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How to Create a Wire Wrapped Heart Ring with 5 Variations

Monique Littlejohn, Jewelry Teacher and Nonprofit Professional

How to Create a Wire Wrapped Heart Ring with 5 Variations

Monique Littlejohn, Jewelry Teacher and Nonprofit Professional

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9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Heart Ring Introduction

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Ring size

    • 4. Round Heart Ring

    • 5. Flat heart ring

    • 6. Adjustable heart ring

    • 7. Maternity Ring

    • 8. Twisted shank

    • 9. Outro

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In this class you will learn how to make a heart ring, along with 3 different variations using simple wire wrap techniques. If you have the tools, your ring can be started and finished within just a couple of minutes! I will walk you through the tools, types of wire that you can use, and techniques that will give your ring a professional look. It costs less than $1 of wire for a ring that can sell between $15 and $25 on Etsy, and even more in stores, so why not give it a try?

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Monique Littlejohn

Jewelry Teacher and Nonprofit Professional


Monique Littlejohn is an American expat living her dream of sustainability in South Australia. Her classes currently focus on jewelry design, but in the future, she will add crafting with nature products, gardening, beekeeping, and winemaking - all with a sustainable focus in mind.

She left her very successful nonprofit corporate development and marketing career of 16 years to focus on teaching learning lost skills, so that she could bridge the gap between the "greatest generation" (WWII) and "millennials."

She is also an accomplished jewelry designer and craft teacher who has published 7 books on jewelry making.

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1. Heart Ring Introduction: thank you for joining me today. My name is Monique Littlejohn. And today I am going to teach you how to make wire wrapped rings using a heart shape. We're going to teach in five different variations of a master recipe. The first thing that you learn how to dio is a round heart. Next, we're going to flatten it out to create a nice flattened heart. Next, we're going to make a double wide shank for the heart and one of my favorites. A maternity ring with, ah, heart within the heart. And this one is actually adjustable. So as a woman's belly grows in, her fingers grow, her jewelry can grow with her. And finally, I'm going to show you how to make a flattened, twisted shank. It creates, um, beautiful variations and truly one of a kind designs. So now let's get started 2. Tools: Now let's talk about the tools that you're going to be needing for this class in honestly for most of the wear wrapping programs that you will ever do. First, you'll need a soft, grabby workspace. This one has a nice fabric that is two sided. You don't necessarily need this, but it is nice to be able to lay out your design if you're making something a little larger . Clearly, it's two sided, and it's made in a fabric that will not allow your beads to run away. If it's on a flat surface nest, you need some wire cutters. It's worth it to purchase a good quality pair of wire cutters that will last you for years . This particular pair is your basic pair that you'll find at your local craft store or even a hardware store. And honestly, it wasn't that expensive. Have been using these for about five years now. It's important, though, when you get a pair of wire cutters that you know whether they are made for basic jewelry making or if they're made from memory or stainless steel wire. Those are two different types of wire cutters, and if you use this for example, on memory wire, you would destroy it in a single use. In our case, we're going to be cutting copper in this class and in other classes that I teach will cut silver, gold, gold wire and aluminum so we don't need the memory wire cutters. But it's just good to know the difference between the two. This is your tapered round nose plier. As you can see, it's batter here is skinnier here, and this one comes with an added bonus of a wire cutter here. But trust me, you have to put a lot of torque into these to get this type of wire cutter use, so it's better to have the other one. You don't mind spending an extra $10 on a pair of wire cutters. Next, these air, known as flat nose pliers or chain those fires. As you can see, it's chain knows because it's rounded on the top and it's flat on the bottom. When you purchase a pair of chain aspires, the most important thing that you need to do for yourself in wire wrapping is make sure that this site here is flat. If you buy these at the hardware store. Most likely there are grooves in here, and you don't want that because it's going to make notes in marks on your wire. And it's going to be just about impossible to get those marks off unless you spend a lot of time filing away. And since this is a class for kitchen table or coffee table students and not jewelry studio students, then don't bother with that step. Just get the flat nose pliers here or chain those pliers next. Scissors. You don't normally need scissors in these classes, except that I'm also going to show you how to measure your ring finger and so will need scissors and yarn to be able to do that wire. In this particular case, I am using some 20 gauge copper wire. Copper wire is what they call dead software, which means that it's easy to manipulate with your hands when you come up with the design that you wanna do and it is, ah, more precious. You can always use sterling silver wire, and you'll have two choices either dead soft, which is similar to copper wire words. Easy to bend with your fingers or Cindy hard, and I don't recommend using semi hard for just about anything other than possibly making rings because it's actually half hard, because when you're making rings, if you want to hold the shape really well, having 1/2 hired part wire is a nice thing to have in our class that we're gonna always work with this dead software because it's just easier and you don't break his many fingernails. Next, I'm going to be speaking in inches with all of my classes. So this is an inch ruler versus a metric ruler. If you are living in a country that focuses in on metrics, you could use this wire, but you're gonna have to do a little bit of or this ruler. But you'll have to some some conversions to make it work for you. Nest. We've got two different choices. You can do this the youtube way and choose a lipstick tube that is about the circumference of the finger that you're going to be using. Or you can do this the professional way and use a ring. Dowell ring dowels come in three different types of materials, and frankly, they're pretty interchangeable. The one that I bought at the local crafts store was made out of plastic here, and if you're going to be doing a lot of hammering on your ring del of ah, harder metal, then you probably want to get a wood or metal rained out there more expensive and generally for wire wrapping. This plastic one just is fine seal of these numbers on here. These are ringing sizes, so if you have a customer, or if you happen to know that your ring finger is a size seven, you'll know that you're always going to use that number seven, right? This is called a chasing hammer, and the chasing Hambor has two ends the rounded end in the flat end, and I tend to use the flat end a bit more when it comes to flattening items. If you don't want to leave lots of marks, you can also use the round. And what if you wanted to do defense? You could use around, and it's it's personal choice. This is an anvil, and it's a jewelry making anvil. It works really well with the chasing hammer, so if you're working with something small, like a ring or a small pendant, this is a 12 punch here it is the best thing to use. A lot of jewelry stores also use a chasing plane, which is a stainless steel plate that is flat. But if you're just starting out and you don't want to spend a lot of money on different items than this is all you're gonna need now here's something If you do decide to buy the chasing hammer and the anvil. Look at this. It's tape it on one end and it gets bigger in middle. So one of the things that you could do is use this in your ring sizing if you just mark it with a piece of tape like a masking tape. So it really is a two or three in one solution. Do you really need to have this, this or this? Do you really want to spend the money on it? If your first step starting out, you don't necessarily need these fancy tools because this could cost up to $25 just for these two with the 40% off coupon in, this was about $10. So if you want oh tosel Abed out, that's OK. You can use your fingers to manipulate as it showed before. You can use lipstick containers to shape or even go to your hardware store and bus and wooden dowels and having cut down for you. So don't let this scare you away. But if you're planning on doing this and you want a professional product, I do recommend and going ahead and investing in these because you're gonna be using them for years to come. Now let's get started with the first project. 3. Ring size: Now, if you're a little older, you probably already know what your ring sizes. But let's say that this is the first time that you've decided to wear rings or you have grown since the last time that you measure of your ring size. No problem. All you need to do is get a pair of scissors in a pair of string and measure your ring finger. Just grab the string. I'm gonna measure my ring finger, so I just tie knot like so not too tight because I want to be able to get it off my finger . Just as you wouldn't want to get off the finger. Your main ring. Just tie a double knot and then pull it off. Well, that is your ring size. Now, if you have a lipstick container, you can just simply see if it fits. Seat that fit so I could use a lipstick container for this ring for that specific finger. If I wanted to use the dowel or the anvil, I could slip this on and see where the appropriate sizes and then use a Sharpie to market or a little piece of masking tape to market. But let's face it. The most professional thing to do would be to get your ring del and just slip it on. Whoa. My fingers have grown. It looks like I'm an 8.5. I'd better make sure that that is accurate. I don't want to make it too big, because there we go. Yet My finger is now in 8.5. So that shows you how to measure your ring size. 4. Round Heart Ring: Now most people won't need more than four inches of wire. And in this particular heart, I'm going to use copper wire because here in Australia, what they call Rose gold is really copper wire, and it's very popular, and roses and hearts tend to go together, don't they? So I'm gonna go ahead, measure out a four inch piece of wire and then clip it off like so now, whenever you clip off the wire, be sure to secure the end. Because if you don't, you're gonna have a big mess of uncoiled wires to clean up later. So here I've just made sure that it won't enroll. Next. We're going to actually create the heart. So let's start with the pretty clean end here. Going about 1/2 an inch down. We're going Teoh, fold the wire in half. Like so, See in next kind of tighten it with your J nose pliers if you can. There we go. Just nice study movement next, grabbing a round nose pliers. We want to make a little hard, and it's really easy to make 1/2 heart. I've seen a lot of tutorials that make it difficult to make a perfectly symmetrical heart, but this is the easiest way to do it. Just grab the chip twist all the way down until you've got your half heart. Now you've got symmetrical sides, stones. You next, using your fingernails, you can open the heart. And if you need a little bit of torque here, you can grab you're flatten those fires to open it to, like so see, nice and easy. Next, we want to finish up the heart like so and kind of even it out. If you have a chasing hammer, it is good to go ahead and flatten it up just a little bit, not flat in the wire. So you want to tap very lightly. Just flatten the heart itself. Doesn't take much movement to be ableto knock it. No, since I am not this side of it and I'm not planning on flooding, flattening the whole ring, this is gonna be the inside of the ring. Next, grab your towel or your lipstick container, and I'm gonna make this for my daughter. So I'm actually gonna go for a size two on mine. But you can match your ring finger without a problem. You just twist this around like so, and just about an eighth of an inch. Cut it off. I always hold the wire before you clip, because these little bits and pieces can fly and hit your eye. If you're not careful now, as you see pulling it off, we've got a nice, fairly round wire. Next, grab your Gina's fires at the very tip and then make a nice, twisting motion to close off your ring. You're making a nice Lou, and then just simply grab it and flatten it out and then close up because you don't want any sharp bits pointing out so it would be careful about closing off. So that way it isn't sharp for the wear or for their sweetheart, whose trying to hold their end see I over torqued it. That was the problem. There we go, and then just push that heart in. So this is our first heart ring that we've made. Wasn't that easy? Don't you want to try it again? Now let's try the next heart ring 5. Flat heart ring: as I mentioned in the last segment, we're gonna be doing a flattened harping at this point. And this is really want to separate out this ring compared to, uh, less professional ringlets. Just say so. Once again, we're going to grab our ruler and measure up four inches of wire, like so quitted the wire. We're going to be doing the same steps that we just did to make the round wire. So going to do this fairly quickly without a lot of commentary? Uh, now for the different part. What we want to do is we actually want to flatten the wire so might want to turn your speakers down just a little bit because there's going to be some banging involved here. This does not work with filled wire or, in some cases, coated wire. But it works fine for copter wire or sterling silver, that is, is, uh, the same consistency around. It also works with brass where if you like working with brass wire now, what we're doing is we're really hitting it a lot, and in this particular case, I want to get some ninth. It was flattening out the wire and in this case is I'm getting that nice look. This is the side that I'm going to be used in my design rather than the back side. So look how nice and flat that is now. Next, let's just wrap this again. This time. I think I'll make it a little bigger just for fun. I'll make it for the ring finger. Wrap it around. You notice how, in some cases it's not. It's not laying as well at the moment. It's not perfectly round. No problem. Just hit it a little bit to make it rounder. Also, you're probably gonna want to flatten out this piece like so No, it's cut off just a little bit. I call this the cut in Tak. Just cut it off in tow, under in a pinch. Pinch it closed. If you're planning on selling this at a craft fair or jewelry market, I do recommend finishing it off a little bit. So slip it back on the dowel and looks like I actually ended up making this a bit bigger. So it looks like it'll actually fit my ring finger now and simply lightly Tab Cola Rune to flatten it out in Kuala I went toe, online, toe, etc. And discovered that this design of ring was selling for about 15 to $30 depending on the type of material. And you know what? It costs me not even 50 cents for the wire that I used to create the rings. So you figure it takes about five minutes to put the ring together. You could make 25 or $30 on it, and that's a pretty good per hour feed for you to be able to make something as cute as this . Now, in the next segment, I'm going to show you a couple of variations on the rings that we just made. 6. Adjustable heart ring: Now let's make an adjustable heart ring. We're going to need a little bit more wire, so I like to just start with seven inches of wire here. It's okay if we need to click some, it's always better to clip it rather than starting with a small piece and then not having enough to finish your design. Right? So close it up. No, starting about halfway through. It doesn't really need to be halfway, but just for ease of use, let's start halfway. We make a you and then we tighten it up. Using our pliers. Flatness, make sure that the wire itself is not wrapped up together. Now, there's always going to be an ugly end with this because you haven't ugly nto tap it into the section of your school. So grabbing the ugly end, just go ahead and make a twist after you make sure that you have enough wire there for your shank. So there I've got plenty of wire with my shank here. So here I made a twist and there is the shake of Marine. Now we want to make a heart. So with this added piece of wire, what I call the ugly and just go ahead and clip it off is close to the end of the underwear as possible. And now I've got my single piece again. And just like we did before, let's make a heart That's a bullet in him. Squeeze the two pieces together, roll it around and then open it up. So we got her heart. See your heart using the chasing hammer on the inside of the ring. Since we're going to keep the roundness of this one, flatten it up ever so slightly and then with this piece, we're going to wrap it around. Since I'm using a fatter wire on the ring, it's a little more difficult to wrap it around. So you're not gonna just want to use your fingers. Go ahead and use your tools. There we go. Is closing right up. Now I'm going to flatten that out a little bit. They got what said was the outside and what's the inside and then hit on the inside of the wear. See how I've got a couple jagged wires here. Unless your love has thorns get rid of the storms. Okay? I think so. And then just close it up Okay, then place it back on your ring form. I'm gonna push it together, making sure that it's nice and pretty. And if you want a professional, look once again, just camera until ever so slightly until you get the shape that you've desire In our case with pretty round in Here we go Now we have are adjustable ring for a heart green. 7. Maternity Ring: Now we're going to be making what I like to call a maternity rain. Maternity rings always need to be adjustable, because when you're gonna have a baby, it's not just your waist that is going to expand. Your fingers can expand pretty dramatically. At least 25% in You also are more apt to be swelling with water retention. So take off your wedding ring for a few months and go ahead and switch to adjustable rings for a while. So we're going to be built on building on the last design that we came up with with a double shank to create the adjustable rings. This time I'm going to grab a little bit more wire to the grab about eight inches of wire. Remember, it's always better to have too much rather than not enough. I just, uh, worked on this tutorial, and I didn't follow my own advice, and I ended up having to do it all over again. Now, for the shank of the ring, let's just get 3/4 the way up to make the shank, using your platinums players close it up a bit like so in. Measure out your shank like so no, With the sharp end, we want to hide it. So it's pushing up at about a 90 degree angle and then twisted around. Use your pliers to make a nice twist like so and then on the inside of the ring, you close it off still a bit sharp, but don't worry about that for now. Next, using that same design that we did before going to make a heart. But we want to make the heart just ever so slightly larger to be able to make room for our extra heart here, right? And just as a one's body is getting rounded off, we don't want any jagged edges or even points that are too sharp. Here. We want everything to just be grounded. Beautiful, rounded curves grab a tip twist. But this time I'm gonna make the heart just a little wider again. So you'll notice that I didn't grab the narrowest part of the players. This time I grab the round in part to make a larger heart. Now, this time I'm going to go ahead and close off my heart in a twist this around a bit from this end. So that way I can bring this heart up through the center like So I'm gonna close this up a bit by using the wires. Just kind of flatten it ever so slightly. And then I'm gonna cut the wire off about here and then took this under and then bend it one more time. Okay? The key is to not have any jagged edges that will catch on things. And quite often you're going to seem to spend more time finishing your design. Then you did getting it started. And that's okay because you want everything to be finished. It's the same way in jewelry studios, you can have the apprentice's work on the rough cuts, but then the Master Jewell jeweler go in there and finish it off. So here we go. Now, let's just grab the re Mandel one more time to finish our design, I think, but I'm going to do in this case is I'm gonna get rid of that little loop. Do you live there? I just twisting it out a bit without losing the integrity of the heart. It So I want I want the Mandel to be pretty straight. Here we go now, ever so slightly will just tap it with the chasing hammer sighs. Just, huh? And there we go. Arm eternity. Ring with the heart inside the other heart. 8. Twisted shank: The last technique that I'm going to show you is how to make either a rounded twist shank or a flattened twist shank. It's completely up to you. You already know how to make the heart, so let's just focus in on the shank. So in this case, we'll start out once again with about eight inches of wire, because it's always good to have more than you think. You need clippers up and we fold it in half. Using your black nose twice. IRS players, You close up that whole as much as you can and then grab it with one end and your other players grabbed with the other end and just start twisting. There are plenty of tools out there to make perfect twists, and certainly you can spend the money on that. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and just start twisting. If you use the tools that you could by to make a better twist, I would go ahead and recommend it. But for now, it's just show you how to make the twisted wire. Really, that's all you have to dio to make a twisted shank. You just twist the wire right. But suppose you want to have a flattened shank just to make it a little more comfortable for the wearer. You just place the twist down and start hammering the heck out of it. Okay, Okay. So here, that's how to make a flattened shank. Now, if you wanted to do something fun, let's just go ahead and make another ring just with this nice, twisted design. If you don't hit him right too much, you'll be able to do this. But if you over hammered it the year wire just may break because every time you hear it, it weakens. So you can just wrap it around you're shake and then can just tap it in, like so you know, that makes your nice shank. It's a nice look. Then to finish it off, just clip the wire in and with that sharp end, just make a nice little tech thunder and then flateman well, and if there are any jagged edges, grab your where cutters comply. But some more close, huh? And if it if it's too big, then what you can dio is you can fold both of these edges over once, so simply grab this pinch it. Close it up. You do the same with this. Just hold it over, pinch it and then wrap it around. See, now I'm gonna use the ample ample just to show you that you can use the anvil or chasing so well. Uh, you have a twisted rain. 9. Outro: So in this class you've learned how to make several different types of heart rings in two or three different types of shafts you've learned the basic heart ring, the flattened heart ring, the double shaped heart ring, the maternity ring and how to make a twisted shank. I hope you've enjoyed this and hope you will continue to take my other ring making and wire wrapping classes in the next segments. Thank you.