Saturday, June 06, 2015
I started with very thick copper wire and formed the heart using my pliers, etc. I am not a jewelery maker so it took some time to get it looking acceptable. Once I was happy with it, I took it outside, placed it on a heavy metal plate and mashed it with a hammer until it was flattened to my liking. Next, I hit it with a hammer with a textured head which really helped make it look handcrafted. DH did not mind my borrowing of his tools!! It turned out exactly like I wanted it too!! Next, I used thread like copper wire and added seed beads. I also used the wire to cinch up the middle and to add the jump ring. Once I was done and admiring my work - it looked pretty cool! I realized the charms were supposed to be all metal!! In the end this one is really too big to be a charm so it has graduated to being a pendant and I have repeated the process with smaller shapes for creating the art charms for the swap which I will be posting later.
This was a totally fun process and yielded some very unique looking pieces.