Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop for you!

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.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

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.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

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.

Beaded Spiral eWorkshop

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!

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

ECT TV Episode 45: Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Today I have a fun new video tutorial for you: bead dangle bracelet!

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • Stringing
  • 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:

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads *
  • Headpins **
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • Clasp
  • Crimp tool
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*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:

Please feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

First we’re going to make a bead dangle (also called a wire wrapped headpin.)

First slide two beads onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the beads.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

The loop is not straight above the beads and we want it to be.  So straighten it.  I usually hold the loop in chain nose pliers and pull the loop straight while I make one wrap around.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then make a few more wraps around.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

Make several of these bead dangles.  The size of your wrist and the size of the beads you’re using will determine the amount you’ll need.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Cut off a piece of beading wire that’s a few inches longer than you need on each side.

Put a bead stopper or you can use a piece of tape like I do on one end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

String your beads and bead dangles onto your beading wire.  I started with two beads, a bead dangle, two beads, a bead dangle and followed that pattern.

You may find that you like more or less beads in between the bead dangles.  If your beads are large, you may only want one bead in between bead dangles.

Continue until your bracelet is the length you would like.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

To end the bracelet, we’ll use crimp beads.  I like using two crimp beads at each end, but it’s not really necessarily until you’re using heavy beads.  It’s up to you.  I like the extra security.

If you’re using two crimp beads, add a crimp bead, a small bead and then another crimp bead.

The slide on one end of your clasp.

Bend the wire and go back through the crimp bead, the bead and the other crimp bead and two or three more beads from the bracelet.

If you want to use wire guards, see this tutorial:  How to String Using Wire Guards

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Use your crimp tool to close the crimp beads.  Use the larger notch closer to the handle to first smash the crimp bead and it also creates a bend in the crimp bead.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then fold the crimp bead in half using the smaller notch closer to the tip.

Repeat for all the crimp beads.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

If you wish, add crimp bead covers to all the crimp beads.

Step #15

Now take the tape off the other side of your wire and repeat for the other side of the bracelet with the other half of the clasp.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire and enjoy!

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

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Jewelry Design Inspiration: Nature

Jewelry Design Inspiration:  Nature

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!)

Jewelry Design Inspiration:  Nature

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.

Jewelry Design Inspiration:  Nature

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.

Jewelry Design Inspiration:  Nature

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.

Jewelry Design Inspiration:  Nature

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:

Stone Bracelet

Stone Bracelet

Stone necklace

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:

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Nature Jewelry Workshop

Love nature?

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!

Click here to learn more.

How to Make a Caged Bead Bracelet

Caged Bead Bracelet

Yesterday I shared my Caged Bead Video Tutorial and it got me interested in making some caged bead jewelry again.

Previously, I have used them in earrings or just a couple in a bracelet, but this time I wanted to just use caged beads as the entire piece.  So I made this bracelet.

Caged Bead Bracelet

What’s great about it is that it’s not super chunky, but it does feel substantial on your wrist with all that wire!

It’s pretty easy to make, so I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial here like I normally would, but I’ll tell you how to make it.

Materials and Tools:

  • 8mm Czech class beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Follow the instructions here for making a caged bead.  Make as many as you need to make a bracelet.

Step #2

Make the caged beads into wire wrapped bead links.  Need help making wire wrapped bead links?  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial.

Step #3

Attach the caged beads together with jump rings.  Need help opening and closing jump rings?  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings Video Tutorial.

Step #4

Add a lobster clasp to one end and a couple jump rings to the other end.

Caged Bead Bracelet

And that’s all there is to it!  To make a necklace, just make it longer.  And of course, you can use different beads or different metals of wire.

This was lots of fun for me to make and once you get in the swing of making the cages you really get in a zone.

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Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop

Love working with wire?  Want to learn to doodle with wire?  Check out my Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop.

You can take it anytime and return to it again and again!  Learn how to make free-form wire jewelry!

Click here to read all about it and purchase.

How to Make a Caged Bead

How to Make a Caged Bead

Today I wanted to share my how to make a caged bead video tutorial with you.

You can use caged beads to add an extra special element to your jewelry designs or use the caged bead for the main focal point of the jewelry piece.

This technique is one of many (many!) jewelry skills I teach in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry and also in the Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop (which is now available here!)

Here’s the video tutorial:

How to Make a Caged Bead

It looks so cool and impressive, but I hope my video makes it seem a little bit easier!

What jewelry will you make with your caged bead?

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Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop

Love wire jewelry?  Learn to make your own free-form wire jewelry in my Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop!

Purchase and receive immediate access to the eWorkshop and have anytime access to return to it again and again.

This eWorkshop is in three parts:  creativity booster, jewelry making skills lessons and 4 unique jewelry projects.

Learn more about the Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop and purchase here.