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.

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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:

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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)

How to Make Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Want to add a little something extra to your earring wires?

Learn how to make earring wires with beads and then you can customize your next pair of earrings even more!

Watch the video tutorial:

Earring Wires with Beads

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the same instructions as the video, but in photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or something cylindrical to form a bend around (I used my ring mandrel)
  • Jewelry file or burr cup

Step #1

Earring Wires with Beads

Cut 2 pieces of wire.  I cut mine 2 1/2 inches long, but you can make them longer or shorter depending how large you’d like your earring wires.

Just make sure they’re the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires with Beads

Make sure each end has a flush cut.  (To make a flush cut, use the back/flat side of your wire cutters toward the “work” or your project.)

Step #3

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Make a loop at the end of each wire.

To make a loop: 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 forming a loop in the wire.

Step #4

Earring Wires with Beads

Slide a bead on each wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Line up the wires and then bend them around something cylindrical (such as a sharpie or the small end of your ring mandrel.)

Step #6

Earring Wires with Beads

Earring Wires with Beads

Hold the earring wires together and make an outward bend at the end of the wire using chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Earring Wires with Beads

Round the end of the wire with a jewelry file, burr cup or wire rounder.

Earring Wires with Beads

Optional:  You can hammer the earring wires to harden the wire with a rawhide or nylon hammer.  Just make sure to hold the bead off to the side of your steel block or anvil.

Now you have super cute earring wires to use in your earring designs!  Just customize them with a bead that matches the earrings you create!


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ECT TV Episode 71: Introduction to Making Earrings

Intro to Making Earrings

Today I have a special edition of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  Introduction to Making Earrings!

In this episode you’ll learn everything you need to know to get started with making earrings plus a simple earring tutorial.

Watch the video:

 

Wire:

The generally accepted gauge of wire for making earring wires is 20 gauge.  Since you’re making your own earrings if that feels too thick for you you can always try 22 gauge and experiment so that you feel comfortable.

You may use other wire when creating earrings that are other gauges as well.

Metal:

If you have sensitivity to metal in your ears, for your earring wires you may need to use sterling silver.  (You probably want to practice making earrings wires with less expensive wire before switching over to sterling silver.)

If you don’t have any allergies to metal, you probably can use any wire.

Alternatively, you can simply purchase earring wires at your favorite supply store.  Again, if you have metal allergies, look for sterling silver or you may be able to use surgical steal earring wires.

Beads:

The main concern when you’re making earrings is the weight of the earrings.  You don’t want anything too heavy that will pull on your ears and be uncomfortable.

If you’re making earrings for yourself, you can make them as heavy as you like, but still be careful not to make them too heavy.

If you’re making earrings for someone else, make them as light as you can.

That being said, using large heavy beads isn’t the best idea for earrings, but use your own judgment.  That goes for anything else that you might add to your earrings.

Simple Earrings Tutorial

Next I’ll show you how to make a simple pair of earrings.  First you’ll find a step-by-step tutorial to make your own earring wires.  They’re pretty simple to make, but you don’t have to make your own earring wires. You can buy they already made at a jewelry supply store.

Earring Wires

Tools and Materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Sharpie or other marker to bend around
  • Jewelry file
  • Rawhide, nylon or hard plastic hammer and steel block (optional)

Step #1

Earring Wires

Cut 2 pieces of wire approximately 3 inches long.  It doesn’t matter exactly how long they are, just that they are exactly the same length.

Step #2

Earring Wires

Flush cut both ends of each wire.  To make a flush cut use the back of most wire cutters toward the work (or what you’re leaving behind.)

Step #3

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a loop on one end of the wires.  You learned how to make a loop in the “3 Tips” as well. Hold the wire in round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.  Use the tip of your round nose pliers because we just want to make a small loop.

Step #4

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around pliers.  When you have twisted as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the wire and pliers and complete the loop.  Repeat for the other wire.

Step #5

Earring Wires

Bend the wires around a Sharpie or other pen or marker to form a hook.  I find it helpful to do both wires at one time so they’re the same.

The end with the loop will be shorter than the other end.

Step #6

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Earring Wires

Use chain nose pliers to make a bend in the wires approximately at the same spot as the loop on the other side of the hook.

Step #7

Earring Wires

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Earring Wires

Use a file or burr cup to file the end of the wire so it’s not sharp but rounded.

Step #9

Earring Wires

Harden the earring wire with a nylon, rawhide or hard plastic hammer.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but will make your earring wires sturdier.

Earring Wires

Now we’ll make a bead dangle to place on the earring wires to make a simple pair of earrings.

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Tools and Materials:

  • Bead
  • Headpin
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Simple Earrings

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Hint:  Check to see if your bead will stay on the headpin or if the stopper on the headpin is smaller than the hole in your bead.  If it slides off, you can either add a smaller bead like a seed bead first and then your larger bead or make your own decorative headpin that will hold the bead on.

(You can find free tutorials on my website for decorative headpins such as knotted headpins or spiral headpins.)

Step #2

Simple Earrings

Hold the headpin approximately ¼ inch above the bead in round nose pliers.

Step #3

Simple Earrings

Wrap the headpin around your round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

The loop will be off-center.  To center it hold the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap around one time while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #5

Simple Earrings

Simple Earrings

Make 2 additional wraps keeping them close together and straight.

Step #6

Simple Earrings

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

Simple Earrings

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

Repeat to make a second matching bead dangle.

Step #8

Simple Earrings

Open an earring wire.

Step #9

Simple Earrings

Place the bead dangle in the loop and close it.

Simple Earrings


Ways to customize these simple earrings:

 

Dangle Earrings

Add extra bead dangles to your earring wires.

Paper Bead Earrings

Use fun beads!  (These are paper beads.)

How to Make Dangle Earrings

Add more than one bead on the headpin.  I stacked disc beads for this pair of earrings.

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These earrings have several gemstone beads and use spiral headpins, but it’s the same basic technique.

Layered Wire Wrapped Earrings

For these earrings, I used spiral headpins and then added a couple charms to the earring wires as well.


Earrings are a quick way to express yourself and your creativity.

  • They don’t take a lot of time to make.
  • You can express your creativity when you’re actually making them.
  • Plus, they have the bonus feature that you can express your creativity when you’re wearing your one-of-a-kind creations as well.
  • (Plus the bragging rights and confidence building of “Oh, you love these?  I made them!”)

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ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a a wire wrapped loop on a headpin with a bead),
  • How to open and close jump rings and
  • How to put it together to make a beautiful pair of earrings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chip beads (You’ll need about 16, depending on long you want to make your earrings) I used Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads
  • Headpins – 1 for each bead (use pre-made from the store or learn how to make spiral and knotted headpins here)
  • Jump rings – any size will work, 1 for each bead (I used 7mm)
  • Earring Wires (learn how to make your own earring wires here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

First we will make a bunch of bead dangles.  I used 8 bead dangles on each earring for a total of 16.  You may want to adjust the number of bead dangles to make your earrings longer or shorter.

First slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the headpin in round nose pliers about 1/4″ above the bead.  Line up the wire vertically with the mark you make on your round nose pliers to make your loops uniform.  (See quick tip here for more about that.)

Note:  these beads are different shapes and sizes and this can be kind of awkward.  Just do your best.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. (Use the back of most wire cutters toward what you’re cutting to make a nice straight cut.)

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.  (Tucking in the wire tip.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat to make 16 bead dangles.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open up 16 jump rings.  You’ll need 8 for each earring.

For how to open a jump ring, click here for a quick video or see the episode video above.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

If you have any gemstone chip bead dangles that are larger than the rest, start with that one.  Place the bead dangle on a jump ring and close it.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Continue the process of adding an open jump ring and a bead dangle to the last jump ring you closed until you add all 8 bead dangles.

For the last one, allow the bead to go to the side and use that jump ring to attach to the earring wire.

Hints:  As you’re adding bead dangles take note of which side they fall on.  You could end up with all of the bead dangles on one side if you’re not careful.  Just make sure to check before adding the next jump ring.

I like to use a headpin or a piece of wire to hold the last jump ring because otherwise it can get confusing.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open an earring wire.  It’s similar to opening a jump ring.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat all the steps for the second earring!

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings


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