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About this design:
While it may not cure your broken heart, you can hammer out your emotions with stamps, punches and mallets when you make this necklace.
Buy the supplies:
The products in this design are listed below.
Prep your Stampt heart by buffing it with a foam sanding block. If you want more scuff marks, use a heavier grit sandpaper.
Stamp the word OUCH into the heart, leaving a small break between the u and c. I purposefully made them crooked and broken looking.
See Tip: Stamping Blanks
Color your heart with Gilders Paste. I chose Damson to fill in the letters and highlight the scratches on the metal.
When the Gilders Paste is completely dry (we recommend 12 hours), use your tin snips to cut it in half with a jagged line. File any sharp edges with a fine metal file.
Punch holes in each side of the heart on the cut edge.
Cut a length of wire to about 10 inches. We chose 24 gauge gunmetal Artistic Wire. Make a spiral in one end of the wire and pull it through the top hole in the heart. Weave the wire back and forth between the sides, holding the two sides slightly apart. go back and forth as many times as you like. If you use 24 gauge wire, it should fit through each hole at least twice. When you are happy with the way the threading looks cut the wire to about 2 inches from the end and make another spiral in the end of the wire, flattening it with your finger to the heart.
Hammer the finished pendant to flatten and mar the wire. Note that if you are using Artistic Wire, the hammering will remove some of the coating. If you don't like that look, Do not hammer it. A rubber mallet will also help in keeping the coating intact.