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.

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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
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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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ECT TV Episode 79: Planning Your Creative Projects for the New Year

Welcome to a new episode of ECT TV!

In Emerging Creatively Tutorials I show you jewelry making techniques and give you creativity tips.

Happy New Year!

I hope you’re off to a great start to the New Year!  Whether this is the first episode you’re watching or you’ve been watching from the beginning, I want to say thank you for all your support!

Today I’ll give you a step-by-step process to plan your creative projects for the year that will help you sort out from the many possibilities, schedule it in and then finally I’ll give you a bonus tip that will make you super effective during your creative time.

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Prefer to read?  Here’s the information from the video:

As I start a new year I love planning and thinking about how I want to feel and I love setting goals.  As part of that, I think about what creative projects I’m planning for the year.

Going back, the last few months of 2016 I got very overwhelmed with the amount of things I wanted to do.  I had a lot of trouble making decisions and so I ended up not making any decisions and, thus, I didn’t really work on many creative projects.

This year I decided to take the decision making out of the picture altogether.  I made a plan and a schedule. I don’t have to make any decisions because they have already been made.

I started this process a few weeks ago and the results have been amazing.  I’m going to walk you through all the steps.  Once you go through these steps it’s a lot easier to get to the fun creating part!

Step #1

What do you want to work on this year?

Make a whole big list and don’t edit it yet.  Just let yourself brainstorm everything.

This can, of course, also include projects that you’d like to complete from last year that you’re still working on plus anything new you’d like to do or to learn.

Step #2

How much time do you have to devote to your creative activities?

When can you schedule them in?

For me, this means I work on my creative hobbies in the evenings after dinner.

Maybe you have kids and your only free time is after they’re tucked in bed.  Or perhaps you have time first thing in the morning.

When do you realistically have time and how much time do you have?

Step #3

Now we’ll narrow down the list of creative projects from Step #1 into a list that you actually have time for.

I always have about a thousand projects that I want to do, but when I compare that long list to the time I have I know it’s not even possible.

So I have to choose what’s most important to me.

Decide on the top few projects that you can realistically work on.  If they’re long term/large projects you may only be able to choose a few.  Choose as many as you have time to work on.

You don’t have to get rid of the rest of the list.  Keep it for the future.  This is just what we’re focusing on right now.

{For me:  I have decided to work on 3 scrapbooking projects and 1 art journal project.  I didn’t consider jewelry making in my list because it’s a given that I work on daily because it’s my job to teach jewelry making and I work on it during the day.

There are many other projects that I want to work on and I kept them in a list.  If I have time, I may work on them, but they’re not my focus.}

Step #4

Make a concrete schedule for those creative projects within the schedule that you made in Step #2.

{For me:  I’ll be working most evenings on my creative projects.  I have taken my 3 scrapbooking projects and choose which specific days I’ll work on those projects.  I have a couple of open days that I can choose to work more on those projects or work on another creative project or do something else altogether.}

Now that you have made a schedule, you don’t have to make decisions on what to work on when.  You simply work on whatever creative project you chose at the time you chose.  It just simplifies everything.

Step #5

To maximize your creative time, get your supplies together and organized for each creative project.

Organizing your supplies is great, of course, because you can find everything.  But there’s a bonus of finding things you forgot about or misplaced, letting things go that you just don’t use and thus giving you more breathing room and finding renewed inspiration!

Bonus Tip:

Make kits of the exact supplies you’ll use for each project and place in a box or basket.  Then when it’s the allotted time for that specific project, just grab the basket and get to work!

What if you want freedom, not rules?

Me, too!  I love creative projects because I can express myself and not do what other people think I should.  I don’t like being put in a box and I’m a free spirit at heart.

However, I also get overwhelmed and stuck when I have to make a lot of decisions.  Making these decisions ahead of time is actually really freeing.  I started this process a few weeks ago and I have to say it’s been amazing.  I’m working on creative projects so much more.

And having said all of this, nothing is set in stone.  You made the schedule, you can change it.  You can add things to your list, take them off or switch things for a little while.

I want to help you to be able to express yourself more freely, not tie you down!

I hope this helps you get creative this year!

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  • ECT TV comes out every other week.  I’ll be alternating a jewelry making technique video with creative tips and hints videos (like this very episode!)
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ECT TV Episode 78: Wire Wrapped Bead Link

ECT TV 78: Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Hi and welcome to a special episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series to give you a bit of insight into how Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse works.

In the actual eCourse, you get all three parts in one week and you get many more projects, but for this I’ll be sharing a new part each week.  (These prompts are not from the eCourse itself, but it will give you an idea of what it’s like.)

Part 1:  Creativity Booster

Part 2:  Jewelry Skills Lesson (this!)

Part 3:  Jewelry Project (coming out December 28, 2016.)

In today’s video, you’ll learn a basic skill that you’ll use again and again when making wire wrapped jewelry, the wire wrapped bead link.

Here’s the video episode:


Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Step-by-Step Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Wire *
  • Bead
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*This is a basic skill that I’m teaching in this tutorial. Typically you’ll be choosing the wire based on the project. If it’s one of my projects, I’ll specifically tell you what wire to use. For practice I suggest that you use silver plated, copper or brass wire that’s 20 gauge, half-hard and round.

If you’re using an artistic wire you may find that there isn’t a hardness indicated. Most artistic wire and copper wire is similar to half-hard and will be fine.

Step #1

Bead Dangle

Cut a piece of wire. The wire should be at least 3 inches longer than the bead.

Step #2

Bead Dangle

 

Hold the wire approximately 1 ½ inches from the top in round nose pliers.

(Remember the tip where you mark your round nose pliers to keep all the wire wrapped loops in a project uniform. Line up the wire vertically with that line.)

Step #3

Bead Dangle

Bead Dangle

Wrap the top part of the wire down and around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Bead Dangle

Notice that the loop is off-centered, but we want it to be straight. The way I like to straighten the loop is by holding the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Bead Dangle

Now wrap the shorter wire around the long wire one time while pulling the long wire out straight.

Step #6

Bead Dangle

Bead Dangle

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end 2 more times. You can use your fingers or bent nose (or other) pliers for this.

Step #7

Bead Dangle

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Bead Dangle

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end of the wire is not poking out.

Bead Dangle

Bonus Tip:

If you find that your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to pull them close together. Sandwich the wraps between the pliers and push the pliers closed.

Step #9

Bead Dangle

Slide on your bead.

Step #10

Bead Dangle

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about ¼ inch above the bead.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Now you’ll be following the same steps as you did for the loop on the other side. Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

The loop will be off-center, so we’ll straighten it. Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wrap the wire around one time while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wrap 2 more times.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #16

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.
Bead Dangle


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