ECT TV Episode 80: How to Make a Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV), I have a fun and simple wire bead tutorial.

You can use this bead in your jewelry creations to give your projects a little more personality and fun.

Here’s the video:

As I mention in the video, the inspiration for these wire beads started as an art journal layout.

Here’s that art journal page:

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

I’ve been somewhat obsessed with layering paper over a watercolor background in my art journal this year.  (I’ll share more examples of different pages tomorrow here on the blog.)

For this page, I started out by using different colors of watercolors, including a metallic color.

Then I did some doodling using a silver pen as well as a white colored pencil.

Finally the paper layering came in.  I used pieces of scrapbook paper as well as an old letter from the 1920s and an old receipt.  (The actual letter is still in tact inside the envelop and the envelop has an opening on the right side to slide the letter out.)

Going from art journal page to jewelry:

ECT TV Episode 80 - Wire Bead

When I’m using an art journal page as inspiration for jewelry, I like to make a “map” of colors, themes and other things from the art journal page.

I might make the jewelry piece based on colors or on the general feel of the art journal page or symbolism that is in the art journal page.

In this case, I mostly used the colors as inspiration for my jewelry piece:  green and the brassy metallic colors from the page.  The veining on the gemstone chips, as well as the brass color of the wire beads also gives me the feeling of an older time, which I also get from the art journal page.

When I was thinking about making this bracelet, I knew I wanted to add the brass color and I had the wire.  I could have used the wire to make some sort of wire wrapped jewelry piece using the brass wire, but I wanted the brass to be more prominent.  I also thought the messy look of the wire beads would add more interest to the bracelet and fit well with the art journal page as well.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

This bracelet is the final result.

Maybe you see something different and most likely you would come up with something completely different for your jewelry piece.

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In Inspired eCourse I go into detail about this process.  In fact, I give you creativity activities and art journal prompts, then show you my exact process for mapping out a jewelry piece inspired by your art journal page, we sketch jewelry design ideas and I give you a jewelry tutorial each week.

Most Inspired eCourse students are inspired to design their own jewelry pieces.  You can use the jewelry project tutorial each week however you like.  You may want to make the piece exactly as I show you.  You might use it for inspiration for your own design.  You might learn a new technique to incorporate into your own design.

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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions for the wire bead:

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire *
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Something small and cylindrical to wrap around.  Ideas include:  small knitting needle, small dowel rod, artist paintbrush, jump ring mandrel (that’s what I used.)

*Wire:  You really can use any wire you like.  I’ve used mostly 22 gauge wire for these beads and it works well.  You could use a thicker gauge such as 20 gauge wire, which would probably work well, but it will be more difficult to wrap.

Thinner gauges like 24 gauge will be easier to wrap, but won’t hold their shape as well.  You can experience with gauges and see how it works.  22 gauge half-hard round works well.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Working off the spool (do not cut any wire), hold the wire against your cylindrical object leaving about a 1 inch tail of wire.

Use that wire tail to help hold the wire while you’re wrapping.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Decide how long you’d like your bead.  Then wrap the wire down the mandrel to create a base of the size you’d like your bead to be.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Now wrap up the other direction right on top of the wraps you just made.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Continue to wrap up and down on top of the previous wraps.  For this messy look, just wrap freestyle not trying to be neat.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Once your bead is the size you want, pull it off and trim the excess wire making flush cuts.

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

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Use your wire beads just like you would any other bead.

ECT TV Episode 80: Wire Bead

Enjoy!

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3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

3 Part Series eBook

Last month I shared a 3 Part Series to help you get started with wire wrapped jewelry.

Part 1 is  about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is tutorial and we’ll actually use wire and make a pair of earrings.  (It is ECT TV Episode 77:  Wire Wrapped Chandelier Crystal Earrings)

You can find each of these 3 parts free on my website at the links above.

However, I know that a lot of you love PDFs that are easier to download and save, so I created a 20 page eBook with all the information (including the step-by-step photos and instructions for the tutorial in part 3), so you can keep it handy.

(Note:  The information in the eBook is the same as the blogposts; however, it’s in one easy-to-access place in this eBook.  You can download it and save it so you can find it to access it again and again!)

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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 78: Wire Wrapped Bead Link

ECT TV 78: Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Hi and welcome to a special episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series to give you a bit of insight into how Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse works.

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 not from the eCourse itself, but it will give you an idea of what it’s like.)

Part 1:  Creativity Booster

Part 2:  Jewelry Skills Lesson (this!)

Part 3:  Jewelry Project (coming out December 28, 2016.)

In today’s video, you’ll learn a basic skill that you’ll use again and again when making wire wrapped jewelry, the wire wrapped bead link.

Here’s the video episode:


Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Step-by-Step Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Wire *
  • Bead
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*This is a basic skill that I’m teaching in this tutorial. Typically you’ll be choosing the wire based on the project. If it’s one of my projects, I’ll specifically tell you what wire to use. For practice I suggest that you use silver plated, copper or brass wire that’s 20 gauge, half-hard and round.

If you’re using an artistic wire you may find that there isn’t a hardness indicated. Most artistic wire and copper wire is similar to half-hard and will be fine.

Step #1

Bead Dangle

Cut a piece of wire. The wire should be at least 3 inches longer than the bead.

Step #2

Bead Dangle

 

Hold the wire approximately 1 ½ inches from the top in round nose pliers.

(Remember the tip where you mark your round nose pliers to keep all the wire wrapped loops in a project uniform. Line up the wire vertically with that line.)

Step #3

Bead Dangle

Bead Dangle

Wrap the top part of the wire down and around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

Bead Dangle

Notice that the loop is off-centered, but we want it to be straight. The way I like to straighten the loop is by holding the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Bead Dangle

Now wrap the shorter wire around the long wire one time while pulling the long wire out straight.

Step #6

Bead Dangle

Bead Dangle

Wrap the short end of the wire around the long end 2 more times. You can use your fingers or bent nose (or other) pliers for this.

Step #7

Bead Dangle

Trim off any excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Bead Dangle

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end of the wire is not poking out.

Bead Dangle

Bonus Tip:

If you find that your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to pull them close together. Sandwich the wraps between the pliers and push the pliers closed.

Step #9

Bead Dangle

Slide on your bead.

Step #10

Bead Dangle

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about ¼ inch above the bead.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Now you’ll be following the same steps as you did for the loop on the other side. Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

The loop will be off-center, so we’ll straighten it. Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wrap the wire around one time while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Wrap 2 more times.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #16

Wire Wrapped Bead Link

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.
Bead Dangle


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ECT TV Episode 77: Wire Wrapped Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Earrings

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

H!  Welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I will show you how to wire wrap an upcycled chandelier crystal and make a sparkly, dangling pair of earrings.

 

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

This is also Part 3 of my 3 Part Series:  Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Part 1 is all about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is today and we’re making these fun earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:


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Where to get upcycled chandelier crystals:

  • Where I have found most of my crystals is at antique stores.
  • Check thrift shops.  I often find them there.
  • eBay seems to always have them whenever you want them.  (Antique stores and thrift shops are more hit or miss.)

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

Materials and Tools:

  • 2 matching upcycled chandelier crystals
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Earring wires
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Remove any findings or wire from the crystals.

You may be able to use your pliers to bend the wire and remove it or in some cases you may need to use your wire cutters to cut off any of the findings.

Step #2

Cut 5 inches of wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Usually the crystal will have a couple of holes, but for these earrings we’ll just use one and ignore the other.

Slide the crystal onto the wire and center it.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Cross the wire in the middle of the crystal.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Twist the wire at least one complete time.  You want the wire to end as seen in the photo.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap the wire around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Hold the loop in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the bottom of the loop once while straightening the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the crystal.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Wrap around a couple of times with that wire.  Then wrap around the other wire a couple of times.

You can use your hands or your bent nose pliers to help you with wrapping.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Trim off the excess wire and use chain nose pliers to make sure that the ends of the wire are not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrapped an Upcycled Crystal Chandelier

Add an earring wire.

Repeat to make a matching earring.

ECT TV Episode 77: How to Wire Wrap Upcycled Chandelier Crystals


My Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry:

In the video I promised to show you the jewelry I made for a holiday party I attended over the weekend using upcycled chandelier crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I made two tier earrings using the same concept as above.

(In Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse I show you how to make different types of tiered earrings, how to make your own jump rings and earring wires.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Wire Wrapped Ring with chandelier crystal and spirals on the sides.  (Learn how to make this ring with a bead in Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse.)

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

This is my bracelet from the set.  I decided simple was best, just a bunch of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

I am crazy about this necklace set.  It’s actually 2 necklaces layered (which is really on trend right now.)  I made the chain for the pendant necklace (another tutorial from Wire Wrapping for Beginners eCourse) and then layered it with a choker length necklace of crystals.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Jewelry

Here’s a photo of me wearing the necklaces, although they’re kind of covered up by my big hair.


3 Part Series eBook

This is the final install of the 3 part series:

Part 1 is about where to get wire, which is one of my most asked questions.

Part 2 is about the tools you need to get started.

And Part 3 is this post.

You can find each of these 3 parts free on my website at the links above.

However, I know that a lot of you love PDFs that are easier to download and save, so I created a 20 page eBook with all the information (including the step-by-step photos and instructions for the tutorial in part 3), so you can keep it handy.

(Note: The information in the eBook is the same as the blogposts; however, it’s in one easy-to-access place in this eBook. You can download it and save it so you can find it to access it again and again!)

You can get the eBook by purchasing it below:

3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry PDF eBook
3 Part Series: Getting Started with Wire Wrapped Jewelry PDF eBook
Get started making wire wrapped jewelry with this 3 Part eBook. Originally it appeared on my blog for free, now you can download and save the information.
$3.00

After your purchase, you’ll receive an email with a link to download the PDF.