Bead Smith Mandrel 4K tool or you can use pliers to make the triangles
Cut approximately 12 inches of 18 gauge half-hard round wire.
Loosely find the middle of the wire. I like to hold the ends together and make kind of an oval.
Hold the wire in the middle with squared pliers. Then fold the wire down forming a square.
If you don’t have this tool, you can make two bends using your chain nose pliers.
Figure out what size ring you would like to make. You’ll wrap around the size smaller. This ring is adjustable, but it’s a little better to have the ring a little too small and adjust it larger than the other way.
I hold my thumb on the bent square part and wrap the two ends around. The loose ends will be on the outside of the square piece.
Trim off the wire so it’s approximately an inch and a half past the point where it’s parallel with the square part.
Use the triangle mandrel from the Mandrel 4X to form a triangle going away from the ring on each end.
If you don’t have this tool, form a triangle using your pliers.
In this episode of ECT TV, learn how to make an adjustable heart ring. It’s very cute and relatively quick to make.
Here’s the video tutorial:
If you learn better via photos, here’s the photo tutorial for the Adjustable Wire Heart Ring:
Tools and Materials:
18 gauge half-hard round wire
Ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form your ring around
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
We’ll work right off the spool (so don’t cut a length of wire off.) Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.
Hold the wire about four inches from the end in round nose pliers.
Make the first curve of the heart by wrapping the wire around round nose pliers at the largest part of the pliers (nearest the handle.)
Close to the top of the curve, use your round nose pliers to bend up the wire.
Use round nose pliers to make the second curve in the heart.
Use chain nose pliers to pinch together the middle.
Cross the wires and form a heart shape.
Hold the heart in chain nose pliers.
Wrap the short wire around the longer wire under the heart shape a few times.
Cut off the excess wire. Try to do the cut on the top of the wire. Make sure the end is not poking out.
If your wraps weren’t close together, you can pull them together with chain nose pliers.
Wrap around your ring mandrel about 1 to 2 sizes smaller than the size of your finger. I have found with adjustable rings it’s always better to go a little small and then you can adjust it larger. If you start too big, it will always be too big.
Now cut the wire, leaving a few inches of extra wire if you are making a spiral. (You could instead just make a loop.
Now make a spiral pointing out away from the heart. Hold the wire in round nose pliers. Hold the wire in the pliers so it’s at the top of the pliers, but you should be able to run your finger over the pliers and not feel it poking through.
Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers. When you’ve twisted your wrist as far as it will go, readjust your wrist and the pliers and complete the loop.
Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and start to make a spiral. Push the wire up.
Then readjust the wire so it is out to the side again. Continue making the spiral until it’s next to the heart.
If you need to place the ring back onto your ring mandrel to make sure the ring still is in a ring shape.
(You can lightly hammer the ring with a rawhide or nylon hammer to help it keep its shape, but I have found with the 18 gauge wire it does hold its shape well.)
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