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Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

I am fascinated by these beautiful baule bead pendants.  Historically, they were used to measure gold on the Ivory Coast.  I’ve used it to make a beautiful statement necklace.

You can find a variety of these baule bead pendants for sale at The Bead Chest, as well as some smaller ones if you prefer.

In fact, I found all the beads for this project on www.thebeadchest.com.

Video Tutorial:

(Step-by-step photo instructions are below, including links to the exact materials I used to make the necklace.)

Running time:  20:26

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Materials and Tools:

Step #1

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

The first thing we’ll do is make the pendant.  I’m using the baule bead pendant plus one of the java beads on the bottom.

Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire a few inches longer than the pendant and bead on each side.

Step #2

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Approximately 1 1/2 inches from one end, bend the wire.

Pinch down the end.  (Hint:  Use a crimp tool to do this if you have one to make it a little easier.  If not, use your chain nose pliers.)

Step #3

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Leave a bit at the end and bend the shorter wire up.

Then wrap the wire around the end creating a “knot.”  You’re not actually making a knot.  Just wrap the wire around to give it the look of a knot.  I like to make the wraps messy, but you could make them neat if you prefer.

Step #4

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Pull the wire through the beads.

Step #5

Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the baule bead in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Note:  I found it easier to rest the bead on my worktable because of the weight of the bead.

Step #6

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Hold the loop you just made in chain nose pliers.  Wrap around once while straightening out the bead so the loop is centered above the bead.

Then wrap around 2 more times.

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Now you have a pendant to use in your necklace.

Step #7

Cut about 4 times the amount of cord that you want your finished necklace to be.  For example, if you would like a 20 inch necklace, cut about 80 inches.  I cut some extra as well.

I used the brown cord.

Step #8

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Place the pendant on the cord and find the middle of the cord.  We’ll work from the middle out.

Slide a bead onto the cord.

Step #9

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Make an overhand knot, but don’t pull it tightly yet.

In this case, I decided to use triple knots in between the beads.  To do so, pull the cord back through 2 more times before pulling it tightly.

In the video I mentioned that I started making quadruple knots.  As you make each knot, check to see if the bead slides over the knot.  I also just made a second overhead knot over top of the first knot to add a little more bulk before I started making the quadruple knots.  You have to make sure that you pull the second knot on top of the first knot because otherwise it will just be next to the first knot and not helpful.  (See the video if this seems confusing.)

Step #10

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Put the awl in the middle of the knot and pull the knot.  Then use the awl to pull the knot flush with the bead.

Pull the knot tightly as you’re removing the awl while also using your fingernail to pull the knot tightly.

For the first knot it’s a little easier because you can just adjust the bead and pendant to the knot, but after that you’ll have to be sure to get the knot tightly against the bead.

Step #11

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Continue adding beads and knots working from the middle out until your necklace is the desired length.

Step #12

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Trim the ends of the cord so they’re even, leaving enough room to make a bow and tie the necklace.

I prefer this necklace simply tied, but if you prefer you can use fold over crimp ends and a clasp to end your necklace.

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

This post was sponsored by The Bead Chest.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I’ve been using my Mini Binder Art Journal for a couple of weeks now, and I have an update for you today.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Update 1 is here.

Here’s a video flip through of this update:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Photos and descriptions of the pages: 

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Postcard with quote written on the back.  “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”  ~Henri Matisse

Next page is a reminder of this quote in my own words.

  • Background is watercolor.
  • I drew the flowers.
  • I used chalk markers to color in the flowers.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

On this page I drew pictures of the creatures we saw during a hike at the Swatara State Park.  No, I can’t draw, but I wanted to remember this day anyway, so I just went for it.  (And who knows?  With practice I could get better!)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

5 Good Things from this day.  I saw someone on Instagram had this prompt in their art journal and I decided to give it a try.

I taped strips of masking tape and then used watercolors to pain the stripes.  After the paint dried I pulled the tape off and wrote the list.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I love great blue herons, so I decided to look up some information about them and put it in my art journal.

The background is watercolor.  I took the photo.  On the back I wrote my own reflections about great blue herons.  (See next photo.)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Right side:  very minimalist art journal page.  Background is kraft paper.  I used a Project Life card and then a printed out quote.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

The next few pages are dedicated to one fun day I had with my husband.

This page is a drawing of our day and what we did.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Left side is a collection of receipts from the day.  Right side is a few feathers I collected at the lake we visited.  Background is watercolor.

I love using everyday ephemera and collecting little memorabilia I can use in my art journal.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page was something else I saw on Instagram.  What’s working and what’s not working.  Background is watercolor.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page contains tags and a receipt from a shopping trip to Community Aid, a thrift store and charity.  I love how the different colors work together.  Background is acrylic paint.  I had painted the page and didn’t like it, but I like it with the ephemera on top.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Background is watercolor.  Then I added feathers I picked up during a walk around my town one day.


Follow along with my posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler  I try to post daily, but sometimes I’m not quite as consistent.

 

 

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial [Video]

Wire Wrapped loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I love the wire wrapped loop chain.  I think it looks so dainty and pretty with a little touch of edginess.  It’s sturdy for all of your chain needs.

So today I have another variation, the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain and Bead Bracelet.  We’ll interconnect wire wrapped bead links with the links from the chain and make a lovely bracelet.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

I like wearing my bracelets stacked, a bunch of favorites on my wrist.  Today’s bracelet and last week’s wire wrapped chain loop bracelet go together really well.  You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials here on my blog for inspiration.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain & Bead Bracelet Tutorial

Here’s today’s video tutorial:


I hope you found it inspiring!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you love working with wire and want a comprehensive course with wire findings and components + recipes for jewelry pieces that you can put together in endless ways, you would love Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse!

Check it out here:  Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Mini Binder Art Journal Update

Mini Binder Art Journal Update

I’m a week in with my Mini Binder Art Journal and I have art journal pages to show you.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Here’s a video flip through of my pages so far:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Mini Binder Art Journal Page 1

  • Background is scrapbook paper
  • Map paper
  • Butterflies cut from scrapbook paper and fabric
  • A piece of a postcard.  The previous owner of the postcard wrote, “Where they go courting.”

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with a quote written on the back.  “Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein
  2. The title page taken from an old (beat up) copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that I did a collage on.
  3. Back page from the title page.  The illustration is from the book, but I added the colorful fabric butterflies.

(Note:  I have a few copies of The Velveteen Rabbit.  It’s one of my favorite books.  I’ve collected them from flea markets so I can use them in my art journals.  I also have one pristine copy I don’t touch.)

The next page is rainbow stripes of watercolors.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with nature quote.  “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  -Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. Page featuring another quote.  “The butterfly counts no months but moments, and has time enough.” -Rabindranath Tagore
    1. Background is scrapbook paper
    2. I drew the flowers
    3. More fabric butterflies

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card (I just liked it, so I added it as is.)
  2. Collage with scrapbook paper, magazine clippings and another Project Life card.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card with a quote.  “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  -John Burroughs
  2. Photo cut from an old book
  3. Journaling using the quote as inspiration *

*Click here for a post about this art journal prompt.

The next page has a watercolor background with a collage of paper strips.

I also added in a section for quotes and ideas that I can jot down and have in one place as they come to me.  Creativity begets more creativity, so I just wanted to be able to capture ideas as I’m working in my art journal.

Follow along with daily (mostly) posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler

Art Journal Prompt: I go to nature

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Lately I’ve been working in my Mini Binder Art Journal a lot.  In it I’ve just been playing in any way I feel like each day.  I love the freedom of the being able to add in any kind of paper I like.

It’s also inspired me to think about my layout in a different way.  For example, I made this 2 page layout in my regular art journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

This is pretty normal for me.  I like doing 2 page spreads.

But I used the same prompt in a different way in my Mini Binder Art Journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

I decided to use a Project Life card to write the quote.  Originally I was going to place it on the page with the deer image.  But it just didn’t seem to work.

Then I realized I could just place it in before the deer image, leaving the deer image as a full page.

On the back I did my journaling in response to the quote.

Art Journal Prompt:

I love this quote and you may want to use it for your own art journal:

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  ~John Burroughs

I simply took the first part of the quote and wrote my response to it.  “I go to nature . . .”

You could use any quote or poem this way.

Do you have a favorite quote?  How could you use it as a jumping off point in your art journal?