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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Jewelry Making Quick Tip: Covering Crimp Beads with Wire

Covering crimp beads with wire

I was finishing up a bracelet that I was making with the wire beads that I showed you how to make in ECT TV Episode 80 and I realized I only had silver crimp beads.

Instead of waiting to get the right color, I decided to finish the bracelet with the silver crimp beads and come up with a solution.

Here’s what I came up with:

Covering crimp beads with wire

Here’s the full bracelet:

Covering crimp beads with wire

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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.

Inspired eCourse

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

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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)

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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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