Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Tutorial

Use techniques you’ve learned previously together to form this elegant necklace.

As always, you can customize this necklace in many ways or use the techniques in different ways to create your own personal style and creative expression.

Video Tutorial:


Links mentioned in the video:

Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse  

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Tutorial (tutorial you need to get started with this necklace)

2 Ways to Crimp

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Learn to make beautiful, sturdy, professional wire wrapped jewelry!

I show you how, step-by-step, in the Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Learn all the components and techniques you need to make earrings, bracelet, charm bracelets, necklaces and rings!

Plus be inspired to express your own creativity, going beyond just following step-by-step tutorials, but infusing your own style into the jewelry pieces you create.

In this eCourse you’ll learn:

– How to make your own headpins (including: simple headpins, eye pins, paddle headpins, open spiral headpins, closed spiral headpins and knotted headpins.)

– How to make your own clasps (including: hook clasp, S clasp and toggle clasp.)

– Other jewelry components:

  • Bead dangle
  • Wire wrapped bead link
  • Wire wrapping side drilled beads
  • Spiral charm
  • Knotted link
  • Wire wrapped bead ring
  • Earring wire
  • Jump rings (how to make them and how to properly open and close them)
  • Chain (I teach you how to make a figure eight chain! So satisfying!)

After you know how to make all of those components (the “ingredients”), I give you the recipes to put together beautiful wire wrapped jewelry, such as Earrings, Bracelets, Charm Bracelets, Necklaces and Wire Wrapped Rings.

Learn more, find out if it’s a good fit for you and sign up (and get started immediately!) here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Tutorial

Today I have a video tutorial for a basic component of wire wrapped jewelry, the Wire Wrapped Bead Link.

Learn this technique and then you can use it in your jewelry pieces in many ways!  Next week we’ll use this as a focal in a jewelry piece.

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Tutorial

Video Tutorial:

Are you itching to get started making wire wrapped jewelry?

I invite you to check out and enroll in my eCourse Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners includes:

  • Jewelry components and findings that are the basic ingredients for jewelry pieces; and
  • Jewelry projects recipes using those components.

All the component tutorials include videos and PDFs that have photo + written step-by-step instructions.  The jewelry project recipes include those components and ideas for customizing the pieces to your own preferences and style so you can express your creativity.

Enroll now and get started right away and keep lifetime access.

Learn more and see the full curriculum at Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

100 Days of Mini Collages – First Week

#The100DayProject

This year I’m participating in #The100DayProject.  

I didn’t really think I would post on my blog about this because I’m actually not great at keeping up with projects that are that long.

But so far I haven’t missed a day and it seems really manageable, so here I am.

 

For The 100 Day Project, you simply choose a project and do it for 100 days.  It began on April 3rd (but honestly, you can start something like this anytime you like!)

I didn’t want to add another big “To Do” to my list and I wanted this to just simply be fun, so I chose something very easy and quick.

I got a 3.5 inch X 5 inch sketchpad at Michael’s when I was shopping there with my mom a couple of weeks ago.  It was cute and it was on sale for around $2.00.  (And my mom bought it for me – thanks, Mom!)

I didn’t actually know what my plan was for it, but then that night I found out about The 100 Day Project and this pad has exactly 100 pages.

I decided on mini collages because I love creating collages.  I have little scraps of paper I save to use up.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I also needed something portable because I’m traveling a lot and I didn’t want to miss a day.

Everything I need fits in this cute pencil pouch.

100 Days of Mini Collages

I have a Ziplock baggie of paper scraps, different colors of pens, little scissors, tape runner, a black pen and the actual little sketchbook itself all fit in there for easy travel.

How has it worked so far?

I’ve completed a new mini collage every single day.  Usually I do it in the morning before I get my day started.  It only takes a few minutes.  Then I take a quick photo and post it on Instagram.

That’s another thing I had to get over to make this project less complicated.  I actually hate taking photos with my phone.  Even on Instagram I typically take photos with my big camera and then upload them.  That process is fine, except if I’m doing this every day and taking a photo for Instagram every day then I needed to let go of having perfect photos and just take cellphone photos of the projects, especially since sometimes I’m rushing off somewhere as soon as I get the collage done.

And it’s been fine.  In fact, it’s been very freeing and fun.

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.

Here are all of my mini collages so far:

Day #1

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #2

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #3

100 Days of Mini Collages

(On this day I decided I preferred a horizontal orientation of the page and I’ll probably stick to that from now on.)

Day #4

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #5

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #6

100 Days of Mini Collages

Day #7

100 Days of Mini Collages

It’s been really fun and inspiring to do this so far and I’m excited to continue!

Remember:

Follow me on Instragram:  @KimberlieKohler

I’m using the specific hashtag #100DaysofMiniCollages for my project.

 

Jewelry Supply Storage

Jewelry Supply Storage

During my last reader survey, a lot of people asked me how I store my jewelry making supplies.

In today’s video, I share how I store my supplies.

The most important thing to think about when you are deciding how to store your supplies is how will you be using them.  Store them in a way that makes things easy for you.


Quick Start Guide

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You’ll also join my newsletter and weekly newsletters with new creativity ideas, free jewelry making tutorials and techniques and be the first to know about new workshops and classes.

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How to Make an Inspiration Treasure Chest

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Sometimes I have days that are just blah and I’m not inspired at all.  I love having a little “treasure chest” of items to inspire me on those days.

It’s pretty simple to put together:

  • Find a container; and
  • Put things in it that inspire you.

As time goes by, you’ll find some new things to put in it and perhaps take other things out.

In today’s video I show you how I put together my Inspiration Treasure Chest.

Video:

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Some ideas for containers:

  • I used a cute planter.
  • Altoid box (click here for a tutorial on how to decorate it)
  • Mason jar lantern (obviously without the candle.  Click here for a tutorial to make it.)
  • Any box.
  • Basket.
  • I also think of my sketchbook as a treasure trove of inspiration.

Inspiration Treasure Chest

Ideas of what to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest:

  • Cards with inspirational quotes.  (Learn how to make quote cards here.)
  • Photos of inspiring places.  You could use your own photographs of places you’ve visited and love or print inspiring photos of places you’d love to visit.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Cards/letters you’ve received.
  • Any ephemera that inspires you.
  • Aromatherapy (essential oils, herbs or candles.)
  • Any little items that delight you.
  • A list of things to do to feel inspired again.
  • Anything else that you find inspiring.

So what are you going to put in your Inspiration Treasure Chest?


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.