Thursday, January 24, 2008

"HOMEMADE MEMORIES":
VALENTINE'S DAY
~Friday~
Wire and Bead Heart
Several years ago my daughter Kristin gave me this heart as a gift.
It has hung in a number of different places in two different homes.
It was handmade by an artisan... and inspires me to play with
different gauges of wire and a variety of beads.
The heavier gauge wire was twisted around and
around a rod or dowel and then stretched into a heart shape.
A finer gauge wire was then twisted and twirled around the heavy wire
and a bead was added here and there.
I tried it with a Christmas tree shape and it was very easy to work with.
Here is a detail of the bottom of the heart so you can see how it was joined.

I love the spirals twisted into the wire .


Look at the variety of bead types and styles that were used.

You can use this idea to inspire you to create your own heart or any other shape.
This technique would make wonderful napkin rings
or candle rings.
It's quick, inexpensive, and easy.
Enjoy the process!
Joni
Thanks Kristin for the lovely gift and the inspiration it has brought me.




11 comments:

de vliegende koe said...

What a precious gift, to receive a heart from your daughter. And your Dotee doll is great Mrs Yummers. So much inspiration again. Have a wonderful weekend!

Nan said...

Adorable! I love it!
Check my post from today, I left you a little something.

Angie said...

I love this. I was hoping you were going to give us easy instructions on how to do this! : )

Beautiful! Beautiful!

. . .gotta go put pants back on the princess. She just arrived sans sweat pants! Yikes!!!!

melanie said...

were you an orthodontic assistant? because the only other person i know who is handy with the wire tool is my friend who worked on braces. seriously. i'm really not good with wire. but this is very very cool.
ooh washington square. that is quite the change!
mel

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Fred was peeking over my shoulder just now and looking at the central twist of the heart and said "Look, it has a nose and two eyes!" Look closely and you will see!!! Lucy x

Wanda said...

Totally, totally cool! You and your knack to make simple things beautiful continue to amaze me!!

LOL XOX
Wanda

Helen Hancock said...

So lovely Joni....I just adore that heart. I loved reading Washington Square! Have a wonderful weekend.

Heleen said...

It sure is a great heart! What a fantastic daughter you have.

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute Joni! I love playing with wire and beads -- don't get to do it nearly often enough!

Isabelle said...

Great heart - I love it.

Junie Moon said...

What a gorgeous creation! It's truly a treasure and how extra precious since your daughter made it.