ECT TV Episode 80: How to Make a Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), I have a fun and simple wire bead tutorial.

You can use this bead in your jewelry creations to give your projects a little more personality and fun.

Here’s the video:

As I mention in the video, the inspiration for these wire beads started as an art journal layout.

Here’s that art journal page:

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

I’ve been somewhat obsessed with layering paper over a watercolor background in my art journal this year.  (I’ll share more examples of different pages tomorrow here on the blog.)

For this page, I started out by using different colors of watercolors, including a metallic color.

Then I did some doodling using a silver pen as well as a white colored pencil.

Finally the paper layering came in.  I used pieces of scrapbook paper as well as an old letter from the 1920s and an old receipt.  (The actual letter is still in tact inside the envelop and the envelop has an opening on the right side to slide the letter out.)

Going from art journal page to jewelry:

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

When I’m using an art journal page as inspiration for jewelry, I like to make a “map” of colors, themes and other things from the art journal page.

I might make the jewelry piece based on colors or on the general feel of the art journal page or symbolism that is in the art journal page.

In this case, I mostly used the colors as inspiration for my jewelry piece:  green and the brassy metallic colors from the page.  The veining on the gemstone chips, as well as the brass color of the wire beads also gives me the feeling of an older time, which I also get from the art journal page.

When I was thinking about making this bracelet, I knew I wanted to add the brass color and I had the wire.  I could have used the wire to make some sort of wire wrapped jewelry piece using the brass wire, but I wanted the brass to be more prominent.  I also thought the messy look of the wire beads would add more interest to the bracelet and fit well with the art journal page as well.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

This bracelet is the final result.

Maybe you see something different and most likely you would come up with something completely different for your jewelry piece.

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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions for the wire bead:

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire *
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Something small and cylindrical to wrap around.  Ideas include:  small knitting needle, small dowel rod, artist paintbrush, jump ring mandrel (that’s what I used.)

*Wire:  You really can use any wire you like.  I’ve used mostly 22 gauge wire for these beads and it works well.  You could use a thicker gauge such as 20 gauge wire, which would probably work well, but it will be more difficult to wrap.

Thinner gauges like 24 gauge will be easier to wrap, but won’t hold their shape as well.  You can experience with gauges and see how it works.  22 gauge half-hard round works well.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Working off the spool (do not cut any wire), hold the wire against your cylindrical object leaving about a 1 inch tail of wire.

Use that wire tail to help hold the wire while you’re wrapping.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Decide how long you’d like your bead.  Then wrap the wire down the mandrel to create a base of the size you’d like your bead to be.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Now wrap up the other direction right on top of the wraps you just made.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Continue to wrap up and down on top of the previous wraps.  For this messy look, just wrap freestyle not trying to be neat.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Once your bead is the size you want, pull it off and trim the excess wire making flush cuts.

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Use your wire beads just like you would any other bead.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

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ECT TV Episode 80:  Wire Bead PDF eBook
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ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television (ECT TV), learn how to make a stacked button necklace.

It’s a really fun way to use buttons in jewelry making.  You could use beads instead.

Which reminds me, don’t mind me when I call the buttons beads in the video.  I really think of them the same way!

Watch the video tutorial:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

(This is the same tutorial, but with photos.)

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • Buttons (you can find some buttons in my Etsy shop here.) I used 9 different colors and sizes.
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Chain
  • 4 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches longer than the stack of buttons you’ve chosen.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers 1 1/4 inches from the top.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. It’s off center and we want to center it on the top of the wire. Wrap around once with the shorter wire and pull the longer wire out straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Now wrap around two more times.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Slide your buttons on.  I started with the smallest and got increasingly larger in the middle and then back down to small again for my pendant.  You might use all the same button.  Just remember that you’ll only really see the outside edges of the buttons.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the top button.  Then follow Steps #2 – #4 to complete a wire wrapped loop on this side as well.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Use jump rings to attach chain to each side of the button piece and then to add the clasp to the chain.

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Have fun and experiment with different buttons!

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ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

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

Today you’ll learn how to make this pretty bracelet.  I show you how to make a wire wrapped bead, how to make coiled cord ends and open and close jump rings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the exact step-by-step photo instructions of the exact tutorial in the video.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead (your choice)
  • Silk ribbon (I used silk ribbon and silk fairy ribbon from Happy Mango beads)
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • 22 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • Clasp ( I used this toggle clasp)
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut a piece of wire that’s the length of your focal bead plus 3 inches.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hold the wire about 1 1/2″ from the top in round nose pliers.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Now we need to straighten the loop.  This is the way I do it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Then wrap the short end around the longer end of the wire while pulling out the long end straight.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Slide your focal bead onto the wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hold the wire 1/4″ above the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Straighten the loop by wrapping the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two additional times, trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Open a jump ring and attach the circle part of the toggle clasp.

Now you can measure that portion of the bracelet and figure out how long to make the ribbon section of the bracelet.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut about 5 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Don’t cut the ribbon yet. Thread a jump ring onto the end of the ribbon. I used both regular silk ribbon and fairy ribbon, so 2 ribbons.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Fold about an inch of ribbon over.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around the ribbon with the 22 gauge wire. Wrap around a few times pulling tightly.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends of the wire aren’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Measure the ribbon, add an extra inch or so and then cut the ribbon.  Repeat Steps #14 – 17 for the other side.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess ribbon.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Attach one end of the ribbon to one side of the wire wrapped bead link using a jump ring.  Add the other side of the toggle clasp to the other side of the ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead


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ECT TV Episode 61: Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

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

Today I’ll show you how to make a quick and simple wire ring!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Tools and materials:

  • 18 gauge, half-hard round wire – any metal
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel
  • Ruler

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Cut approximately 7 inches of 18 gauge, half-hard, round wire.  Depending on the size of your ring you may need less, but you can cut off any excess later.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Find the middle of the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Bend the wire in half around round nose pliers.  Straighten out the wire, but be careful not to work with the wire too much because it will start to harden and be difficult to work with.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Form a ring around the ring mandrel.

Make sure that your wires do not cross or get twisted.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Remove the wire from the ring mandrel and pull the loose ends in between the bent part of the ring.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

 

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and situate it at the correct size that you’d like to make.

Make sure the ring is wrapped tightly around.

Now pull each of the loose ends back against the bend.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Trim each wire to a little over 1/4 inch making a flush cut.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Now we’ll create loops on the ends of the wires going in opposite directions.

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of your pliers, but not poking through.  Twist your wrist away from you wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow, readjust and complete the loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Repeat on the other wire creating a loop going in the opposite direction.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Now you can spiral the wires a little bit.  If you would like more of a spiral, cut a longer length of wire at the beginning and do not trim the wire so shortly in Step #7.

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and move the pliers so that the wire begins to spiral.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

Place the ring back on the ring mandrel and push down the loops/spirals to make sure they’re not poking up.

ECT TV Episode 61:  Simple Wire Ring

And that’s the completed ring!

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ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55

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

Today I’ll teach you how to make this pretty skeleton key ornament and we’ll use a couple of jewelry making techniques.

This could be a great last minute handmade gift idea or beautiful on your tree!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Materials and Tools:

I just went through my stash of supplies and choose a variety of buttons, beads and crystals.  I used green and red, but if you use different colors in your decor, then by all means use colors and materials that make sense to you.

  • Skeleton Key
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Lace or ribbon
  • 22 gauge half hard wire or 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You can use a variety of different charms and materials on this ornament.  I’ll show you how to wire wrap a button first to make a charm.

Cut a piece of wire.  How much you need depends on the size of you button, but you’ll need about 5″ or so for about a 1″ button.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide the button on the wire and center the button on it.  Twist the wire once.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  If one wire is longer than the other, use that wire.  If they’re the same it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Twist the wire around the pliers and between the button and pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once and while you’re doing that straighten out the loop so it’s centered on top of the button.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now continue wrapping the wire around, keeping your wraps straight and tight.  Then wrap the other wire.  (I change hands for this.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends don’t poke out.

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now you have a button that’s ready for your ornament.  Repeat for all the buttons you would like to use.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You may also want to make wire wrapped bead dangles.  You could use pre-made headpins, spiral headpins or I used a knotted headpin, which I’ll show you how to make here.

First cut at least 3″ of wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Bend the wire a third of the way down.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the end with the bend in chain nose pliers.  Bend up the shorter end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the end several times so it looks like a knot.  You can do this as sloppily or as neatly as you like.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Then trim off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the wire just above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around pliers and between the pliers and bead forming a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Straighten the loop while wrapping the wire around once.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Continue with a few more wraps.  Cut off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

I also used a couple chandelier crystals using the same technique as with the buttons.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

And here are all my materials ready to add to my key.  if you’re using a smaller key, you will need less embellishment.

Step #16

Cut a piece of wire about 24″ long.  You may need less if your key is smaller.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the top of the key.  You can catch the end in the wraps and make sure the wire is secure.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide on one of the charms you made.  Wrap the wire around the key a couple of times to secure it.  Continue adding charms and wrapping moving down the key slightly.

Hint:  Hold the charm in place while you wrap the wire to keep the charm in the place you want it to be in.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

I missed taking a photo, but when you’re done adding charms, wrap the wire around the key a few times and secure it.  Go back up through some of the charms to secure the wire.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Tie a bow around the top with ribbon or lace and then make a hanger.  You could use a wire ornament hanger instead of using ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

From me here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials, I hope you have very happy holidays!

Warmly,

Kim

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