by Erinn LaMattery.
I wanted to get something together for Valentine’s Day 2016, but I don’t much like hearts.
However, I came across a design for this wire heart on Pinterest, and decided to spice it up a bit with some gemstones woven to the hearts and make them into earrings.
I wasn’t able to get them done in time for The Day, maybe next year I’ll be ahead of the game eh? I do love how they turned out, not too big, not too heavy, sweet little hearts.
I started with 20g copper wire cut into 5″ lengths, then folded it slightly off-center in half.
Then I used pliers to turn the edges inside, creating the heart.
Using 2mm gemstones and 26g. copper wire, I wrapped 3-4 stones on the edge of each heart, added a jump ring and ear wires, then tossed them into a patina (liver of sulfer) and an hour in the tumbler.
I had to polish them up a bit to bring out more of the copper shine, before I was happy with the finished product.