ECT TV Episode 67: Spiral Wire Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Welcome to Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  In today’s episode, I’ll teach you how to make this pretty spiral pendant!

Here’s the video:

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

This is the same tutorial that’s in the video, but in step-by-step photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • Big chunky focal bead that is side drilled (works better if it’s at least somewhat flat)
  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut about 10 inches of wire.  You may need to adjust the length depending on the size of your bead.  Mine is about 1 inch across.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Slide the bead on and center it on the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cross the wires across the top keeping them tight against the bead.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Twist the wire in the middle of the bead.  I think the trickiest part is twisting in the middle.

I twisted the wire twice.  Make sure to keep the wire tight against the bead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

We’ll work with one wire at a time, so I like to pull one up straight and the other off to the side.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around the pliers and in between the pliers and the twist forming a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

The loop you just made will be off center, so we’ll straighten it now.

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Leave any extra wire for now.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now we’ll work with the other wire that was just waiting off to the side.

Pull it straight down the bead.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.  (On most wire cutters just use the back of the wire cutters toward what you’re cutting.)

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Form a loop.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers so that the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through the top.  (You can run your finger over to check.)

Twist the wrist that is holding the round nose pliers away from you while using your other hand to wrap the wire around the pliers.

Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust your round nose pliers in the wire and complete the loop.  It will look like a “P”.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers so it’s off to the side again and repeat step #15.  Continue to do this spiraling around until the spiral is where you would like it to be on the bead.

I went a little more than halfway up the bead.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to bend back the wire so the spiral is straight.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the spiral against the bead so it’s flat.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now, with the other wire (the one that formed the wire wrapped loop at the top of the bead), you could just trim it and be done, but I decided to make a spiral at the top, too.

Trim the wire to about an inch (or longer if you want a larger spiral.)

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Follow Step #13 above to form a loop.

Step #21

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Then follow Steps #14 – #16 to make a spiral.

You’ll have to sort of adjust it when you’re done with your chain nose pliers so it’s in front of the wire wrapped loop.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Just add it to a chain or cord and you have a pretty pendant!


Upcoming eCourse:

Inspired eCourse

Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.

The next session starts on July 25, 2016.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

There is a payment plan available for easy weekly payments.

Note:  This eCourse is not available all the time.  I run it once or twice a year.


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Jewelry Making Quick Tip: How to Make Uniform Loops

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

Want to make your wire wrapped loops all the same size in your jewelry projects?

I have a quick video tip on how to make your wire wrapped loops uniform throughout a project.

Watch the video:

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

Want to learn more about making jewelry?  Get my Free Intro to Jewelry Making eCourse here.

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman (plus art journal prompt)

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman has always been a favorite author of mine.  I recently read a book that reminded me of that!

Wonder society

To be honest, I don’t want to tell you too much about the book in case you want to read it.  I can say this book was one of those books I gobbled up almost in one sitting and have been going back through again slowly.

It came at the perfect moment and it has positively impacted my life in many ways.

As a consequence, I have been wanting my own copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

Now, I could have easily ordered a new copy and had it pretty quickly, but I really wanted a used copy.  I have been watching for it at my local used bookstore and scouring the book section in my local thrift stores.

And then, finally, this week I found it!

Walt Whitman

I almost jumped up and down when I found it in a thrift store!  I was on a treasure hunt and I found my treasure!

It’s a simple thing, a book, but it felt like an adventure to try to find it.  Like I said, I easily could have went on Amazon and ordered it, but that felt too simple and too impersonal.  I wanted a book that had been read and loved before by another Walt Whitman fan.

The art journal page I created is in honor of Walt Whitman and also The Wander Society.

Art Journal Inspiration: Walt Whitman

Art Journal Prompt:

Consider the following questions:

Who is your favorite author?

What is your favorite book?

Who is your favorite character from a book?

Or it doesn’t have to be your favorite.  Have you read a great book recently?

Make an art journal page.  You could include quotes like I did, draw, collage, make a list, whatever you like!  Think of unique ways you can express your feelings about the book (or author or character.)

And when you’re done, come back here and leave a comment – you can upload a photo of your page in the comments as well!

How to Start an Art Journal

Not sure how to get started with art journaling?  Check out this post to help you get started.

And see all my art journal related posts for inspiration here.

Then check out my Inspired eCourse.

Inspired eCourse

Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.

The next session starts on July 25, 2016.

Learn more about Inspired eCourse here.

There is a payment plan available for easy weekly payments.

Note:  This eCourse is not available all the time.  I run it once or twice a year.

Inspiration from Waterfalls (Wire Wrapped Rock Pendant)

Inspiration from Waterfalls

Let’s just take a moment to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mill Creek Waterfall:

I feel better already, don’t you?

Inspiration from waterfalls

Last week was nature week in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse and I also went out into nature for some recharging and inspiration.

Being in nature is one of my most favorite things and waterfalls are my favorite thing in nature.  This particular waterfall is one of my favorite spots.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the computer lately editing videos and blogposts and while I love my work, sometimes I just need to get out.

Inspiration from waterfalls

There is something so calming and so grounding about being surrounded by trees watching and listening to a waterfall.

Inspiration from waterfalls

I love the way the sunlight filters in through the trees.  It’s so beautiful.

While we were there I picked up some rocks.  The rocks at this particular spot have a shiny metallic look to them, which makes them really unique and lovely.

And, of course, I made a necklace when I got home!

Waterfall Rock Necklace

I love the simplicity of it.  I teach this wire wrapping technique in Week #1 of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.

And you can learn how to wire wrap the ends of the cords in ECT TV Episode 65.

Waterfall Rock Necklace

I love that I have a physical reminder of one of my favorite places.  This has basically been the only necklace I’ve been wearing since I made it.

Have you been on a nature adventure lately?  What is your favorite nature spot?

Creativity Tip: Great Artists Steal (and also can you sell what you make from tutorials)

Good artists borrow; great artists steal."

In the video I talk about Cat Bennett’s book, The Confident Creative and a quote that struck me from that book.

“Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” ~ Picasso

I go into detail about what that means to me.  As someone who teaches online, my hope that is you take what you learn from me and run with it.  Don’t create the jewelry exactly how I create it.  Use it as inspiration, learn techniques and create your own expression of yourself.

Be yourself.  Express yourself.  We want to see your expression in your own artwork, not a copy of what you saw someone else do!

When you’re first starting, it may be a lot of copying.  You may get exactly the materials I use and make exactly the jewelry piece I made.  But once you start learning and conquering techniques my hope is that you start changing it up, experiment, explore and find your own voice.

That brings us to a similar topic and one that has been on the minds of a couple of my readers lately:

Can I sell the jewelry I make from tutorials?

Before I say anything on the subject, I want to first say I am not an attorney and nothing I write here should be construed as legal advice.

I highly suggest that if this is a concern, you get some legal advice from an IP attorney (intellectual property) or copyright attorney.

If you look for answers to this question on the internet what you will find is a big mess and a lot of differing opinions.  Copyright law also varies country to country as well.

For Emerging Creatively Tutorials (me):

For all of my paid tutorials, eWorkshops, eBooks, eCourses, etc., you can make anything in any of those products freely without crediting me and do whatever you like with the the products, including selling.

(You’ll find that information on the sales page where you purchase the product and also in the PDF of the product itself.)

For my free tutorials (including any free tutorials you find on my website and ECT TV), you can make those for personal use or to give as a gift without any credit to me.  If you’re selling them, then you must credit me.

The tutorials themselves including photographs and instructions may not be distributed in any way.  You cannot give them away for free, you cannot resell them, you can’t use a single photo separately, and you cannot teach the techniques without my written permission.  You can share one photo of the finished product with a link back to my tutorial on your blog.  (And you can read all of my policies here for more details.)

Having said that, a lot of the tutorials I share for free are more techniques that basically are building blocks for creating jewelry.  So even though I have all those rules to protect myself, if it’s something like making a wire wrapped bead link, that’s something that tons of people do when making wire wrapped jewelry.  I completely expect you to use that technique without ever mentioning me anywhere whether you learned it on my website or in a paid eCourse.

Let me give you an example:

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

This is the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace.  It’s a beautiful necklace that has unique aspects to it.  If you make this necklace following the step-by-step instructions and use all the materials I use ending with your necklace looking exactly like mine, then my policy would not allow you to sell that piece without crediting me.

However, if you learned to make a fun new wire wrapped link and then used that to make other jewelry that’s different than the necklace I showed you how to make, then I would say that’s completely acceptable!  Make it for yourself, your friends or even sell it.

That is exactly what I hope you do!  I hope you learn a technique and then make your own unique piece of jewelry with it!!

Now, as far as the tutorial itself goes, you cannot use the tutorial, my photos or words in anyway without asking me first.  (And yes, there are a couple of places that do share my tutorials and you may have even found me that way that do, in fact, have my permission to share my tutorials.)

Other places you may get tutorials from:

In most cases you’ll find that if you learn a technique and use it in a way that what you learned is just kind of a part of a larger piece, that there is no problem with selling those jewelry pieces.

However, always check first before selling.  Check the website or just send an email and ask.  (Frankly, they will be thrilled that you asked!)

A lot of people who sell tutorials do not allow you to sell the products you make from them.  Same with free tutorials you find online.

When you purchase a tutorial, it should say specifically when you buy it if it cannot be used to make things to sell.  You should see that before you actually purchase it.

How to actually credit:

Another question I had is how to actually go about crediting a person as the inspiration for the jewelry you’re selling.

Online:

Online it’s easy.  You can simply say the design was inspired by so-and-so and link to the tutorial.  You can do this wherever you’re selling:  your website, etsy, etc.

Craft Shows:

This is where it gets more confusing.  You may only have a little price tag and it’s difficult to acknowledge on it.

The best solution I can come up with is to make your price tag large enough to actually credit the person.

An alternative solution could be to make a sign and place it with those designs that inspired by a certain person.

Why?

I have seen a lot of discussion and people who get angry about, “Why do they sell or share it if they don’t want people to make it and sell what they make?”

I can tell you why I do.  I want you to be inspired.  I want to teach you techniques, show them to you in context of a jewelry piece and then you use it as inspiration to make your own new unique design.

I want you to express yourself and your own creativity and I want to help you learn techniques and tricks for you to be able to do that.

Like I said in the video, “A great artist takes inspiration from others but stays true to oneself.”  (Cat Bennett, The Confident Creative)

If you’re following exactly what you find in someone’s tutorial, step-by-step, sure, it can be fun and it’s an excellent way to learn for sure, but it’s not an expression of yourself.  And that is what we all want to see, especially if you’re selling your pieces.

I hope that inspires you to take inspiration from other people’s (and my) work and their tutorials, but to come up with your own expression from that inspiration.