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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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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Special Announcements about ECT TV:

  • 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!)
  • Also previously I had been sharing PDFs of each episode freely with step-by-step photo/written instructions to my newsletter subscribers since the very beginning of the series and it’s extremely time consuming.  The PDFs will no longer be available for free, but you’ll still get all the same content in the videos!
  • The PDFs for the jewelry making tutorials will be available for a small, affordable fee and the PDFs for the older episodes will be available soon as well.

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Also – there will be a new blogpost here on my website each Wednesday.  On the weeks for ECT TV, you’ll find the video and show notes from the episode.  On the other weeks I’ll have posts about creativity and jewelry making.


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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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ECT TV Episode 77: Wire Wrapped Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Earrings

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

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

Today I will show you how to wire wrap an upcycled chandelier crystal and make a sparkly, dangling pair of earrings.

 

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

This is also Part 3 of my 3 Part Series:  Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Part 1 is all about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is today and we’re making these fun earrings!

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Where to get upcycled chandelier crystals:

  • Where I have found most of my crystals is at antique stores.
  • Check thrift shops.  I often find them there.
  • eBay seems to always have them whenever you want them.  (Antique stores and thrift shops are more hit or miss.)

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 matching upcycled chandelier crystals
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Remove any findings or wire from the crystals.

You may be able to use your pliers to bend the wire and remove it or in some cases you may need to use your wire cutters to cut off any of the findings.

Step #2

Cut 5 inches of wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Usually the crystal will have a couple of holes, but for these earrings we’ll just use one and ignore the other.

Slide the crystal onto the wire and center it.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Cross the wire in the middle of the crystal.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Twist the wire at least one complete time.  You want the wire to end as seen in the photo.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold the loop in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the bottom of the loop once while straightening the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the crystal.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap around a couple of times with that wire.  Then wrap around the other wire a couple of times.

You can use your hands or your bent nose pliers to help you with wrapping.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Trim off the excess wire and use chain nose pliers to make sure that the ends of the wire are not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Add an earring wire.

Repeat to make a matching earring.

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals


My Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry:

In the video I promised to show you the jewelry I made for a holiday party I attended over the weekend using upcycled chandelier crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I made two tier earrings using the same concept as above.

(In Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse I show you how to make different types of tiered earrings, how to make your own jump rings and earring wires.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Wire Wrapped Ring with chandelier crystal and spirals on the sides.  (Learn how to make this ring with a bead in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

This is my bracelet from the set.  I decided simple was best, just a bunch of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I am crazy about this necklace set.  It’s actually 2 necklaces layered (which is really on trend right now.)  I made the chain for the pendant necklace (another tutorial from Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse) and then layered it with a choker length necklace of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Here’s a photo of me wearing the necklaces, although they’re kind of covered up by my big hair.


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Part 1 is about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is this post.

You can find each of these 3 parts free on my website at the links above.

However, I know that a lot of you love PDFs that are easier to download and save, so I created a 20 page eBook with all the information (including the step-by-step photos and instructions for the tutorial in part 3), so you can keep it handy.

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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!

I would love to see your ring!  Upload a photo in the comments below!

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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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