Introduction: Heartbeat Necklace for Your Valentine

Picture of Heartbeat Necklace for Your Valentine

Hello all Lovers :),

This is the time of year when our heart starts to work overtime and as a side affect to that the brain runs faster.. LOL. But tell me , isn't it true? Finding a gift for that someone special, someone you love is not an easy task.

My experience tells me that hand-made valentine's day gifts are loved and adored ...well this is not a unique thing I said but my Idea was to emphasize on the fact that many of us wants to handmade things but only few can. Fortunately for those who want to make, Instructables is loaded with valentine's day gift ideas, and today I am going to add one more to it.

It is a simple yet awesome necklace for your valentine and take my words, anyone can make it. An elegance of minimalistic design. I have tried my best to make the instructions as simple as possible. I believe even if you try to make this as your first wired jewelry, you will be glad to see the outcome.

All you need to do is to make it with all the love you have and everything will be just as you want :).

Someone so beautifully said about Valentine's day :

"LOVE... spot it in the eyes of a child, in the smile of your sweetheart, in the cheering of your friends, in the blessings of your elders, love has as many forms and shapes as many as there are colors, love is in the air... feel it "

I wish you all a very happy Valentine's day in advance.

Lets begin.

Step 1: Tools Required

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You need following tools:

  1. Some jewelry wire which is easy to bend and sturdy. I chose sterling silver wire, not sure about the guage size though, but I guess 18-20 should do well. You can even use copper wire of similar gauge.
  2. Flat nose pliers
  3. Round nose pliers
  4. Wire cutter
  5. Ring mandrel or cylindrical object like a pencil or pen.
  6. A jewelry chain. You can also use thread it you like it.
  7. OPTIONAL 3-5 glass seed beads.
  8. MANDATORY: Lots of love :)

NOTE: You would need around 8-9 inches of wire, but then again it depends on how wide you want the pendant to be. I recommend you cut the wire from its spindle only when you finish the final step, that ways you don't have to worry about wire length.

Step 2: Making the Loop

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See images above and follow

  1. Grab wire and bead 3 glass beads (NOTE: It is optional and you can add more beads if you want. I will lock the beads in the wire where it follows a straight line).
  2. Make a simple loop using round nose plier, see instructions in the collage above. NOTE: You have to make an end loop like this in the final step

Step 3: Making the Heart

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NOTE: If this is your first wire jewelry project, you may want to first try making this heart on a small piece of wire. Just a friendly opinion.

See images above and follow:

  1. (Slide a bead here it you want) About 1/2 cm (more if you wish to widen) away from the loop bend wire upwards using flat nose plier to make a right angle.

  2. Right where the wire bends, wrap the wire in the mandrel to form a circle.
  3. pull the wire downwards to squeeze the circle. The wire should look like left wall of the heart.
  4. Hold the wire in the middle of the circle using flat nose plier and pull the wire upwards using your hand, this will form the curve of heart.
  5. Keep holding the wire in the same position and pull the wire end downward in curve to complete the heart (see image and the arrow).
  6. Bend the wire using flat nose pliers to form a straight line and such that the heart shape rests on the straight wire.

Step 4: Making the Pulse

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  1. Leave a little wire from heart (Slide a bead here it you want)and bent it to form a right angle.
  2. Hold the wire using flat nose flier such that it is slightly taller than the heart.
  3. While holding the wire bend it all the way down using your hand and pull to straighten it. This will form the first pulse.
  4. Now bend the wire below just like previous step and pull it upwards.
  5. Keep doing steps 2,3,4 to make 2-3 more pulses. How long & short pulses you want and how many you want, it is totally upto you. This is the place to widen your imagination :)
  6. Bend the final pulse to right angle to form a straigt line of wire.

NOTE: I make at least one pulse longer than rest of them. This will help prevent the pendant to flip when wearing it.

Step 5: Final Loop and Chain

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See Images above and follow:

  1. Make a simple loop just like you did in step 2.
  2. Attach the chain to the pendant

Tada... your heartbeat necklace for the one you love is ready with it awesomeness.

Wasn't that simple :).

Step 6: Design Variations

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I did some experiments with the original design. I used copper wire, then I made one where the heart was in the middle. I think they look cool.

Use your imagination and modify to make your own design.

Thank you so much for your time. Please do share your questions & feedback in the comments below. And now with the new "I made it" comment, please add your work , if you choose to make it (I will give you a 3-month pro membership code).

Please vote if you like.

You are awesome.

Stay tuned.


HollyMann (author)2017-06-19

So beautiful Tarun. :) What an incredible gift to give someone. Amazing.

Thanks so much Holly :)

mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-11

My husband has been in the hospital for almost a month now. He is having both heart and lung issues. This is a perfect gift for his favorite cardiac nurses. I will be making several--probably in his hospital room this afternoon. Thanks.

I am so sorry to hear about your husband. May he recover soon. I really appreciate your gesture of gratitude and I'm so glad that you liked my project.

It is going to be a long slow process. Pneumonia right after tonsil cancer. Who even heard of tonsil cancer? Don't smoke or let anyone else smoke around your kids. My husband never smoked but his dad did all the time--especially in the car where everyone else got to breathe it too. They are pretty sure they got all the cancer but recovery from the treatment is difficult. There are a lot of people here at the hospital that I feel I have to thank. He has been in the cardiac care unit for a while. This necklace will have a special meaning to the nurses here.

CrystalB01 (author)2014-07-31

I am totally gonna make this for my brothers girlfriend it's almost her birthday! I'll take pictures ASAP!

Sorry for the super late response. I hope you have made it by now. Thanks

Labarted made it! (author)2015-02-17

Thanks for the idea, my girlfriend loved it, even if it some of the corners could have been sharper.

ampersand2006 (author)2015-02-03

Mine flips upside down when it's worn. Anyone else have this problem?

Try making one of the lower pulse longer and upper pulse smaller, that should hold the necklace. Thanks

rkhursheed (author)2014-06-29

haha an orthodontist so working with wires is my thing! will defntly make one for sure!

Thank you so much :), I am so glad you liked it :). Please do share when you make one.

nkurth (author)2014-05-28

I tried it... but I think I am good enough with wire :(

But i will practice... I want this necklace :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)nkurth2014-05-28

Oh.. I am so sorry to hear that.

Try it slowly , working with working is actually easy if you try it slowly.

I wish I can make one and send to you :).

faiza007 (author)2014-03-13

Congratulations tarun..first deserved it.. :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-13

Thank you so much Faiza :).

Lungi dance lungi dance :D

Shubh V (author)2014-03-11

Congratulations tarun u first prize winner:-):-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Shubh V2014-03-11

Thank you again dear, you are more happy than I am LOL :)

Shubh V (author)2014-03-11

Congratulations tarun u first prize winner:-):-):-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Shubh V2014-03-11

Thank you dear :)

lindarose92 (author)2014-03-11

Congratulations on winning the first prize!!! :)

Thank you so much Linda :), Congratulations to you too :)

Thank you Tarun! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-03-11

Thank you so much :)

786Ayesha (author)2014-03-08

Double congrats in to finals and a winner. 18/18 wonder what?

Thank you so much Ayesha :), Got ya :D

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-03-07

Congratulations on being a finalist Tarun :D

Thank you so much Emily :), so happy and I am glad that you have joined the show with me :) Congratulations to you too :)

tringirl (author)2014-02-16

I made this one with my dad:)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)tringirl2014-02-16

Please post it with the I made it button. That looks cute :)

PaintB4L made it! (author)2014-02-14

went back and made a smaller one and made it alot better this s the knd of wiring that is used in houses and first i used a anvil and hammer to make it kinda flat and that took off the casing too and gives it nice hammered finish only part i had trouble with is the heart that part is harder do do with just your fingers and a pair of wire strippers then at the bottom i messed it up trying to get it to have a better angle sorry about the ad pictures i have to use the one on my computer to take them

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)PaintB4L2014-02-16

Great job done here, please check your inbox

PaintB4L (author)2014-02-14

as somebody said down in the comments about the sinus rhythm it looks really good when done in this pattern

PaintB4L made it! (author)2014-02-14

this worked great as a last minute valentines day gift!i used copper and it worked great.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)PaintB4L2014-02-14

That looks cute :), Thanks for sharing.

emlu.voon (author)2014-02-10

Spectacular Tarun! :) I think I am doing to make this for mom's birthday and give it to her as an early gift (her bday is a week after cupids fluffs/glitterfies and sharing surgery sweet goodness and such;)b - double meaning though for us... I have a ICD due to multiple types of arrhythmias. This jewelry piece will be a good reminder that to her that cardiac/neuro issues have and always be a part of me, but she loves me & my dysfunctional heart so much;) Sweet pendant to remind her that even defective hearts hold lots of LOVE

I am so moved by your feelings. I wish you all the best things in life.
Thank you so much and please do share your work, it would be my pleasure to see it.

Lentamentalisk made it! (author)2014-02-09

Here is the one I made. I couldn't find any solid silver wire at Michael's, but did manage to find some silver plated wire that hopefully won't cause too many allergy problems.

For those of you who don't have special jewelry pliers, I found wrapping a piece or two of duct tape around regular pliers will help keep them from damaging the wire.

Oh, and I forgot to note my biggest suggestion. In order for it to hang well, you want to make sure the loops it is hung from are ABOVE the center of gravity. Since most of the blips are above the flat line, this won't naturally be the case. To solve this I bent the wire up to raise the loops a bit.

You did a wonderful job :) and thank you for the suggestion. Please check your inbox :)

yojjer made it! (author)2014-02-09

Got my hands on some copper wire and made this two presents for my valentine :) (Homopolar motor behind). Necklace still need some clear nail polish. I tried oxidise the copper and it looks pretty cool too (All you need to oxidise it is to heat it up with some gas torch until the copper is red. After that you can try to rapidly cool it (put it in cold water). It sometimes create a very nice colourful patina). The wire behind is polished with sandpaper and the other one is left as is (it's isolated with some kind of laque, it's used for transformer windings). It was a pleasure to make!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)yojjer2014-02-09

Wow... You did a wonderful job , I just loved the texture, color and finish :). Please check your inbox :). Go glad to see yours :{)

scooter76 (author)2014-02-03

Valentine Gift......Sorted. Very nice project am so glad to know this. Thank you so much and please share your work :)

Will do, My wife and I have a deal around birthdays/anniversaries, gifts have to be around £5 and be handmade. makes for some interesting gifts....

scooter76 made it! (author)scooter762014-02-09

Thanks for the cool project, May try and make a smaller version, but very happy with the end product. Thanks for the great Instructable.

Wow...Great job done. That is beautiful, I really appreciate your passion and perseverance. Your wife will surely love it.

Thank you so much for sharing :)

emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2014-02-09

It was a lot of fun to make and I love the result!

Ohhh Emily, it has turned out super well and very very neat :). You are awesome.

Thank you so much!! :D

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