ECT TV Episode 56: Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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:

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are step-by-step instructions of the exact same tutorial that’s in the video.

Wire Wrapping Tools

Tools and Materials:

* 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.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches longer than your bead on each side.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A few inches from one end of the wire make a bend.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in the wire in chain nose pliers and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap until you like the look and then trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Slide your bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap the wire around your round nose pliers and in between the pliers and the bead.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

The loop will be off center, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

 

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Decide how long you’d like your necklace to be and cut your chain with your wire cutters.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal InspirationECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Get a closer look at the art journal page that inspired this piece on this blogpost that I did last week.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal Inspiration to Jewelry, Week 3-A

Inspired

This free 3 week series will help you feel inspired and teach you how to get inspiration and express your inspiration through making jewelry.

Each week you will receive 2 prompts.  The first is a journal prompt where you can write a list, journal or create an art journal page in any way you like.  You can use paint, crayons, collage or other mixed media, colored pencils or simply words.  I like making lists.  You may want to draw or write a poem.

The second weekly prompt will give you ideas to take inspiration from your art journal page and translate it into a piece of jewelry.  I’ll share what I made, but I expect that your piece will be quite different because your response to the art journal prompt will be quite different from mine.

Each week is full of inspiration and ideas to express yourself through making jewelry.

Find the previous prompts here:

Today is the final prompt of this mini series.

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

This prompt will help you translate your art journal page into a piece of jewelry.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the week 3 prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Leaf Bracelet

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

out my window

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

If you used words, look for words that call out to you.  In Week #1 I used a word as inspiration for my page.

In Week #2 I used photos in my art journal page and used those as inspiration in a very similar way to how I did in Week #1

For this week’s prompt, I used the colors in my page and also was inspired by the shapes that I painted.

Out My Window

Step #2:

Just like in the previous weeks, make a map of ideas.

This is a starting point for your jewelry and you may find that you only follow it loosely or use it as a springboard for inspiration that takes you in a different direction.

In this case, I wanted to focus on the art page (my mini painting) as a whole, including the colors and shapes.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

(The same categories I used in the previous weeks.)

Themes:  As you can see in the photo above, for themes I wrote down:  nature, branches, tree, leaves.  These are taken directly from my journal page.

You may not have a direct interpretation and that’s fine.  Brainstorm and write down anything that comes to mind.

Colors and stones:  brown, red, orange, dark colors.

Again, I took these colors directly from my journal page.  In week 1, I used a list and just came up with colors I thought went along with the word I had chosen to focus on.  Anything that comes to your mind is great.  It does not have to be a direct translation.  We’re using our journal for inspiration.

Techniques:  Use this category to try to narrow down some ideas for techniques you may use since there are so many options in jewelry making.  Again, it does not have to be a direct correlation, but it can be.

I wrote down charm bracelet, which wasn’t necessarily directly related and necklace with twig or twig shaped wire, which is more directly related.

Leaf Bracelet

Step #3:

Head to your supplies and start pulling together components you think you may use.

You might have already come up with some ideas for the supplies you have when you’re doing the mapping in Step #2.  In my case, I knew I had these pretty, delicate leave charms waiting that I thought I would like to use.

Then I started going through my beads.  I sort them mostly by color, so this was relatively easy since I was looking for specific colors.

This process can help you remember and rediscover jewelry supplies that you may have forgotten about or find new ways to incorporate supplies that you didn’t really know what to do with.

And, of course, in some cases you may need to order some supplies to find the perfect shape or color.

As you’re doing this, it is possible (and likely) that your piece will change from what’s on your map.  That’s fine.  The ultimate goal isn’t to follow a map word for word, but to make a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’re excited about and feel inspired to make.

Each step of this process can lead you down a different road and that’s fine and wonderful.

Leaf Bracelet

Step #4

Put together your jewelry piece!

Inspired Mini Series Week 3A

Now, it’s your turn!  Be inspired and make some jewelry!  🙂

I have had so much fun bringing you this mini series and have loved getting your emails about being inspired and picking up your sketchbooks and journals and finding new inspiration.

How did you like this mini series?

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Inspired

In the Inspired eCourse we’re going more in depth with the prompts and you get creativity boosting activities to help you with your art journal prompts.  Plus I’m also giving you a jewelry tutorial each week.

One week you’ll have a surprise package of jewelry supplies from me to work with that goes along with one of the weeks!

Inspired eCourse is 4 weeks plus an introduction week to give you a great introduction to art journaling.

It starts on February 15, 2016.

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Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal Inspiration to Jewelry, Week 2-A

Inspired Mini Series

Inspired Mini Series Week 2A

This free 3 week series will help you feel inspired and teach you how to get inspiration and express your inspiration through making jewelry.

Each week you will receive 2 prompts.  The first is a journal prompt where you can write a list, journal or create an art journal page in any way you like.  You can use paint, crayons, collage or other mixed media, colored pencils or simply words.  I like making lists.  You may want to draw or write a poem.

The second weekly prompt will give you ideas to take inspiration from your art journal page and translate it into a piece of jewelry.  I’ll share what I made, but I expect that your piece will be quite different because your response to the art journal prompt will be quite different from mine.

Each week is full of inspiration and ideas to express yourself through making jewelry.

Find the previous prompts here:

Week 2

Week #2-A takes the prompt from earlier this week and draws inspiration to create a jewelry piece.

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the week 2 prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Inspired Mini Series Week 2A

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

I feel happiest when

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

In my case, I was drawn to the nature aspect of my page, although I could have chosen anything on the page.

Inspried Mini Series Week 2

Step #2:

Just like last week, make a map of ideas.

This is a starting point for your jewelry and you may find that you only follow it loosely or use it as a springboard for inspiration that takes you in a different direction.

I focused on happy and nature.  So on the top of a new page I wrote those words.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

(The same categories I used last week.)

And then I just brainstormed ideas.  In my case I had a photo to look at.  I wrote down under “themes”:  leaves, trees, butterflies, dragonflies and flowers.  I not only used the photo but also my memories of what it’s like to walk where the photo was taken.

You don’t need to have drawn a picture or used a photo for this to work.  Just brainstorm what comes to mind when you think of the word you wrote at the top of the page.  The piece of jewelry does not need to look like the art journal page you created.  We’re simply using it as inspiration.

If you did paint or do a collage or some sort of layered art journal page, you may wish to choose colors right from it.

For colors I chose muted colors, greens, browns, light pink and light yellow.  As I mentioned in the video I’m not really sure where the pink came from.  It’s not in the photo.  There are pink flowers in the area the photo was taken in the summer, but not actually in the photo.

I just purchased rose quartz nuggets so I think it was on my mind.  Plus, rose quartz symbolizes love and there were a lot of things I love on my art journal page, so it all makes sense.  However, it doesn’t necessarily HAVE to make sense.  Also, you’ll see that I didn’t actually use yellow in my jewelry piece.

I also equated brown with brass in this case.  Again, I had just gotten a big chunky brass chain that I ordered, so it may have been in my mind when I was brainstorming ideas.

Finally, I suggest that you come up with some jewelry making techniques that you’d like to use for your jewelry piece.  There are so many options it’s good to narrow it down a bit.  I decided to make a layered necklace.

Inspried Mini Series Week 2

Step #3:

Gather up supplies based on your brainstorming from above and come up with your jewelry piece.

I grabbed my brass container and found a big, beautiful dragonfly piece and knew right away I wanted it to be the centerpiece.

Like I said last week, this process will help you rediscover jewelry supplies that you have long forgotten about.  I’ve had the dragonfly pieces for years and haven’t really considered using them until I created this particular art journal page.

I also found some beautiful gemstone chips that were green with brown in them.  I knew I had the brass chain and would probably use it already.  Plus the rose quartz nuggets that were on my mind when I was brainstorming.

Then I just started pulling the jewelry piece together.

Inspired Mini Series Week 2

Have fun putting together your jewelry!  You can make anything you like.  It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else.  You may not look at your jewelry piece and your art journal page and be able to tell that one came from the other.

On the other hand, you may have a direct correlation.  Either way is just fine.

Be inspired and make some jewelry! 

A new prompt will be coming next week!

Inspired Mini Series Week 2

Inspired Mini Series: Art Journal to Jewelry Week #1-A

Inspired Mini Series

I have a fun new series of videos for you over the next few weeks!

The “Inspired Mini Series!”

This is a series of art journal prompts that I will then show you (hopefully giving you inspiration!) how to translate into jewelry pieces.

This series will be very inspiration in nature, so there won’t be jewelry tutorials, but I will be explaining to you how to go from a journal prompt to journal page to jewelry piece.

You can find the first prompt and introduction here:  Week 1

And now we’re moving on to Week 1-A!

Here’s the video:

In this video, you’ll learn how I take inspiration from the art journal page I created with the first prompt, create a map for a jewelry piece and then ultimately create a jewelry piece.

The steps are also outlined below if you prefer to read rather than watch the video.

Adventure Necklace

And as promised in that video, here’s a little video with some very brief instructions on how I made the Adventure Necklace:

It’s not really step-by-step, but you will get an idea of how to put together this necklace if you’re interested in the process.

Week 1 Journal Page 2

Adventure Necklace

Going from Art Journal Page to Jewelry:

Step #1:

Look at your art journal page again.  Does anything call out to you or stick out to you?  Anything inspire you?

Step #2:

Make a map of ideas.  You don’t have to strictly follow this map (or follow it at all really) but you do need to have an idea where to start.

I focused on one word from my art journal, “Adventure.”

I wrote that at the top of a new page.

Then I wrote these categories:

  • Themes
  • Colors and Stones
  • Techniques

And then I just brainstormed ideas.  When I think of adventure I think of travel and compasses and arrows, so I wrote that under “themes.”

For whatever reason, I thought of blues and greens for colors.  And then I jotted down some techniques I thought I might use.

I brainstormed some ideas for techniques I might use for my jewelry piece.

Step #3:

Gather up some supplies and start on your jewelry piece.

Use your map and see what you have on hand to make a jewelry piece.  Because I wrote “compass” in the theme, I thought of a compass coin I had in my scrapbook supplies that I knew could crossover into jewelry.  It also jogged my memory of the empty pocket watch piece I’ve had for quite a while and not done anything with.

This process will make you think of things, get ideas and remember supplies that you may have forgotten about long ago.

Have fun putting together your jewelry!  You can make anything you like.  It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else.   Just because for some reason my brain equates blue with adventure doesn’t mean it’s true for you.  And certainly just because I decided to make an adventure necklace doesn’t mean you should.

Be inspired and make some jewelry! 

A new prompt will be coming next week!  🙂

 

Necklace Inspired by Nature Themed Art Journal Page

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Yesterday I shared the mixed media knotted bead I made for this necklace and how to make it and now I have a completed necklace!

In case you missed it, this necklace was inspired by a nature themed art journal page I made.

Nature Themed Art Journal Page

I pulled out the colors from the page and the feeling that I get when I look at the page and recreated it in jewelry.

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Tomorrow we’ll continue on this theme and I’ll take you through the how I decided on materials for this necklace.

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