Queen of Hearts Earrings Copyright Margot Potter
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Queen of Hearts Earrings
Copyright 2011 Margot Potter
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Love it or lump it, you can’t escape it! Love may come and love may go, but friends are forever. Why not remind your best girlfriend how much she means to you this year with a lovely pair of wire and crystal earrings and a funny card to make her smile? Attach the earrings to a card for a two for one by punching a small hole for each ear wire using a pin and threading them on the cover!
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20 gauge annealed iron wire
6 8mm fuchsia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS faceted rounds
2 pairs chain nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Memory wire shears
Bench block pad
Spool of thread
1. Cut off a 5” segment of 20 gauge annealed iron wire with memory wire shears. Don’t use regular wire cutters, this wire will eat them up!
2. Use chain nose pliers to bend a sharp bend in the center (this is the pointed side of your heart.)
3. Round the wire ends into a heart shape, use something round to maintain the curve, an average sized spool of thread works nicely here!
4. Use round nose pliers to turn a small loop in both ends.
5. Use a small segment of wire to bind the loops together as in photo. I wrapped them three times, cut the excess wire and tucked the tail under with chain nose pliers.
6. Hammer the shapes flat using your chasing hammer and steel bench block.
7. Create matching ear wires bending a 1.5” segment of wire over a 10mm dowel. Turn a loop in one end and make a small curve in the other using round nose pliers.
8. Hammer front side of ear wires flat with chasing hammer and bench block.
9. Thread each crystal with 22 gauge gun metal wire, loop one end and coil the other.
10. Use the 10mm dowel to create two jump rings with the 20 gauge black wire. Hammer these flat using your chasing hammer and bench block.
11. Attach the ear wires to the top of each heart using chain nose pliers. (Attach them on opposite sides to create a left and a right earring.)
12. Attach the jump ring and dangles to the bottom of each heart using your chain nose pliers to open and secure the ring closed with tension.