Open Heart Valentine Pendant
After creating many wire projects with blunt cut ends that needed special handling, my friend Vicky Gagne sent me Shelley Jovel’s YouTube Video demonstrating how to ball the ends of wire. I had a kitchen torch and wire so I gave it a try. My end product varied but I thought it was good information. Soon after, I found a video by Terry McCarthy that made the process nearly foolproof. She suggested moving the wire up and down a couple of times in the flame first. It was a tiny bit of information that made a world of difference and produced consistent results. Keep in mind this won’t work with silver plated wire, it has to be sterling silver. Other than the ball end technique, this project is pretty basic wire wrapping. The ball ends, loops, red crystal and fine wraps contribute to the unique look of this very pretty pendant. Make it in an evening and wear it all year round!
• Alcohol will remove the Sharpie mark from the wire.
• Using a flame on the silver will discolor it. I recommend Bead Buddy's Instant Tarnish Remover. It's a simple no-fuss dip. I got mine at JoAnns. Just set the wire in the liquid and count to ten then wipe off the discoloration. Sometimes it may require two or three dips but it is easy compared to other silver tarnish products. Follow the dip with a buff to shine it up or use a tumbler.
At Michaels Store
- 18-gauge round Sterling silver wire
- 24-gauge round Sterling silver wire
- Jewelry mandrel
- 6mm red Bicone crystal - 1
- 4mm silver ball beads - 2
- 5mm jump ring - 1
- Kitchen torch
- Jewelry pliers and cutter
- Cousin Jewelry Bail - 1
- Ceramic tile or other fireproof surface
- Bowl for water