Adjustable Spiral Ring with Bead Video Tutorial

Adjustable Spiral Ring with Bead

This is a relatively simple tutorial that has a lot of impact.  I shared this about a month ago on my YouTube channel, but never shared it here on my blog.  (If you were part of the free version of Rings Every Day Month last month, it will be familiar to you.)

I show you how to make this ring, including how to make spirals in the video below:

Please feel free to ask any questions about anything you don’t understand!

Adjustable Spiral Ring with Bead

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ECT TV Episode 40: How to Make a Simple Anklet

ECT TV Episode 40:  How to Make an Anklet

The weather is warming up and I’ve been wearing sandals.  So I thought this was a great time to make a new anklet.

If anklets aren’t your thing, you can certainly use the same technique to make a bracelet instead!

Here’s ECT TV Episode 40:

Step-by-Step Photo Anklet Tutorial:

Anklet Tutorial

Anklet Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • Chain of your choice (I used a bulky chain, but any chain you like is fine.)
  • Bead (I used an oval turquoise stone)
  • Charm (I used a feather charm, but you can use any you like)
  • 7mm jump rings
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • 24 gauge half hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain noise pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Anklet Tutorial

Measure around your anklet and cut your chain.  The average length for an anklet is about 9 inches long if you happen to be making this for someone else.

You can use wire cutters to cut your chain or usually you can open chain like jump rings, which is how I did it because my chain is bulky and I didn’t want to use my wire cutters on it.

Anklet Tutorial

Set the chain aside for now.

Step #2

Anklet Tutorial

I made my own knotted headpin.  You could use a pre-made headpin instead.

Cut a piece of 24 gauge wire about 3 inches long.

Step #3

Anklet Tutorial

About a third of the way down bend the wire.

Step #4

Anklet Tutorial

Smoosh the bend together.

Step #5

Anklet Tutorial

Anklet Tutorial

Hold that bend in your chain nose pliers at the very end and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #6

Anklet Tutorial

Hold the bend in your chain nose pliers and start wrapping around creating a knot look.  You can do this as neat or sloppy as you like.  Continue wrapping until you get the look you like (or until you run out of wire.)

Anklet Tutorial

Step #7

Anklet Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #8

Anklet Tutorial

Make sure the end of the wire is not poking out.

Step #9

How to Make an Anklet

Now we’ll make a bead dangle with that headpin and bead.

Slide your bead on the knotted headpin.

Step #10

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

Hold the wire slightly above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the pliers.

Step #11

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

The loop will be off center.  I center it by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and straightening while I wrap the wire around once.

Step #12

How to Make an Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap.  Keep your wraps close together and straight.

Step #13

How to Make an Anklet

How to Make an Anklet

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make an Anklet

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #15

How to Make an Anklet

Returning to the chain, open a 4mm jump ring and attach the clasp to one end of the chain.

If you need help opening a jump ring, click here for a quick video.

Step #16

How to Make an Anklet

Add a few 7mm jump rings to the other end of the chain for the lobster clasp to hook into.

Step #17

How to Make an Anklet

Find the middle of the chain and add the bead dangle, the charm and the chain to a jump ring.  Close the jump ring.

How to Make an Anklet

Enjoy your new anklet!

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Lucy the Elephant and Conquering Fears

Lucy the elphant and Conquering Fears

Recently my husband and took a weekend to go to the Jersey Shore.  We packed in all kinds of adventures and I’m sure you’ll see some of the over 500 photos that I took pop up here and there in my blog.  (Or if you’re interested in scrolling through them, they’re on my flickr photostream here.)

On the way home we took the long way along the Jersey Shore through cute towns and stopping here and there.  One place we stopped was at Lucy the Elephant.

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy is a gigantic elephant that has been moved and used for many different things and now for a fee you can go inside.  When we arrived and bought our tickets a tour had just left, so we hurried to catch up.

When we went inside I was faced this these:

Lucy the Elephant

Now, to you these are just stairs, maybe even a fun set of spiral stairs leading to something awesome.  But small spiral staircases where I can’t see the top are a huge fear for me.  I don’t do them.

When I think about why I am so scared of them I think it’s mostly because I’m claustrophobic.  I don’t like going in small spaces.  On top of that, I hate going in spaces where I cannot see a clear exit.  If I can’t easily exit a place then I don’t want to go in.

In this case because we were trying to catch up with a group I didn’t have time to think about it.  And really my husband and I were the only ones on the stairs so I knew I could easily turn around and get out if necessary.  If I had been in the middle of a group of people I knew I couldn’t get out easily and would have been more freaked out.

I have been on small spiral staircases before, of course.  Usually it’s in places where it’s just my husband and I and he’ll go up first so he can tell me how far it is and ease my fears.  (He’s super supportive.)  But if there’s a crowd I would say I almost never will.  I have missed out on a lot of lighthouses because of this.

Lighthouse

Many people pick a word of the year and I usually do, too.  Tara Swiger calls this your “North Star” and I love that analogy.  Usually I end up with a few north stars and usually they’re the same each year.  I kind of think of them as the guiding themes of my life.  They’re things like “creativity,” “expression,” “exploration,” and “adventure” is always important, too.

These are words I think about as I go through my days and choose what to do with my life.  I try to really think about how to bring these qualities more into my life.

This year when I thought about what I really, really want to bring to my life more, adventure came up again and again.  I don’t often talk about my personal life, but my husband and I do road trips quite a bit.  We love exploring abandoned and/or historical places, odd and quirky places, and nature (especially waterfalls which I talk about a lot).  So to most people it would seem that I have a lot of adventure in my life.

However for me it wasn’t pushing myself enough.  I love our trips and we have a lot of fun, but I want to be even more adventurous.  I want to try things I’ve been afraid of trying.  I don’t want to be dangerous and risky and I’ll probably still analyze and think about things before I do anything too adventurous, but I want to step outside my comfort zone a little more.

For example, I walk almost daily and I’ve been pushing myself to walk a little bit further each day.  That doesn’t mean that I’m ready to do a 10 mile hike that’s rated difficult yet, even though it’s a goal of mine.  I’m slowly taking steps in that direction.

Lucy the Elephant

Back to Lucy…..

After you’re inside there’s another set of circular stairs to go up on the top.  This time we were with the group.

If you went up to the top, you got a little card.  I wanted that card.  I wanted to be not afraid.  I wanted to see the view.  So I quickly told myself that I safely made it up the first stairs and I didn’t need a quick escape and nothing bad happened and I will safely make it up again.  And I did it!

Lucy the Elephant

I know this hardly would constitute being adventurous in most people’s books, but for me it was.  I didn’t ask my husband to go ahead and check the stairs first (and he offered), I didn’t wait to be the last person so I knew I could turn around if I needed to escape.  I simply went up the stairs.

Taking those little steps was a big step for me.  The more I try things the more adventurous I feel.  I went up two sets of stairs that for years I would have never even considered going up.  Now I want to try more things I never tried before because of fear.

Lucy the Elephant

Fear can really hold you back and keep you from living a full life.  Sometimes we’re fearful of what people will think of our artwork, so we never even try to make any.  Fear of rejection and ridicule is huge.  I’m fearful of even writing this post because someone might think that saying going up a set of stairs isn’t adventurous or scary at all.  But it doesn’t matter what your fear is, it is real for you.

I think it’s all the tiny little steps in the direction of fearlessness that get us to our goal.  For example, if you want to make artwork but are afraid of what others may think of it, what if you start with an art journal that you keep to yourself?  Then you’re working toward the bigger goal, but with less of the risk.

What tiny step can you take toward adventure or fearlessness today?

(Comment below with what step you can take.  Comments are moderated so you won’t see it here immediately, but I’ll approve it shortly!)

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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