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
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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.

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ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television (ECT TV), learn how to make a stacked button necklace.

It’s a really fun way to use buttons in jewelry making.  You could use beads instead.

Which reminds me, don’t mind me when I call the buttons beads in the video.  I really think of them the same way!

Watch the video tutorial:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

(This is the same tutorial, but with photos.)

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • Buttons (you can find some buttons in my Etsy shop here.) I used 9 different colors and sizes.
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Chain
  • 4 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches longer than the stack of buttons you’ve chosen.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers 1 1/4 inches from the top.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. It’s off center and we want to center it on the top of the wire. Wrap around once with the shorter wire and pull the longer wire out straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Now wrap around two more times.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Slide your buttons on.  I started with the smallest and got increasingly larger in the middle and then back down to small again for my pendant.  You might use all the same button.  Just remember that you’ll only really see the outside edges of the buttons.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the top button.  Then follow Steps #2 – #4 to complete a wire wrapped loop on this side as well.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Use jump rings to attach chain to each side of the button piece and then to add the clasp to the chain.

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

ECT TV Episode 75: Stacked Button Necklace

Have fun and experiment with different buttons!

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How to Make Your Own Custom Necklace Cord for Pendants

How to make a cord

Since I’ve been doing some pendant tutorials lately and there’s another coming tomorrow, I thought it might be helpful to share a simple cord tutorial.

How to make a cord

Tools and Materials:

  • Any kind of cord you like (I most often use cotton cord)
  • 2 crimp ends (sometimes called fold over crimps)
  • 1 4mm jump ring
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Measure and cut the cord to your desired length.

Step #2

How to make a cord

How to make a cord

Place a crimp end on one end of the cord. Use your pliers to bend over the crimp ends. Fold one over, then the other. Do the same on the other end.

Step #3

How to make a cord

Open a jump ring, place the lobster clasp on it, and then place the crimp end through it. Close the jump ring.

I don’t put anything else on the other crimp end. I just hook the lobster clasp through the circle at the end. You can put a jump ring on that end to hook the lobster clasp to on the other side; however, make sure that you add your pendant first or that your pendant will slip over the jump ring.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Slide on a pendant and enjoy!


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ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) I’ll show you how to make a simple necklace with an arrowhead, wire and leather cord.

Even if you don’t have an arrowhead or do not wish to make an arrowhead necklace, you’ll find creative inspiration from my inspiration and a technique for crimping cord ends with wire.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Creative Inspiration:

I was recently on vacation in upstate New York.  During our trip we went to the Secret Caverns in Howes Cave, New York (which I highly recommend!)  I got a couple arrowheads there.  (Or really, reproduction arrowheads.)

I am part Native American.  I am just getting into tracing my family tree again, so I don’t have a lot of information, but from what I remember my grandmother telling me we’re from the Mohawk Tribe.  During our trip we drove through a Mohawk Reservation, which was really exciting.

So this necklace is really about my heritage and also a souvenir from my trip.

Creativity Tip (Heritage):

I invite you to think about your heritage and think about how you could incorporate that into a jewelry design.  You might think about specific relics or symbols or perhaps colors or specific gemstones.  How can you incorporate those into your design?

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Whenever you go on a trip, it changes you.  You learn new things, see new things and experience new things.  Think about a vacation or road trip you’ve taken.  How could you reflect that experience into a jewelry design?

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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Arrowhead
  • Leather cord (or any other material of cord)
  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire
  • 6 – 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut 6 inches of cord.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Thread 2 jump rings onto the cord.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Wrap the cord around the arrowhead starting at the front and wrap around and cross it in the back positioning the cord in the notches in the arrowhead.

Position the jump rings so they’re on the sides of the arrowhead.

Wrap the cord back to the front and pull the ends through the jump rings on each side again.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Position the jump rings in the back of the arrowhead on each side.  (They won’t fit nicely into the notches, so this is the best place for them.)

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tie the leather cord in the front.  Pull the knot very tightly and make sure it’s secure.

Alternatively, if you don’t like the look of tying in the front, tie it in the back instead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut about 4 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Now we’ll add the necklace part to our arrowhead pendant.  Pull leather cord through one of the jump rings on the side of the arrowhead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Fold the leather over making about an inch and a half overlap.

I like to have the overlap on the front of the necklace because I like the kind of rustic look, but you could have it on the backside.

Wrap the 22 gauge wire around the leather cord.  I hold about an inch or so of the wire in one hand and make the wraps using the other hand.

I start about 1/4 inch from the fold and work in towards the jump ring.  Make about 4 wraps.  (You can make as many wraps as you like.  Just be consistent on each side.)

Make the wraps tight and make sure they are holding the cord together and sturdy.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to push them together.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Pull the short end across the leather and then cut off the excess wire.  Cut it off in the middle of the cord on the top to lessen the likelihood of scratching your neck.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to push in the ends of the wire so they’re not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess cord.  I like to leave a little above the wire wraps, but you can trim it as close as you like.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat for the other side as well.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

You could just tie the cord around your neck and be done.

Or you can add a clasp.  To do that slide a jump ring on the end of the cord.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat Steps #6 – #11 to make a wire wrapped crimp to hold the jump rings on each end.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Add the clasp using a jump ring and I like to add a second jump ring to the other side to finish the necklace.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

And that’s the finished necklace!

You can use the wire wrapped crimp cord technique anytime you’re using a cord!

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Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Boho Tassel Necklace

I love tassels and they have become quite a trend. I was inspired by the hand stitched silk ribbon at Happy Mango Beads and knew it would make a beautiful tassel.

I didn’t just want an ordinary tassel, though, so I added some gorgeous gemstones as well.

I used beautiful chrysoprase gemstone beads, but you could use any gems you like. You’ll find a big variety at Happy Mango Beads.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Tools and Materials:

Note: The links above will take you directly to the products I used to make my tassel necklace.

Step #1

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cut your silk ribbon to double the length that you would like your tassel to be.  So if you want your ribbon to hang 6 inches, cut 12 inches.

I cut both of the ribbons in thirds, or in about 13 inch lengths.

Step #2

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cut a piece of wire to about 8 inches.

Step #3

Boho Tassel Necklace

Bend the wire at approximately 2 inches.

Step #4

Boho Tassel Necklace

Gather up your ribbons and find the middle. It’s okay if they’re not all the same length right now because we’ll fix that at the end. I simply found the middle of each piece and gathered them up. I also alternated the two different ribbons when I was gathering them up so they would be mixed up.

Step #5

Boho Tassel Necklace

Pull the wire around the ribbons. The wire should be right at the middle point of the ribbons.

Step #6

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cross the wires and then make a full twist. Make sure that the wire is holding the ribbon tightly so it won’t come loose.

Step #7

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the short end around a few more times. (It will be hidden.)

Step #8

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cut off any excess wire and make sure the end of the wire is not poking out.

Step #9

Boho Tassel Necklace

Pull the bead cap onto the wire and over the top of the ribbon. Your wraps should be covered.

Step #10

Boho Tassel Necklace

Slide on three of the chrysoprase nugget gemstone beads and the pewter bead.

Hint:  You may have to try different gemstone beads from the stand in different combinations until you get the look that you like.

Step #11

Boho Tassel Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the last bead.

Step #12

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around one time while pulling out the tassel straight to straighten the loop so it’s centered on top of the tassel.

Step #14

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around several times. Keep your wraps tight and neat.

Note: Typically when making wire wrap loops you’d only wrap around two more times. However, you will want to wrap around several times so that the wraps are as wide as the top bead to hold it in place.

Step #15

Boho Tassel Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and use your chain nose pliers to make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #16

Boho Tassel Necklace

Opening a jump ring

Open 4 jump rings.

To open a jump ring find the opening in the jump ring. Then center the opening in between 2 pair of pliers. (I use chain nose and bent nose.) With one pair of pliers move toward you and with the other away from you to open the jump ring. Do not pull apart sideways.

If you need more instructions, here’s a video on how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #17

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Decide how long you would like your necklace and cut your chain to that length. I kept my chain at the length it was (36 inches) because I wanted a really long boho look. You may prefer your necklace to be shorter.

Add the lobster clasp to one end of the chain and 2 jump rings to the other end.

I like to use 2 jump rings because it’s easier for me to actually close my necklace when I have a couple of jump rings. If you kept your chain long, you can slip it over your head without opening and closing and won’t need to worry so much about that.

Step #18

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Find the middle link and use a jump ring to attach the tassel.

Alternatively, you could simply slip the tassel onto the chain.  (If slipping it on, do so before you add the lobster clasp or jump rings to the ends.)

Step #19

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Trim off any excess ribbon and make sure it’s all even. (Alternatively, you may like the look of different lengths. I chose to make mine not perfect but kind of close to be all the same length.)

Now that you have the chain attached you can try it on and decide how much ribbon you want to cut off.

Step #20

You could really stop at this point and have a beautiful tassel necklace. Or you can add a little extra to it.

Cut 8 inches of wire.

Step #21

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around the ribbon a few times. Try to get it underneath the bead cap. Tuck the end of the wire underneath the bead cap and make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #22

Boho Tassel Necklace

Slide a 5mm chrysoprase round gemstone bead onto the wire. Wrap around about half way and then add another bead.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Step #22

Boho Tassel Necklace

Continue wrapping around and adding beads for a total of 6 beads. Keep the wraps close to the bottom of the bead cap and stagger the beads. I was mostly wrapping the wire over itself in a loose manner.

Step #23

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the end of the wire around and back up so it is under the bead cap. Make sure the end is not poking out and that the wire is secure.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Ideas to further customize the tassel:

  • Use a different type of gemstone
  • Use a different color of silk ribbon or even use multiple colors in one tassel
  • Omit the wrapping under the bead cap
  • Make your chain shorter for a different look.
  • Leave your tassel long or make it shorter

Have fun making the Boho Tassel Necklace!

If you’d like to share a photo of your tassel, you can upload a photo in the comments below!

Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial