4 Valentine's Projects You Will Fall In Love With

We are busy making some jewelry for our Valentine's sweethearts. Would you like some ideas on how to spoil your special person? Break out your jewelry making supplies and let's get Cupid's Arrows aimed at your soulmate! Check out our Trios for a perfect wire pairing. We have themed Trios like Be My Valentine and Romance. 

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Double Heart Necklace

Designer Sara Oehler
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
Soft Flex Wire .019 Diameter, White - 2 feet
Sterling Silver Magnetic Clasp - 1 set
Sterling Silver Heart Pendants - 2 pcs
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 5 pcs
1x1mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 40 pcs
3mm Fire Polished Beads - 40 pcs
6mm Fire Polished Beads - 20 pcs

Tools
Magical Crimping Pliers
Micro Crimping Pliers
Regular Crimping Pliers
Soft Flex Flush Cutters

Instructions

Step 1: Use Soft Flex Flush Cutters to cut two 1 foot lengths of White Soft Flex Wire.

Step 2: String one 2x2mm crimp tubes and 1 Sterling Silver Heart Pendants. Pass back through the crimp tube and secure using the Magical Crimping Pliers.  Click here for Magical Crimping Pliers instructions.

Step 3: Use both wires to string one 2x2mm crimp tube. Place the tube 3/4 of an inch from the pendant of one strand and 1 1/2 inches away from the pendant on the second strand. Secure the tube in place using the Magical Crimping Pliers.


Step 4: Use one wire to string one 1x1mm crimp tube. Measure 1/4 of an inch from the previous tube and secure using Micro Crimping Pliers.  Click here for crimping instructions.

Step 5: String one 3mm Fire Polished Bead, one 6mm Fire Polished Bead, and one 3mm Fire Polished Bead. String one 1x1mm crimp tube and secure.

Step 6: String one 1x1mm crimp tube. Measure 1/8 of an inch from the previous tube and secure. Repeat Step 5.

Step 7: Repeat Step 6 three times. String one 2x2mm crimp tube so that it is 3/8 of an inch from the previous tube. String one half of the clasp and pass back through the tube. Secure using Crimping Pliers.  Click here for crimping instructions. Use Flush Cutters to trim excess wire on the crimp.


Step 8: Repeat Steps 4-7 using the other strand of wire.

Romance Necklace

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
Trios Romance Beading Wire Set (Quartz, Rhodocrosite, Garnet)
22x11mm Sterling Silver Three-Strand Slide Clasp
2x2mm Soft Flex Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 66 pcs
5mm Sterling Silver Open  Jump Rings - 4 pcs
23x7mm Sterling Silver 2 Loop Pillar Connectors - 12 pcs
7x3mm - 7x14mm  Garnet Simple Cut Gemstones - 33 pcs
12x8mm Rhodochrosite Ovals - 4 pcs
10x5mm Rhodochrosite Rectangles - 3 pcs
15x8mm Rose  Quartz Matte Nuggets - 4 pcs
10x15mm Quartz Polished Nuggets - 4 pcs
15x10mm Quartz Matte Nuggets - 4 pcs

Tools
Crimping Pliers
Cutters

Instructions

Finished size: 17 1/4"

Shortest Strand:

Step 1: Use 6" of Garnet wire to string 1 crimp tube and the other end of the link. Pass back through the tube and crimp, wasting as little wire as possible.  Click here for crimping instructions. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone and 1 crimp tube. Place the tube 3/4" from the previous tube and crimp. String 1 Rhodocrosite oval and 1 crimp tube. Crimp the tube to keep the Rhodocrosite stationary. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone and 1 crimp tube. Place the tube 1 1/4" from the previous tube and crimp. String 1 Quartz matte nugget and 1 crimp tube. Crimp the tube to keep the Quartz stationary. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone, 1 crimp tube, and one hole of 1 link. Pass back through the tube and crimp.

Step 2: Use 6" of Rhodocrosite wire to string 1 crimp tube and the other hole of the link. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone and 1 crimp tube. Place the tube 3/4" from the previous tube and crimp. String 1 Rose Quartz nugget and 1 crimp tube. Crimp the tube to keep the Rose Quartz stationary. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone and 1 crimp tube. Place the tube 1 3/8" from the previous tube and crimp. String 1 Quartz polished nugget and 1 crimp tube. Crimp the tube to keep the Quartz stationary. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone, 1 crimp tube, and one hole of 1 link. Pass back through the tube and crimp.

Step 3: Use 6" of Quartz wire to string 1 crimp tube and the other hole of the link. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone and 1 crimp tube. Place the tube 3/4" from the previous tube and crimp. String 1 Rhodocrosite rectangle and 1 crimp tube. Crimp the tube to keep the Quartz stationary. String 1 Garnet simple cut stone, 1 crimp tube, and one hole of 1 link. Pass back through the tube and crimp.

Step 4: Use 1 jump ring to attach the other hole of the first link used in the strand to the first loop of one half of the clasp. Use 1 jump ring to attach the other hole of the last link used in the strand to the first loop of the other half of the clasp.

Middle Strand:

Step 5: Repeat Step 2, attaching the first end of the wire to the second loop of one half of the clasp.

Step 6: Repeat Step 3. Repeat Step 1.

Step 7: Repeat Step 2, attaching the last end of the wire to the second loop of the other half of the clasp.

Longest Strand:

Step 8: Repeat Steps 1-3. Repeat Step 1. Repeat Step 4, attaching the links to the third loops of the clasp.

Romance Earrings

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Beginner

Materials
Romance Trios Beading Wire Set (Quartz, Rhodochrosite, Garnet)
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 6 pcs
3x3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 2 pcs
Sterling Silver Flower  Ear Wires - 1 pair
24 gauge 1.3" Sterling Silver  Head Pins - 6 pcs
5mm Sterling Silver Open  Jump Rings - 2 pcs
7x3mm - 7x14mm  Garnet Simple Cut Beads - 4 pcs
12x8mm Rhodochrosite Oval Beads - 2 pcs
10x5mm Rhodochrosite Rectangle Beads - 2 pcs
15x8mm Rose  Quartz Matte Nugget Beads - 2 pcs
10x15mm Quartz Polished Nugget Beads - 2 pcs
15x10mm Quartz Matte Nugget Beads - 2 pcs

Tools
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Crimping Pliers
Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

Instructions

Step 1: Use 1 head pin to string 2 Garnet stones and form a wire wrapped loop. Use 1 head pin to string 1 Rhodocrosite rectangle and form a wire wrapped loop. Use 1 head pin to string 1 Rhodocrosite oval and form a wire wrapped loop.

Step 2: Use 3" of Quartz wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and the Garnet stone wire wrapped loop. Pass back through the tube and crimp.  Click here for crimping instructions. String 1 Rose Quartz nugget. Set aside.

Step 3: Use 4" of Rhodocrosite wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and the Rhodocrosite rectangle wire wrapped loop. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String 1 Quartz matte nugget. Set aside.

Step 4: Use 5" of Garnet wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and the Rhodocrosite oval wire wrapped loop. Pass back through the tube and crimp. String 1 Quartz polished nugget. Set aside.

Step 5: Use the free ends of all three wires to string one 3x3mm crimp tube and 1 jump ring. Pass back through the tube, wasting as little wire as possible, and crimp.  Click here for crimping instructions.

Step 6: Attach the jump ring to 1 ear wire.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 1 to 6 for the second earring.

Hearts and Spirals Bracelet

Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Intermediate

Materials
Non-Tarnish Silver 22 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire
Bare Copper 22 gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire
15mm Sterling Silver Heart Toggle  Clasp - 1 set
4x3mm Turquoise Czech Fire Polished Rondelles - 28
6x4mm Crystal Copper Crystallized Swarovski Elements Crystal Rondelles - 16
16x20mm Lampwork Glass Assorted Polka Dot Heart Beads - 3

Tools
Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Hammer
Bench Block or Anvil
Chain Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers

Instructions

Finished Size:7"

Step 1: Use 2" of Non-Tarnish Silver Craft Wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the bar half of the toggle clasp. String 1 glass rondelle, 1 crystal rondelle and 1 glass rondelle, and form a wire-wrapped loop.

Step 2: Use 2 1/2" of Non-Tarnish Silver Craft Wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 glass rondelle, 1 heart bead and 1 glass rondelle, and form a wire-wrapped loop.

Step 3: Use 2" of Non-Tarnish Silver Craft Wire to form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 glass rondelle, 1 crystal rondelle and 1 glass rondelle, and form a wire-wrapped loop.

Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 and 3. Repeat Step 2. Repeat Step 3, attaching the final wire-wrapped loop to the ring/heart half of the toggle clasp.

Step 5: Use 3" of Non-Tarnish Silver Craft Wire and round nose pliers to form a small loop at one end of the wire. Use chain nose pliers to hold the loop as you wrap the wire around the loop, forming a flat spiral. Wrap for about 2 1/2 complete circles, or about 5mm. Place the spiral on the bench block or anvil and use a chasing hammer to flatten the spiral, being careful not to flatten the straight part of the wire. Use the straight end of the wire to string 1 glass rondelle, 1 crystal rondelle and 1 glass rondelle, and form a wire-wrapped loop that attaches to one loop of a link with a heart bead.

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 five times, attaching 1 dangle to each loop of all three links with heart beads.

Step 7: Use 4" of Bare Copper Craft Wire to repeat Step 5, forming a flat spiral about 4 1/2 complete circles, or about 8mm and attaching to the loop of the link with a heart bead on the opposite side of the bracelet as the silver dangle.

Step 8: Repeat Step 7 five times, attaching 1 dangle to each loop of all three links with heart beads.

Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.

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Blog contributor Thomas Soles is the Trade Show Coordinator for Soft Flex Company. His favorite stones are Lapis and Pietersite. His favorite hobby is day dreaming. And his favorite mustache is Tom Selleck's. As you can see, he has a healthy (or possibly unhealthy) sense of humor. You can write to him at Thomas@SoftFlexCompany.com