How To Make Necklaces With Heart Pendants

Designing a necklace with a heart pendant is a simple and enjoyable jewelry making project. As I have shared in many of my hubs I prefer to make my own jewelry, and several of my pieces have included heart pendants. My favorite places to buy affordable heart pendants are at crafting stores such as JoAnn's and Michael's. When I first started designing jewelry with heart pendants I simply choose a pretty heart pendant that I placed on a cute chain. However, as time went by I decided to become more creative and place the heart pendants on a necklace with other beads. The great thing about a heart pendant is that it can represent many things. To some people a heart pendant is represents a gift a love to your girlfriend or wife. For others a heart pendant could just be about friendship and caring about others. A few years ago when I was with my ex-boyfriend I thought he really loved me when he bought me a heart pendant. At the time I did not realize he had simply bought this piece of jewelry because the salesperson had recommended it.

When we broke up I still had hope one day I might meet someone and get married. To me the heart pendant actually used to represent the hope for love in my life, but as I dated people for a couple of years I learned along the way I was not meet anyone who was marriage minded, or at least not towards me. After awhile I learned there was something about me men did not desire in a relationship, and you know this has not bothered me at all once I discovered this. Actually the realization of this has been powerful because it allowed me to stop spending precious time meeting people when I knew this was not really going to go anywhere. Each person has to decide what is good for them, but I do not want to causally date someone for a long time only for the relationship to go nowhere. During the year 2007 I really began to see that dating was wrong for me completely, and that I could define love in my life by being alone. The heart pendant now represents my love of crafting and art, and not the unrealistic goals I once had about walking down the aisle. Besides, after you see people around you getting divorced and remarried, you realize sometimes people just get married to do it. Just because you did not get married does not mean you are unloved. You can love yourself first, and foremost.

The song Here I Go Again by Whitesnake truly represents how I often feel and this song spoke to me. No longer would I obsess about getting married or wanting what other people have because maybe this is just something that was not meant to be. Yes this makes me a "drifter meant to walk alone" as described in the lyrics, but maybe I am meant to do many things on my own. Is it so horrible most men who meet me see me as someone that has no relationship potential? Not really. Now I am okay with this because it spares the expense of going on numerous first, and sometimes second dates that lead nowhere. There are others who want a casual thing, but for me that is just way too casual and I have no interest. I used to think well I just need to meet the right one, but I have learned I am just not the right one for marriage. It is not a sad feeling, but I have learned self-love along the way that helps me to accept this fact.

I also started to think about marriage more and more, and I realized I really just wanted "the show" and not the relationship itself. In my mind's eye there were many times I thought I wanted to marry my ex, but I also realized I often spoke my mind and do not like to compromise. Relationships are about compromising, but I got the point that I had relenquished so much in my past relationships I just did not want to anymore. The last guy I was I met that I only went on a couple of dates with was suggesting to me how I should do numerous things differently, but I decided I will certainly not be changing just to win a popularity contest.

I am not saying I will never get married ever, but I really do not see this happening to me in the future. When I started making necklaces with heart pendants I realized these do not have to represent the idealized token of love a boyfriend would give me, but are simple and fun pieces of jewelry I can make myself. With my creativity I can make jewelry out of non-precious materials that are  just as beautiful as the sparkly diamonds and pearls some people wear. I do not have to ask the sales person if a necklace is made out of real 24k gold, or how much the chain will cost because I am over in the crafting aisle picking out affordable crystal beads, acrylic beads, heart pendants, flower pendants, oval pendants, shell pendants, and beading wire. Of course I would love a pearl necklace, especially one made out of Tahitian black pearls, but those are very expensive and crafting beads can look just as shimery and sparkly in the sun. Making nekclaces with heart pendants can be fun without the large price ticket that accompanies a ticket to the local diamond store.

So what if I do not have a diamond engagement ring that cost someone two months income because I can make a beatiful necklace that costs only a few dollars. Once I was at a store in the mall and I saw some pieces of fun jewelry that had fake jewels, and a friend at the time said it was costume jewelry that she would only wear duringHalloween. I said I thought the pieces were cute and it gave me ideas about things I would like to make, and right then and there I could tell she thought I was less sophisticated because I did not have an interest in acquiring expensive jewelry. To me the beautiful jewelry such as the heart pendants I make with my own hands are a work of love because anyone can buy a tricked out necklace, but not everyone can find joy in creating simple jewelry. Here are some of the simple heart pendants that I have incorporated into my simple jewelry pieces.

Large Blue Pendant With A Chain

This large blue pendant is made out of glass, but looks like a stone.
This large blue pendant is made out of glass, but looks like a stone.

This large blue pendant is made out of glass, but it looks like it is a blue stone. Many people ask me what type of stone my pendant is made of, and they are surprised when I tell them it is made out of glass. Another thing that shocks people is when I tell them this heart pendant only cost about three dollars when I bought it at Jo'Ann's.

I decided to put this heart pendant on a chain I had lying in my jewelry box, which means this simple piece of jewelry was very affordable. Why buy an expensive heart pendant when you can purchase this affordable and beautiful one instead!

Two Small Turquoise Heart Pendants On A Chain

Two turquoise heart pendants on a chain.
Two turquoise heart pendants on a chain.

After I bought the large blue pendant I decided to bye two small pendants that were similar. I slipped these onto a chain that I had to add a clasp too, and it is still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry two years after I made this necklace. The turquoise colored heart pendants look great when paired with a white colored shirt.

Heart Pendant Necklace Made From Scratch

I made this heart necklace with beading wire and beads.
I made this heart necklace with beading wire and beads.

This heart necklace was made from scratch using beading wire, a clasp, beads, and a beautiful glass heart pendant.  The beads I used were a combination of antique beads I bought at a garage sale as a child, and a few beads I had lying around my house.  Making beautiful heart pendants can be as simple or as intricate as you wish.  One nice thing about heart necklaces made from scratch is how the bead pattern makes this simple necklace much more intricate.

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Very nice article and jewelry designs.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

You go, Girl! nothing like wearing your heart on your sleeve. . . or over your shirt!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nancy,

Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you liked the necklaces.

Teresa,

Yes I really do wear my heart on my sleeve and shirt, but it seems to work best for me. I appreciate your sincere comments :).


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I am really into making jewellery so when I saw this I dived in head first.Making your own jewellery is so much fun and you feel great admiring your work after.I have not done this kind of thing before so I really loved reading this hub.Thanks


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

blondepoet,

I am glad you enjoyed my discussion on how to make your own heart pendants. I love to make all kinds of jewelry though, but making heart pendants is quite a bit of fun.


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packerpack 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

I think this Hub will be good for all guys around how have girl friend(s). Make a jewellery and gift it to your girl friend..... what else could be better then this and if you can make a really good one then not only she will be happy but you too can boast about it. Good Hub.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I think making homemade jewelry for your girlfriend is a great way to save money too! Just think of it guys, you can express your creative, sensitive, and frugal side. I think any intelligent and sensitive lady would love that! You sound like a great person packerpack.


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Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

Amazing article and stunning jewelry designs.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Clara,

I am glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

I like the way you personalize your hubs with a story behind your designing ideas. You are always an inspiration. Very creative!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi C.S. Alexis,

I just feel compelled to personalize my hubs because when I write it is hard for me to write in a depersonalized style. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

Hi,

Nice artoicle for both Jewelers and consumers. I am a Jeweler and liked the same.

Jyoti, India


aza444 6 years ago

Hello

I have a question. I have designed a heart pendant and its unique very meaningful to me... i was wondering how can i find a jewler that would want to work with me? to make the pendants and sell it... because i only drew my idea


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

aza444,

This hub is about making jewelry with pre-made heart pendants. If you want to sell your pendant idea to someone, maybe you should approach a jeweler.


tiffanyjewelry 6 years ago

I love your article. it inspire me to make my own pre-made heart pendants. keep posting.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

wow, this is awesome, and gave me a new outlook on making kewelry, I thought that heart pendants was hard.. but this simplified teh whole thing! thanks.


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Locket Girl 6 years ago

I love the blue heart locket pendant! Absolutely stunning, and it's really don't look like glass ?!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks LocketGirl!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

I like the double heart pendant very much. Great hub.x


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

You can buy beautiful heart pendants at most crafting stores.


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carrierichard 5 years ago from California, USA

i love the design...double heart pendant looks great.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

There are many beautiful heart shaped pendants to be found at beading and craft store, which can be paired with interesting beads. Thanks for reading carreirichard!


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services4all 4 years ago from U.S.

Really nice topic. This gives women's a beautiful look. I also posted a nice article on it.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Service4all,

thanks for the nice comment.

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