Two Sided Heart

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About: Awesome Gear I've designed myself.

Silver look on one side, gold look on the other.

This my second soldering project. Figuring out the process was tough but the soldering wasn’t. If you’ve never soldered, don’t be intimidated. It’s much easier than you think.

See how I got set up with the link below.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Phillips-Head-Stud-Earrings/

Step 1: Find Your Metals

I’m using a hobby sheet of brass from the hardware store and a piece of a paint rolling pan.

The brass was about $5.00 and came in a .046”X4”X10” sheet. I think I paid $1.50 for the paint rolling pan. You’ll also need a coat hanger.

Step 2: Form the Wire Heart

Find a form to make a large circle. I used a quart paint can. Roll a section of coat hanger around the can so you have a circular shape formed in the wire. This step helps the heart look more rounded and less like a triangle under two circles.

Next make a 90 degree bend in the wire. Hammer the wire while it’s in the pliers to sharpen the bend. Use a socket bit and form the lobes of the heart. The exact sizes I’m using aren’t important. Make the heart whatever size you want for the tools you have.

Play with the shape until your happy with it. Then cut the free ends of the wire from the heart.

Step 3: Make the Relief

I used aluminum tape but only because that's what I had on hand. Any other heavy tape will work as well. Tape the heart on the metal and place it wire side up on a scrap piece of wood. Evenly hammer the wire all the wall around. When you turn the heart over you’ll see the embossed heart.

Now with the metal side up, use a the peen side of a small hammer to rub the depression in. You only need moderate presure. Do this until the depression is smooth and even.

Use heavy scissors to cut the hearts out. One heart will be cut to size while the other is left just a little larger. This will help during soldering.

Step 4: Solder

Apply flux to the inside edges of both of the hearts.

Line up the hearts and lightly clamp them together.

Lay a piece of solder in the seem. Bond the pieces together with a torch. Do this all the way around.

Step 5: Polish

Grind off the seam and any excess solder with a rotary tool. Don’t get too crazy here because the metal is thin and you could perforate it.

Sand out any low spots with 1000 and 2000 grit sand paper. Finish the polish with polishing compound and a buffing wheel.

Step 6: Add the Jump Ring

Using a paper clip and cone nose pliers, form a circle in a free end. Cut it free from the rest of the clip and place an almost 180 degree bend in it. Cut the clip so that it tightly meets the loop as shown. Place a section of wire in the open end and pinch the bend tight. See the pictures.

Drill a hole in-between the lobes and insert the jump ring.

Repolish if needed.

If you want to solder the jump ring in, do it before the grinding step. If you do it during this step you may melt out the solder from the polished seams.  

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    Gilly

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Looks really skilful - would love to have a go if I can get the metal. Thank you.

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    kondzio29

    5 years ago on Step 6

    First try :D need more practice byt I made it without almost no tools

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    Nawaz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    YAY!!! Finally made it..Mine is one sided though :P thought I would share with you guys..and ya..one thing..HOT FLUX HURTS!!!(some accidentally fell on my arm)

    again..thank you very much for this wonderful instructable..

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    MrballengNawaz

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Looks good! Thanks for the comment. How did you spill so much on you? I hope you get better soon.

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    NawazMrballeng

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks..actually its not much..but since it was liquid and very hot when it spilled on my arm, it ran down..Its better now though..thank you

    By the way, I gave the heart to my girlfriend today and she loved it.. Thank you again for this great instructable :)

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    taria

    7 years ago on Introduction

    what kind of polishing stuff do you use? you mention the polishing compound but never say the name brand.

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    Mrballengtaria

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The polishing compound is called "G3" by Farecla. I got it at paintscratch.com.

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    Mrballengtaria

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    No. I think I paid about six bucks for it. But you can buy a big bottle of the same kind of stuff at Walmart for the same price. That's also where I buy my sand paper.

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    tariaMrballeng

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    really? I've worked at Walmart for 2 years and never noticed it, but then again I work in hardware, so maybe it's not at my store.

    I hate to admit this on the web but I'm a sucker for hardware stores, something about walking around and looking at pieces of pipes, the smell of fresh cut lumber, running my fingers threw the loose nuts and bolts (screws poke to much..haha) Looking at washers to see if I can use then in a jewelry design.

    I guess I'm a little strange. You should see in in staples...I'm a pen-aholic... pens and pencils, paper of all colors...tacks and stick notes..oh my god I have a problem...

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    PublicArt

    7 years ago on Step 5

    Hey! I love your instructables, but your photos are always taken on your hand, so all your metal working is hard to see and pink tinted. Putting your jewelry on a white background would really add to the presentation. The hand backgrounds don't do your work justice.

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    MrballengPublicArt

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    Any suggestions for a white backround? I've tried a sheet of paper but it makes the pictures look dark. Thanks for the constructable criticism=).

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    PublicArtMrballeng

    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    What I've done in the past is take a piece of poster board and make a half-pipe shape with the help of a friend, or by propping it up, and then I place the object midway between the curve and the edge of the sheet of poster board. The goal is to make sure all the space around the object is white. Then I setup some white light from a couple of different angles, usually desk lamps, to light up the area. Here's a photo that my friends and I took using this technique.

    If that's not sufficient you could make a photography light box. There are a lot of instructables for light boxes. Here's one done with a cardboard box and it looks like it would be pretty convenient to take photos from above with this design: https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Simple-Light-Tent/#step1

    Thanks for hearing me out!

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    snoopindaweb

    7 years ago on Step 6

    Yer' Dangerous..? My-Oh-My, what stuff for My Barely Idle Hands.., "Devil & such".!.. Thank You.
    "Now if I coild get My "Bacon Lamp" to burn, I might be able to get the Whurly on top to go...HAR.!

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    snoopindaweb

    7 years ago on Step 2

    You need a Chrome Shop in Your Garage HAR.! cOOl Stuff YUP.!

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    oRelyTo

    7 years ago on Introduction

    As soon as I saw this I was like, "I'm gonna make this for my girlfriend! o:" Thank you so muuuch! (: It's going to be fun and a surprise. (:

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    Eventor29

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Im Speechless, Such Beauty! Also The Insertion Of The Jump Ring Was Pure Genius!

    Cant Wait For More Of Your Creativity!

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    Nawaz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    wow.. This is really nice and beautiful..am definitely making one now(i always wanted to). I have one question though..What type of solder and flux did you use?
    Thank you for this great instructable.

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    MrballengNawaz

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Lead free silver solder and the flux that came with it from the plumbing section at walmart. You can see pictures on "Philips head stud earrings".

    Thanks for the comment.