ECT TV Episode 77: Wire Wrapped Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Earrings

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

H!  Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I will show you how to wire wrap an upcycled chandelier crystal and make a sparkly, dangling pair of earrings.

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

This is also Part 3 of my 3 Part Series:  Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Part 1 is all about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is today and we’re making these fun earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:


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Where to get upcycled chandelier crystals:

  • Where I have found most of my crystals is at antique stores.
  • Check thrift shops.  I often find them there.
  • eBay seems to always have them whenever you want them.  (Antique stores and thrift shops are more hit or miss.)

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 matching upcycled chandelier crystals
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Remove any findings or wire from the crystals.

You may be able to use your pliers to bend the wire and remove it or in some cases you may need to use your wire cutters to cut off any of the findings.

Step #2

Cut 5 inches of wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Usually the crystal will have a couple of holes, but for these earrings we’ll just use one and ignore the other.

Slide the crystal onto the wire and center it.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Cross the wire in the middle of the crystal.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Twist the wire at least one complete time.  You want the wire to end as seen in the photo.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold the loop in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the bottom of the loop once while straightening the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the crystal.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap around a couple of times with that wire.  Then wrap around the other wire a couple of times.

You can use your hands or your bent nose pliers to help you with wrapping.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Trim off the excess wire and use chain nose pliers to make sure that the ends of the wire are not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Add an earring wire.

Repeat to make a matching earring.

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals


My Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry:

In the video I promised to show you the jewelry I made for a holiday party I attended over the weekend using upcycled chandelier crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I made two tier earrings using the same concept as above.

(In Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse I show you how to make different types of tiered earrings, how to make your own jump rings and earring wires.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Wire Wrapped Ring with chandelier crystal and spirals on the sides.  (Learn how to make this ring with a bead in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

This is my bracelet from the set.  I decided simple was best, just a bunch of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I am crazy about this necklace set.  It’s actually 2 necklaces layered (which is really on trend right now.)  I made the chain for the pendant necklace (another tutorial from Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse) and then layered it with a choker length necklace of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Here’s a photo of me wearing the necklaces, although they’re kind of covered up by my big hair.


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I show you how, step-by-step, in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Learn all the components and techniques you need to make earrings, bracelets, charm bracelets, necklaces and rings!

Plus be inspired to express your own creativity, going beyond just following step-by-step tutorials, but infusing your own style into the pieces.

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Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry Part 2: Tools

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Over 3 days I have a special 3 Part Series to help you get started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry.

Part 1 is all about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 (this post) we’ll talk about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 will be a tutorial and we’ll actually use wire and make a pair of earrings.

After you go through the series, I would highly suggest that you sign up for my free Quick Start Guide to Wire Wrapped Jewelry or invest in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse if you’re ready to really dig in and learn how to make lots of components and then put them together to make wire wrapped jewelry, along with lots of inspiration for designing your own unique pieces to express your creativity and personal style.

Part 2

To get started wire wrapping, you need 3 basic tools. 

(a fourth tool will be pretty helpful, too.)

3 Basic Wire Wrapping ToolsWire Cutters

You can actually get started with a basic pair that you may already have around; however, you’ll quickly want to get a better pair.

How to use wire cutters:

You use wire cutters to make 2 different types of cuts:  a flush cut and a pinch cut.  Depending what side of the cutters you use is the kind of cut you’ll make.

how to use wire cuttersThe flat side will make a flush cut.  In all of the tutorials I share you want to start with making sure each side has a flush cut.

how to use wire cuttersThat’s what the flush cut looks like.  It’s cut straight.

how to use wire cuttersWhen you use the other side you make a pinch cut.

(And actually, every time you cut wire off to use, one piece will have a flush cut and one will have a pinch cut.)

how to use wire cuttersThat’s what a pinch cut looks like.

How to use round nose pliersRound Nose Pliers:

Round nose pliers are used for making loops and bends with wire and only for that.

How to Use Round Nose Pliers

How to use round nose pliersOne thing that I use round nose pliers for is to begin spirals.

How to use round nose pliersRound nose pliers are also use to make loops.  Here I’m starting a wire wrapped loop to make a bead dangle. There is a wire wrapped loop on one end and a spiral on the other end.

You can learn how to make both in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse.

How to use round nose pliersHow to Use Chain Nose PliersChain Nose Pliers:

Chain nose pliers are basically used for everything.  It’s like an extension of your hands when you’re wire wrapping.

You’ll want to have a second pair of chain nose pliers, or I actually suggest that you get bent nose pliers in addition to chain nose pliers.

For jewelry making, make sure the pliers are smooth and do not have teeth on the inside.

How to use chain nose pliers:

Use chain nose pliers to hold wire, wrap wire and bend and twist wire.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersHold a loop wire wrapping it.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersWhile holding the loop with one pair of pliers, wrap the wire around with another pair of pliers.   I’m holding the loop with bent nose pliers.  I’ll usually either hold the loop with the bent nose or actually do the wrapping with the bent nose while holding the loop with chain nose.

How to Use Chain Nose PliersHere I’m making a spiral.  Once you make the original loop, you use chain nose pliers to continue the spiral.

You’ll use chain nose pliers for everything you make when wire wrapping.

Action Steps:

#1  It’s time to get some tools!  Do you have any tools that you can use?

If not, you can get a starter set at a great deal at a jewelry supply store or craft store.  Look for coupons and you’ll get an even better deal.

Get the best quality you can for the budget you have.  You can upgrade to better tools as you learn.  Plus you’ll know what tools you use the most and want to upgrade if you wait until you’ve been making jewelry for a while to upgrade.

#2   If you want to dig deeper into a solid introduction for making wire wrapped jewelry, I suggest that you sign up for my free 10 day Quick Start Guide for Wire Wrapped Jewelry.

#3 Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse is a great place to learn how to make many components and learn how to put them together to make beautiful jewelry.  I also show you ways to customize the jewelry pieces to express your creativity and your own personal style.

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry [Part 1]

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Over the next 3 days I have a special 3 Part Series to help you get started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry.

Part 1 is today and it’s all about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is tomorrow and we’ll talk about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 will be a tutorial and we’ll actually use wire and make a pair of earrings.

After you go through the series, I would highly suggest that you sign up for my free Quick Start Guide to Wire Wrapped Jewelry or invest in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse if you’re ready to really dig in and learn how to make lots of components and then put them together to make wire wrapped jewelry, along with lots of inspiration for designing your own unique pieces to express your creativity and personal style.

Part 1: Where to Get Wire

Today I wanted to give you some suggestions about where to get wire since I get this question quite a bit.

If you already have a favorite store for jewelry supplies, start there.

For the Quick Start Guide and for my eCourses and eWorkshops I use 20 gauge wire the most for almost everything.  For some projects you’ll need a thicker gauge, such as 18 gauge and occasionally you’ll need thinner gauge such as 22 gauge.

(I go into wire gauges more thoroughly in the free Quick Start Guide.)

For most everything I teach you’ll use half hard wire.

As you get more into wire wrapping and learn more, you’ll find out what other gauges you need and add them.

Sterling silver can be expensive and I don’t recommend it if you’re beginning because it can be very disappointing if you mess it up (and most likely you will mess it up when you’re first starting.)

For silver plated wire:

You can find “artist wire” at craft stores like Michaels, AC Moore or Joann if you have any of those stores close by. (It’s usually silver plated copper or sometimes called “German Wire.”)

You’ll usually not find a temper (or hardness, i.e. half hard, etc.) on the artist wire, but it typically works like half hard wire.

My favorite wire that I most often use Parawire‘s non tarnish silver plated wire.

Fire Mountain Gems has something similar called Zebra Wire, but I haven’t actually used it.  It seems very similar.

I highly recommend Parawire. I use it a lot and I wear my jewelry pieces a lot and it really holds up with no tarnishing.

For copper or brass wire:

These are also nice inexpensive alternatives.  You can usually find copper at craft stores and also really anywhere that sells wire (like FireMountainGems.com or FusionBeads.com).

Typically for brass I have just simply searched for “Brass Wire” on Etsy and purchased it.

(Also, I love mixing brass with silver!)

Sterling Silver:

The options above are all great places to start.  As I mentioned above, if you’re new to making jewelry I would start with these less expensive versions of wire for a while.

However, when you’re ready to purchase sterling silver, you can find that on the same websites as well.  I also recommend Halstead.  (Note: they do have a $100.00 minimum order.)

Action Steps:

#1   If you want to dig deeper into a solid introduction for making wire wrapped jewelry, I suggest that you sign up for my free 10 day Quick Start Guide for Wire Wrapped Jewelry.

#2  In a couple of days we’ll be using wire for a fun tutorial.  So if you don’t have wire, purchase some 20 gauge wire.  If it’s artist wire or Parawire, it won’t have a hardness.  If you do have a choice of hardness, purchase half hard.

#3 Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse is a great place to learn how to make many components and learn how to put them together to make beautiful jewelry.  I also show you ways to customize the jewelry pieces to express your creativity and your own personal style.

 

How to Be Creative Even When You’re Busy [7 Actionable Tips]

7 Tips for Being Creative when Busy

A lot of us are really busy.  Maybe you have a job, kids, dinner to make, laundry to fold, friends to meet, meetings to attend or any number of other things.

It can be difficult to carve out time for making jewelry (or whatever other art you want to make.)

I find this especially true during the holiday season.  Our schedules get changed and we have parties to attend or family to visit.

Even if you had jewelry making in your normal daily routine, it can be difficult when that normal daily routine gets changed.

Here are some ways to make sure that you are getting your creative time even when you’re busy:

1.  Schedule it in.

I know this seems pretty obvious, but recently I was trying to figure out how to actually finish a year long project I’m working on (and got behind on.) I scheduled it and now I’m making progress again!

For my project, I decided to dedicate Sunday evenings to it.  I was trying to make it so complicated thinking I should work on it every day for a little bit, but then I was finding it difficult to find the time each day.

So I chose a few hours just one day per week.

I went from trying to work on it every single day and not actually doing that to working on it a few hours each week and actually making some progress.

2.  Gather your supplies in one place.

If you have to dig out everything from here and there every time you want to make some jewelry, it can be a barrier.

Instead keep your most used tools and supplies easily accessible.

If you have a dedicated studio or room to work in, then you can keep everything out and ready to go.

If not, keep your most used items together in one place.  For example, if you work on the kitchen table and have to put things away when it’s dinnertime, then maybe find a box or basket to keep items in so you can easily move things.

If you’re taking Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse, your most used tools will be wire cutters, chain nose pliers and round nose pliers.  You might want to keep your 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire handy as well.

I know you probably have more supplies than can fit in a basket, so thinking about what you want to work on in your next jewelry making session ahead of time can be helpful.  You can pull out those supplies ahead of time.

3.  Plan your creativity.

Decide what you’re going to work on in your next jewelry making session before you actually sit down to work.

When I had a full-time job, I would think about it, dream about it and even write it down on a little sticky note or piece of paper during the day so I knew when I got home what I would be doing.

Now making jewelry is my job, but I still plan it out or else I just waste time.

4.  Have separate times for planning and for doing.

This goes along with the previous tip.  Instead of getting to the worktable and then deciding what to do, plan that out ahead of time so you can just sit down and work.

Use sketchbook or some kind of idea journal to write down and draw out ideas in.  That’s your planning and thinking time.

Then when it’s time to make you have the ideas to turn to and you don’t waste time sitting there and thinking about what to do.

This is something I teach in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  I love having a jewelry idea sketchbook so I never run out of ideas.

5.  Routine helps with creativity.

I have been reading that over and over again and I didn’t want to believe it.  I dislike schedules and routine.  I want to be spontaneous and just go with the flow.

But the truth is when you show up day after day and do the work, creativity happens.

Create a routine for your creative endeavors and stick with it.  The example I mentioned in #1 above, I am doing once a week.  I make jewelry every day.  Find a routine that works for you.

6.  Keep it simple.

Something simple completed is better than a big, complex thing not completed.

You may have dreams of making a complex set of jewelry that includes earrings, bracelet, necklace and a ring.  Thinking of it as a whole complete set can feel overwhelming.

Instead, break it down into smaller chunks.  Today I’ll make the earrings.  Tomorrow I’ll make the ring.  Maybe break down the necklace and bracelet projects into even smaller chunks depending on your design.  (For example, if you need to make some different components, work on those components one day and put everything together the next.)

7. Take it easy on yourself.

If you get busy with other stuff, don’t beat yourself up about not getting jewelry made or whatever your creative project is.  When you have time you’ll get at it again.

I hope that you can schedule in time to make jewelry or do whatever creative endeavor you’re planning even though the holidays!


Another way to keep up your creative practice even when you’re busy is to take an eCourse.  It will inspire you and you’ll be excited to get to it every day!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Learn to make beautiful, sturdy, professional level wire wrapped jewelry!

I show you how, step-by-step, in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Learn all the components and techniques you need to make earrings, bracelets, charm bracelets, necklaces and rings!

Plus be inspired to express your own creativity, going beyond just following step-by-step tutorials, but infusing your own style into the pieces.  Learn more here.

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Welcome to a new episode of ECT TV (Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV!)

Today I have a fun wire ring tutorial.  It’s a different take on my popular Wire Wrapped Rose Ring tutorial.

Here’s today’s video episode:

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ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge, dead soft or half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose RingWe’ll work right off the spool, so we’re not going to cut off any wire for now.

Hold the wire on the size ring you want to make and leave 3 to 4 inches of a tail.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Wrap around 5 times or however many times you like.

Cut the wire leaving a tail of about 3 to 4 inches on the other side as well.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Pull the wires together around the ring mandrel and pull out to the sides to pull everything tightly.

Then twist the loose wires.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Twist around again with both wires.  The wires should go under the first wraps.

At this point you can go more freestyle or make a neater rose.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Go around a few more times and then trim the ends of the wire making flush cuts.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Use chain nose pliers to push the ends in.

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Here’s what it looks like from the back.

Have fun!

I would love to see your ring!  Upload a photo in the comments below!

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

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Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry‘s next session is in January 2017!  It is an awesome way to start out the new year!  Lots of inspiration and creativity.

You can register starting on November 25th.  (Get on my newsletter list to make sure to hear about it! Fill in the form below.)

AND!!

I’m having a sale!  You can get Rediscover and bundle it with Inspired eCourse (which runs right after in February) for just $10 more!

AND!!!
I’m going to give you one of my eWorkshops (of your choice!) for FREE with the purchase of the bundle!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

I mentioned Wire Wrapping for Beginners on the video.  I expected to release it on Friday as well, but there is a slight delay.

My completely updated and revamped Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse will be released on Cyber Monday, November 28th, 2016.  There will be an early bird price for just Monday.

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ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring