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.


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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.
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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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