Notes from the show:
Creativity Tip: Clean and organize your workspace.
Video at 01:40
#1 You will get your mind off of creativity. This will actually help you come up with ideas. My very best ideas happen when I’m doing something else.
#2 You will see your supplies. You might find things you forgot about and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.
As you are cleaning, grab a bowl and start to put some beads into it. You probably have orphan beads or beads leftover from other projects. These are the beads to grab. Color doesn’t matter, but you can work in a certain color palate if you want.
If you are just starting with jewelry making and don’t have a stash of beads yet, I have a couple ideas for you:
#1 Go to a thrift store and find jewelry to take apart. (See ECT TV Episode 1 for ideas on what to look for at a thrift store.)
#2 Go to the bead store or other store that sells beads and pick out beads based on your heart instead of what you think would work for a project. Pick beads that sing to you.
Now, onto the Jewelry Tutorial
06:24 on the video
- Beading wire
- 4 crimp beads
- 4 crimp bead covers
- Clasp (or scroll down to learn how to make your own)
- Tape or a bead stopper
- Wire cutters
- Crimp Tool OR Chain nose pliers.
(Note: on the video I used chain nose pliers to put the crimp covers on, but you can actually use the crimp tool if you like. I’ll show you here)
This is where the intuitive part comes in. Don’t pre-design your piece. Just add beads as you feel. When I say to not pre-design, I don’t mean to not “design” at all. You don’t have to close your eyes and pick out beads. But instead, choose each bead as you go along. Try to just feel inside which bead to choose instead of using your head to think about it.
Continue adding beads until your necklace is as long as you want it.
Pull the end of the wire back through the crimp bead, bead and crimp bead and then a few more beads from your necklace.
Pull the wire snugly, but leave a little bit of wiggle room for your clasp. Beading wire does stretch out over time.
How to close a crimp bead:
I wanted you to be able to see this perfectly clearly, so the photos are without the necklace. But in reality, the wire would be going through the crimp bead and this would be at the end of your necklace.
Put the crimp bead in the large notch in the crimp bead tool – the part furthest from the tip.
Since the crimp bead isn’t very pretty when it’s closed, I like to add a crimp bead cover. This bead looks like a “C” or a clam.
Put it around the crimp bead.
(Remember, you would have this on the beading wire at the end of your beads. You can watch the video if you’re confused how this fits in with the necklace.)
Watch the video at 17:29 to see how to close a crimp bead with chain nose pliers.
Put the wire through a few of the beads from your necklace.
Check to make sure your crimp beads are secure and then cut off any excess wire.
Ideas for Customization:
- Make a bracelet instead.
- Make it really long, or make a choker.
- Use absolutely any beads you want.
- Plan your design instead of making an intuitive necklace.
- Use any clasp.
- Make your own clasp.
How to Make Your Own Wire Clasp:
- 16 gauge wire
- 22 gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
Now grasp the other end of the wire in the very tip of round nose pliers. Twist your wrist around, readjusting the wire as you go to form a coil. As you twist, the coil will go off the pliers so you can keep using the tip to form the coil. See the photo below.
Set it aside for now.
- Instead of a spiral, just do a plain coil.
- Leave the coil out all together and just make the clasp plain.
- Hammer the clasp to flatten it.
Did you like making the spiral clasp? Want to learn how to make even more spiral jewelry? Check out my Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials eBook:
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