ECT TV Episode 31: How to Make a Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 31:  Key Ornament

In today’s ECT TV episode, I’ll show you how to make an ornament from a key.

This is such a cute idea for a gift (especially a new homeowner), a gift topper, your own tree or make an ornament.

Below the video you’ll find step-by-step instructions plus some variations on this.  Remember to sign up for my newsletter to receive future episodes right in your inbox in PDF form!

This is the last episode of ECT TV for the year.  I started this series at the beginning of this year and I can’t believe that I’ve created 31 episodes.  We’ll continue in the new year on January 6th with a brand new episode.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing!  It has been so much fun!  Have a great holiday and I’ll see you in 2015!

Here’s the video episode:

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Key Ornament Tutorial:

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Upcycled Key Ornament Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • An old key
  • Seed beads (8-10) Any color you wish or use multiple colors.
  • A larger “focal” bead
  • 22 or 24 gauge half-hard round wire (in the video I used brass, in this tutorial I used silver plated copper)
  • 20 gauge half-hard wire (again any wire) or you can simply use a pre-made ornament hook
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
Step #1

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 1

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 1a

Begin to wrap the wire at the bottom of the key. Catch the wire in between the teeth of the key. Wrap around with the long end a couple of times.

Step #2

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 2a

Continue wrapping a few times, catch the short end of the wire and wrap it so it is secure.

Step #3

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 3

Thread about 8 -10 seed beads onto the wire.

Step #4

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 4

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 5

Slide one bead down to the key, wrap once around the key. Slide another bead down, wrap once around the key. Continue until the bottom of the key is filled with beads.

In the video I sometimes wrapped the wire around an extra time without a bead.

Step #5

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 6

Slide on your focal bead. Since this is a Christmas ornament I chose red and green for the colors, but really any color is fine. Clear or white beads would be gorgeous or blue or gold or rainbow anything that matches your decor and style.

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 7

HINT: You will want to leave more room at the top of the beaded seed beads than I did. I should have unwrapped and taken off at least 1 or 2 seed beads to allow more room for the bigger bead on top.

Step #6

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 8

After adding the focal bead, wrap the wire around a couple times then wrap around a few times down the end of the key. Cut off the excess and make sure the end is secure by using chain nose pliers to push it down.

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 9

Step #7

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 10

You could just add a pre-made hook here if you want. Or take some wire and bend it.

Step #8

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 11

Wrap the shorter end around the longer end a few times. Secure it with chain nose pliers.

Step #9

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 12

Make a hook at the end by wrapping the wire around something round. I used my ring mandrel, but you could also use a pen or a highlighter.

Step #10

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Hang up your new ornament. Or give it as a unique gift!

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Ideas To Customize It:

  • Use a copy of your house key or maybe your first house to make it really sentimental.
  • Use skeleton keys.
  • Use any beads of any colors.
  • Add charms in with the beads to make it really funky.
  • Add yarn to the wrapping. See my Customize Your Wire Wrapped Key Brooch post.
  • Make it a pendant instead of an ornament. Or a brooch.

Key Brooches

Wire Wrap Key Brooch with Fiber

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Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

You still have time to get in on the New Year journey of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse!  It starts on January 5th and is a great way to start out 2015 with creativity and learning how to make jewelry.

It’s a 6 week eCourse and you get a lesson each Monday that includes a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and jewelry projects.  You’ll learn some great ways to booster or rediscover your creativity and lots of jewelry making lessons and projects to put it all together.

The price is going up on January 2nd PLUS the next three people to join will get a free copy of my print book Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.  Not to mention that you get my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eBook when you sign up so you can start learning right away!

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Once you join in, you have lifetime access to the eCourse.  This round I’m making some additions and once you are in, you get all the additions for free forever.  You can return to this eCourse again and again!

Are you ready to feel more creative in 2015?  Click here.

Creativity Countdown Week 3: Releasing “What ifs”

Creativity Countdown

Each Monday leading into the New Year I’ll be posting a Creativity Booster.  There will be a variety of activities to try.  Sometimes there will be videos and sometimes photos.  These activities will boost your creativity and make you feel more creative so that you can express yourself in your jewelry making.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, please click here.

Week 8 can be found here.

Week 7 can be found here.

Week 6 can be found here.

Week 5 can be found here.

Week 4 can be found here.

Creativity Countdown 3

This week we’re going to work on clearing out some negative feelings from our past to make room for our present and future.  You can’t do anything about your past.  It’s already done.  However, you can change the way you feel about your past.

I say this a number of times on the video and I’m going to say it here, too.  Please do not do this activity if it becomes too painful for you.

If it does just stop and do something else.  Make some jewelry.  Go for a walk.  Call your best friend.  Do the dishes, etc.

In the video I take you through this or you can read below:

The What if Activity:

Step #1

Pull out your journal or a sheet of paper and write down all your “what ifs.”  It may be something like “If I had only ….” or “I wish I would have …”

Basically things that you have bad feelings about from your past.  Write everything down you can think of.

Step #2

Now pick one of those “what ifs”.

You can pick:

  • The one that affects or haunts you the most;
  • The easiest one;
  • The most difficult one; or
  • Any random one.

Just pick anyone at all.  Sometimes it is best to pick something that’s simple or easy and then you can build momentum.

Step #3

Working in your journal again, write down all your feelings and thoughts about this one particular “what if.”

Why didn’t you do your what if previously?

What would be different about your life had you done your what if the way you picture it in your mind?

What is holding you back from trying it now?  (if that’s applicable.)

If it is trying something new that you haven’t tried before, what support do you need to feel comfortable trying it?

If it’s something art related, what do you need to purchase or borrow supplies?

If it’s something from your past that you cannot change, how can you change how you feel about it?

(Note:  I do not recommend talking to people in your past if it’s a bad relationship or something similar.  You can heal how you feel without ever talking to the people involved from the past.)

Step #4

Art Project!

Create a piece of work based up on the what if you chose.

For example, I have a relationship from my past that took up many years of my life.  I often think what if I hadn’t spent so many years of my life on that friendship.  When I get to thinking that way, I have to change my mindset about it.  Instead, I try to think of all the ways I grew from knowing that person or learned from the relationship.

* I could create an artwork about all of the positive things I learned from the relationship.

* I could create an artwork about all the good things about the person.

* I could create an artwork about all the dark things that happened in that relationship.

A note about releasing negativity into your artwork:  I have found when I am working out something negative through art, I would prefer to not have that artwork in my house or anywhere I can see after I complete it.  I destroy it.  You could bury it, burn it or even paint over it and create something new and beautiful out of it.

Of course, I love making jewelry as a way to express my feelings.  And with jewelry you get to wear the piece to remind yourself of your strength or the lessons you learned, etc.

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My 6 week eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts on January 5th, 2015.  Learn more about the eCourse and get in here before the price goes up!

Start out 2015 feeling super creative!  Each week for 6 weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and one or more jewelry making projects via video and PDF eBooks.  People feel unstuck creatively and find their creativity again!  This round I’m adding even more tips and tricks and jewelry making projects.

Click here to find out more about this great eCourse.  (Special bonus right now for the next 3 people to sign up get my print book as a bonus!  The price on the course is going up on January 2nd, so make sure you get in before then!)

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Draped Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

I recently created this necklace out of necessity really.  Sometimes our best designs come from a lack of materials and that was the case with this necklace.

My husband’s company holiday party was coming up and I found a dress that I liked.  The weird part was that it had gold sequins.  Now, that sounds really tacky, right?  But there was a pretty layer on the top to kind of tone them down and I actually really liked the dress.

Here it is:

me

The problem was, however, that I don’t wear gold jewelry ever.  My jewelry is almost exclusively silver.  And while I have absolutely no problem with mixing and matching metals, silver just didn’t look right in this case.

So I figured I would just use brass (which ended up being a perfect match.)  I had envisioned using upcycled chandelier crystals and making a big statement necklace and a wrap bracelet.

I didn’t have enough brass wire, so I ordered some online during a special.  And then I waited…..and waited….and waited…..

Finally, it’s the day before the event and I had received notification that the delivery of my package with the wire was delayed….again.

So I started digging through my supplies to see what I could make.  I thought maybe I would just make something beaded without wire so that the color of the wire wouldn’t matter.

Then I came across a large amount of brass chain that I had tucked away.

So I decided to make a draped chain necklace.  I have made a couple necklaces kind of like that before, but never with so much chain.

Draped Chain Necklace

How I made the necklace:

I don’t really have a step-by-step for this necklace with photos, but you can make your own, too.

Here’s what you need:

  • A lot of chain
  • A lot of jump rings to match (I used 4mm jump rings)
  • A clasp
  • Chain nose pliers and another pair of pliers (I like bent nose pliers) to open jump rings.

Step #1

Open the jump rings.  It’s so much easier to have your jump rings already opened before you start a project.  That is especially true with this project.

If you need help with opening and closing jump rings, here’s a video:

Step #2

Next I decided how long I wanted my shortest part of the necklace to be and I cut the chain.  That was the base of the other chains that were draping.

Step #3

Add the clasp to that chain.  This helps because you’ll either want to put the necklace on a mannequin or you’ll need to keep trying it on as you go.  I kept trying it on anyway because I wanted to see exactly how it looked on me.

Step #4

Start adding chain to the base chain using jump rings.  You can do this however you like.  If you want to keep it very symmetrical, you will want to measure each side where you add chain.  Or you can just go with your eye.

I left the chain uncut as I tried out different ways of draping and then I would attach the loose end with a jump ring and cut the chain how long I needed it and attach that end.

Step #5

Once you complete the base, you may want to add a couple more long chains to give your necklace more length.  I added a couple more and attached each end to the jump ring that was holding on my lobster clasp on one side and to the jump rings that were at the other end.

Step #6

Chain Necklace

Then you have your completed necklace.

Helpful Hints:

  1. It is super easy for the chain to get tangled up and twisted as you go.  I highly suggest using a mannequin if possible.  If you don’t have one, you’ll need a lot of patience.
  2. Opening your jump rings first will really help you because you’ll get into the flow of making your necklace and then suddenly you’ll need to open a jump ring and that can interrupt your flow.
  3. Specifically for brass:  My chain had a patina on it that I didn’t want for this particular design so I used steel wool to remove it and make my necklace a little shinier.
  4. Even if you’re using a mannequin, you will most likely want to try the necklace on yourself (if you’re making it for yourself) a few times as you go so you can see exactly how it’s going to fit and lay on you.

Wrap Bracelet:

Wrap Chain Bracelet

The bracelet I made to match was simply a wrap bracelet.  I simply wrapped chain around my wrist how I wanted it to fit and then cut the chain and added a clasp.

You could also cut several pieces of chain to the length you want and add each piece to a jump ring, but it won’t be quite the same look.  (And it won’t be a wrap bracelet.)

I also made earrings, but they were too much with the other jewelry.  I made tassel earrings like featured in ECT TV Episode 30.

Are you ready to try some chain?  If you do, come on over to the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page and post what you made.  If you have questions, you can post them there, too.

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Coming up soon:

January 5th, 2015 is the first day of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse!  I have run this eCourse before, but this time I’ll be adding more projects and some helpful hints as we go along.

The course runs for 6 weeks.  Each week you get a Creativity Booster, Jewelry Making Lessons (for specific skills) and at least one and usually more than one Jewelry Project.  It’s full of videos and PDF eBooks and you even get a complete eBook of the eCourse at the end.

It’s designed so that you can rediscover your creativity (you ARE creative, sometimes you just need to find it again) or boost your creativity.

Plus, as a special bonus you get my eBook, Wire Wrapping for Beginners as a special gift when you sign up.

Click here to learn more and to get in at the current price.  (The price is going up on January 2nd, so get in now!)  Plus, the next 3 people who sign up I’ll send a hard copy of the Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry print book!

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Creativity Countdown Week 4: Doodling

Creativity Countdown

Each Monday leading into the New Year I’ll be posting a Creativity Booster.  There will be a variety of activities to try.  Sometimes there will be videos and sometimes photos.  These activities will boost your creativity and make you feel more creative so that you can express yourself in your jewelry making.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 (I know it seems far off now!) we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, click here.

Week 8 can be found here.

Week 7 can be found here.

Week 6 can be found here.

Week 5 can be found here.

Creativity Countdown Week 4

Just 4 weeks until the beginning of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry!

I am so excited for this round of the eCourse.  I’m adding in new activities and tips and tricks and tutorials!

Week 4 Creativity Booster:

I know that a lot of people think they’re not creative, get creatively blocked or feel as though they’ve lost their creativity.  (That’s the whole reason I created Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.)  If you look back to your childhood you probably can remember a time when you felt creative.  I know I drew without boundaries, painted, made cards, made friendship bracelets by the boatload, among other things.

I recently remembered an activity I did as a child.  I kind of think we may have done this in art class or it could have been something we just did on our paper bag book covers.  I don’t exactly remember.

It’s really just doodling.  There’s no right or wrong way to do it.  You don’t have to show anyone – or you can if you want.  This is just for you.  Give it a try and see if you feel more creative overall.

In the eCourse one of the weeks is all about doodling.  There is something about it that just starts you feeling more creative.

Here’s the activity:

(I wish I had a name for this, but I don’t.  I even tried googling it.  So we’ll just call it doodling.)

Step #1

Doodling

First grab a piece of paper and some markers, colored pencils, crayons or even just a pen if it’s all you have handy.

Step #2

Doodling

Draw on the paper.  You can draw any shapes or we used to do it with our names in bubble letters.

As you can see, I simply drew a heart, but you can draw a bunch of different shapes if you like.

Step #3

Doodling

Start on the left side of the paper draw a line and then go around the shape (or shapes) you come to.  Basically, you want to keep the line straight across, but you have to go around any shapes and then back down to the level you started at after going around the shape.

Step #4

Doodling

Continue by doing another line above the first one and continue until you fill up the top half of the page.  When you run out of room, just take the line off the paper and back onto the paper where there is room.

You can use different colors, rainbow colors (like I did), just a couple of colors, black and white or whatever you like.  You can also color in between the lines so it’s solid or leave them as lines like I did.  Whatever you like!

Step #5

Doodling

Doodling

Doodling

Now do the same thing on the bottom half of the page, going around and under any shapes.

Step #6

Doodling

You can doodle in your shapes, too, or color them in or leave them empty.  Whatever you like!

Do you feel more creative?  I hope so!  If you would like to share what you made, you can post it over on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page.

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My 6 week eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry starts on January 5th, 2015.  Learn more about the eCourse and get in here before the price goes up!

Start out 2015 feeling super creative!  Each week for 6 weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry making lessons and one or more jewelry making projects via video and PDF eBooks.  People feel unstuck creatively and find their creativity again!  This round I’m adding even more tips and tricks and jewelry making projects.

Click here to find out more about this great eCourse.

ECT TV Episode 30: How to Make Tassels

ECT TV Episode 30:  How to Make Tassels

{ECT TV stands for Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television, my biweekly video series about making jewelry and creativity!}

This week on ECT TV I’ll show you how to make 2 different kinds of tassels.  Either one can be used in making jewelry, decorations, scrapbooks and other art or as a topper for a gift.

In the video, I show you how to make a tassel with chain and how to make a tassel with ribbon.  I used lace in the video, but I used ribbon in the tutorial below.

You can use the chain tassel for earrings, a pendant for a necklace or as a charm on a bracelet.  This tutorial (specifically for earrings) is in my book Wire Wrapping for Beginners.  You can find out about the eBook (digital PDF) here or the print book here.

Here is this week’s episode:

Here are the tutorials in pictures:

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Tassel Charm

Tassel #1:  Chain Tassel

This is a quick and easy project and you can use these tassels in all kinds of ways:  Earrings, pendants, charms for bracelets and anything else you can think of!

And the best part is you can use up all those weird little bits of extra chain you have leftover from other projects.  See, there was a reason you were saving them!

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • Chain (a variety of different leftover chains is great for this! ) Each chain will be about 1 ½” long and you’ll need 4
  • Wire, 20 or 22 gauge, half hard, round
  • 2 Beads with big openings (or cone beads)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose or other flat pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Cut 4 pieces of chain to the length 1 ½” long. You can use any chain you want. This is a great way to use up little leftovers you’ll have from other projects. Feel free to make them longer or shorter based on your preferences and what you plan to do with your tassel.

You may want to make them different lengths.

You may want to use more than just 4 or less, too.

Step #2

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Cut about 5” of wire, or more if you are using a long bead or cone bead.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Slide each chain onto the wire.

Step #4

How to make a tassel charm

Bend the wire in half. The chains will be in the middle of the wire.

Step #5

How to make a tassel charm

Twist the wire a couple times.

Step #6

How to make a tassel charm

Slide the bead over the wire and push it tightly onto the chain, covering the twists in the wire.  Ideally, the chains should look like they’re coming directly out of the bead.

Step #7

How to make a tassel charm

Grasp one of the wires with round nose pliers, close to the bead.

Step #8

How to make a tassel charm

Twist the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers and then under the pliers and around the wire.

Straighten the loop so that it’s centered on top of the bead.

Step #9

How to make a tassel charm

Take the tassel off the pliers and then grasp the loop between your chain nose pliers.

Continue wrapping around the wire as you started in step #8. Then wrap the other wire around in the other direction

Step #10

How to make a tassel charm

Tassel Charm

Clip off any excess wire with wire cutters.  Tuck in the ends of the wire making sure they do not stick out.

Now you have  a cool tassel for your jewelry or decorating!

Tassel #2:  Ribbon (or lace) Tassel

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

I think these tassels look so cute as toppers for presents.  In the video I made a lace tassel, but here I made a cute tassel with ribbon.

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • A variety of ribbon.  You could also use lace or yarn.
  • Scissors

Step #1

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Decide how long you would like your tassel and then double it and cut your ribbons (or lace or yarn.)

I used about 15 ribbons total.  The one ribbon I had was way too wide, so I cut it into strips.  I think a variety is nice, but you could do all one color or ribbon if that is your taste.

Step #2

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Cut a shorter piece of ribbon and a longer piece of ribbon.  The longer piece will be the hanger, the shorter piece will hold all the ribbons together.

Step #3

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

I arranged my ribbons in the way I wanted by folding them over my finger so I could see how the tassel would look.

Step #4

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Take the longer extra ribbon you cut and tie a knot in it.  Then center it in the middle of all the ribbons.

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Here you can see the ribbons are folded in half around the longer ribbon.

Step #5

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Use the shorter ribbon to tie around all of the ribbons.  I just tied it in a knot and trimmed it close.

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Step #6

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Trim the ribbons so they are mostly the same length.

Step #7

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Now you have a completed tassel.

You can use it as an ornament for your tree, to decorate your house or as a cute adornment for a gift.

Christmas Tassel Tutorial

Either tassel can be adapted for use as jewelry, decorating, gift topper, scrapbooking or other arts.

Customize either tassel by:

  • Making the tassel longer;
  • Making the tassel shorter;
  • Adding chain to the ribbon tassel or adding ribbon to the chain tassel;
  • Using different lengths;
  • Adding more or less chain or ribbon;
  • Adding beads to the chains; or
  • Anything else you can think of!

Have fun!

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My Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse begins on January 5th, 2015 so you can start the new year with lots of creativity!

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