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!

Here’s today’s video episode:


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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 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

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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!

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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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