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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ECT TV Episode 51: Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51

In Episode 51 of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I’ll show you how to make an adjustable bangle bracelet.

Then you can express your creativity by choosing and making charms to add to it.

Watch the video:

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet:

ECT TV Episode 51

Materials and Tools:

  • 14 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Charms to add (any you like.  You can use bead dangles or pre-made charms)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 51

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Measure the wire around your wrist, allowing room to get the wire over your hand and cut the wire.

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make a loop on each end of the wire.  One loop will go up and the other will go down.  (This will make more sense as you keep reading through these instructions.)

I made a relatively large loop, so I held the wire in my round nose pliers close to the handle.

To make a loop hole the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through the top and you should be able to run your finger over the top.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust the wire on the pliers and complete the loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Use chain nose pliers to bend up the loop and make sure that the loops are facing opposite directions.  You can twist or bend the wire to accomplish this.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Open the loops just like you would open a jump ring.  Do not pull the loop apart, but instead open it front and back and maintain the circle shape.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Place the wire from the bracelet in the loops and close the loops.  You can see in this photo how one is facing up and one is facing down.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make sure your bracelet is in the shape that you want it and hammer it with a nylon or rawhide hammer.  Hold the part where the double wire is off the steel block (you won’t be able to hammer that part.)

Hammer gently to harden the wire.  The nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Add charms and/or bead dangles as you like using jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a short helpful video.

To keep your charms in kind of one spot, place them where the wire is doubled and make sure that your loops are closed completely.  Otherwise they’ll move around the entire bracelet.

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

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ECT TV Episode 45: Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Today I have a fun new video tutorial for you: bead dangle bracelet!

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • Stringing
  • How to make a bead dangle (wire wrapped headpin)

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Bead Dangle Bracelet Step-by-Step Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads *
  • Headpins **
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • Clasp
  • Crimp tool
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*Beads:  You can use whatever beads you like for this project.  I’m using tiny glass beads that are similar in size to larger seed beads.  If you use larger beads, you may want to change the pattern of the beads to just put one bead in between each bead dangle when you’re stringing.

**Headpins:  You can use pre-made or try making your own.  Here are a couple tutorials if you want to try to make your own:

Please feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

First we’re going to make a bead dangle (also called a wire wrapped headpin.)

First slide two beads onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the beads.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

The loop is not straight above the beads and we want it to be.  So straighten it.  I usually hold the loop in chain nose pliers and pull the loop straight while I make one wrap around.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then make a few more wraps around.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

Make several of these bead dangles.  The size of your wrist and the size of the beads you’re using will determine the amount you’ll need.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Cut off a piece of beading wire that’s a few inches longer than you need on each side.

Put a bead stopper or you can use a piece of tape like I do on one end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

String your beads and bead dangles onto your beading wire.  I started with two beads, a bead dangle, two beads, a bead dangle and followed that pattern.

You may find that you like more or less beads in between the bead dangles.  If your beads are large, you may only want one bead in between bead dangles.

Continue until your bracelet is the length you would like.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

To end the bracelet, we’ll use crimp beads.  I like using two crimp beads at each end, but it’s not really necessarily until you’re using heavy beads.  It’s up to you.  I like the extra security.

If you’re using two crimp beads, add a crimp bead, a small bead and then another crimp bead.

The slide on one end of your clasp.

Bend the wire and go back through the crimp bead, the bead and the other crimp bead and two or three more beads from the bracelet.

If you want to use wire guards, see this tutorial:  How to String Using Wire Guards

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Use your crimp tool to close the crimp beads.  Use the larger notch closer to the handle to first smash the crimp bead and it also creates a bend in the crimp bead.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then fold the crimp bead in half using the smaller notch closer to the tip.

Repeat for all the crimp beads.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

If you wish, add crimp bead covers to all the crimp beads.

Step #15

Now take the tape off the other side of your wire and repeat for the other side of the bracelet with the other half of the clasp.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire and enjoy!

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

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