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.)
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 tutorial: How to Make a Bead Dangle
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.
You can participate for free by making a pair of earrings of your own choosing each day or get a new earring tutorial each day for the month of September with Earrings eCourse. (Registration for Earrings eCourse will close on Tuesday, September 19th. You can still join until then. You’ll get all the earring tutorials and have access to all the tutorials in the future as well!)
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.
We’ll work right from the coil or spool of wire. (Don’t cut any wire off.) Make a flush cut on the end.
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.”
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.
Leave about 1/2″ tail and cut the wire making a flush cut.
Now we’ll make a loop. Follow the directions above in Step #2 to make a loop.
If the loop does not touch the spiral, return the spiral to chain nose pliers and push the wire so it’s close.
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.
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.
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
PDF eBook for ECT TV Episode 86 (Same instructions you see above, but in PDF form.)
Wrap around once and at the same time pull the wire out straight so the loop is centered on top of the wire.
Make 2 additional wraps.
Trim any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.
Measure 1/2 inch from the bottom of the last wrap and hold the wire in round nose pliers at that spot.
Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.
Slide a bead dangle into the loop.
Now we’ll continue like we did with the other wire wrapped loop as if the bead dangle isn’t there. (Steps #5 and #6 above.)
Open an earring wire and place the top loop into the earring wire loop. Close the earring wire.
Repeat for the second earring.
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 bead dangle tutorial and earring wire tutorial to the PDF as well.
ECT TV Episode 84: Wire Wrapped Drop Earrings PDF eBook
Wire wrapped link bracelet – I just connected wire wrapped bead links to form a bracelet. (I teach the technique here.)
Pink beaded bracelet – another bracelet that was made with the technique I teach in this post.
As you see, you can really decide on any given day how you want to express yourself by changing your bracelets. I didn’t make these bracelets to go with each other; I just go through my bracelets and decide what I feel like wearing today.
In today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), I’ll show you how to make a beaded strand bracelet with a bead dangle.
In the episode you’ll learn:
About beading wire;
How to string a strand bracelet using wire guards; and
How to make a simple bead dangle.
Watch the video tutorial here:
Running time: 18:47
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:
Tools and Materials:
Beads of your choice (enough to make a bracelet)
4 crimp beads
2 wire guards
2 – 7mm jump rings
20 gauge, half-hard, round wire in the metal of your choice
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Bent nose pliers
Tape or a bead stopper
* Beading wire – I like to use 49 strands because (as I explain in the video) it’s the strongest and also drapes nicely. Use the best you can for your budget.
The bead dangle is optional (but really cute!) If you choose not to make the bead dangle, you won’t need round nose pliers or the 20 gauge wire.
Cut enough beading wire to go around your wrist plus about 6 additional inches.
I just put tape at one end of the wire to hold the beads on. (If you have a bead stopper, you can use that.)
Note: I’m just using one type of bead for my entire bracelet, so I’m just going to string them on. If you’re using a combination of beads or making a design, figure that out now.
String on as many beads as you need.
Hint: I like to string the beads so the bracelet is tight around my wrist. Then when I add the clasp the bracelet fits just how I like (which is kind of loose.)
To figure out the correct size, measure a bracelet you already have that is the right size and then subtract the length of the clasp you’re using plus the length of the wire guards on each side.
Slide a crimp bead, a small bead and another crimp bead onto the wire.
Note: I like to use two crimp beads on each side when I’m stringing. Other people use only one.
In the video my beads were smaller and I just used the same bead in between the crimp beads.
Thread the wire guard onto the wire. Go up through one tube around the top and back down through the other tube.
Then thread the wire through the crimp bead, bead and second crimp bead. Pull the wire snug.
You’ll also want to pull the wire through the first couple of beads of the bracelet as well.
Crimp the crimp beads closed.
First hold the crimp bead in the larger notch closer to the handle of the crimp tool and squeeze the crimp bead closed. You’ll see a crease in the bead.
Then hold the bead in the smaller notch closer to the tip of the crimp tool and close the crimp bead. The crimp bead will fold in half at the crease you made with the first crimp.
Crimp both beads closed.
Repeat on the other side and trim off any excess wire as close to the beads as you can get.
Optional Bead Dangle
Cut a piece of 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire about 3 inches longer than your bead. Make sure to make a flush cut.
Note: A flush cut is a straight cut in the wire. Use the back of your wire cutters toward the work to make a flush cut. (For more information on flush cuts, click here.)
Hold the wire at the tip with chain nose pliers. Make a bend in the wire. Then push that bend down. You can use chain nose pliers for this, but your crimp tool makes it really easy.
Slide a bead onto the wire. The little bend you made should hold the bead on. (If not, the bead has too big of a hole for this type of headpin. Try making a headpin with a decorative end that will hold the bead on or try a different bead.)
Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the bead. Wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.
.The loop will be off-center. Hold it in chain nose pliers and while you wrap the wire around one time pull the bead out straight so the loop is centered on top of the bead.
Then wrap 2 more times. Trim off the excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.
Attach the bead dangle to the end of the beaded strand.
Attach the lobster clasp to the other end.
Now you can make a bunch and wear them stacked up in any combination you like.
I like the option of making different single stand bracelets (as opposed to making one bracelet that has several strands) because you can mix and match and change it up every day.
Have fun and get creative! Let me know if you have any questions!
Note: These are exactly the same instructions as you have above here for free; however, it’s in PDF form so you can easily save it or print it if you like. Thank you for your support!!
ECT TV Episode 83: Beaded Strand Bracelet PDF eBook instructions
Step-by-step photo and written instructions for ECT TV Episode 83.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you liked it, you’ll love my other online workshops, especially the Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet Workshop! Take them at your own pace in the privacy of your own home! You always can email me with any questions or if you get stuck along the way.