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ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make spiral earrings.

Once you know this technique, you can make all kinds of jewelry with spirals!

This month is Earrings Every Day Month!  It’s not too late to join in (but it soon will be!)

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.  (Registration for Earrings eCourse will close on Tuesday, September 19th.  You can still join until then.  You’ll get all the earring tutorials and have access to all the tutorials in the future as well!)

Video Tutorial:


Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own – tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you could try a thicker wire like 14 gauge for a thicker spiral or a thinner wire, such as 18 gauge for a daintier spiral.

Hammers:  In the tutorial, I used a chasing hammer which flattens the wire.  If you prefer your wire to remain round, use a nylon, hard plastic or rawhide mallet/hammer.  It will harden the wire without flattening it.

Uniform loops:  for a tip on how to make your loops uniform throughout a project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll work right from the coil or spool of wire.  (Don’t cut any wire off.)  Make a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll start by making a loop.

Make a mark on your round nose pliers.  (See this tip on uniform loops.)

Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers.  Line up the wire with the mark.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the pliers beginning to form a loop.  Twist as far as your wrist will allow and then readjust your wrist and the pliers in the wire.  Then complete the loop.  It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire off to the side.  Push the wire up starting a spiral.

Continue readjusting the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire to the side and pushing up creating a spiral.

Continue until the spiral is the size you would like.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Leave about 1/2″ tail and cut the wire making a flush cut.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Now we’ll make a loop.  Follow the directions above in Step #2 to make a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

If the loop does not touch the spiral, return the spiral to chain nose pliers and push the wire so it’s close.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Place the spiral on a steel block and hammer it.  If you’re using a chasing hammer to flatten the wire, the more you hammer the flatter and wider the spiral will become.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Follow the steps above to make a second spiral.  You can just hold the second spiral against the first spiral to make sure it’s the same size.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 86:  How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
PDF eBook for ECT TV Episode 86 (Same instructions you see above, but in PDF form.)
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month is held each September!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

ECT TV Episode 85: How to Make Hammered Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Learn how to make these simple and elegant earrings with my latest video tutorial (and step-by-step photo instructions below!)

September 1st starts Earrings Every Day Month and I hope these earrings get you in the mood to make earrings!

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.

Here’s Hammered Hoop Earrings Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own earring wires)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block
  • Mandrel (I used Beadsmith’s 4X Mandrel)

Mandrels:  You can use anything around the house that is the shape and size you want to make.  I used an oval mandrel.  You could use a large size on a ring mandrel for a round shape.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Working from the coil (don’t cut the wire off yet), wrap the wire around your mandrel.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Cut the wire leaving about 2 inches extra on each side.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Pull the wire tightly around the mandrel and twist once.  Pull the wire off the mandrel

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  (For more about making your loops uniform in a project, click here.)

If one of your wires is longer than the other one, use the longer one.  If they’re the same, it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once.  While you wrap, straighten the loop so it’s centered above the larger hoop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap 2 additional times.  Then wrap the other wire around.

Keep your wraps as neat as possible.  16 gauge wire can be difficult to work with and the wire will get harder as you work with it.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making flush cuts.  Then make sure that the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the wraps from the top wire wrapped loop off to the side of the steel block and then hammer the hoop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Add the hoops to earring wires.

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
Step-by-Step written and photo instructions in PDF form
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

ECT TV Episode 84: How to Make Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84:  Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

I have a brand new earring video tutorial (+ step-by-step photos and written instructions below!)

These are simple and dainty drop earrings that utilize a wire wrapped loop bar.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

This is a simple pair of earrings to get you in the mood for the Earrings Every Day Month challenge that starts on September 1st.  Get all the pertinent details here.

Here’s the video:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 Bead Dangles *
  • 20 Gauge, half-hard round wire
  • 2 Earring wires (or make your own.  Here’s a tutorial.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Ruler

* I didn’t show you how to make a bead dangle in this video because I’ve shown it several times previously.  Click here for how to make a bead dangle. (It’s later in the tutorial for the bracelet.)

Please keep the weight of the beads in mind when you’re choosing beads for earrings.  You don’t want them to be too heavy and pull your ears.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Cut a piece of wire 2 1/2″ long.

You can customize these earrings and make them longer or shorter if you like.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

To make a flush cut:  use the back of the wire cutters toward the work.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 3/4″ from the top.

For a tip for making your loops uniform throughout your project, click here.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap around once and at the same time pull the wire out straight so the loop is centered on top of the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps.

Trim any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the last wrap and hold the wire in round nose pliers at that spot.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Slide a bead dangle into the loop.

Now we’ll continue like we did with the other wire wrapped loop as if the bead dangle isn’t there. (Steps #5 and #6 above.)

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Open an earring wire and place the top loop into the earring wire loop.  Close the earring wire.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the bead dangle tutorial and earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
PDF eBook of ECT TV Episode 84
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

Earrings Every Day Month 2017

Earrings Every Day Month

Everything you need to know about Earrings Every Day Month 2017!

I’m so excited for the forth year of Earrings Every Day Month!  I hope you’ll join in.

Rainfall Earrings

What is Earrings Every Day Month?

Each day for the month of September make a pair of earrings.

Challenges are such a great way to supercharge your creativity and get you into the flow of creativity.

 

Beaded Hoop Earrings Style 2

Ways to participate:

Option 1 –

Make a pair of earrings each day in the month of September.  You’re doing the challenge by simply making earrings each day.

Option 2 –

Make a pair of earrings each day and tell us about it.  You can post a photo to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag:  #earringseveryday2017 or upload a photo of your earrings to the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page.

*Note:  there will be rewards for this!  See below under “rewards.”

Additionally, you can join my email newsletter to get weekly emails (on Fridays) for inspiration and encouragement throughout Earrings Every Day Month.

Option 3 –

Get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse.  Each day you’ll get an email with a video tutorial and PDF with photo and written instructions of the tutorial.

Plus you’ll have a secure page on my website where you can return to all of the tutorials again and again after the challenge is over.

*Plus different rewards for participation!  See below under “rewards.”.

Learn more about Earrings eCourse here.

(Note:  Once you purchase Earrings eCourse from me, you can continue to participate again and again without any additional charge!)

Cyclone Earrings

Rewards and Prizes!

I’m so excited to have some fun rewards for those of you who participate and take the extra time to post photos!

Here’s how it will work:

If you’re taking Option 3 above and taking Earrings eCourse, then you can post right in the virtual classroom and/or post on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #earringseveryday2017

If you’re not participating in the online class, post photos to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #earringseveryday2017 or upload photos directly to the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page.

You’ll have 1 week grace period to complete the challenge – October 7th.

When you’re done (by October 7th) send me an email telling me how many earrings you completed and where you posted the photos so I can verify it.  (I’ll remind you if you are in the eCourse or if you join my email newsletter.)

Here are the prizes:

For the free version (you didn’t take the eCourse):

Complete 10 earrings and post photos and get:  a PDF earring pattern.

Complete 20 earrings and post photos and get:  the above + a video workshop (which will include a video tutorial and PDF eBook of the project as well.)

Complete all 30 earrings and post photos and get:  All of the above and a bundle of 5 earring video workshops.  PLUS be entered to win a prize bundle (includes 40 feet of 20 gauge silver plated Parawire plus a selection of beads.)

For the eCourse version:

Complete 10 earrings and post photos (to either the classroom and/or Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag) and get:  a special new PDF workshop

Complete 20 earrings and get:  the above + a new video workshop

Complete all 30 earrings and get:  all of the above + a new special workshop on jewelry design.  PLUS be entered to win a prize bundle that is separate from the free version.  One prize bundle will include 40 feet of 20 gauge silver plated Parawire and a selection of beads.  Two additional prize bundles will be available that include bead selections.

Double Spiral Earrings

Remember:

You must post photos to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #earringseveryday2017 OR upload the photo to Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page if you are not taking the class to get the prizes.

If you are taking the class, you can post your photos as above if you like and/or right on that day’s post in the virtual classroom.

All the photos must be posted by October 7th to get the prizes above.

Email me to claim your reward(s) by or on October 7th with where you posted your photos and how many earrings you completed.

Chain and Bead Teardrop Earrings

How to get ready for Earrings Every Day Month:

Check out Earring eCourse here.  You can sign up for it now and actually get access to all of the tutorials immediately this year so you can plan out any supplies you’ll need.

Check out this post about getting ready for Earrings Every Day Month for lots of ideas for getting ready for this challenge.

I can’t wait!  I hope you’re excited, too!!

Earring eCourse

Get daily emails with a video + PDF tutorial each day through the entire month of September, 30 virtual earring workshops, and keep them after the challenge is over by signing up for Earring eCourse!  Learn more here.

Stacking Bracelets

Bracelet stacks

My love of jewelry making began with bracelets. 

When I was a kid I had this little purse/bag just filled with beads and I would make stretchy bracelets all the time.

To this day, bracelets are one of my favorite things to make.  You can really express yourself, but they don’t take as long as a necklace to make.

Lately the trend in jewelry is to wear layers:  a few necklaces layered, as many rings as you can get on your fingers and stacked bracelets.

Bracelet stacks

Recently I was wearing all of these bracelets together on one wrist at one time.

I have never been into “matchy-matchy” but I would rather have a collection of pieces that reflect my own personal taste.  (And if you are matchy-matchy, that’s perfectly A-OK, too!)

You can see the different bracelets:  different colors and textures.  And they’re made with different techniques as well.  Well, and one I didn’t make, but purchased at a used jewelry sale.

Bracelet stacks

You certainly don’t need to wear 7 bracelets.  You could wear just 2 or 3.  In fact, most often I wear 2 or I wear my watch with 1 or 2 bracelets, depending on my mood.

Once you have a collection of bracelets, you can really decide how you want to express yourself on any given day.

The 3 bracelets pictured above were all made with the same technique.  I show how to make them in ECT TV Episode 83.

I love have separate single bracelets as opposed to one multiple strand bracelet because then you can change your mind about what strands to wear together.

Bracelet stacks

Here is what these particular bracelets are:

Starting at the top with the tassel bracelet and working around to the right:

  • Chain tassel bracelet – I purchased it at a thrift store or used jewelry sale.
  • Yellow beaded bracelet using the technique from ECT TV Episode 83
  • Funky wire wrapped link bracelet – this is from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse, my Brave Bracelet.  (I run Rediscover in sessions a couple of times a year.  Make sure you’re getting my emails to find out when it’s in session next.)
  • Blue beaded bracelet using the technique from ECT TV Episode 83
  • Knotted Link Bracelet – so much fun to make!  I have a workshop here that teaches you the technique.
  • Wire wrapped link bracelet – I just connected wire wrapped bead links to form a bracelet.  (I teach the technique here.)
  • Pink beaded bracelet – another bracelet that was made with the technique I teach in ECT TV Episode 83.

As you can see, simply using different beads with the same technique can really change up the look of a bracelet.

You can find all kinds of bracelet tutorials (both free and paid online workshops) by using the search bar and looking for bracelets here on my website.