Guest tutor Lucie from My Little Bea Jewellery shares this beginner-friendly tutorial on how to make your own wonky heart earrings perfect for Valentine's Day!
Watch the tutorial below for the step by step instructions and shop all the tools and supplies you need on Kernowcraft's website.
Take one piece of the wire and place your round nose pliers about 1cm from the end and bend the wire to make a right angle - this will form your earring post. Next, place the wire so the long part points away from the pliers then bend this over the pliers to form a loop.
Place your pliers about 0.5cm from the loop, bend the wire over the pliers until it forms the first half of the heart. Then place your pliers partway along the wire where it lines up with the loop at the top and make a sharp bend I make the point of the heart.
You should have enough wire to make another bend to form the other half of the heart, the end of the wire should just touch the loop, if you have any excess wire use your wire cutters to trim.
If your earring posts are too long simply use your wire cutters to trim to your preferred length. Using your needle file, file the end of the earring post to take off the sharp edge, next use a sanding sheet to soften the end a bit more. Alternatively, you can use a cup burr, which is specifically designed for rounding and smoothing the ends of wire.
Repeat steps 1-3 with the second piece of wire.
Creating notches: if you would like to create notches on the posts where the earring scroll sits and you have limited tools - use the tips of round nose pliers to hold onto the wire approximately 2mm from the end and gently twist and squeeze the metal for form a notch.
Use your polishing papers to give your earrings a lovely shine, or if you have a barrelling machine put them in there for that extra shine, this will also work harden them to make sure they keep their shape. You can also work harden wire by placing it on a steel block and tapping it lightly with a hammer, or use nylon jaw pliers to squeeze the metal for the same result. For more advice on work hardening, read Kernowcraft's advice page.
Pop earring backs onto the posts and they’re ready to wear! If your earring backs or tight or loose - simply insert the tips of round nose pliers into one of the loops and gently twist to adjust, watch Kernowcraft's video to show you how! And there you have it, a pair of simple and elegant heart earrings perfect for everyday wear and perfect for Valentine's Day.
My Little Bea Jewellery began in 2020 after Lucie experienced the significant loss of her second daughter Morwenna Bea in 2019.
She turned to jewellery making as a way of channelling her grief. There she found solace in drawing on her life experiences to create beautiful jewellery, she's particularly drawn to bees, the sea, stars & moons and sunflowers, all of which remind of her of her beautiful baby.
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