ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81

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ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

In today’s episode I’m teaching you how to make a fun pendant design.  This pendant is great for all the long necklaces you may have been seeing if you happen to follow fashion trends, but if you prefer a shorter necklace it works well for that as well.

My inspiration for this necklace is an art journal page I created recently.

Art Journal Inspired

I love taking inspiration from my art journal pages to create jewelry designs — so much that I created an eCourse, called Inspired eCourse, where we go through creativity activities and journal prompts and then map out jewelry inspiration that we take from the art journal pages.

How I went from Art Journal Page to Jewelry Piece:

When I made this particular art journal page I wanted to feature the word inspire.  I chose the elements on the page around that general theme.  Butterflies have a very symbolic meaning for me, especially around creativity and the word inspire.

When pulling inspiration and ideas from an art journal page, you can go in several different ways.  I make a “Jewelry Map” from the art journal page that includes pulling out themes, colors, shapes, textures and techniques. (I teach this in detail in Inspired eCourse.)

In this case, I was most drawn to the colors and the butterfly theme of the page.

Sketching jewelry:

Typically I’ll sketch out my jewelry ideas after making the Jewelry Map.  In this case I went straight to picking out supplies.

Inspired Supplies

As I was choosing supplies the idea came to me.

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for everyone. 

Sometimes I need to create a Jewelry Map, sketch out a bunch of ideas and then choose the idea to try.

Sometimes I look through old sketchbooks until I find something I designed previously.

Sometimes my inspiration comes from the materials themselves, like in this case.

However the inspiration comes, follow it.

Once I had the idea, I made a sample and then I created the tutorial to share!

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • Focal bead
  • 5 smaller beads and/or charms (I used 4 beads and one charm) + optional extra bead for clasp
  • Headpins for all the smaller beads.  (I made my own knotted headpins.)
  • Chain
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Clasp ( used a lobster clasp)
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Optional:  Filigree piece
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Decide how long you want the tassel part of your pendant to be and cut 5 pieces of chain to that length.  I cut mine 1 1/2 inches.

I slide the chain on a piece of scrap wire so I can cut them all evenly.  See the full jewelry making tip: cutting chain.

Set the chain aside momentarily.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Cut a piece of wire a few inches long than your focal bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire about 1 1/4 inches from the top in round nose pliers. Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the 5 pieces of chain into the loop you just formed.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the chains to the side and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end while pulling out the long end to straighten the loop so it’s centered on the wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times, keeping the wraps tight, straight and next to each other. Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Slide the focal bead on the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Follow the instructions above to complete a wire wrapped loop.

This would make a really cute pendant just as it is.  Just slide it on a chain and you’re set.

But I’ll show you how to bling it up even more.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Now we’ll make bead dangles with the smaller beads.

I made my own knotted head pins, as I mentioned in the materials section above.

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the wire with round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead.  Form a loop by wrapping the wire around the pliers.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight to center the loop.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Trim the wire making a flush cut.  Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat for all your smaller beads.

Step #13

 

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach one bead or charm to the end of each chain with 4mm jump rings.

How to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

If you like, attach the top of the focal bead to a filigree piece using a jump ring.

Then add 1/2 of the chain to each side of the filigree piece using jump rings.

If not, you can simply thread chain through the top loop of the focal bead or attach it to the chain using a jump ring if you want it to be more stable.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 81: Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

Attach a clasp.

I used a lobster clasp on one side and a wire wrapped bead link on the other side.  I made one loop really large so it would be easier to hook with the lobster clasp.

ECT TV Episode 81: How to Make a Focal Bead Tassel Pendant

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How to Make a Tassel Pendant

Tassel Pendant Tutorial

This is Part 3 of a 3 Part series to give you a bit of insight into Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.

In the actual eCourse, you get all three parts in one week and you get many more projects, but for this I’ll be sharing a new part each week.  (These prompts are different from the eCourse, but it will give you an idea of what it’s like.)

Part 1:  Creativity Booster

Part 2:  Jewelry Skills Lesson (ECT TV Episode 78:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Part 3:  Jewelry Project (this!)

How to Make a Tassel Pendant

In the video I show you how to create this fun tassel.  You can customize it to your own personal style and however you would like to express yourself.  (See some ideas for customizing below!)

Video Tutorial:

Tools and Materials:

Chain:

As I show you in the video, this project is a great way to use up bits of leftover chain you have.  I save all my chain from other projects and then use them up making chain tassels.

You can even use up tiny bits of chain by using a wire wrapped bead link to attach 2 short pieces of chain.

Charms:

Use any charms you like.  I tend to pick up charms here and there along the way and have a collection.  If you don’t, you can purchase charms that you like to use for this tassel.  You may want to add in some bead dangles or other little objects that have significance for you.

Customize the tassel:

I decided to make this tassel a talisman of sorts to remind me of the feelings I want to evoke this coming year.  Do you choose a word of the year?  This could be the perfect project to add in little charms to remind you of that word.

You may want to come up with another theme or you could add in charms like you would normally do on a charm bracelet with each charm having a specific meaning for something (or someone) important in your life.

Other ideas for themes for your tassel:

  • Choose a special color theme and add in charms with that color.
  • Do you have a hobby like reading or gardening? Make a tassel to represent that.
  • Maybe you want to do a tassel around a specific holiday.

Ways to change the tassel to make it more you!

  • Make the chains longer or shorter.
  • Mix and match metals for the chains.
  • Make earrings instead of a pendant.  (Be careful with how heavy the earrings are and you may want to shorten the chains.)
  • Make it simple with just plain chains and no other ornamentation.

I hope you feel inspired to express your own creativity with this project.

I would love if you would share a photo of what you made.  You can upload it in the “reply” box below.


3 Part Series Recap:

As a recap for this 3 Part Series, we started with a creativity booster.  The creativity booster is an activity that’s designed to get your creative juices flowing.  In this series we had a music creativity booster.

Then I shared a jewelry skills lesson. In this series I showed you how to make a wire wrapped bead link.

Finally, today we made a project.  In this case, I showed you how to make a tassel.  When I was doing Part 1 (the creativity booster) I sketched jewelry and the tassel pendant was something that I sketched.

If when you did the creativity booster you sketched something else entirely, I wholeheartedly suggest that you attempt to make a piece of jewelry that you sketched.  If you need some assistance with technical aspects of what you drew – the actual making of your sketch, you may want to check out my Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse or join in for the next session of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is similar to this 3 Part series.  Each week for 5 weeks you get a creativity booster, jewelry skills lessons and jewelry projects.  (Week 6 is a little bit different from the other weeks.  It’s designed to really bring everything you learned in the eCourse together.)

It’s similar in style to this 3 part series, but much more in depth and you get my personal attention and guidance.  You get more jewelry skills lessons each week and more jewelry projects.

I hope you’ll join us in the next session of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse!

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ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

I am fascinated with spirals.  I had a student ask me about this particular type of spiral and so I have started making them over and over again.

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) you’ll learn a technique for making a concentric spiral, which is different from the spirals I usually teach.  You can use this spiral in your designs however you like, but in the video I’ll show you how to make a pendant.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

(These are the same instructions in the video.)

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Materials and Tools:

  • Wire *
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

*About wire:  I used 14 gauge aluminum wire.

You can actually use any wire you like and any gauge you like.  The thinner the gauge of wire, the smaller your pendant will be.

Step #1

Cut 14 inches of wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Find the middle of the wire. I’m holding the ends together on one end.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Use your round nose pliers to fold the wire in half.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Pinch the bend closed.  You can use chain nose pliers or I like to use my crimp tool to close bends like this.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the bent end in chain nose pliers with the wires off to the side.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Push the wires up – both at the same time – starting a spiral.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Readjust the wires so they’re off to the side again.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Push up again.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral making sure to not cross the wires.

Continue to spiral until the spiral is the size you’d like or you have about an inch and half left of wire.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Bend the inside wire (which will be longer) straight up on the top of your pendant.

(Note:  There are marks on my pendant because I’m using a very soft wire.  We’ll get rid of all those marks at the end when we hammer.)

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Wrap the other wire around the wire that you just straighten one time.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the straight wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 above the wrap you just made. Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once while straightening the loop so it’s straight and centered above the pendant.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Wrap around at least one more time. Trim off the excess wire and use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends aren’t sticking out.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Use a chasing hammer to hammer the pendant flat, holding the loop and wraps off the side of the steel block.

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

Slide the pendant on a chain or cord and wear!

ECT TV Episode 74: Spiral Pendant

The pendant on the left was made with 20 gauge wire. I used the same length of wire for both pendants, but obviously the pendant made with 20 gauge wire is significantly smaller.

I hope you enjoy this fun way to make spirals!  Have fun!

ECT TV Episode 74: How to Make a Spiral Pendant

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Gemstone Nugget Pendant

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Make this quick and simple pendant, add it to a cord or chain and you have a beautiful necklace.

I like to make my chain long for an easy, flowing look.  You can use a shorter chain to really show off the pendant more.

You may remember this technique from the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial that I shared previously.  If you’re looking for more of a challenge or a bigger project, check that out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

If you use the same gemstone nuggets I linked to above, you will need about 10 inches.  The length will vary if you use a different size than I did.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Simply slide this onto a cord or chain of your choice and you have a necklace!

Hint:  Use your chain nose pliers to position the loop on top so that the pendant hangs correctly on the the chain or cord.

Alternatively, you could use a jump ring to attach the pendant to a chain, which is what I did.  You can either attach a jump ring and slide the jump ring over the chain or attach it with the jump ring to a link in the chain.

Have fun and be creative!

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

See my beach inspiration from an art journal page to a piece of jewelry and learn how to make a beaded hoop pendant. You can make it beachy like I did or use any beads you like!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads of your choice **
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire, any metal you like
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Something cylindrical to form your hoop around.  I used a small candle, but you can use anything that’s the size you’d like for your pendant to be.  You could use a large size on your ring mandrel.
  • Cord or chain to put your pendant on

** I used beads from a thrifted necklace.  They were small wooden beads.  This will work with any beads you like.

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

I took my inspiration for this pendant from the colors and theme of the art journal page I shared last week.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Wrap the wire around your cylindrical object.  Leave a total of 3 inches or more excess wire.  (1 1/2″ on each side past the point where the wires cross.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Add beads to the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Twist the wire once.  Make sure that the beads are close to the bend so that it looks like a continuous hoop of beads.

Toubleshooting:  In the video I actually messed up this part leaving a break in the beads and fixed it, so if you have any problems make sure to watch the video.

Hint:  At any time if your loop gets out of shape, just put it back around your cylindrical object to make it a circle again.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Hint:  If one of your wires is longer than the other, use that wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop may be off center, so straighten it as you wrap the wire around once.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Wrap the other wire around a couple of times.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so that you can thread a cord or chain through and wear your new pendant.

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Other ideas:

  • Make a pair and make earrings!
  • Use any beads you like.
  • Try any size hoop.
  • Try other shapes.

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial