[My DIY] Heartbeat Necklace

I have been pinning up a storm on Pinterest, and when I was looking through my DIY inspiration board, I came across this lovely heartbeat necklace (sold on etsy here). With some wire and chain I was able to create my own!  

Supplies: 20 gauge wire, chain, lobster clasp, 2 jump rings, and round tip pliers

Leaving an inch of straight wire at the beginning, 
use the tip of your pliers to bend the wire to create a heartbeat pattern.

More steps after the break…

Bend the wire until you create your heartbeat.

Make a loop on each side of the straight ends, attaching the chain to the wire. 

On the other end of the chain, attach the lobster clasp with a jumpring. Add a jumpring to the other side of the chain and clasp. 

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  1. Wow clever! Great idea!

  2. madhatter says:

    I love it, gonna try it out this weekend!


  3. Sandra says:

    It look great. I need to try this. Xxx

  4. Laure says:

    Great I will do it in silver:)

  5. Tara says:

    So cool! This technique can be used in so many ways 🙂


  6. MANONbonbonn says:

    Love this DIY, soon gonna try something like that!

  7. Lisa Griffin says:

    This necklace is super cute, sleek and funky, great job!
    in dramatic fashion

  8. What a cool necklace, I like it!

    A jewelry blog.

  9. Blair Munday says:

    um – yes! sharing and making tonight!

  10. Julieta says:

    I love it!! this is fabulous and really easy to make.

    xoxo julieta

  11. Anonymous says:

    While I appreciate your ability to DIY…. I feel you are taking away from the original artist in choosing to do a spin off of her design. You did link to her etsy site, but did you get her permission before you did a spinoff? Not an angry post, just want to be sure we’re not taking away from other artists!

    1. Anonymous says:

      I totally agree…..

  12. Sm!Le says:

    oh.. great necklace.. =) I’ll try to make one for me =)


  13. Sarah says:

    that’s amazing!

  14. Eep! My heart just skipped a beat. It’s oh so lovely.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Very cute! Well done!

  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s one thing to be inspired by somethign but this is a total rip off of an artist who is trying to make a living on what she creates. I think you should think before you post.

  17. Hannah F says:

    I love it!!! Will do this tonight!

  18. Jane says:

    Nice execution! Great timing for v-day. I’m a beginner in jewelry making, and this seems simple enough for even me to attempt 🙂 I may have to gift this to my sister. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Love this. Will try it.

  21. To all the anonymous comments about Etsy – sort of agree but with lots of reservations. At least I Spy DIY didn’t put her creation side by side with price comparisons like Livlig did 2 times here: http://www.livlig-online.com/index.php/kaleidoscope/ and here: http://www.livlig-online.com/index.php/diy-heart-art/ . I was actually shocked that no one commented on that which was really blatant! Other bloggers have also put their creations side by side in the post with Etsy crafts and no one has complained (except me in a post that wasn’t anonymous). Also, there are other heartbeat necklaces on the internet, not just on Etsy (and I know she was modeling her’s after the one on Etsy). As usual I feel very conflicted about the whole thing. It’s funny but on Tumblr I feel like I would get a massive negative backlash if I did what Livlig did, and then I wonder why do some blogs get slammed for it (this one) and others not at all?

    1. You are v. right about Livlig – those two posts of hers make me very uncomfortable too. As does this one (see my comment below; not an anonymous one lol)
      I have most certainly DIY’d items I’ve seen on Etsy where I just didn’t have the money for the item in question, or I had the materials already in my craft room and I wanted the challenge of making them. And I’ve worn the stuff I’ve DIY’d on my blog, and have gotten requests for the tutorial for how to make them, and every single time I’ve refused to share the tutes. I feel like there is a line between the up-and-coming independent artisan and the overblown, high-priced luxury brand, and people not supporting the artisan is how our local economies have become eroded (at least in the U.S.!). Plus DIY is usually a down-and-dirty way of mimicking the look – but not the actual method of manufacture. When you’re dealing with a piece as simple as this is, the how-to is likely exactly the same as what the original artist uses, with no substitutions or approximations. This makes me uncomfortable.
      But ideas are ubiquitous, and oftentimes an idea for a piece has already been thought of and created a million times over. Had Jenni posted a collage of all the heartbeat necklaces she could find photos of, and then posted her re-interpretation of the idea, I would be totally okay with it!

  22. This is soooo good Jenni!! I love it. Need to get me some of that wire stuff, I can see it coming in handy a lot.

    Absolutely cant wait to read your book honey, bet the projects are epppiiiic!



  23. very nice and easy!!

  24. Nicole says:

    Love this idea!

    Kisses from HK,

  25. I love this idea!! Very pretty too! Lovely. I might have to try this.


  26. Jenni-
    I love your necklace, but it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable that you posted a tutorial on “how to make a copy of this necklace that’s sold on Etsy.” The seller is an independent artisan whose sterling silver original necklace is already quite affordable at $29.50. It’s one thing to see something you like and DIY it for yourself and your own personal usage, and quite another to show everybody else how to DIY it (and you have quite a large number of followers, so it’s not like this tutorial goes unnoticed). Though you have brought some recognition to the artist, you’re also undermining her sales by showing people exactly how to get the look without buying it. This isn’t a high-priced luxury item you’re DIY’ing that is simply un-affordable via retail, or something that you’ve reinterpreted to your own taste.

    I know with all the amazing handcrafted items on Etsy it’s such a temptation to just DIY others’ pieces rather than buying from their shops. With the release of your upcoming book you’re becoming more of a public figure, and I’d love to see someone who sets a great example (with as much integrity as possible when it comes to DIY, which is essentially dealing in knockoffs LOL).

    Best of luck!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Not for nothing, but who are you to determine whether
      $29.99 is affordable for everyone?
      There are many people who live on a very tight budget
      and can’t shell out $29.99 for a necklace, and
      I’m sure appreciate a way to obtain the look for mere dollars.

    2. AngelaBC says:

      The Etsy necklace was a knockoff of the designer necklace to begin with, so I don’t see anything wrong with this DIY being posted. It’s not as though everyone who wants a heartbeat necklace will actually decide to make one, so those people will still buy it from the designer or buy the knockoff Etsy version.

    3. Pin says:


  27. Angeli says:

    If this is your heartbeat, you’re in trouble. But I still love!

    -Concerned RN

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great idea – modified it to make a “M” script necklace (my initial) in rose gold!

  29. ravenamaru says:

    Would the anti heartbeat necklace be just a line? how pessimistic am i. ANyhow cute diy

  30. C says:

    I agree with Angeli aka concerned RN. A heart beat like this would have to have come from a very sick person!!
    – concerned medical student

  31. Love this idea!!! Linked you up on my blog:


    Thanks, as always, for sharing your creativity:)

  32. Anonymous says:

    what gauge is the wire, and how big are the loops in the necklace? i want to buy the supplies online, so i need to make sure everything fits!

  33. Marty says:

    please see my blog

    beautiful DIY

  34. I love this! My high school’s ‘thing’ is the heartbeat! Definitively trying this in silver maybe!!!

  35. So Nice !!!!!!!!!! I love your idea ! i share it on my blog here :

    See ya ! xxx

    Lucie alias Modeuse Timbrée

  36. Hey
    I made a necklace DIY roundup a while ago.
    I featured your DIY in it.
    And I forgot to tell you (so sorry)
    Better late than never.
    If you aren’t okay with it, please tell me.


    Please check it out!

  37. Laura says:

    Hey, this and other your wire tutorials are so amazing that I desided to try it myself. I posted it in my blog whith link to yours, hope you don’t mind! Thaks so much! Here is the link if you would like to see it :


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