Long Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Today is Part 3 of our 3 part series of necklaces.

In the tutorial you will learn a simple, but unique wire wrapping technique to frame a focal bead for a necklace.

Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

Video Tutorial:

In case you missed the previous parts of this series:

Pro Wire Wrapping Finishing Tips

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Wire Wrapped Necklaces


Have you been thinking about joining in for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry?

Things you should know:

  • I created it to help you find your creativity (or amp it up!)
  • Each week is designed to take you on a journey starting with a creativity boosting activity (creativity booster.)  Then I teach you jewelry skills techniques.  We finish with actual step-by-step jewelry projects.  It’s set up that way so that as you go through you get what you need – creative inspire, technical skills – and at any point you can create jewelry.  You may come up with your own designs.  You may make the projects in the class exactly as is.  You may put your own spin on any of the projects.
  • You get access to this course forever in the future.  So if you don’t have time right now, you can come back to it later.
  • It’s only available once or twice a year.  So even if you don’t have time right now, if you want to take the course this year I highly recommend getting it and then working on it when you do have time.  (Remember:  you have access to it forever.)
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Wire Wrapped Bead Link & Chain Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Tutorial

Today I have the wire wrapped bead link necklace tutorial.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make wire wrapped bead links and also how to interconnect them without jump rings.

This is the second necklace in a series of 3 I’m doing.  You can wear all 3 together for a nice layered look or in any combination or individually.

First, you’ll want to check out the Pro Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips Video.

Next, you’ll need the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain tutorial to complete this necklace (or you could just use pre-made chain if you like.)

And then you’re ready for today’s video:

Next week we’ll do the third and final necklace to complete the look.

Links I mention in the video:

I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Tutorial

I have a fun new jewelry tutorial for you!

Sometimes I’m making a jewelry piece and I need some chain.  And I don’t have any.  This chain is my new go-to solution and now it can be your solution, too!

This is the first part of a 3 part series of necklaces.  We’ll be making 3 separate necklaces.  Each one is a great necklace on its own, but you can also wear them together layered.

Today we’ll make the shortest necklace, which is the plain chain.

Next week we’ll make a necklace with beads.

Finally, we’ll make a long pendant necklace.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Necklace Video Tutorial:

Links I mentioned:

Pro Wire Wrapping Tips Video Tutorial

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings


I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Emphasis Necklace Tutorial [Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace]

Emphasis Necklace

Recently I shared the 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design.  One of those principles is emphasis.

Emphasis is the focal point of the jewelry design that catches the viewer’s attention. 

Ways to bring emphasis to your jewelry designs:

  • Use a different color from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different size from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different shape from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different texture from the rest of the piece.

For this necklace, the emphasis is all 4 of those things.

In the video you’ll learn:

  • How to bring emphasis to a simple necklace design.
  • The technique of interlocking wire wrapped bead links.  (In this case it’s a necklace, but you can use this technique to make a bracelet as well.)

Video Tutorial:

Notes:

You can use similar materials like the gemstone chips I used in the video or simply use any beads you like.  For most beads you would simply use one bead per wire wrapped bead link (but, of course, you can use as many as you like per link.)

For my focal piece (emphasis), I used a slice from a fallen tree that my dad cut into a slice, sanded and drilled a hole in.

For your focal piece you could use any charm you like or use a large bead and make a bead dangle.  Bead dangle video tutorialHow to Make a Bead Dangle

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a quick video:  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV!  (ECT TV)

Today I’ll show you how to make this lovely beaded circle pendant.

The pendant is great with the bead dangle hanging as shown, or alternatively try it without for just a simple circle pendant.

Here’s today’s video episode:

Links mentioned in the show:

See the inspiration that gave me the idea for the pendant (and the inspiration for that piece):  Circles Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Jump Ring Chain Tutorial

Bead Dangle Tutorial:  Watch Episode 45 or check out the photos for how to make a bead dangle.  That part is at the beginning of the episode.  Click here.

Get the PDF of this tutorial so you can easily download and save it! 

(Note:  The instructions are exactly what you see below + photo and written instructions for making a bead dangle that isn’t shown below.)

ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
ECT TV Episode 82: Circle Pendant PDF eBook
PDF eBook for the instructions for ECT TV Episode 82. These are the exact same instructions as seen in this blog post + bead dangle tutorial, but in PDF form.
$3.00

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Materials and Tools:

  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire *
  • Beads – either approximately 12 4mm beads or a bunch of gemstone chips or any other beads you would like to use.  You can use more beads or larger beads as well.
  • Focal bead made into a bead dangle (see above for a link to how to make a bead dangle)
  • Chain (plus a jump ring) or a cord to wear the pendant (see above for a link to how to make a simple jump ring chain)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Wire:  You can use any metal you like.  You may have to adjust the gauge of the wire depending on how large the bore hole is in your beads.  For these gemstone chips I had to use 22 gauge wire so the beads would slide on.  For the example in the video I used 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Cut enough wire to hold all of the beads you intend to use plus at least 3 inches extra.

This may vary if you want to make a larger pendant or use larger beads, but for my 12 4mm beads I used about 10 inches of wire.

Slide your bead dangle onto the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Slide beads on the wire, half on each side of the bead dangle.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Form a circle so the beads look continuous.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Twist the wires one full time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist you just made. Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop will probably be off-center.  Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  Then wrap the other wire around three times.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 82: Beaded Circle Pendant

Use a jump ring to attach to a chain.  (Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a video on how to make a jump ring chain and also how to properly open and close jump rings.)

Alternatively, you could twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the beaded circle and simply slide a cord or chain through it.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

Ready to learn, step-by-step, all the techniques you need to start making wire wrapped jewelry?

Get my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse.  Get it now and start immediately.

Learn different techniques and components and then learn “recipes” to put different jewelry pieces together.  I give you ideas to substitute components so you can start to express your own creativity and personal style.

Lots of techniques and jewelry tutorials via video and PDF.  Learn more here.