Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

This spiral heart wire bracelet is pretty and charming.

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s a simple bangle that’s created with a single piece of wire.

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After you’ve made one of these, you’ll be able to whip them out quickly if you want to make more of them.

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • Round half-hard wire, 16 gauge.
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur / wire rounder, to smooth and round the wire ends.
  • Ruler, for measuring and marking wire.
  • All purpose marker (such as a Sharpie) for marking your wire.
  • Flat nose pliers.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Bracelet mandrel, baseball bat, PVC pipe, soup can, or other item to shape your wire into a bracelet. The mandrel should be approximately the same circumference as the wrist that will wear the bracelet.
  • Jeweler’s steel block and plastic, rubber, or nylon hammer for hammer-hardening your finished bracelet.

How to Make a
Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet:

Start by cutting your piece of wire.

How Much Wire to Cut?

Wrist measurement + 9.5cm (3.75″).

Example Measurement
calculating for a 17.78cm (7″) wrist:
17.78cm (7″) + 9.5cm (3.75″) = 27.28cm (10.75″) total wire length.

After cutting your wire, we’ll use a cup bur / wire rounder to smooth and round the ends of your cut piece of wire:

Using wire rounder to smooth wire ends for Wire Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next, get out your Sharpie marker and ruler.

Mark your wire as shown below; the blue lines show where you’ll make your Sharpie marks.

Make these 3 marks on your wire:

Measuring and marking wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Measuring and marking wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make the heart end of your bracelet first.

Grasp your wire with the widest part of your round nose pliers as shown below.

Notice that one of the marks you made is just to one side of the plier jaws:

Bending wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bring the shorter wire end tightly around one jaw of your pliers, forming the wire into a U-shape:

Bending wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the tips of your flat nose pliers to grasp the shorter end of your wire, right next to your 5cm mark:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend that wire, making a bend thatโ€™s a little sharper than 90 degrees; the 5cm mark should wind up in the center of the bend:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now youโ€™ve made half of the heart shape, and your wire should look like this:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

We’ll make the spiral end of the heart now.

If you’re new to making open spirals, or have had trouble with them in the past, see my easy 3-minute video, How to Make an Open Wire Spiral.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the shorter wire end:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start your spiral by using the tips of your round nose pliers to make a small hook in end of the wire.

Then keep moving your pliers along the wire, making a small curve each time you move the pliers:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When your spiral is almost finished:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . it’s time to fold the long wire end straight upward from the heart.

Use your flat nose pliers to grasp the long wire, with the pliers right next to the Sharpie mark as shown:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now bend the wire so that it will point straight upward above the heart:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your flat nose pliers to bend the bottom of the heart until the spiral end touches the long wire:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

You may also need to use your round nose pliers to adjust your spiral so that both of the sides of the top of the heart look even.

Now your wire should look like this:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Next we’ll use a jeweler’s steel block and a nylon, plastic, or rubber hammer to hammer-harden the wire heart, making it sturdier.

Hammer every part of the heart on one side.

Then flip the heart over and hammer every part of the other side of the heart:

Hammering wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll turn the wire into a bracelet by wrapping the wire around whatever you’re using for a bracelet mandrel.

I’m using this sturdy, hard plastic vitamin bottle for a mandrel:

Mandrel for shaping Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your fingers to wrap the wire tightly around the mandrel – from the bottom tip of the heart, all the way to the other end of the wire:

Shaping wire around a mandrel for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now, holding your wire tightly around your mandrel, use your nylon, plastic, or rubber hammer to hammer the wire all the way around the mandrel:

Hammering wire around the mandrel for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

When you remove your wire from the mandrel, it should look something like this:

Shaping wire for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make the hook clasp at the other end of the wire.

Use the tips of your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of the wire, and make a small 90-degree bend in the wire, bending the wire away from the heart:

Shaping clasp for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now use the middle of your round nose pliers jaws to grasp the wire just above the Sharpie mark you made there:

Shaping clasp for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and bend the wire around one jaw of your pliers, bending the wire end away from the heart:

Shaping clasp for Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look something like this:

Finished Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And now you can remove the Sharpie marks from your wire, using a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a scrap of paper towel.

Your finished bracelet may look something like this:

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Spiral Heart Wire Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Rena, I love your variation on the wire heart bracelet. As always, your tutorial makes it easy for anyone with a bit of wire and just a couple basic tools to give it a shot. I’ll wager that you’re responsible for many a wanna-be jewelry artist taking the plunge into wire-work. Thanks for all you do for the hand-crafting community!

  2. Maureen, thanks so much for your lovely comment! You made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I also love the way you write directions for your tutorials. Each step is understandable with both the written directions and the visual component. It’s nice that you made a bracelet that matches the earring tutorial. Thanks so much, Rena!

  4. Carol, thank you so much for your kind message! I really appreciate that you notice all the details I put into my tutorials. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I find your tutorials very helpful. You are great about putting the entire process in a step by step procedure with great illustrations.
    I am going to make this bracelet and add initial charms on the heart. I will practice and really get the process down then make them on the spot at my booth for customers.

  6. Thanks so much, Thelma! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your customers will love watching you make their bracelets, and adding the initial charms is a wonderful idea!

  7. Celia Mendez says:

    Wow, what a great tutorial! I’m a beginner and I actually think I can do this now. I love the design, the simplicity the low cost, and am thinking to make some for my daughter’s birthday party for the girls as party favors. They will flip out when they see it! Thank you so much for your inspiring designs and for sharing them. It’s so satisfying to create something beautiful with your own hands.

  8. I love this as a bracelet! I have made something similar a few years back but used as headpins. This design lends itself to be all kinds of things with minor adjustments.

  9. Catherine says:

    That is sooooo pretty! You always make things look so easy, but when I try , it never turns out like yours. I’ve been stocking up on wire work books. It might take awhile, but eventually I’ll learn. Thank you for the neat ideas!

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