St Valentine was a priest who lived under the persecution of Claudius II. He refused to give up his faith and he was martyred. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom. He is the patron saint of happy marriages, lovers and engaged couples. Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with hearts, the symbol of love and chocolates.
Here is how to create your own one of a kind heart. For this project I used:
Jewelry Wire (I used 20 gauge)
3-Crystal 16ss Swarovski Rose Montees
Jewelry Pliers (needle nose, wire cutter and round)
Cut a piece of wire about 8 inches long. On one end, fold the end down to make a very small loop. Begin to bend the wire in a circular pattern making it a little larger as you circle around. Once you get to the desired size swirl, bend wire down, then at a 90 degree angle to start making the heart shape.
Place a little bit of glue on the right wire near the bottom and slip 3 – 16ss Crystal Rose Montees onto the wire and into the glue. Allow flat for 24 hours. Once glue is dry, continue to bend the wire into a heart shape and thread under the swirl.
Using your needle nose pliers, bend the free end of the pendant at a 90 degree angle. Grab the wire with the rounded pliers and again using your fingers wrap the wire around the pliers creating your loop. Holding the loop secure with the needle nose pliers, wrap the remaining wire around the bottom of the loop several times. Cut the remaining wire with your side cutters and tuck in the end of the wire.
You now have a lovely design which can be kept or given to express love to that special someone.
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