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:

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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.

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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!!

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing tutorials that involve a lot of wire wrapped loops.

In preparation of those tutorials, I have some tips for finishing wire wraps so that they do not stick, poke or snag you when you’re wearing your jewelry piece.

Here’s the video with the tips:

 


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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 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make spiral earrings.

Once you know this technique, you can make all kinds of jewelry with spirals!

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Video Tutorial:


Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 16 gauge half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own – tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Chasing hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you could try a thicker wire like 14 gauge for a thicker spiral or a thinner wire, such as 18 gauge for a daintier spiral.

Hammers:  In the tutorial, I used a chasing hammer which flattens the wire.  If you prefer your wire to remain round, use a nylon, hard plastic or rawhide mallet/hammer.  It will harden the wire without flattening it.

Uniform loops:  for a tip on how to make your loops uniform throughout a project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll work right from the coil or spool of wire.  (Don’t cut any wire off.)  Make a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

We’ll start by making a loop.

Make a mark on your round nose pliers.  (See this tip on uniform loops.)

Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers.  Line up the wire with the mark.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the pliers beginning to form a loop.  Twist as far as your wrist will allow and then readjust your wrist and the pliers in the wire.  Then complete the loop.  It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire off to the side.  Push the wire up starting a spiral.

Continue readjusting the loop in chain nose pliers with the wire to the side and pushing up creating a spiral.

Continue until the spiral is the size you would like.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Leave about 1/2″ tail and cut the wire making a flush cut.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Now we’ll make a loop.  Follow the directions above in Step #2 to make a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

If the loop does not touch the spiral, return the spiral to chain nose pliers and push the wire so it’s close.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Place the spiral on a steel block and hammer it.  If you’re using a chasing hammer to flatten the wire, the more you hammer the flatter and wider the spiral will become.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Follow the steps above to make a second spiral.  You can just hold the second spiral against the first spiral to make sure it’s the same size.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings

Add earring wires and you’re done!


PDF of this tutorial:

This PDF is exactly the same photos and instructions as you see above, but just in a form that you can download, save and/or print.  I’ve added the earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.

ECT TV Episode 86:  How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
ECT TV Episode 86: How to Make Spiral Earrings eBook
PDF eBook for ECT TV Episode 86 (Same instructions you see above, but in PDF form.)
$3.00

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