New eWorkshop! Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet

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This workshop is great for building your confidence in your wire wrapping abilities because you’ll be repeating the process over and over again with the bead dangles.

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ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

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

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.

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 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

In this new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) learn how to make wire wrapped bead links, open and close jump rings and make a fun, whimsical bracelet.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Last week I shared the Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial.  This bracelet uses some of the leftover beads from that project as well as the scraps of ribbon you have leftover.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

In this project we’ll use jump rings to attach the bead links.  In ECT TV Episode 63 I showed you a technique for attaching wire wrapped bead links without using jump rings.  You can find that video tutorial here if you prefer not to use jump rings.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

*For the ribbon, I simply used 4 inch scraps that I had leftover from the Boho Tassel Necklace, but you could just cut several 4 inch scraps.

And, of course, feel free to use different gemstones or different colors of silk ribbon if you like.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Use a sharpie to make a mark on your round nose pliers.  It doesn’t particularly matter where the mark is; just make sure to use that mark throughout the project.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2 inches from the top.  The wire should be lined up vertically with the line you made on your pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Form a loop by wrapping the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Remove the loop from round nose pliers.  The loop will be off-centered, so we’ll fix that now.  (If you already have another way of doing this, feel free to use your way.)

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end one time.  As you do this, pull the long end out straight.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around 2 more times.

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Slide on 3 gemstone beads.

Note:  You may want to use just 2 gemstone beads per link.  For my bracelet I used 3 gemstone beads on 3 wire wrapped bead links and 2 gemstone beads on 2 wire wrapped bead links.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Hold the wire just above the gemstone beads with round nose pliers.  Make sure to line up the wire vertically with the sharpie mark on your pliers.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

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

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Now we’ll straighten the loop like we did previously.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around one time and as you do that pull the beads out straight to center the loop on top of the wire.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Wrap around 2 more times, trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #12

Determine what length to make your bracelet.  Subtract the length of the clasp from the total length and make enough wire wrapped bead links to make up the difference.  If it doesn’t work out just right you can make some bead links with 2 beads instead of three or use extra jump rings to add length.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Open up several jump rings.  (It’s a lot quicker to open up all the jump rings you need for a project at one time.)

Find the opening in the jump ring.  Center the opening between bent nose pliers and chain nose pliers (or other pliers that are flat on the inside if you don’t have bent nose pliers.)

With one hand pull toward you and with the other push away to open the jump ring.  Do not open out to the sides.

Opening a jump ring

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Attach all your wire wrapped bead links together using jump rings.

Note:  to close jump rings do the opposite of what you did to open them.  Go past the point of closing a few times to harden the jump ring and then you’ll hear or feel a click when the jump ring is closed properly.  (Usually you’ll feel or hear a click, but not always.)

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Use jump rings to attach one side of the clasp to each end.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Tie 4 inch scraps through each jump ring in between wire wrapped bead links on your bracelet.  Make sure to pull the ties tightly.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Trim off the ribbons so they’re all the same length.

ECT TV Episode 64: Gemstone Bead and Silk Ribbon Bracelet

Now you have a beautiful new bracelet to go with your Boho Tassel Necklace or on its own.

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ECT TV Episode 62: How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

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

Maybe you saw my recent necklace tutorial, Chunky Quartz Rose Necklace?  In this tutorial, I’ll show you on video how to make wire wrapped bead links and you can use beads leftover from the necklace!

Here’s today’s video:

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

About wire:  You can use any metal you like.

Jump rings:  I used 7mm, but you could use a different size if you like.

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Before we get started, make a mark on your round nose pliers with a sharpie.  It doesn’t matter where exactly where you place the mark; just that you use the mark to make your wire wrapped loops throughout the project so they are uniform.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

First I’ll show you how to make the wire wrapped bead links with the big chunky rose quartz beads.

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide on a rose quartz large nugget gemstone bead.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire just above the rose quartz with round nose pliers.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Like we did previously, wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Step #6 to straighten the loop.

Step #14

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #15

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire down across the bead and then wrap the wire around the wire wraps you did previously a couple times.

Step #16

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now pull the wire across the other side of the bead and wrap the wire a couple times.

Step #17

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #18

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Repeat for 3 of the chunky gemstones.

Step #19

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll make a couple wire wrapped bead links with the smaller gemstone beads.  You could make them the same way as shown above or follow the instructions below and make them plain.

These are very similar to the wire wrapped bead links we made previously, but these will not have the wire across them.

Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long.

Step #20

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Steps #3 through #10 to form a wire wrapped loop on one end of the wire.

Slide on a smaller rose quartz nugget gemstone bead.

Step #21

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.  Wrap around a barrel of round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #22

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #23

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.

Step #24

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Repeat to make as many as you need to make your bracelet the length you need.

Step #26

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Now we have all of our components and we can simply put the bracelet together using jump rings.

If you need help with opening and closing jump rings, click here.

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Step #27

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Add half of the toggle clasp to one end and half to the other using jump rings.

And that’s the completed bracelet!

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Ways to customize this bracelet:

  • Use any gemstones you like.
  • Try using the different size beads and techniques in different ways.  You may need to do this to get it just the right size for you!
  • I used silver plated wire, but you could try brass, copper or, of course, sterling sliver.
  • Mix and match gemstones to make a more colorful bracelet.

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