I Heart Crystal Hearts

I love those puffy crystal hearts you see people wearing on a chain around their neck. Each heart is made from 73 4mm crystals (Swarovski looks best) strung on one piece of monofilament. You start by adding four beads, and working in a three dimensional RAW stitch until you get the heart. The problem is that heart does not begin to take shape until you’re almost finished making it. And you change directions many times: down becomes up, up becomes down, and back again. Unless you have someone to show you, even the best beader in the world will have trouble with written directions. Phyllis Fogel taught me how to make the hearts you see above when I took her class at Jubilee Beads and Yarns.

The Jewelry Making Professor site offers a DVD with two full length video tutorials showing how to make the puffy heart and open heart designs. I haven’t watched the DVD, but the preview sure looks promising.

If you want to try your luck making hearts the old fashioned way, here are some links to get you started:  a beaded valentine heart, an open heart tutorial, a round heart tutorial and a flat heart tutorial.

And then there’s the Japanese company who first published the books that got the whole craze started. Go to their web page to find directions and diagrams for Bow’s Open Heart, click here and then click on “free projects.” Take some time to browse this site and discover the wonderful world of Japanese beading.

4 responses to “I Heart Crystal Hearts

  1. Hi Martha! Thanks for the mention about my puffy heart video! I really appreciate it. It’s my most popular video class so just like you, many people really love the puffy heart.

  2. Martha, thanks for posting this. Also I was so impressed by the visitors map. People all over the world are watching you!

    • Hello Martha ,
      I loved this puffy heart very much and yesterday I watched it many times.But I couldn’t understand the first step.Can you tell us this part?
      Your video starts when you are curving it.Thank you very much.:)))

      • I made the hearts but I did not make the video. Credit Eti Attleberry whose site, Jewelrymakingproffesor.com has loads of on line video tutorials very reasonably priced. The link video is only a preview from Jewelrymakingprofessor.com. The tutorial is a three part video

        Remember that the Puffy Heart is one of the most difficult patterns you will ever do. Eti’s video has a lot of tips and tricks that would have made it much easier for me to learn. (I took a class).

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