ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Welcome to a new episode of ECT TV (Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV!)

Today I have a fun wire ring tutorial.  It’s a different take on my popular Wire Wrapped Rose Ring tutorial.

Here’s today’s video episode:

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ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge, dead soft or half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose RingWe’ll work right off the spool, so we’re not going to cut off any wire for now.

Hold the wire on the size ring you want to make and leave 3 to 4 inches of a tail.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Wrap around 5 times or however many times you like.

Cut the wire leaving a tail of about 3 to 4 inches on the other side as well.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Pull the wires together around the ring mandrel and pull out to the sides to pull everything tightly.

Then twist the loose wires.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Twist around again with both wires.  The wires should go under the first wraps.

At this point you can go more freestyle or make a neater rose.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Go around a few more times and then trim the ends of the wire making flush cuts.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Use chain nose pliers to push the ends in.

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

Here’s what it looks like from the back.

Have fun!

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ECT TV Episode 76: Stacked Wire Rose Ring

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

I am fascinated with spirals.  I had a student ask me about this particular type of spiral and so I have started making them over and over again.

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) you’ll learn a technique for making a concentric spiral, which is different from the spirals I usually teach.  You can use this spiral in your designs however you like, but in the video I’ll show you how to make a pendant.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

(These are the same instructions in the video.)

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Materials and Tools:

  • Wire *
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

*About wire:  I used 14 gauge aluminum wire.

You can actually use any wire you like and any gauge you like.  The thinner the gauge of wire, the smaller your pendant will be.

Step #1

Cut 14 inches of wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Find the middle of the wire. I’m holding the ends together on one end.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Use your round nose pliers to fold the wire in half.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Pinch the bend closed.  You can use chain nose pliers or I like to use my crimp tool to close bends like this.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the bent end in chain nose pliers with the wires off to the side.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Push the wires up – both at the same time – starting a spiral.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Readjust the wires so they’re off to the side again.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Push up again.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral making sure to not cross the wires.

Continue to spiral until the spiral is the size you’d like or you have about an inch and half left of wire.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Bend the inside wire (which will be longer) straight up on the top of your pendant.

(Note:  There are marks on my pendant because I’m using a very soft wire.  We’ll get rid of all those marks at the end when we hammer.)

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Wrap the other wire around the wire that you just straighten one time.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the straight wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 above the wrap you just made. Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop so it’s straight and centered above the pendant.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Wrap around at least one more time. Trim off the excess wire and use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends aren’t sticking out.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Use a chasing hammer to hammer the pendant flat, holding the loop and wraps off the side of the steel block.

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Slide the pendant on a chain or cord and wear!

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

The pendant on the left was made with 20 gauge wire. I used the same length of wire for both pendants, but obviously the pendant made with 20 gauge wire is significantly smaller.

I hope you enjoy this fun way to make spirals!  Have fun!

ECT TV Episode 74: How to Make a Spiral Pendant

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ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) for you!

In ECT TV Episode 72, I showed you how to make hammered hoops and those hoops hung from an earring wire.

In this episode the hoops are all inclusive and no earring wire is necessary.

Here’s today’s video episode:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Jewelry file
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer
  • Steel block
  • Ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form the hoops around

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Cut 2 pieces of wire 3 1/2 inches each.

Make sure each end of the wire has a flush cut and that the 2 pieces of wire are exactly the same length.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Now make a simple loop on one end of each wire.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers to form a loop.  Go as far as your wrist will allow, readjust and complete the loop.

TIP:  Make a mark with a sharpie on your round nose pliers then use that mark to line up your wire when making loops to make your loops uniform.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Now center the loop on the wire.

Put your round nose pliers back in the loop and roll back to center the loop.

The loop may open when you do that.  Just carefully close it using your chain nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Use a nylon or rawhide hammer and hammer only the loop.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

File the other end of the wire because it will be going into your ear.  You want to take away any sharp edges and round the wire.

Alternatively, you could use a burr cup or wire rounder.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or any cylindrical object that’s the size you want your hoops to be.)  The loop you just made should be flat against the mandrel.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Using a nylon or rawhide hammer, hammer the hoop avoiding the loop and the last 1/4 inch or so on the other end.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to bend up the wire so that it will hook into the loop on the other end.

If you need to, place the earring back on the ring mandrel to make sure the shape is still round and make any adjustments.

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings

To wear these, simple unhook them, put the wire through the front of your earring hole and hook in the back.

These hoops are really cute plain.  I love the simplicity of them.

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ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings (video + step-by-step intructions)

ECT TV Episode 72: How to Make Hammered Hoops

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

These earrings are so cute plain, but also are a great frame to add wire wrapped beads or wire wrapped shapes.

Here’s the video tutorial:

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Step-by-Step instructions:

(same as the video!)

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Earring Wires (or make your own, see ECT TV Episode 71)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Mandrel (I used the round shape of the Beadsmith Mandrel 4X, but you can use anything round to form the shape)
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Form a hoop by wrapping the wire around your mandrel or other cylindrical object.  Cut the wire leaving about 1/4 inch on each side past the point where the wire crosses.

Cut each end with a flush cut.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Make a loop on each end of the wire, both going away from the hoop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Hammer the hoop with a chasing hammer being careful not to hammer the loops.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Hold the hoop with the loops facing away from you.  Use chain nose pliers to twist the left loop up.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Carefully open the loop on the right side so it’s in a shape of a hook.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Place the left loop into the open hook.  Then carefully close the hook.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 72: Hoop Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


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ECT TV Episode 71: Introduction to Making Earrings

Intro to Making Earrings

Today I have a special edition of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  Introduction to Making Earrings!

In this episode you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with making earrings plus a simple earring tutorial.

Watch the video:

 

Wire:

The generally accepted gauge of wire for making earring wires is 20 gauge.  Since you’re making your own earrings if that feels too thick for you you can always try 22 gauge and experiment so that you feel comfortable.

You may use other wire when creating earrings that are other gauges as well.

Metal:

If you have sensitivity to metal in your ears, for your earring wires you may need to use sterling silver.  (You probably want to practice making earrings wires with less expensive wire before switching over to sterling silver.)

If you don’t have any allergies to metal, you probably can use any wire.

Alternatively, you can simply purchase earring wires at your favorite supply store.  Again, if you have metal allergies, look for sterling silver or you may be able to use surgical steal earring wires.

Beads:

The main concern when you’re making earrings is the weight of the earrings.  You don’t want anything too heavy that will pull on your ears and be uncomfortable.

If you’re making earrings for yourself, you can make them as heavy as you like, but still be careful not to make them too heavy.

If you’re making earrings for someone else, make them as light as you can.

That being said, using large heavy beads isn’t the best idea for earrings, but use your own judgment.  That goes for anything else that you might add to your earrings.

Simple Earrings Tutorial

Next I’ll show you how to make a simple pair of earrings.  First you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial to make your own earring wires.  They’re pretty simple to make, but you don’t have to make your own earring wires. You can buy they already made at a jewelry supply store.

Earring Wires

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or other marker to bend around
  • Jewelry file
  • Rawhide, nylon or hard plastic hammer and steel block (optional)

Step #1

Earring Wires

Cut 2 pieces of wire approximately 3 inches long.  It doesn’t matter exactly how long they are, just that they are exactly the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires

Flush cut both ends of each wire.  To make a flush cut use the back of most wire cutters toward the work (or what you’re leaving behind.)

Step #3

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a loop on one end of the wires.  You learned how to make a loop in the “3 Tips” as well. Hold the wire in round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.  Use the tip of your round nose pliers because we just want to make a small loop.

Step #4

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around pliers.  When you have twisted as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the wire and pliers and complete the loop.  Repeat for the other wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires

Bend the wires around a Sharpie or other pen or marker to form a hook.  I find it helpful to do both wires at one time so they’re the same.

The end with the loop will be shorter than the other end.

Step #6

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Use chain nose pliers to make a bend in the wires approximately at the same spot as the loop on the other side of the hook.

Step #7

Earring Wires

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Earring Wires

Use a file or burr cup to file the end of the wire so it’s not sharp but rounded.

Step #9

Earring Wires

Harden the earring wire with a nylon, rawhide or hard plastic hammer.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but will make your earring wires sturdier.

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a bead dangle to place on the earring wires to make a simple pair of earrings.

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Tools and Materials:

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

Step #1

Simple Earrings

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Hint:  Check to see if your bead will stay on the headpin or if the stopper on the headpin is smaller than the hole in your bead.  If it slides off, you can either add a smaller bead like a seed bead first and then your larger bead or make your own decorative headpin that will hold the bead on.

(You can find free tutorials on my website for decorative headpins such as knotted headpins or spiral headpins.)

Step #2

Simple Earrings

Hold the headpin approximately ¼ inch above the bead in round nose pliers.

Step #3

Simple Earrings

Wrap the headpin around your round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

The loop will be off-center.  To center it hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap around one time while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #5

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps keeping them close together and straight.

Step #6

Simple Earrings

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

Simple Earrings

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

Repeat to make a second matching bead dangle.

Step #8

Simple Earrings

Open an earring wire.

Step #9

Simple Earrings

Place the bead dangle in the loop and close it.

Simple Earrings


Ways to customize these simple earrings:

 

Dangle Earrings

Add extra bead dangles to your earring wires.

Paper Bead Earrings

Use fun beads!  (These are paper beads.)

How to Make Dangle Earrings

Add more than one bead on the headpin.  I stacked disc beads for this pair of earrings.

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These earrings have several gemstone beads and use spiral headpins, but it’s the same basic technique.

Layered Wire Wrapped Earrings

For these earrings, I used spiral headpins and then added a couple charms to the earring wires as well.


Earrings are a quick way to express yourself and your creativity.

  • They don’t take a lot of time to make.
  • You can express your creativity when you’re actually making them.
  • Plus, they have the bonus feature that you can express your creativity when you’re wearing your one-of-a-kind creations as well.
  • (Plus the bragging rights and confidence building of “Oh, you love these?  I made them!”)

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