heart charm tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day. I'm off to deliver some charm bracelet goodness to friends around town:

Would you like to know how to make these bracelets?

You will need: conversation hearts, clear nail polish (with glitter if you like), five minute epoxy, toothpicks, a disposable container to mix the epoxy, jewelry eye pins (pictured below), wire snips, jewelers pliers (needle nose pliers), ultra fine iridescent glitter (optional), silicone parchment paper or wax paper, craft tweezers.


Gather your Necco conversation hearts. I like Necco brand if I can get them because they have the embossed words on them and they look old-school. Some of the new brands have dot-matrix computer style lettering screen printed on them and they just aren't as cute.

Sift through the candy bag and pick out the hearts and phrases you want to turn into charms. This is when I pick candies with nicely printed and centered phrases and aren't smudged. Pick many more candies than you think you will need - in my experience you may lose as many as a third during the process.


Using your craft tweezers to hold the hearts, paint one coat of clear nail polish on the sides of the hearts. Lay them out on your wax paper to dry. The nail polish will dry to the touch fairly quickly - by the time you are finished painting the edges you can start painting the back of the hearts. When the backs are dry to the touch, flip over the hearts and daub your nail polish on the fronts. Let the hearts dry for 24 hours. The reason that I like to paint the nail polish on the hearts before drilling is that if my hands get sweaty then the hearts won't get sticky or melt while I'm working - plus it strengthens them before drilling.


While the nail polish is drying, I prepare my eye pins. I snip them down to the short length that I need and gently crimp the cut end... this will help the pin stay inside the heart by giving it some "grab" when glued in.


Using a small dremel tool or craft drill, carefully drill a hole into the top of the heart. Don't drill too quickly, this increases the likelihood of splitting the heart in two. You only need to drill about halfway into the heart.


Mix the epoxy according to package instructions. Dip the snipped end of the eye pin into the glue using your pliers to hold the eyelet end... push it into the hole in the candy and pump it gently to ensure that the glue is deep inside the opening. Lay to dry overnight on the wax paper.

When the epoxy is set, I use my pliers to gently test each charm to ensure that the eyelet is secure.


Now apply a finish coat of clear nail polish to the back of the charms and when dry to the touch, flip the charms and paint the front. You can add a fine dust of glitter to the finish coat when the nail polish is still wet but don't add too much or you will masque the phrase and too much glitter will rub off anyway. That's why I prefer nail polish with glitter already added... and hey, couldn't you mix that up if you wanted it? Let your charms cure for 24 hours before using them.


That's it. Add jump rings or split rings and your charms are ready to go! I ran some pretty ribbon through the links of my bracelets... because Sassy brought me an entire tray of this ribbon... an entire tray. You'll be seeing lots of it.


Have a warm and loving Valentine's Day... don't eat too much candy.

40 comments:

cindy b. said...

You are so incredibly talented !!!Thank you very, very much for sharing. I can't wait to make one of these. I'm heading out in a few to look for conversation hearts before they're all gone. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

Junipers Jules said...

So cute! I am working on my first charm bracelet and if I could keep these around long enough they would be such a great addition. Thanks for the tutorials. I love them!

sassy studio said...

I got one I got one! I love my new tb....market this one Saucy......you'll make a fortune. I think this may be the only piece of jewlery I get today ......McDreamy is on call and I haven't even seen him long enough for a smooch...alas...he makes every day a love day for me!(and johns prime riblast night helps dull the pain of today too)

Fleur de Bee said...

This is darling!! I think the ribbon through it is charming and adds to it! Good luck using all that ribbon there! Be sure to enter in my drawing, email or comment :)

xo Molly

Q said...

Dear Saucy,
Oh my goodness you are cleaver and so very crafty!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Hugs,
Sherry

Grace said...

Lucky ladies that got one I can't beleive I guess right! LOL! You are fabulous! Hugs Happy Valentines Grace xoxoxxoxo

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey sweets,
this is adorable!!!
happy hearts day!!
oxooox,
jessi

KAGS Herself said...

I got one! I am so charmed, and Doodlebug was so honoured to meet Loopy at our mailbox - he hasn't stopped talking about her!
Thank you & Happy Valentines Day to you all from me & Miss Daisy.

Jerri-Lea said...

WOW! Cupid was at my house too!! How great the bracelet turned out. Thank you so much!!Sorry we missed seeing you. If we are downstairs we don't hear too much (good thing I can sign) haha.
When CD first saw it she shouted "Nack!" (that girl always wants food... no my darling it isn't a snack though it does look good enough to munch on)

3continentfamily said...

That was so sweet! Thanks for posting it.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

You read my mind...okay my last comment too,LOL! Okay this is the time to get our hearts half off for next year. It'll probably take me till next Valentine day to finish them all.
I may attempt the drill press. It has pin point accuracy with a tiny drill bit. I'll let you know how it goes.
Come by sometime!! I'd LURRVE the visit.

Sweet Wishes,
Sara

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

P.S. I can't believe I forgot to mention to you, how SWEET your Banner and background for V- day are. It is quite the *conversation* piece!

Sweet wishes,
Sara

MJ said...

This past week, my dh has checked Walmart (same store?) twice for conversational hearts. None left. We've checked Safeway at least two locations. None left. I scurried around Shoppers yesterday and only found a few tubs remaining. I scooped them up anxiously and headed to the till with them safely in my arms.

Don't you realise people eat these things? Are you trying to cause a run on conversational hearts?

After this post, there will be a conversational heart supply/demand outta whack for years. The financial market has gone kaput, the conversational heart market is following suit. (wink)

Cute bracelets!

SOINSPIRED said...

Darling! I need to print out your instructions and save them until next year. Thank you for another great tutorial. Happy Valentine's Day! Cute containers too!

3rdEyeMuse said...

see, told you so! lol

your tutorials are always soooo easy to understand and follow - thank you for that & for this tutorial ... I'm running out to buy a couple of bags now that they're on clearance!

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

You are so crafty.. its in the genes... I love them.. great idea.. hugs, lisa

Pam said...

Thanks you so much for this little treasure!!!! I just love it!
Hope you had a great v-day supper!

Sonya said...

So Talented Saucy! I love it! Thank you for the tutorial for those of us who haven't made anything like this before but now are DESPERATE to!
Sonya

Pepper said...

I wore mine out with the gals last night to The Ivy for dinner and Cheryl was pumped with hers too! SOOOOO pretty! Thanks Saucy, I will tuck it away carefully for next year!

Janeen said...

These are a keeper! Love it! Let me guess, do you have 52 bracelets? One for each week? That would be a fun collection! Themed for the holidays throughout the year!

Saucy said...

I'm glad that Cheryl liked it too! It was fun to leave something on her doorstep...

Missy said...

Love this idea! I would have never thought to use real candy on a charm bracelet. Your instructions are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

So sweet--my teeth even ache looking at that:)

Junie Moon said...

What a cute project! You are ever so clever. Thank you for sharing your tutorial on making these adorable bracelets.

e.m. said...

So I ran out and bought a ton of left over hearts. I think I will do some prep work this year like polishing them while I still have an adrenaline high from your tutorial. Thanks for another great idea! You are inspiring!

Tamara Jansen said...

Ok, you are THE coolest person I know! That is such a nifty bracelette. Where on earth did you get that idea from???!

Minnesota Matron said...

Those bracelets are nearly as gorgeous as the photos!

Jennifer Juniper said...

You are brilliant! I'm so glad I found you, you entertain and teach me every day! Love it! Jen

AwtemNymf said...

Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing that! I had wondered HOW you got the finding to stay! I hadn't thought of epoxy! Genius! TYSM for sharing! I can't wait to give this a try! Woohoo! Thank you!!!
Hugs & Faerie Dust!!!

glitzngiggles said...

OMG!! that is so cute!! thanks for the tutorial!! i'm sprinting to target or walmart right now to find some heart candy!!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Now that's just about the cutest thing I've seen!! That's a great idea to keep me from EATING the candy...turn it into jewelry! Now if you could only design something using Doritos!!!! ~ xoxo Joy

MJ said...

K: I want one of those bracelets!
M: You can't have one. Saucy made bracelets for her friends.
K: But I thought she was my friend! Can't I have one?

I tried to persuade her that Saucy made K a tutu. K wasn't very persuaded.

I understand the feeling.

Market these babies...

djavellana said...

I love your homemade bracelets, I will go to the dollar store and hoard little trinkets and start making these with my daughters.
You are so good!!!
I wish I had more time...

Dorothy :)

michelleb. said...

I just love it when my gurlz and I like the same thing.

As for the candy heart charms, I just don't think I have been granted the patience required for the job.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

Prpldy said...

What a really kwel idea. Thanks for the great tute and an idea for next year. They are so cute!

prpldy (at) comcast.net

mblaise3 said...

i don't think i could handle the super small candies! but i could try to make them brcause i beleive i have the patince to do so.

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

Holy cow! That's so cool. I just showed my mom the pictures and she couldn't believe what she saw. I think I would rather eat all those candies though :P but thats a pretty good idea for all the old leftover ones. Very cute and original.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

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