Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Heart of Hearts Valentine's Day Jewelry

I LOVE beads of all kinds....I always have.  Perler beads (aka Hama beads) are some of my favorites to work with, too!  They're colorful and super cheap and I never feel guilty about using tons of them to make my projects.  Head to Ikea for big tubs of them for just a few bucks!  Since it's Valentine's Day I decided to make a few fun pieces of jewelry for my friends to celebrate the day.  Valentine's Day is one holiday you can wear your heart on your sleeve....Or in your hair.....Or around your neck.....Or on your feet!  Go for it!
Huge rainbow hearts make a terrific statement piece 
and tiny hearts look terrific in your hair!
 Small hearts in different colors of pink make a terrific charm bracelet
that doesn't make any noise!
 Little bows make the sweetest shoe clips
Finally, a big rainbow heart makes the perfect key chain 
Watch the simple video tutorial here
Perler bead peg board
Parchment paper
Chain and jump rings
Lobster claw
Clip on earring bases
Key rings
Wire cutters and pliers
Heart patterns
Place your perler beads on the pegboard
*For the key chain you want to leave out one bead so you can add the key chain
Place the parchment paper on top of your pattern
Iron on low heat until the beads have melted together
Add the key chain
Make smaller hearts in all different colors of pink and red
Add jump rings on the edge of each heart
Attach to a chain bracelet
Connect three large hearts side by side
Add chain and a closure to create the necklace
With E-6000, glue bobby pins to the back of smaller hearts
When dry, pin in your hair
Glue small bows and clip on earring backs to small heart to create shoe clips
*Glue the clip back to the heart so the flat side will sit flat against the foot

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