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Watch My Heart Necklace

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Watch My Heart Necklace Instructions
Designed by Artbeads

This elaborate necklace design is full of steampunk romance that is perfect for complementing alternative Valentine's Day style. With random watch parts and base metal gears, this heart focal is the ultimate mixed media masterpiece.

Step one:
Draw a large heart shape inside one Lillypilly 3x3-inch red wine patina copper sheet. Try and stretch it across the entire width of the sheet. Cut the shape out using straight shears with a single spring. Repeat this process for the second red wine patina copper sheet.

Step two:
Bend and curve the edges of each heart so they fit together and create a hollow heart shape. Do this by using various techniques with the help of nylon jaw pliers, chain nose pliers and a ball pein hammer with a bench block. The shapes do not need to fit exactly.

Step three:
Determine which half of the heart will be the front of the pendant. Cut one 1.5x.75-inch piece of Lillypilly 3x3-inch mottled patina copper sheet. Create a hole in each corner using the hole punching pliers. Lay the mottled patina copper sheet on the front half of the pendant in your desired area and mark the holes with a pen. Punch the holes using the Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm hole punch and attach this piece using four copper-plated brass rivets. Read our Handy Tip on how to use rivets if you need help.

Step four:
Embellish the inside upper right corner of the backside of the pendant with two 15mm stainless steel screw and bolt sets fashioned with various wire, screws, bolts and watch parts. The hole punch provides appropriate sized holes to accommodate the screw and bolt sets.. We used a combination of screws, bolts, watch parts and adhesive to create our gear design and you may experiment with any combination that you like.

Step five:
Cut a small opening in the top right corner of the front half of the heart that will expose the gear embellishment you created in Step four when the two halves come together. Using a pair of pliers, pull the edges of the opening over to make it look like a rip. Adorn the top left corner of this heart with other watch parts and various screws and bolts, as well as the Kabela antique brass clock hand charms. Use E6000 and Beadfix adhesive to hold everything in place.

Step six:
Drill a bigger hole through the center of the 19mm antique brass spoked gear link and the 16mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment that is big enough to accommodate the TierraCast winding key charm. Decide where to place the winding key and drill a hole in the front half of the heart. Thread the spoked gear link onto the winding key charm and then through the hole you predrilled in the heart. Next, thread the 16mm solid gear embellishment onto the winding key charm and add a little E-6000 to hold it in place. Let dry.

Step seven:
Punch holes along one edge of each heart using hole punching pliers. Cut approximately ten inches of 22 gauge bare copper artistic wire and stitch through the holes to connect the two heart shapes. We added silver medium French wire to our copper wire stitches to look like springs. The uneven pattern will add to this necklace's asymmetrical feel.

Step eight:
Using the needle file set, scuff up the sterling silver 100 diamond cut chain. Rub black Gilders Paste on the chain to give it a weathered appearance. Add Gilders Paste to any other areas of the pendant where you would like to achieve this effect.

Step nine:
Wrap the chain around the heart focal so that it crosses over itself twice. Leave a loose loop at the top of the heart and approximately 2 inches dangling from the bottom. Keep the chain in place by attaching it to the heart with screws and bolts where needed. We used 4.5mm antique brass-plated 21 gauge open jump rings attached to a link on the sterling chain for the screw sets to attach to.

Step ten:
Connect the 17x6mm brass key for heart quote charm, the TierraCast black finish pewter key charm and the TierraCast antique silver-plated pewter quatrefoil key charm together with one 7mm sterling silver split ring. Attach the split ring to the dangling chain end.

Step eleven:
Cut 2 feet of antique brass-plated textured double oval link chain. Attach one 10mm antique brass-plated 13 gauge open jump ring to each open end of the antique brass-plated chain. Connect one jump ring to the hook portion of the JBB antique vintage brass-plated pewter hook and eye clasp and the other jump ring to the eye portion.

Step twelve:
Measure approximately 21 inches down the antique brass-plated textured double oval link chain and attach the closest link to the diamond cut cable chain loop atop the heart using the sterling silver 12x16mm padlock clasp.

Approximate size: 24 inches
Estimated time: 6 hours (plus dry time)
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Tools and Supplies Used:
22 Gauge Bare Copper Artistic Wire, 8 Yard Spool (AWR22COP8)
Heavy Duty Cutter (TOOL-512)
ZambaPro Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Split ring plier (TOOL-103)
ZambaPro™ Nylon Jaw Pliers (TOOL-105)
Knotting tweezers (TOOL-112)
E6000 glue 1oz tube - medium/clear (E6000-01)
BeadFix - super fast adhesive - 3 gram (TOOL-163)
Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks (BLOCK02)
Metal Complex 4oz Ball Pein Hammer with 10 Inch Wood Handle (TOOL-0011)
Baroque-Art Gilders Paste 30ml Black (SUP-0021)
3PC 5 1/2-Inch Needle File Set Cut 2 (TOOL-0018)
Straight Shears with Single Spring (TOOL-0023)
Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm Hole Punch (TOOL-0012)
Hole Punching Pliers (TOOL-0016)
Interchangeable Texturing Hammer with 9 Texture Faces (TOOL-0013)
List of Components:
4.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BBA-OJR04-A, qty 2)
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Red Wine Patina Copper Sheet 24 gauge (EMBMT-0128, qty 2)
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Mottled Patina Copper Sheet, 36 gauge (EMBMT-0131, qty 1)
Assorted Watch Components (.5 oz. Bag) (EMBMT-0162, qty 1)
Copper-Plated Brass Rivets, 4mm (12pc Pack) (EMBMT-0161, qty 1)
Gold-Plated Brass Screw and Bolt Set, 12mm (12 Set Pack) (EMBMT-0160, qty 1)
Stainless Steel Screw and Bolt Set, 15mm (12 Set Pack) (EMBMT-0158, qty 1)
Stainless Steel Screw and Bolt Set, 7mm (12 Set Pack) (EMBMT-0159, qty 1)
Antique Brass-Plated Textured Double Oval Link Chain (BTF-0102, qty 2)
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Hook and Eye Clasp (PBA-CL003, qty 1)
Silver Medium French Wire - For use with .65mm Thread and Finer (FW-SM, qty 1)
Sterling 100 Diamond Cut Cable Chain (925CH66, qty 1)
Kabela Antique Brass Clock Minute Hand Charm (CHARM-0032, qty 1)
Kabela Antique Brass Clock Hour Hand Charm (CHARM-0031, qty 1)
19mm Antique Brass Spoked Gear Link (FIND-0014, qty 1)
16mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment (EMBMT-0003, qty 1)
7mm Sterling Silver Split Ring (SS-SR07, qty 1)
Sterling Silver 12x16mm Padlock Clasp (SS-CL52, qty 1)
17x6mm Brass Key for Heart Quote Charm 17x6.5mm (CHARM-0004, qty 1)
TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Key Charm (BKO-2270, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Quatrefoil Key Charm 32x11.5mm (SA-2338, qty 1)
10mm Antique Brass-Plated 13 Gauge Open Jump Ring (FIND-0224, qty 2)
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Winding Key Charm x19mm (CA-2337, qty 1)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Verde Patina Copper Sheet 36 gauge (EMBMT-0132)
Antique Silver-Plated Cable Chain (SPACH17)
TierraCast Antique Silver Key Charm (SA-2270)
Sterling Silver Key Charm (CHARM362)
Kabela Antique Brass 4 O'Clock Hand Charm (CHARM-0028)
16mm Antique Brass Basic Gear Link (FIND-0019)
Antique Silver-Plated Textured Double Oval Link Chain (BTF-0105)
Antique Brass-Plated Hammered Oval Link Chain (BBACH10)
12x6.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Trigger Clasp (SPA-CL02)
12x7mm Antique Brass-Plated Trigger Clasp (BBA-CL03)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

4.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR04-A
Diameter 4.5mm, 21gauge 
Price: $0.05
Qty>
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Red Wine Patina Copper Sheet 24 gauge
Code: EMBMT-0128
Length 76.5mm, Width 76.5mm 
1-34-78+
$7.48$6.96$6.47
Qty>
Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Mottled Patina Copper Sheet, 36 gauge
Code: EMBMT-0131
Length 76mm, Width 77mm 
Price: $4.67
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Assorted Watch Components (.5 oz. Bag)
Code: EMBMT-0162
Volume .5 oz/14.17 gr 
Price: $14.74
Qty>
Copper-Plated Brass Rivets, 4mm (12pc Pack)
Code: EMBMT-0161
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 1.5mm, Head 3mm 
Price: $4.57
Qty>
Gold-Plated Brass Bolts/Screw and Nuts, 12mm (12 Set Pack)
Code: EMBMT-0160
Length 12.5mm, Diameter 1.5mm, Head 3mm 
Price: $6.99
Qty>
Stainless Steel Bolts/Screws and Nuts Set, 15mm (12 Set Pack)
Code: EMBMT-0158
Length 15mm, Diameter 1.5mm, Head 2.5mm 
Price: $6.99
Qty>
Stainless Steel Bolts/Screws and Nuts Set, 7mm (12 Set Pack)
Code: EMBMT-0159
Length 7mm, Diameter 1.5mm, Head 3mm 
Sale Price: $5.87
Price: $6.99
Qty>
Antique Brass-Plated Textured Double Oval Link Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0102
Link 10mm x 6.5mm, Wire Gauge 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-34-78+
$5.42$5.04$4.69
Qty>
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Hook and Eye Clasp
Code: PBA-CL003
Hook 22.5mm x 12mm, Eye 17mm x 10.5mm 
1-78-1516+
$2.07$1.91$1.77
Qty>
Silver Medium French Wire - For use with .65mm Thread and Finer
Code: FW-SM
Length 14 inches 
Sale Price: $3.30
Price: $3.89
Qty>
Sterling 100 Diamond Cut Cable Chain by the Foot
Code: 925CH66
Link 5x3.5mm, 18 gauge 
1-12-34+
$28.88$27.03$25.30
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Brass Clock Minute Hand Charm
Code: CHARM-0032
Length 19.5mm, Width 5mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
Sale Price: $0.51
Price: $0.73
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Brass Clock Hour Hand Charm
Code: CHARM-0031
Length 15.5mm, Width 5mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.73$0.67$0.61
Qty>
Kabela Design 19mm Antique Brass Spoked Gear Link
Code: FIND-0014
Diameter 19mm, Thickness .5mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$1.06$0.98$0.90
Qty>
Kabela Design 16mm Antique Brass Solid Gear Embellishment
Code: EMBMT-0003
Diameter 16mm, Thickness .5mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.70$0.62$0.56
Qty>
7mm Sterling Silver Split Ring
Code: SS-SR07
7mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.06$0.98$0.90
Qty>
Sterling Silver 12x16mm Padlock Clasp
Code: SS-CL52
Length 16mm, Width 12mm 
1-23-56+
$12.72$11.85$11.05
Qty>
Kabela Design 17x6mm Brass Key for Heart Quote Charm 17x6.5mm
Code: CHARM-0004
Length with Bail/Loop 17mm, Width 6.5mm, Hole Size 2mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.29$1.15$1.05
Qty>
TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Key Charm
Code: BKO-2270
Height 22mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.03 $0.78$0.95 $0.72$0.87 $0.66
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Quatrefoil Key Charm 32x11.5mm
Code: SA-2338
Length with Bail/Loop 32mm, Width 11.5mm, Hole Size 2mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.65$1.53$1.41
Qty>
10mm Antique Brass-Plated 13 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: FIND-0224
Diameter 10mm, Opening Diameter 6.5mm, Wire Gauge 13 
1-4950-99100+
$0.20$0.18$0.16
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Winding Key Charm x19mm
Code: CA-2337
Length 22-22.5mm, Width 19mm, Hole Size 3.5mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.65$1.53$1.41
Qty>

Alternate Components

Lillypilly 3x3-Inch Verde Patina Copper Sheet 36 gauge
Code: EMBMT-0132
Length 76.5mm, Width 76.5mm 
1-56-1112+
$4.67 $3.92$4.22 $3.54$3.82 $3.20
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Cable Chain by the Foot
Code: SPACH17
Link 8mm x 7mm, Gauge 15 
1-45-910+
$3.84$3.55$3.29
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Key Charm
Code: SA-2270
Height 22mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.03$0.95$0.87
Qty>
Sterling Silver Key Charm
Code: CHARM362
Height 16mm, Width 5mm 
1-45-910+
$4.71$4.37$4.05
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Brass 4 O'Clock Hand Charm
Code: CHARM-0028
Length 10mm, Width 27.5mm, Hole Size 2.05mm/12 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.73$0.67$0.61
Qty>
Kabela Design 16mm Antique Brass Basic Gear Link
Code: FIND-0019
Diameter 16mm, Thickness .5mm, Opening Diameter 11mm 
Price: $0.70
Qty>
Antique Silver-Plated Textured Double Oval Link Chain by the Foot
Code: BTF-0105
Link 10mm x 6.5mm, Wire Gauge 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-34-78+
$5.42$5.04$4.69
Qty>
Antique Brass-Plated Hammered Oval Link Chain by the Foot
Code: BBACH10
Link 22x12mm - 20 gauge 
1-34-78+
$7.55$7.02$6.53
Qty>
12x6.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Trigger Clasp
Code: SPA-CL02
Length 12mm, Width 6.5mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.51$0.47$0.43
Qty>
12x7mm Antique Brass-Plated Trigger Clasp
Code: BBA-CL03
Length 12mm, Width 7mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.51$0.47$0.43
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

22 Gauge Bare Copper Artistic Wire, 8 Yard Spool
Code: AWR22COP8
22 gauge, 8 yards 
1-23-45+
$2.79 $2.37$2.59 $2.20$2.39 $2.03
Qty>
Heavy Duty Cutter
Code: TOOL-512
Price: $13.99
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Split Ring Plier
Code: TOOL-103
Price: $8.70
Qty>
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Code: TOOL-105
Price: $17.32
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.28
Qty>
E6000 Glue 1oz Tube - Medium/Clear
Code: E6000-01
1oz 
Price: $2.99
Qty>
BeadFix - Super Fast Adhesive - 3 gram
Code: TOOL-163
Price: $5.79
Qty>
Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
Code: BLOCK02
Diameter 4 inches 
Price: $38.99
Qty>
Metal Complex 4oz Ball Pein Hammer with 10-Inch Wood Handle
Code: TOOL-0011
Price: $4.68
Qty>
Baroque-Art Gilders Paste 30ml Black
Code: SUP-0021
Volume 1.5oz/30ml 
Price: $11.49
Qty>
3PC 5 1/2-Inch Needle File Set Cut 2
Code: TOOL-0018
Price: $4.56
Qty>
Straight Shears with Single Spring
Code: TOOL-0023
Price: $11.02
Qty>
Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm Hole Punch
Code: TOOL-0012
Price: $12.94
Qty>
Hole Punching Pliers
Code: TOOL-0016
Price: $10.97
Qty>
Interchangeable Texturing Hammer with 9 Texture Faces
Code: TOOL-0013
Price: $46.93
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