December Creative Play Day 14: Heart of Joy Pendant

The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

I’m fascinated by nests.  I’ve made wire wrapped nest pedants and pins before, but this is different.  This heart-shaped nest is about my inner processes right now.  I’m working to remove the clutter of the mundane in my life and focus on the joy!  Giving myself the gifts I’m doing for the December Creative Play theme has been like sunshine on my soul!  And here’s one more gift!

To try this project, you will need:

20 Gauge wire, at least a couple of feet

24 Gauge wire, half a spool or so

Egg shaped bead

Jewelry tools

I used this tiny ceramic heart as a reference for the shape.

For the top of the pendant, I used a wooden skewer to wrap the 20 gauge wire and wrapped it all the way around two times.  I left myself an inch of wire to wrap below the loops.
I made a frame for my shape and a cross piece that is part of the frame wire.  If you have a longer piece, make all your cross pieces with part of the frame wire.
I made another cross piece with the 20 gauge wire and began wrapping the 24 gauge wire around the middle.
I continued wrapping the 24 gauge wire in every direction with the goal of filling in the shape.  I guided the heart into a concave shape as I went along.
As the shape filled up, I began to think about where to place my egg bead. I used shorter wires when the gaps were filling and used pliers to pull the wire through.  To close larger gaps, I wove in and out of smaller holes and across the gaps.  It’s a good idea to stop now and then and crimp the “sticky outy” wire loops with pliers.  It’s also important to make sure that no sharp ends stick out anywhere.
I attached my egg bead just before I was finished wrapping.  It’s finished when you look at it and think “yes, that’s it!”  The very last inch of wire was coiled into a spiral.

Speak Your Mind