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.)
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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
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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.

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

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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
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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.

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ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV!  (ECT TV)

Today I’ll show you how to make this lovely beaded circle pendant.

The pendant is great with the bead dangle hanging as shown, or alternatively try it without for just a simple circle pendant.

Here’s today’s video episode:

Links mentioned in the show:

See the inspiration that gave me the idea for the pendant (and the inspiration for that piece):  Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Jump Ring Chain Tutorial

Bead Dangle Tutorial:  Watch Episode 45 or check out the photos for how to make a bead dangle.  That part is at the beginning of the episode.  Click here.

Get the PDF of this tutorial so you can easily download and save it! 

(Note:  The instructions are exactly what you see below + photo and written instructions for making a bead dangle that isn’t shown below.)

ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
PDF eBook for the instructions for ECT TV Episode 82. These are the exact same instructions as seen in this blog post + bead dangle tutorial, but in PDF form.
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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Materials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire *
  • Beads – either approximately 12 4mm beads or a bunch of gemstone chips or any other beads you would like to use.  You can use more beads or larger beads as well.
  • Focal bead made into a bead dangle (see above for a link to how to make a bead dangle)
  • Chain (plus a jump ring) or a cord to wear the pendant (see above for a link to how to make a simple jump ring chain)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Wire:  You can use any metal you like.  You may have to adjust the gauge of the wire depending on how large the bore hole is in your beads.  For these gemstone chips I had to use 22 gauge wire so the beads would slide on.  For the example in the video I used 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Cut enough wire to hold all of the beads you intend to use plus at least 3 inches extra.

This may vary if you want to make a larger pendant or use larger beads, but for my 12 4mm beads I used about 10 inches of wire.

Slide your bead dangle onto the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Slide beads on the wire, half on each side of the bead dangle.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Form a circle so the beads look continuous.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Twist the wires one full time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist you just made. Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop will probably be off-center.  Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  Then wrap the other wire around three times.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Use a jump ring to attach to a chain.  (Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a video on how to make a jump ring chain and also how to properly open and close jump rings.)

Alternatively, you could twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the beaded circle and simply slide a cord or chain through it.

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ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81

Hi and welcome to Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) Episode 81!

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Here’s the video:

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

In today’s episode I’m teaching you how to make a fun pendant design.  This pendant is great for all the long necklaces you may have been seeing if you happen to follow fashion trends, but if you prefer a shorter necklace it works well for that as well.

My inspiration for this necklace is an art journal page I created recently.

Art Journal Inspired

I love taking inspiration from my art journal pages to create jewelry designs — so much that I created an eCourse, called Inspired eCourse, where we go through creativity activities and journal prompts and then map out jewelry inspiration that we take from the art journal pages.

How I went from Art Journal Page to Jewelry Piece:

When I made this particular art journal page I wanted to feature the word inspire.  I chose the elements on the page around that general theme.  Butterflies have a very symbolic meaning for me, especially around creativity and the word inspire.

When pulling inspiration and ideas from an art journal page, you can go in several different ways.  I make a “Jewelry Map” from the art journal page that includes pulling out themes, colors, shapes, textures and techniques. (I teach this in detail in Inspired eCourse.)

In this case, I was most drawn to the colors and the butterfly theme of the page.

Sketching jewelry:

Typically I’ll sketch out my jewelry ideas after making the Jewelry Map.  In this case I went straight to picking out supplies.

Inspired Supplies

As I was choosing supplies the idea came to me.

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for everyone. 

Sometimes I need to create a Jewelry Map, sketch out a bunch of ideas and then choose the idea to try.

Sometimes I look through old sketchbooks until I find something I designed previously.

Sometimes my inspiration comes from the materials themselves, like in this case.

However the inspiration comes, follow it.

Once I had the idea, I made a sample and then I created the tutorial to share!

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • Focal bead
  • 5 smaller beads and/or charms (I used 4 beads and one charm) + optional extra bead for clasp
  • Headpins for all the smaller beads.  (I made my own knotted headpins.)
  • Chain
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Clasp ( used a lobster clasp)
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Optional:  Filigree piece
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Decide how long you want the tassel part of your pendant to be and cut 5 pieces of chain to that length.  I cut mine 1 1/2 inches.

I slide the chain on a piece of scrap wire so I can cut them all evenly.  See the full jewelry making tip: cutting chain.

Set the chain aside momentarily.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Cut a piece of wire a few inches long than your focal bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire about 1 1/4 inches from the top in round nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the 5 pieces of chain into the loop you just formed.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the chains to the side and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end while pulling out the long end to straighten the loop so it’s centered on the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times, keeping the wraps tight, straight and next to each other. Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the focal bead on the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

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

Follow the instructions above to complete a wire wrapped loop.

This would make a really cute pendant just as it is.  Just slide it on a chain and you’re set.

But I’ll show you how to bling it up even more.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Now we’ll make bead dangles with the smaller beads.

I made my own knotted head pins, as I mentioned in the materials section above.

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire with round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Form a loop by wrapping the wire around the pliers.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight to center the loop.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Trim the wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat for all your smaller beads.

Step #13

 

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach one bead or charm to the end of each chain with 4mm jump rings.

How to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

If you like, attach the top of the focal bead to a filigree piece using a jump ring.

Then add 1/2 of the chain to each side of the filigree piece using jump rings.

If not, you can simply thread chain through the top loop of the focal bead or attach it to the chain using a jump ring if you want it to be more stable.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach a clasp.

I used a lobster clasp on one side and a wire wrapped bead link on the other side.  I made one loop really large so it would be easier to hook with the lobster clasp.

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

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