I am so excited about this eWorkshop because I’ve been obsessed with making these spiral pendants! I have them in several color combinations and different sizes.
I made the first one, posted it to Instagram (so I know I didn’t imagine making it!) and promptly lost it. And it’s still lost. It’s okay, though, because I’ve had so much fun making more and more of them.
I love spirals and they keep showing up in different forms in my life, too. To me, life is a spiral. You start out and you just keep coming around around to the same things. It’s great because you can use what you learned the first time around to help you the next time around. It’s not a circle, so there’s space between the first time you experienced it and the next time. It’s a learning journey.
Okay, so you’re probably wondering what an eWorkshop is….
It’s a virtual workshop that’s held online. It’s kind of like going to an in person workshop except you can do it in your PJs! Plus, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can take it any time and it’s much less expensive.
For my eWorkshops, they include a private video tutorial plus a PDF eBook (with step-by-step photos.) (Some of my eWorkshops contain several videos and PDFs. This particular one is for just one project.)
I’ll teach you how to use any beads and customize this pendant to work with them!
You can learn all about the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop here. Right now (if you’re reading this shortly after I post it) it’s priced at a low introductory rate that’s half off what it’s going to be!
Today I have a fun new video tutorial for you: bead dangle bracelet!
In the episode you’ll learn:
How to make a bead dangle (wire wrapped headpin)
Watch the video or scroll down for step-by-step photos.
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ECT TV Episode 45 Video:
Bead Dangle Bracelet Step-by-Step Instructions:
Materials and Tools:
Crimp bead covers (optional)
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
*Beads: You can use whatever beads you like for this project. I’m using tiny glass beads that are similar in size to larger seed beads. If you use larger beads, you may want to change the pattern of the beads to just put one bead in between each bead dangle when you’re stringing.
**Headpins: You can use pre-made or try making your own. Here are a couple tutorials if you want to try to make your own:
As you may have noticed if you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, nature is a huge inspiration for me. I have just started keeping a nature journal and I go out into nature anytime I get the chance. (Which of late has been daily! Yay!)
Recently I visited the Mill Creek Falls with my husband. The falls were easy to get to once we find the trail, but it did take a couple trips because we had incorrect directions.
I love waterfalls. I find them relaxing, inspiring and just simply beautiful. Before getting to the falls I was grouchy and annoyed. As soon as we found the right trail and I were on the path to the falls I was relaxed, calm and happy again.
I often talk about being inspired by nature and picking colors or shapes or just the general feeling of inspiration and recharge you get from nature. But in this circumstance I picked up some souvenirs (rocks) to actually use in jewelry.
I have a rock collection and we often will pick up a rock or two from a river or place we visit. In this case the rocks all had this metallic quality to them. Also, I love rocks that have been smoothed by water.
This is one of the rocks we found. It isn’t smooth, but when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a pendant.
We also gathered up a few more.
Even as I was picking them out I was envisioning a bracelet with these rocks all wrapped in brass or copper and picked them out for that specific purpose.
Here’s the jewelry I made from those rocks:
I used brass wire to wrap the rocks and used brass findings to put it all together.
I love the look, but I also love that the rocks came from such a beautiful place where I have such wonderful memories.
How does nature inspire you?
Here’s 30 seconds of the Mill Creek Falls if you need a moment of relaxation:
Want to learn to make jewelry with souvenirs you find in nature?
Check out my Nature Jewelry Virtual Workshop and get several videos on different techniques for using nature as inspiration and actually using nature in your jewelry making!