ECT TV Episode 39: Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Jump Ring Earrings

In this episode we’ll make a pair of earrings to match the necklace we made in Episode 39.  Click here for the Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace tutorial.

Watch ECT TV Episode 39 here:

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Here’s the tutorial in photos:

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads.  I used 5 beads for each earring for a total of 10 beads
  • Headpins for each bead
  • 7mm jump rings.  One for each bead dangle and 2 more in between each bead dangle plus one more for each earring.  I used a total of 28 jump rings.
  • Chain
  • Earring wires
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Make all of the beads into bead dangles.  Click here for instructions (or of course watch this episode.)

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Add a jump ring to each bead dangle.  If you need help opening jump rings, click here.

Step #3

Also make sure that all the jump rings you’ll be using are closed properly because they don’t always come that way.  I used 2 jump rings in between each bead dangle.

Step #4

Cut 2 pieces of chain.  It doesn’t matter so much how long the chain is as long as they’re the same, but about 3 inches works great.  You can experiment to get a length you like.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Add a jump ring to one end of the chain.  This will hold all of your bead dangles and jump rings on the chain.

Step #6

Arrange your bead dangles in the order you would like them on your earrings.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Thread the chain through the jump ring on a bead dangle.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Slide on 2 closed jump rings.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Continue adding a bead dangle and 2 jump rings.  I like to have bead dangles on each end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Very carefully open the jump ring on the end of the chain.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Add the other end of the chain in the jump ring and a earring wire.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Close the jump ring and repeat to make the second earring.

ECT TV Episode 39:  Ombre Bead Dangle Earrings

Okay your turn to share!

#1  Are you making these earrings?  Comment below!  (If you don’t see “reply” below, scroll up by the title of this post and click on the conversation bubble and it will open.)

What colors will you use?

Are you going to make any changes?

Or do you have any questions?

#2  Share what you made!  Come back and upload a photo in the comments and share your creation!

ECT TV Episode 38: Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

In today’s episode learn how to make this fun Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace!

Video Episode:

In the episode you’ll learn how to make an ombre effect, open jump rings and make a bead dangle!

Tutorial:

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads*
  • Headpins ** for each bead for the necklace.  I used 2 inch headpins that I purchased.
  • 7 mm jump rings *** 3 for each bead dangle (you’ll use 1 for the bead dangle and 2 in between each bead dangle.
  • Chain
  • Clasp (any clasp you like.  I used a lobster clasp with a few jump rings on the other side with an extra bead dangle)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers (or another pair of pliers that are flat)
  • Wire Cutters

* Beads

You can use any beads you like in any amount you like.  I used a variety of shapes and sizes and did an ombre technique.  You can use all the same color beads or anything you like.

I used 28 beads, you may want more or less.

**Headpins

I used pre-made headpins, but this would look great with headpins you make yourself, too.  Here are some tutorials if you want to make your own:

Spiral and Knotted Headpins

Infinity Headpin

*** Jump rings

Make sure that your jump rings will slide over your chain and have room to move around a little because that’s the fun part of this necklace.  We won’t be opening the jump rings to attach to the chain, but instead they’ll just slide over it.

Step #1

Arrange your beads on a beading tray if you like.  If you’re creating an ombre necklace, start in the middle with the darkest colors and work your way out each way keeping it symmetrical as far as color is concerned.  I didn’t use exactly the same shapes of beads on each side, but I did use the same colors.

Step #2

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Make each of the beads into bead dangles.

I made sure to keep everything in order on my beading tray as I did this.

For help on how to make a bead dangle, click here.  (Or watch the video above.)

Step #3

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add a jump ring to each bead dangle.  If you need help opening jump rings, click here.

Step #4

Also make sure that the other jump rings you’ll be using in this project are closed properly.  When you purchase them they’re not always closed nicely.

Step #5

Cut your chain to the length you’d like.  I like to just measure around my neck and cut.

Step #6

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add one end of a clasp to one end of the chain.  Do not add the other side yet.

Step #7

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Slide a bead dangle onto the necklace by threading the chain through the jump ring.  If you are creating a special design, make sure to start at one end.

Step #8

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add two jump rings.

Step #9

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Continue adding a bead dangle then 2 jump rings until all the bead dangles are added.

I used 28 bead dangles.  You may want to use more or less for your necklace.

Step #10

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Add the other end of your clasp.  If you’re using a lobster clasp you may want to add a few jump rings and a bead dangle to the end.

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

How to Make an Ombre Bead Dangle Necklace

Ideas to Customize this Necklace:

  • Think of any bead pattern you would like.  Try all exactly the same bead, try mixing every other bead or do a rainbow.
  • Use different metals.
  • Mix and match metals.  Add in some copper or brass jump rings along with the silver.
  • Use just a few beads or use many more beads.
  • Add even more jump rings in between the bead dangles.

What else can you think of?

I love this necklace and I’ve already gotten compliments on it!

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ECT TV Episode 37: Adjustable Triangle Wire Ring

ECT TV 37

Today we’re making an Adjustable Triangle Ring!

Watch the video episode:

Tutorial:

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • 18 gauge, half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Square nose pliers
  • Bead Smith Mandrel 4K tool or you can use pliers to make the triangles

Step #1

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Cut approximately 12 inches of 18 gauge half-hard round wire.

Step #2

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Loosely find the middle of the wire.  I like to hold the ends together and make kind of an oval.

Step #3

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Hold the wire in the middle with squared pliers.  Then fold the wire down forming a square.

If you don’t have this tool, you can make two bends using your chain nose pliers.

Step #4

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Figure out what size ring you would like to make.  You’ll wrap around the size smaller.  This ring is adjustable, but it’s a little better to have the ring a little too small and adjust it larger than the other way.

I hold my thumb on the bent square part and wrap the two ends around.  The loose ends will be on the outside of the square piece.

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Step #5

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Trim off the wire so it’s approximately an inch and a half past the point where it’s parallel with the square part.

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Step #6

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Use the triangle mandrel from the Mandrel 4X to form a triangle going away from the ring on each end.

If you don’t have this tool, form a triangle using your pliers.

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Triangle Ring Tutorial

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Jewelry Design Inspiration: Rings

Jewelry Design Inspiration - Rings

I am often asked about inspiration for jewelry design.  My personal inspiration comes from many different places.  Yours may come from other places.  I started this weekly Jewelry Design Inspiration feature to give you ideas for your own inspiration.

This week’s jewelry design inspiration:  Rings.

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Sometimes you just want to make a certain type of jewelry and the inspiration is simply “I want to make a ring.”

In that case it’s often a matter of playing with materials and seeing what happens.  Sometimes you’ll have a general technique or idea in mind and go from there.  You might purchase a tutorial you like and then get inspired to make something truly your own using the general from that jewelry designer.

If that’s the case, here are some ring tutorials you might want to check out:

Flower Ring Tutorial

Flower Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Wire Heart Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Heart Ring

Stretchy Button Ring Tutorial

How to Make a Stretch Ring

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Spiral Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Spiral Ring

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring Tutorial

Wire Circle Ring Tutorial

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