by Deborah Kelly
2- 12mm puffy heart beads
2- 14.5mm puffy heart beads
6- 6 inch long 20 gauge round wire
1- 5 feet long 26 gauge round wire
2- earring hooks
Chain or flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Anvil or bench block
Wrap the 26 gauge wire 3 times around one of the 20 gauge wires about 2 ½ inches from the end (the weave going away from the 2 ½ inches)
Place another 20 gauge wire next to the first wire and wrap the weaving wire (26 gauge wire) around both wires once.
Next place a 3rd 20 gauge wire right next to the last one added and wrap the weaving wire around all the wires once.
Next wrap the weaving wire around the first two wires once then around the original wire 3 times.
Repeat this pattern 7 times or until the weave is about ¾ inches long.
End the pattern with 3 wraps around the 1st wire.
Add 4 extra wraps to the original base wire (for a total of 7 wraps after the last wrap going over 2 wires)
Cut off the tail end of the wire at the beginning of the weave and smooth with pliers
Bend the wire original wire up at a 90 degree angle where the weave was started.
Slip one of the 12 mm puffy heart beads onto the bent wire.
Bend the weave around one side of the heart bead, try to keep the weave close to the bead when bending it.
Make sure only the base wire wrapped every time is touching the bead.
Bend the wire going thru the bead so it is inline with the wires in the weave coming around the bead.
Take the weaving wire and wrap the wire coming up thru the bead and the wire right next to it twice.
Next wrap the 2nd and 3rd wires (counting base wires from the bead out) twice.
Then wrap the 1st and 2nd wires (counting from the bead) twice.
Continue this wrap for 1 ¼ inches.
Bend the wire not in the weave (4th wire from the bead) up at a 90 degree angle right above where the other wire comes out of the bead.
Put on one of the 14.5 mm heart beads, on the wire sticking up from the other wires.
Cut off the weaving wire close and use pliers to smooth the end of the weaving wire down.
Bend the weave around the bead, making sure just the edge of the weave is touching the bead and the rest of the weave is sticking out away from the bead.
Bend the woven wires around the one wire sticking up from the bead.
Try not to bend up the wire going thru the bead during this step.
Cut the wires with the weave off and crimp down around the wire going up thru the bead.
Make a loop in the wire going thru the bead right above where the woven wires cross it in the front.
Cut off the extra wire from the loop and close the loop.
Bend the 2 wires on the bottom of the earring into a curve right under the bottom heart bead.
Cut these wires about ½ to ¾ inch long from the bottom of the smaller heart bead.
Gently hammer the 2 wires on the bottom of the earring flat.
If need be use a file to take off any sharp edges.
Add an earring hook to the earring just finished and set aside.
Make the other earring.
While bending the weaves around the 1st bead be aware about making a mirror image to the first earring or if you want to make them the same.
The first weave done is the same on the front and back.
The 2nd weave the back and front are different, keep this in mind while making these earrings.