Charm Week Day 5: A Variety of Charms

Charm Week + Charm Bracelet eCourseToday is the final day of Charm Week and I have a variety of charm tutorials for you!

You can use these charms in your own personal charm bracelets.  And you can learn to make your very own charm bracelet from the chain up in my Charm Bracelet eCourse.

spiral wire charmSpiral Wire Charm

Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 30:  Tassels (learn 2 kinds of tassels)

Tassel Charm

 

Jazzed Up Tassel Charm (Charm Week 4)

 

How to Make a Button Charm Bracelet

Button Charm Bracelet (ECT TV Episode 18)

Unconventional Charms

Using Vintage Materials to Make Charms (Charm Week Day 3)

Button and Key CharmECT TV Episode 19:  Making Charms with Unconventional Materials, Including this cool Button and Key Charm

How to make a button charm

ECT TV Episode 20:  Making a Button Charm

 

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm (Day 1 of Charm Week)

ECT TV Episode 34How to Make Your Own Decorative Headpins & Bead Dangle Charm (ECT TV Episode 34/Day 2 of Charm Week)

My Charm Bracelet

10 Things You Can Learn About Me from My Charm Bracelet  (For fun you can see my own very personal charm bracelet!)

You can use these charms on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

 

Charm Week Day 4: Jazzed Up Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

It’s Charm Week!  Today is Day 4 and this is the Jazzed Up Tassel Charm.

A little bit ago I showed you how to make a Tassel Charm.  This one takes that tutorial, plus the skills from the Waterfall Necklace tutorial.

Click here for the tassel charm tutorial.

Click here for the waterfall necklace tutorial.

Tassel Charm

Materials and Tools:

  • Some little beads
  • Charms of your choice
  • A larger bead
  • Some little charms
  • Bead Cap
  • 4mm jump rings
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or other) pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm

Make a few wire wrapped bead links.

(For help with this, click here.)

Step #2

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Make a few chains with the bead dangles randomly placed.

Click here to see how to do this with my waterfall necklace tutorial.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial

If you like, make a bead dangle.  I used an open spiral headpin.  Click here to see how to make an open spiral head pin in a recent ECT TV Episode.

Step #4

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach the bead dangle to the end of one of the chains using a 4mm jump ring.

Need help opening jump rings?  Click here.

Step #5

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach charms to the chain wherever you like with jump rings.

Step #6

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Slide the chains onto a piece of wire.  Place the top loop in the chain in the wire.

Step #7

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Twist the wire.

Step #8

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Slide on a bead cap.

Step #9

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Create a wire wrapped loop on top.  (See the tassel charm tutorial for the detailed instruction.)

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

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

This particular charm turned out kind of long, but you can make yours shorter.

You can add more bead dangles, more charms or less,  Add in your own personalit

You can use this charm on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

 

 

 

 

Charm Week Day 3: Using Vintage Items to Make Charms

Unconventional Charms

Charm Week Day 3:  Using Vintage Items to Make Charms

In ECT TV Episode 19 I discussed using unconventional charms in jewelry making.  You’ll also find a cool charm tutorial there using buttons and a key.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

I wanted to show you a few charms I have made with vintage and/or unconventional materials and explain exactly how I made them here to inspire you.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Ruler and Crystal Charm

I love the juxtaposition of the pretty, clean, clear crystal with the beat up ruler.

To make this charm:

  • Cut a ruler into pieces.  You can use a plastic or wooden ruler.
  • Drill 2 holes in the ruler.
  • Wire wrap a crystal.
  • Attach the crystal to the ruler using a jump ring and then use a jump ring on the top to attach the charm to your bracelet.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Crystal and Skeleton Key Charm

Again, apparently I have a thing for crystals and old things.

To make this charm:

  • The crystal is from a chandelier.  I made 2 wire wrapped loops – one on each side.
  • Add a tiny skeleton key using a couple jump rings.

The second wire wrapped loop on the crystal is how you attach this charm to the bracelet.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Sewing Notions Charm

I purchased a jar full of sewing notions at a yard sale with all this in it.  I simply used jump rings to put everything together.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Button Charms

You can use just a single button and attach it to your charm bracelet or do a small strand of buttons like I’ve done here and attach it.

This is a wonderful way to use all those buttons you’ve been collecting and saving from mom.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Button and Skeleton Key Charm

This incorporates buttons like in the last charm, but then I added a tiny skeleton key to the end.

I find most of my skeleton keys, including these little cabinet keys, at flea markets.  You can usually negotiate a better price if you buy several at one time.  😉

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Crystal and Number Charm

To make this charm:

  • Wire wrap the little number.  You sometimes have to get creative depending on the number.  Some of the numbers (like 0 or 8) you can simply use a jump ring.
  • Make a wire wrapped loop on each side of an upcycled chandelier crystal.
  • Connect using jump rings.

I found these little numbers on Etsy.  You can find cute little metal things like these at flea markets or antique shops.

I hope these have opened your eyes to the possibilities of charms and what you can use to make charms!

Unconventional Charm Bracelet

Put these charms to use with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

ECT TV Episode 34: Make an Open Spiral and Knotted Headpin and a Bead Dangle Charm

ECT TV Episode 34

This week is Charm Week here and today is Day 2!  So we have a special edition of ECT TV!

Learn how to make 2 different kinds of headpins:  Open Spiral and Knotted Headpins.  Then use them to make bead dangles.  Then I’ll show you a charm made from a few bead dangles and some pewter charms.

Making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins prevent this from happening.

Here’s this week’s video episode:

Open Spiral Headpins

Open Spiral Headpin

Materials and Tools:
• 20 gauge, half-hard round wire
• Ruler
• Wire cutters
• Round nose pliers
• Chain nose pliers
• Hammer and steel block or anvil

Step #1
How to Make a wire wrapped charm pendantCut a piece of wire about 3” long.

Step #2

Make sure each side of the wire is flush cut. (Use the flat side of the wire cutters toward the cut.) Also, make a mark on your pliers near the tip where you will make your initial loop. It doesn’t really matter where the mark is as long as you make all of your loops the same throughout your project.
Step #3 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantGrasp the wire with round nose pliers. The end should not be sticking out of the pliers, you can run your finger over it to make sure.

Step #4 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantTwist your wrist away from you to form a loop. Twist your wrist as far as you can then carefully release the wire and reposition the pliers, keeping the wire on the same part of the pliers and twist again.

You should end up with a completed loop that looks like a “P.”  (or an upside down “P”)

How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantStep #5 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantHold the loop with chain nose pliers and bend the wire around the loop using your hand. Keep moving the loop in the pliers as you go around.

Step #6 How to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantHow to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantGo all the way around twice. (Or however many times you prefer.)

Step #7 How to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantUsing your pliers, bend the wire to make it straight as shown.

Step #8

Hammer just the spiral with either a rawhide or nylon hammer or a chasing hammer.  If you would like to flatten the wire, use a chasing hammer.  A nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire, but it will keep its shape.

Knotted headpin

Knotted Headpins

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 or 24 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers (+ you might need a pair of chain nose pliers as well)

Step #1

Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches long.

Step #2

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialFold the wire so there is about 1 inch on one side and 2 inches on the other.

Step #3

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialHold the wire with the bend in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

Beaded Dangle Ring Tutorial

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialBend the shorter end up so it looks like the above photo.

Step #5

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialWrap the shorter end around the end creating what looks like a knot.  You can do this in a “sloppy” fashion or more neatly.  Just keep wrapping around the end until you run out of wire or until you’re satisfied.

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

Bead Dangle Charm

I used knotted headpins, beads, bead caps 4mm jump rings and some pewter heart charms to make this charm.  (The full tutorial is in the video.)

If you need help with how to open and close jump rings, here’s a video:

Infinity headpins

Yesterday I posted a tutorial for an Infinity Headpin and using it to make a bead dangle.

Click here for that tutorial.

How to make ornate headpins

In ECT TV Episode 33 I showed you how to make this headpin.

Click here for that tutorial.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

Charm Week Day 1: Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

This week is charm week here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials!

Each day you’ll find another charm tutorial right here.

Today is Day 1 and I have a video tutorial for you!  Learn how to make an infinity headpin and then make a bead dangle with it.

Infinity headpins

The bead dangle is one of the building blocks of charm bracelets.  It’s as simple of a charm as you can get and you can use it to build up and add more to other charms.

And making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins will keep your beads right where you want them.

Here’s the Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm Video Tutorial:

Infinity headpin dangle

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse