Friday, September 7, 2007

Hearts... A how to guide

Ok, so I'm ready to post my first "How To" blog. It's not chainmail though, it's Hearts. This is your how to guide to making sterling silver hearts for jewelry.

Supplies required:

16 gauge sterling silver wire (If you want to practice first, use copper)
jeweler's saw and size 0 saw blades
One square needle file
Soldering equipment (Torch, flux and hard or medium solder).
Jeweler's pickle
One pair of round nose pliers
One pair of flat nose pliers (optional)
Wire cutters.

Step 1

Cut a piece of 16 gauge sterling silver wire. In this case the wire used was 5 cm long.

Step 2

Using a squre needle file, file a notch in the center of the wire.

Step 3

Bend the wire accross the notch so that the gap closes. Stop at about a 90 degree angle. Flat nose pliers helps but are not necessary.

Step 4

Switch to round nose pliers. Hold the 'L' shaped wire at the notch and bend around one side of the round nose pliers. This is the first half of the heart.

Step 5

The wire should now look like the first image. Bend the second half down to match and allow the ends of the wire to overlap. The overlap should be directly under the filed notch. (image 2)

Step 6

Make several of these and place one over a notch in the bench pin.

Step 7

Using a jeweler's saw cut through the overlap. And ALWAYS save the scraps. (I use an old film container for this).

Step 8

Adjust the bottom of the heart so that the ends meet without gaps.

Step 9

Flux and solder the hearts where they were notched and where the ends of the wire meet. After soldering Clean with pickle.

Make as many as you want! They can now be hammered, filed, sanded, polished and otherwise manipulated for jewelry. :)

Find heart jewelry in my shop at



C & L said...

Excellent and thorough tutorial. I really enjoyed this. Thanks Jason!


JasonsJewelry said...

Thanks, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. A lot of picture taking and table making went into that. ;)

virtuallori said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for posting.

E & E Bungalow said...

Wow, great tutorial! Thanks so much for posting this Jason! Your Etsy store is gorgeous!

ebbandflo said...

excellent tutorial, thanks! maybe i'll be able to try these once i sort out somewhere other than home to solder

two pretty said...

Great, really comprehensive tutorial, Jason!! And, love your work! :)


Andy Mathis said...

Great tutorial.

tnkerr said...

Even an old guy like me likes to learn new things.


Ample Goddess Jewelry said...

This is great. I had no idea about filing a notch in the wire. Thank you.

Laura Bartlett said...

Nicely done tutorial. I've always wanted to learn to do metalwork.