ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make spiral earrings.

Once you know this technique, you can make all kinds of jewelry with spirals!

This month is Earrings Every Day Month!  It’s not too late to join in (but it soon will be!)

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.  (Registration for Earrings eCourse will close on Tuesday, September 19th.  You can still join until then.  You’ll get all the earring tutorials and have access to all the tutorials in the future as well!)

Video Tutorial:


Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own – tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you could try a thicker wire like 14 gauge for a thicker spiral or a thinner wire, such as 18 gauge for a daintier spiral.

Hammers:  In the tutorial, I used a chasing hammer which flattens the wire.  If you prefer your wire to remain round, use a nylon, hard plastic or rawhide mallet/hammer.  It will harden the wire without flattening it.

Uniform loops:  for a tip on how to make your loops uniform throughout a project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll work right from the coil or spool of wire.  (Don’t cut any wire off.)  Make a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll start by making a loop.

Make a mark on your round nose pliers.  (See this tip on uniform loops.)

Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers.  Line up the wire with the mark.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the pliers beginning to form a loop.  Twist as far as your wrist will allow and then readjust your wrist and the pliers in the wire.  Then complete the loop.  It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire off to the side.  Push the wire up starting a spiral.

Continue readjusting the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire to the side and pushing up creating a spiral.

Continue until the spiral is the size you would like.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Leave about 1/2″ tail and cut the wire making a flush cut.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Now we’ll make a loop.  Follow the directions above in Step #2 to make a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

If the loop does not touch the spiral, return the spiral to chain nose pliers and push the wire so it’s close.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Place the spiral on a steel block and hammer it.  If you’re using a chasing hammer to flatten the wire, the more you hammer the flatter and wider the spiral will become.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Follow the steps above to make a second spiral.  You can just hold the second spiral against the first spiral to make sure it’s the same size.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 86:  How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
PDF eBook for ECT TV Episode 86 (Same instructions you see above, but in PDF form.)
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ECT TV Episode 85: How to Make Hammered Hoop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Learn how to make these simple and elegant earrings with my latest video tutorial (and step-by-step photo instructions below!)

September 1st starts Earrings Every Day Month and I hope these earrings get you in the mood to make earrings!

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse.

Here’s Hammered Hoop Earrings Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own earring wires)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block
  • Mandrel (I used Beadsmith’s 4X Mandrel)

Mandrels:  You can use anything around the house that is the shape and size you want to make.  I used an oval mandrel.  You could use a large size on a ring mandrel for a round shape.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Working from the coil (don’t cut the wire off yet), wrap the wire around your mandrel.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Cut the wire leaving about 2 inches extra on each side.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Pull the wire tightly around the mandrel and twist once.  Pull the wire off the mandrel

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  (For more about making your loops uniform in a project, click here.)

If one of your wires is longer than the other one, use the longer one.  If they’re the same, it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once.  While you wrap, straighten the loop so it’s centered above the larger hoop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Wrap 2 additional times.  Then wrap the other wire around.

Keep your wraps as neat as possible.  16 gauge wire can be difficult to work with and the wire will get harder as you work with it.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making flush cuts.  Then make sure that the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Hold the wraps from the top wire wrapped loop off to the side of the steel block and then hammer the hoop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings

Add the hoops to earring wires.

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 85: Hammered Hoop Earrings PDF eBook
Step-by-Step written and photo instructions in PDF form
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

ECT TV Episode 84: How to Make Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84:  Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

I have a brand new earring video tutorial (+ step-by-step photos and written instructions below!)

These are simple and dainty drop earrings that utilize a wire wrapped loop bar.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

This is a simple pair of earrings to get you in the mood for the Earrings Every Day Month challenge that starts on September 1st.  Get all the pertinent details here.

Here’s the video:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 Bead Dangles *
  • 20 Gauge, half-hard round wire
  • 2 Earring wires (or make your own.  Here’s a tutorial.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Ruler

* I didn’t show you how to make a bead dangle in this video because I’ve shown it several times previously.  Click here for how to make a bead dangle. (It’s later in the tutorial for the bracelet.)

Please keep the weight of the beads in mind when you’re choosing beads for earrings.  You don’t want them to be too heavy and pull your ears.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Cut a piece of wire 2 1/2″ long.

You can customize these earrings and make them longer or shorter if you like.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

To make a flush cut:  use the back of the wire cutters toward the work.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 3/4″ from the top.

For a tip for making your loops uniform throughout your project, click here.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap around once and at the same time pull the wire out straight so the loop is centered on top of the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps.

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

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the last wrap and hold the wire in round nose pliers at that spot.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Slide a bead dangle into the loop.

Now we’ll continue like we did with the other wire wrapped loop as if the bead dangle isn’t there. (Steps #5 and #6 above.)

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Open an earring wire and place the top loop into the earring wire loop.  Close the earring wire.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings

Repeat for the second earring.


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the bead dangle tutorial and earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
PDF eBook of ECT TV Episode 84
$3.00

Earrings Every Day Month

Earrings Every Day Month starts on September 1st!

You can participate by simply making a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.

Or sign up for my newsletter to get free weekly inspiration and encouragement.

Or get an earring tutorial each and every day for the month of September with Earring eCourse!

You get a video and PDF each day for the entire month!

Sign up and read more here.

Earring eCourse

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.


3 Part Series eBook

This is the final install of the 3 part series:

Part 1 is 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 this post.

You can find each of these 3 parts free on my website at the links above.

However, I know that a lot of you love PDFs that are easier to download and save, so I created a 20 page eBook with all the information (including the step-by-step photos and instructions for the tutorial in part 3), so you can keep it handy.

(Note: The information in the eBook is the same as the blogposts; however, it’s in one easy-to-access place in this eBook. You can download it and save it so you can find it to access it again and again!)

You can get the eBook by purchasing it below:

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry PDF eBook
3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry PDF eBook
Get started making wire wrapped jewelry with this 3 Part eBook. Originally it appeared on my blog for free, now you can download and save the information.
$3.00

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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:

Same instructions as the video, but in step-by-step photos.  Sign up for my newsletter to get future episodes in PDF form in your inbox.  (Form below – you also get my Intro to Wire Wrapping eCourse for FREE!)

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.

However, it is really fun to add some glitz to them as well.  In Earring Extravaganza, one of the 30 earring tutorials shows you how to bling these earrings up!

And there are 30 tutorial earring tutorials with videos and PDFs for each project!

This was formerly known as Earrings eCourse and I ran the last session in September and updated all of the earrings.  And now you can take this eCourse any time and at your own pace!

30 earring projects – 1 per day for a month!

Find out more here:  Earring Extravaganza

Earring Extravaganza

ECT TV Episode 73: Simple Hoop Earrings (video + step-by-step intructions)