|Copper and Wire Heart
Coast to Coast : Episode HCC2C-156 -- More
December 14, 2004
Project by Helena Marette from Peachtree City, Ga.
Helena is a woman of many talents, and in this project, she
shows us how to make a textured copper necklace.
2" x 2" piece of 22-gauge copper
two 18-gauge copper
wires: 6-1/2" and 5"
butane torch or solder iron
patina solution (optional)
hydraulic press (optional)
1. Draw freehand or use a template of a heart to cut the
heart out of the copper with shears.
2. Immediately sand the edges smooth using the abrasive
paper and clean surface with soap and water using wet/dry
sandpaper. Dry the copper heart.
3. Anneal the copper by running the torch flame over it
until the metal turns bright cherry red. Submerge in water and
4. Make a spiral with the 5-inch copper wire. Place the
spiral on the copper heart at the desired location and use the
hydraulic press to imprint the heart. An anvil and hammer can
also be used if a press is not available.
5. Fold the 6-1/2-inch wire to create the wings. Starting
at the center, wrap the wire around the diameter of a pencil
and twist to form the jump ring to attach your chain. Allow
equal amounts of wire on either side to fold the wings into
shape and placement.
6. Apply flux to the clean backside of the heart and solder
the wire into place, keeping the jump ring in the center of
7. Attach a leather of link chain and embellishments!