Hi and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!
Today I’ll show you how I took inspiration from my art journal to make a simple necklace.
- How to make a knotted headpin
- How to make a bead dangle with a wire wrapped loop
- How to open and close jump rings
- How to make a simple necklace
Here’s today’s video episode:
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
These are step-by-step instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.
Tools and Materials:
- Arrow charm (or any charm you’d like to use.) I used arrows from Maya Road. Maya Road Vintage Metal Findings, 2.4 by 0.4-Inch, Perfect Shot Arrow, 5-Pack
- Gemstone or other bead
- 22 gauge, half-hard, round wire *
- Jump rings
- Wire cutters
- Chain nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Bent nose pliers
* If you’re going to make a knotted headpin (which I will show you), I suggest using 22 gauge wire. However, if you decide to make any other kind of headpin I would encourage you to use 20 gauge wire.
Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches longer than your bead on each side.
A few inches from one end of the wire make a bend.
Hold the bend in the wire in chain nose pliers and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.
Hold the bend in chain nose pliers again and start wrapping the shorter end of the wire around. This will form the “knot.” (Note: it’s not really a knot, just looks like a knot.)
You can make this part as messy or neat as you like.
Wrap as closely to the tip as you can get.
Wrap until you like the look and then trim off the excess wire.
Slide your bead on the wire.
Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.
Wrap the wire around your round nose pliers and in between the pliers and the bead.
The loop will be off center, so we’ll fix that now.
There are several ways you can fix it, but I like to hold the loop in my chain nose pliers. As I wrap the wire around once I simply move my chain nose pliers up to straighten the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the bead.
Then switch hands still holding the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around a few more times. Keep your wraps as tight and straight as possible.
Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.
Decide how long you’d like your necklace to be and cut your chain with your wire cutters.
Using a jump ring, attach your clasp to the chain. If you’re using a lobster clasp, add the clasp to one end and a couple of jump rings to the other end for it to connect to.
Find the middle of the chain. Open a jump ring. Add the charm and close the jump ring.
Note: You can attach the jump ring right into a link and then the charm will stay in one spot or you could place the jump ring around the chain and then the charm can move around.
Open another jump ring. I attached this jump ring to the jump ring that holds the charm. Add the bead dangle and close the jump ring.
Get a closer look at the art journal page that inspired this piece on this blogpost that I did last week.
Want to dive deeper into art journaling and pulling inspiration out of art journal pages to inspire jewelry pieces?
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