Romantic Steampunk Heart Necklace

Materials

  • Aluminum flashing, 5”x7”
  • Copper eyelets, 1/16”, five
  • AMACO Copper: Form Mesh, 2-1/2”x2-1/2”; Soft Metal Sheet, 2-1/2”x2”
  • Cousin Corp. Jewelry Basic Siam/Gunmetal Rounds Chain, three
  • Cousin Corp. Jewelry Basic: Strand Bead Wire; Crimp Tubes, two; Ecru Pearl Strand, 6mm; Jump Rings, four
  • Swarovski Crystals: 3mm, nine; 1mm, three
  • Vintage or found mini watch parts
  • Copper wire, one roll each: 18-gauge, 22-gauge
  • Red glass beads: medium, four; small, four
  • Clear glass beads, small, four
  • Toggle clasp
  • Red glass heart
  • Metal washer
  • Silver chain, small length

Tools

  • Flat-nose pliers, wire cutters, round-nose pliers, steel stamping block, ball peen hammer
  • Knitting needles, size 6 or 7

Basic Supplies

craft scissors, ruler with metal edge, pencil, black permanent marker, hole punch, glue, rubbing alcohol, tissue paper, clear soft plastic, craft knife, paper towel

Directions

STEP 1

  • Use craft scissors to cut 2”x1-3/4” heart from aluminum flashing. Wipe aluminum heart with rubbing alcohol; let dry. Draw line down center of heart. Measure 1/2” from top of line and create 1” horizontal line. Create second horizontal line 1” from bottom of heart. This second horizontal line measures 1/2” to right of center line and 1/2” to left of center line. See Photo 1.

STEP 2

  • Draw vertical line on left side of pencil marks to connect two horizontal lines. Repeat this step on right side to complete box shape. Draw “x” in center of box. See Photo 2.

STEP 3

  • Place metal-edged ruler next to pencil lines of box on heart and use craft knife to make cuts along all pencil lines. (Note: You will not be able to cut through metal; make a deep score line in metal.) Cut along “x” lines inside box on heart. See Photo 3.

STEP 4

  • Hold heart in hands and wiggle metal along “x” score lines. Keep wiggling metal until metal tears open at “x” score lines, producing tiny triangles. Move tiny triangles back and forth on score lines until triangles break free. See Photo 4. Wash pencil from heart with rubbing alcohol.

STEP 5

  • Place heart on steel stamping block. Tap ball peen side of hammer over heart. Turn heart over and repeat process until heart is completely marked. See Photo 5.

STEP 6

  • Repeat Steps 1-5 with copper metal sheet. Be sure to make copper heart slightly larger than aluminum heart.

STEP 7

  • Center wire mesh between aluminum and copper hearts. Holding hearts and wire in place, punch hole in top right corner of heart. Set copper eyelet in hole. Cut hole and set eyelet in left corner and bottom point of heart. Cut hole and set copper eyelet above and below open box in heart. See Photo 6. Color entire heart with black marker and blot excess with paper towel and rubbing alcohol. Let dry.

STEP 8

  • Use wire cutters to cut three siam rounds from gunmetal chain; adhere siam rounds on wire mesh. Adhere watch pieces and crystals over heart. Let dry.

STEP 9

  • Wrap 18-gauge wire around knitting needle. See Photo 7. (Note: One revolution of wire will create one jump ring.) Create 66 or more jump rings. Remove wrapped wire from knitting needle and use wire cutters to cut wire into jump rings. See Photo 8.

STEP 10

  • Place one jump ring in upper-right copper eyelet in heart. See Photo 9. Close first jump ring with flat-nose pliers. Add two jump rings to first jump ring. Place another jump ring through two jump rings.

STEP 11

  • Create first beaded link by using round-nose pliers to create loop on 22-gauge wire. Thread small red glass bead, clear glass bead, medium glass bead, clear glass bead, and red glass bead onto wire. Cut wire, leaving 1/2” end. Wrap end around round-nose pliers to create loop. Wrap remaining wire around wire stem. See Photo 10. Attach one end of this beaded link to jump ring on heart. Add another jump ring to opposite end of this beaded link. Add two jump rings to last jump ring. Place one jump ring through last two jump rings. Repeat this step once. See Photo 11.

STEP 12

  • Create second beaded link by using round-nose pliers to create loop in 22-gauge wire; thread bead onto wire. Cut wire, leaving 1/2” end. Wrap end around round-nose pliers to create loop. Wrap remaining wire around wire stem. Attach one end of this beaded link to jump ring on heart. Add another jump ring to opposite end of this beaded link. See Photo 12.

STEP 13

  • Use one/two jump ring pattern to finish making chain to desired length. Finish chain with circle end of toggle clasp. Repeat Steps 11-13 to create left side of chain. Alter placement of beaded links for an asymmetrical look. Finish chain with “T” end of toggle clasp.

STEP 14

  • Determine length of pearl strand and add 6” to measurement; cut wire to measurement. Create pearl strand by placing pre-purchased jump ring on strand bead wire. Slip on crimp bead and secure jump ring on wire with crimp bead. See Photos 13 and 14.

STEP 15

  • Thread pearls on strand bead wire; finish pearl strand by securing jump ring on end of wire with crimp bead. Remove excess wire with wire cutters. Use jump rings to attach pearl strand to end of metal-heart chain.

STEP 16

  • Cut hole in top of metal washer. Adhere scrap piece of clear plastic to back of washer. Turn washer to front side; adhere one siam/gunmetal round onto clear plastic in center of washer. Adhere crystals on washer. See Photo 15. Use jump ring to attach washer to silver chain length. Attach other side of chain to eyelet in bottom of heart with jump ring.

STEP 17

  • Place jump ring on red glass heart and secure using silver chain. Secure other side of silver chain to jump ring connected through eyelet on bottom of heart.
by Carol Heppner
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