Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Heart Pendant and Bracelet

From: The Martha Stewart Show which aired on February 2, 2009


Tools and Materials

24-gauge gold-plated wire
Wire cutter
Needle-nose pliers
Size 17 knitting needle
Eight 3 mm crystal beads
Eight 4 mm crystal beads
Nine 5 mm crystal beads
Four 6 mm crystal beads
Cording or chain for necklace

Pendant How-To

1. Cut a 7-inch piece of wire. Fold the piece in half, and make a point at the fold with needle-nose pliers.

2. Measure 1 1/2 inches from the point and, using a knitting needle, wrap the wire around to make half of heart shape. Repeat the same process on the other side to end up with a double teardrop. Pull sides apart and form into a heart shape.

3. Start beading on one of the ends of the wire. Thread two of each size bead in the following order to create a gradation of bead sizes from the heart's center to its point: 3 mm beads, 4 mm beads, 5 mm beads, 6 mm beads, 5 mm beads, 4 mm beads, 3 mm beads. Repeat process on other side of heart.

4. With needle-nose pliers, squeeze the wire ends together and slide a 5 mm bead over both ends. Fold ends of wire up to secure and snip off excess wire.

5. Thread pendant onto cording or chain.


Tools and Materials

Bead cord
2 crimp beads
Bracelet clasp
Forty 3 mm crystal beads
Twenty-four 4 mm crystal beads
Twenty-four 5 mm crystal beads
Twelve 6 mm crystal beads

Bracelet How-To

1. Cut an 18-inch piece of wire. Thread a crimp bead and a clasp onto the wire and loop wire around to thread back through crimp bead. Crimp with crimping pliers. Tip: Brush nail glue on crimp bead to secure.

2. Thread beads onto wire in the following order: Ten 3 mm, Six 4 mm, Six 5 mm, Six 6 mm, Six 5 mm, Six 4 mm, Twenty 3 mm, Six 4 mm, Six 5 mm, Six 6 mm, Six 5 mm, Six 4 mm, Ten 3 mm

3. Attach other half of clasp to wire using a crimp bead and crimping pliers. Cut off excess wire.


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Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/heart-pendant?lnc=38f9cf380e1dd010VgnVCM1000005b09a00aRCRD&rsc=showmain_tv_the-martha-stewart-show

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