Frisco Saturday Metal & Wire Working Group Meetup

  • February 15, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Jeanette's Home

We all love hearts!  Heart shaped boxes full of caramels tops my list at Valentine's day.  But I also love heart themed jewelry as well.  This month we will be making a bracelet or necklace with heart shaped metal pieces (charms) that will call for cutting, texturing, cold connections and attaching the metal to chain, leather, or any other material your imagination wants.  Charlotte brought this lovely piece to our attention from her Pinterest page at the January get together.

Supplies: 

• Sheet Metal to make hearts, or heart shaped stamping blanks, the inspiration piece uses Copper, Brass, and Silver or Nickel.  (some possible suppliers might be: RioGrande.com, FireMountainGems.com, Michael's, and possibly Hobby Lobby, etc.)

• Stamps for images on hearts. (I have some and will be glad to share, but most of mine are letters.)

• Chain or cord of some sort (leather, rat-tail, silk, etc.) for the fluid portion of the bracelet/necklace.

• Toggle, either purchased or make your own out of wire.

• Jump rings that will fit the heart charms. Or bring 16-18 gauge wire to make your own.

• Tools should include, bench block, appropriate pliers, texturing hammers, saw if cutting out your hearts from sheet metal, and files to smooth the edges.

• I will supply a punch for the center hole on the hearts; my Sizzex if you wish to use it for texturing (please note the metal going through the Sizzex must be 24g or thinner); Stamps and brass 2lb hammer, some texturing hammers; dowels for making jump rings. 

NOTE: We meet on the 3rd Saturday each month at 1 PM since we have some members who work on Saturday morning. It will be 1 to 4 PM.

 

Great group, great fun! Join Us Soon.......

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  • Jeanette O.

    I have purchased heart blanks from Rio Grande in the past and if enough are interested in getting them from there I would be glad to place an order and you can pay me at the meet-up. Please let me know by Thursday 2/6 so we will be sure to have them on the 15th.

    January 28, 2014

    • Rhonda

      Thanks Jeanette. I will check these sources out. I was also told that Beaducation has some blanks. I want to make a necklace...what size would you recommend?

      January 29, 2014

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      1 · August 14, 2014

  • SHANNON

    Jeannette, Had to miss last month due to surgery. Have been looking for the heart blanks. Where did you get them for the meet up?

    February 24, 2014

  • Dot S.

    Small group this time, but enjoyed the time together.

    February 17, 2014

  • Rhonda

    It was small today but we had fun!

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Jan

    I have out of town company coming in so have to cancel. Sorry to miss it. See you next time.

    February 12, 2014

  • Jeanette O.

    I have ordered hearts in copper, brass, and nickle, both medium & large. I still need to determine the cost and will post it later. So, yes, Yevette you will be able to get the hearts in the quantity you asked for.

    I just wanted to bring up an idea for the chain that I'm going to try... beaded strands instead of chain. Personally I have some amethyst hearts, and some other glass and stone hearts, so I'm going to try them. Also strands of small natural stones or crystals are an option.

    Looking forward to the fun on Saturday. :-)

    February 12, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Jeanette, I would also be interested in purchasing some if u have any extra.

    February 12, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Thanks Jeanette I will check those out. Was also told to try Beaducation for blanks. I want to make a necklace.....what size heart would you recommend?

    January 29, 2014

    • Jeanette O.

      Yevette - please let me know which metal you would like or if a mix how many of each type.

      February 4, 2014

    • Yevette L.

      So sorry just getting back to you, had TIA's last week and have not been online. I would like nickel silver, cooper and brass. I would like 8 of each color. Hope I am not too late.

      February 11, 2014

  • Ariel

    That necklace is really nice! Sorry I am missing this. Seems like I am always working or out of town for these meetups. Will make it again sometime.

    February 9, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Thanks that is a good reference.

    January 30, 2014

  • Rhonda

    This is a really cute project! I really don't want to spend all the class time cutting out hearts though. Any suggestions where I can buy the blanks at a good price? I also have some metal stamps I can bring for everyone to use. I really like the toggle on this but would need to use the disc cutter for sure. Thanks Dot for bringing your cutter!

    January 28, 2014

    • Dot S.

      Hobby Lobby or JoAnn may have some blanks from Vintaj which are brass, I also have some brass blanks, maybe heart blanks.

      January 28, 2014

    • Jeanette O.

      As mentioned in the supplies list you can purchase blanks from places like Rio Grande and Fire Mountain Gems on-line with plenty of time to get them in prior to our Feb. meet-up.

      January 28, 2014

  • Dot S.

    Cute project, I also have a disc cutter for cutting the holes in the center. Can also use heart blanks if you don't want to cut sheet metal.

    January 28, 2014

  • E J B.

    Oh this is such a cute project…….so sorry I won't be able to attend!!
    Have fun!!

    January 28, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Jeannette, I'm sorry we didn't discuss this before you posted. I will be unable to attend this meeting. Will forward you the picture of the project from Pinterest.

    January 27, 2014

    • Jeanette O.

      I'm sorry I didn't call you before posting the meet up subject. Thank you for the pic and we will miss you at the gathering.

      January 27, 2014

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