ECT TV Episode 14: Knotted Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 14ECT TV Episode 14

Video Episode:

I love this knotted technique.  It makes the bracelet lay so nicely and looks great with these beads!

Here’s the tutorial!Knotted bracelet tutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Big beads with a big hole.  I used: Green & Clear Recycled Glass Beads 13-14mm, Africa from Happy Mango Beads
  • Cord that will fit through the holes in the beads.  I used 1mm waxed cotton cord.
  • 2 cord end crimps
  • Lobster clasp
  • A few 7mm jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose or another pair of pliers

Step #1

Cut a piece of cord to about 24 inches.

Step #2

How to make a knotted braceletA few inches from one end make a double knot.  Just make a normal knot and then do it again.

Step #3

How to make a knotted braceletSlide a bead down against the knot.

Step #4

How to make a knotted braceletHow to make a knotted braceletMake a knot on the other side of the bead.  Make the knot very close the bead.  I do this by holding the loop of the knot close to the bead while pull the end slowly and making sure the knot ends up right against the bead.

Alternatively, you could make the bead around an awl (or there is a special tool for knotting) and use that to pull the knot near the bead.

Step #5

How to make a knotted braceletContinue adding beads and knotting until the bracelet is just smaller than you need.  (We’ll add two more beads to the ends, so allow for that.)

Step #6

How to make a knotted braceletAdd another bead to the end, but don’t knot the other side.

Step #7

How to make a knotted braceletHow to make a knotted braceletAdd a crimp end next to the bead.

Step #8

How to make a knotted braceletUsing chain nose pliers, fold over one side of the crimp end.

Step #9

How to make a knotted braceletThen fold the other side over the first.  Make sure the crimp end is secure and pull on it to make sure.

Step #10

How to make a knotted braceletTrim off the excess cord.

Step #11

How to make a knotted braceletRepeat for the other side.

Step #12

How to make a knotted braceletAdd a lobster clasp to one end with a jump ring.

Step #13

How to make a knotted braceletOn the other end, add a couple of 7mm jump rings.

Step #14

How to make a knotted braceletTry on your new bracelet!

You can make a necklace with the same technique, just use more cord.

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How to be Successful in Craft Shows (now that things have changed)

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Ah, craft shows….

Craft Show season is upon us!  It’s really already started, but it’s not too late to get in on the action if you’ve been thinking about it.

No doubt about it, craft shows have changed over the years since I started doing them.  It used to be that as long as a craft show had a decent number of attendees (a/k/a customers) you could be successful.  Or as some people say, “It’s a numbers game.  The more people, the more sales.”

But I have found people are buying quite as easily anymore at craft shows lately.

And even if the attendance is low, if you are in the right place you can still have a great show.

You may do well at a show, while the person in the booth next to you does lousy.  It is actually not a “numbers game” really at all, not in that way.

The good news is that you can still be very successful at craft shows with a little work.

  • You have to be prepared.
  • You have to know your target audience.
  • You have to choose wisely.
  • And you have to maybe change your expectations a bit.

That last one, change your expectations, yeah, I know it sounds a little gloomy.  I don’t mean for it to be.  You should always go into a craft show with optimism and hopefulness.  However, if you think about each craft show more as a time for research and really connecting with and getting to know your customers and less about making money, you will be happy with the results no matter what they are.

For example, I did a craft show not so long ago that I have done for years – ever since the show was started.  In fact, it was my first successful craft show that I did.  The last time I did it, it was a bust.  I was disappointed and frustrated with how much work it was.  As you may know, I sell jewelry so although it’s not a lot of heavy lifting, it is a significant amount of tedious work setting up my booth.

The reason I did that show was because I had always done it and always done well.  I hadn’t put a lot of thought or research into it, to be honest.  I actually had missed the previous year’s show as well, so  I wasn’t aware of the changes.  To continue to be successful at craft shows, you have to continue to do your research.

And I was disappointed because I went in with the wrong attitude.  I did meet a lot of people that day.  I learned a lot about what people were looking at and drawn to and about the items that they did purchase.  I learned who those people where, who they were buying for and what circumstances.

Instead of being thrilled with all that information, I was upset because I didn’t do as well financially.

Being prepared, knowing your customers, choosing the right show and going in with the right mindset are all crucial to being successful at craft shows.

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ECT TV Episode 13: How to Make Simple Jewelry

ECT TV Episode 13I love beautiful statement jewelry.  I love my jewelry pieces to be colorful.  I love lots of beads and wire.

But sometimes just a simple piece of jewelry is beautiful.

I know I have people who watch ECT TV who have never made jewelry before who are just considering it.  Some people have told me that they want to fix their own jewelry, but not necessarily make their own jewelry.  And I know I have more advanced jewelry makers as well.  But this week we’re going simple.

Once you can do everything in this episode, you’ll be able to fix chains that are broken, change out clasps or add pendants to new chains that are custom sized for you!  You will be able to make very simple earrings as well.

Here’s the episode:

ECT TV Episode 13

There are two quick and easy tutorials this week. You can easily get the materials from your local A.C. Moore and Michael’s. If you don’t have those stores, try your local craft or bead store or find interesting charms and chain from a nearby thrift store.

Simple Chain Bracelet:

Simple Chain BraceletSimple Chain BraceletTools and Materials:

  • Brass chain (A.C. Moore)
  • 4 7mm jumprings (A.C. Moore)
  • Brass lobster clasp (A.C. Moore)
  • Feather charms (Michael’s)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers (or another pair of pliers)

Step #1

Simple Chain BraceletCut the chain to size with wire cutters.  Alternatively, you can usually open a link on the chain with pliers.

How to figure out what size to cut:  I like my bracelets a little loose, so I usually measure the chain tightly around my wrist and cut it.  When I add the clasp the bracelet is the right size for how I like to wear my bracelet.

If you prefer a more snug fit then measure around your wrist, measure the length of the claps and then subtract the length of the clasp from the length of the chain and then cut.

Step #2

How to open a jump ringOpen a jump ring.  Hold the jump ring with two pairs of pliers.  I like to use chain nose and bent nose.  The opening in the jump ring should be in the middle of the pliers.

Keeping the circle shape intact, push straight forward with one wrist and pull toward you with the other wrist.  The jump ring will open.

How to open a jump ringStep #3

Simple Chain BraceletFind the middle of the chain and add the chain to the jump ring through a link.

Step #4

Simple Chain BraceletAdd 2 feather charms to the jump ring.

Step #5

Simple Chain BraceletClose the jump ring.  To close do the same thing as opening, but opposite.  Go past the point of closure a couple of times and then click the jump ring together – you may hear or feel a click (sometimes you don’t, though.)

Step #6

Simple Chain BraceletOpen another jump ring and attach the lobster clasp to one end of the chain.

Step #7

Simple Chain BraceletOn the other end add a couple of jump rings.  I like to use a couple jump rings even if the size is right with just one because it’s easier to put on the bracelet when there are 2, even if you never use the other one.

Simple Chain BraceletIdeas to Customize:

This bracelet is just the beginning.  Obviously you can add more charms, use different chain, different clasp, etc., etc.!!

Simple Earrings:

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsTools and Materials:

  • Brass wire or 2 3″ headpins
  • 2 Feather charms
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Paintbrush, pen or something cylindrical to bend around.

Step #1

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsEither cut two pieces of brass wire to 3″ each;

or if you’re using headpins, cut the ends with the “heads” off.

(I used the headpins because I didn’t have any brass wire on hand, but I did have the brass headpins.)

Step #2

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsHold the wires together so that you can get exact copies.  Bend them around the paintbrush handle (or you can use a pen or something else).

One side will be a little longer than the other side.

Step #3

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsMake a bend in the wire in the longer end.

Step #4

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsIMG_1212Make a loop in the shorter end of the wire.  To do this hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers near the very tip of the pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.  Hold it so that the longer end of the earring wires that you bent is facing you.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Twist as far as your wrist will allow and then readjust your wrist and pliers and complete the loop.

Simple EarringsRepeat for both earrings.

Step #5

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsOpen up the loop in the earring wire simpler to how you open up a jump ring, but you can hold the earring wire in your hand and use your pliers to open it.

Step #6

Simple EarringsAdd a feather charm.

Step #7

Simple EarringsClose the earring wire.

Repeat for the second earring.

Simple EarringsIdeas to Customize:

Again, these earrings are really just the beginning!  Use other charms, make bead dangles, add some chain and add the feathers to the chain, have fun!

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