Extract Heart Ring
Multi-plated heart package comes in multiple colors. Using those other choices, you may make this ring with other Beadalon® wire colors, e.g. antique brass.
Designed by Cindy Becker.
- Beadalon® German Style Wire (Nickel Free), 20 ga. – Silver-plated (12")
- Beadalon® German Style Wire (Nickel Free), 26 ga. – Silver-plated (36")
- Beadalon® Chain Nose Pliers
- Beadalon® Wire Cutters
- Beadalon® Ring Mandrel
- Nylon Head Hammer
- Bead Gallery® Multi-plated Hearts
NOTE: This project is for Size 7 ring. Adjust length up or down for other sizes.
Step 1 Cut 12" piece of Beadalon® 20 ga wire.
Step 2 Slide one end of the wire through the top two holes of the heart.
Step 3 Slide other end of the wire through the remaining two holes of the heart. This will form a circle.
Step 4 Slide the circle over the mandrel and find your desired size. Holding heart on desired size, gently pull each wire separately so the circle closes and is touching the mandrel. Each side of the 20 ga. wire needs to be same length.
Step 5 Make one more complete wrap around the mandrel. Make sure the wires don’t overlap.
Step 6 Make two complete wraps around the heart by pulling one around, then the other, and repeat until each wraps around the heart twice.
Step 7 Remove ring from mandrel. Using chain nose pliers wrap the 20 ga. wire around the two shank wires, through the shank to the other side and around the single wire. Press the wraps with the chain nose pliers so the turns are tight-fitting over the shank. Trim excess wire.
Step 8 Repeat Step 7 on opposite side.
Step 9 Cut 36" piece of 26 ga. wire.
Step 10 Bend in center.
Step 11 Slide over center of ring shank.
Step 12 Begin to wrap the 26 ga. wire around the shank. Each wrap must be tight, close and not overlapping. This is very important to keep a clean look to your design. Also, be gentle with the wire. If it breaks you will need to unwrap and start over. Use a sewing motion to make these wraps.
Step 13 Continue until the three wires split off into two wires on one side and one on the other.
Step 14 Where the split occurs, continue wrapping around the two wires working toward the top of the ring.
Step 15 When you reach the top, wrap around the 20 ga. wires that surround the heart. Continue across. This will secure those 20 ga. wires.
Step 16 When you reach the other side, trim the 26 ga wire and tuck in sharp end.
Step 17 Repeat Steps 12-16 on opposite side.
Step 18 Place ring back onto the ring mandrel.
Step 19 Gently hammer the wraps so they flatten. If ring is smaller than original size, gently hammer in downward motion and stretch the ring. You should hammer downward only a few times, then turn the ring over so it stretches evenly.