure to tuck the end in, otherwise it may scratch the wearer, or unravel. (Insert: 18, and 19_pet.jpg)
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Connecting beads
Step 11
To secure the beads, wrap them once at their base before moving on to the next bead. If there are any gaps remaining on the outside of the heart frame, simply fill them in by taking the 26-gauge wire around (or through) the beads, wrap it around the 20-gauge wire (3 times!) and then move on to anywhere else that needs wrapping. You may need to add smaller beads to fill in any holes in the heart. Now the heart should be evenly wrapped (by wrapping 3 times) and all areas are looking even and balanced.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Securing craft wire
Step 12
Next, the beads need to be "caged". I do this by taking my wire over 1, 2 or 3 beads and then secure it by wrapping once, and then taking the same wire over a few more beads in a different direction. Do this until you are happy with the outcome and the beads have all been caged.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Caging beads with craft wire
Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Caging beads with craft wire
Step 13
Use your fingers to gently reshape the heart. Slide a huge split ring through the bail coil and attach it to your favorite pet's collar.
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Tracey McKenzie's Wire Wrapped Pet Heart Charm - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Wire Wrapping, Wrapping, Wire Wrapping Jewelry, Beads, Craft wire heart on dog collar
Step 14
Enjoy making this adorable Pet Charm for your furry family members! Drop us a picture and show us how they turn out!