Woven Heart Earrings


by Deborah Kelly





Now available made-to-order from DCDK.Jewelry




Materials Needed

  • 4 lengths of 21 gauge round wire 9 inches long (base wires)

  • 4 lengths of 26 gauge round wire 18 inches long (weaving wires)

  • 2 stone hearts 20 mm (or about 0.8 inches) long and tall.


Tools Used:

  • Round nose pliers

  • Flat or chain nose pliers

  • Wire cutters





Instructions




Step 1

Take one of the 9 inch long 21 gauge wires and bend it in half with the tips of the round nose pliers.













Step 2

Grasp the bend of the wire in flat nose pliers and squeeze bend together, making a sharp fold in the wire.













Step 3

Hold the folded wire in pliers as far down as you want the point, about a ¼ inch.

Pull the wires apart forming a V with the wires.











Step 4

After taking the wire out of the pliers pull apart slightly.

Put aside












Step 5

Take the second piece of 21 gauge wire and bend in the middle with the tip of the round nose pliers.













Step 6

Grasp the bend in the wire with your flat nose pliers and squeeze the wire together forming a tight fold in the wire.













Step 7

Grasp about 1/8 of an inch of the folded over wire at the fold in the pliers and pull the legs of the wire apart forming a V with them.












Step 8

Lay the two wires you have bent next to each other, the one opened all the way put on the bottom.

Your second wire bent should be able to cozy into the V of the first wire bent.











Step 9

Repeat step 1 thru 8 on the other two 9 inch long length of 21 gauge wire.

Try to match your bends with the two wires already bent.











Step 10

Put one set of wires aside.

Take the wire with the closed fold from the remaining wires and wrap one of the 18 inch long 26 gauge wires around right next to the middle of the wire 3 times.











Step 11

Place the 2nd wire so the point of the first wire sets right inside of the point of the 2nd wire.

Wrap the weaving wire around both of the base wires you just arranged.











Step 12

Wrap the weaving wire around the first wire wrapped three times.

Then wrap the weaving wire around both base wires twice.

Continue this pattern for about 1 ¼ inches, end your pattern by wrapping the weaving wire around the first base wire three times.








Step 13

Repeat on the other side of the V fold in the center of the wire.

Cut off the tails of the wire from beginning of your weaving.











Step 14

Repeat with the wires put aside earlier.

You should end up with two woven V shapes that are the same length.











Step 15

Check to see if the weaving is long enough by wrapping one side around the heart.

If the weave goes from the point to the center of the heart it is long enough, if not weave a little more.

Make sure if you weave on one side weave on the other side and other earring.








Step 16

Take the weaving wire and continue wrapping around the base wire.

Wrap around for about ½ inch (this is called coiling).

Do this with all the weaving wires.

Cut off the weaving wires and smooth the ends.

Put the cut off weaving wire to the side.







Step 17

Shape the woven section around the right side of your heart.

At the end of the weave where the coiling begins bend the coiled wire up at a 90 degree angle.

Wrap the coiled wire around the round nose pliers to form a circle.

This is your earring bail.








Step 18

Bend the wire from the bail that was just made to the back side cut off and crimp into place.













Step 19

Form the woven wire around the heart.

Wrap the uncoiled wire from the other side of the V around the base of the bail.

Cut off and crimp on the back side of the bail.










Step 20

Wrap the last wire in the front (the coiled wire on the left side) around to the back of the earring.

Cut off the wires so they are about 1 ½ inches long. (this is a picture of the back side of the earring)











Step 21

Spiral the ends of the wires.

Make sure the spirals touch the edges of the weaving under the wide part of the heart.












Step 22

Take a small piece of the weaving wire cut off earlier and wrap it around the wire one of the spirals are made out of three time.

Use the wire to stitch the spiral to the weave.











Step 23

Repeat with the other Spiral













Step 24

Repeat on the other earring, however start on the left side instead of the right side of the woven wire piece to make mirror images.

Put earring hooks on and enjoy your new earrings.










Deborah Kelly

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I grew up on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere Oregon. Met and married my Husband before going to OSU and getting a BS in Apparel Design in 2002. I started out making beaded jewelry in my early teen years. Both free hand and on a loom. Year after graduating I moved to MO and started making cosmetics and continued experimenting in soap making which I started in college. During my years in MO I started getting into baking and did events as a self employed concession stand vendor. I really did love my cotton candy machine. At events I did more then just cotton candy. I had a 2 head espresso machine, hot dog steamer, made hard candy to sell, and did 21 flavors of snow cones. While doing all of that I also learned to fix my own vehicles because when I did take them to a mechanic I had to fix them when I got them back. After our 3rd child was born in 2010 we lost our house and hit the road in an RV. One winter we ended up in Quartzsite AZ where I started making wire jewelry. Since then I have started designing wire jewelry, became an instructor at the gem club in Quartzsite. Started teaching independent jewelry making classes. Writing and selling tutorials for jewelry making. In the summer I am a property locator, photographer and videographer. I also spend my summer working on my own project to give back to the universe by making and giving away my jewelry because everyone needs something pretty.
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