6 Jewelry Pieces To Make with Gemstone Chips

Gemstone chip jewelryI got these gemstone chips from Happy Mango Beads.  I love the color and there are a lot of them, but I wasn’t sure what to make with them.

Then I also got a comment from a reader that she had recently got some gemstone chips and wasn’t sure what to do with them.

So I set out to make some jewelry with my gemstone chips.  I made all of these pieces from just one strand!

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsSpiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These are simple, but unique and so pretty.  Click here for the free tutorial to make them.

Gemstone Chip and Knot EarringsGemstone Chip and Knot Earrings.

So these are the same as the earrings above, but I used knotted head pins instead of spirals.  (Here’s my video tutorial on how to make knotted head pins)

Gemstone and Sprial Pendant TutorialGemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant.

This pendant has the spiral dangle from the earrings above.  (The Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant is part of my Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook, click here to learn more and purchase.)

beaded Necklace with PendantBeaded Necklace with Pendant.

This necklace is made from the tutorial in  my book, Wire Wrapping for Beginners.  I used a pretty turquoise bead with a spiral head pin to make a pendant.

Wire Wrapped Bead RingSimple Bead Wire Wrapped Ring.

This ring was made using the technique from my Simple Bead Wire Wrapped Ring tutorial from Wire Wrapping for Beginners, but I added a few gemstone chips instead of just one bead.

Wire Wrapped RingSpiral and Gemstone Chip Ring.

New Ring I just made.  I had fun creating the spirals and there’s even a bead dangle hanging from it.  What do you think?  Should I do a tutorial?

Update!!  This ring is part of the Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook, click here to learn more and to purchase!

How to Make Your Own Geometric Headpins

How to Make Geometric Headpins

This video tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own unique jewelry findings.  You can then use your headpins to make jewelry, such as earrings.

After you make your headpins, you can click here to go to a video tutorial on how to make dangle earrings.

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How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This fun pendant is another variety the wire wrapped circle pendant that I have already shown you 2 versions of.  I love working with wire, and this tutorial will teach you some basic skills you’ll need to get started.

You can find the plain Wire Wrapped  Circle Pendant here.

Or the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads here.

Skills that you will learn in this tutorial:

  • Basic wire wrapping of a circle.
  • Making a bead link.
  • Making a bead dangle.

Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire, about 2 1/2 feet
  • 20 gauge wire, a short piece
  • Beads.  I used 4 smaller beads and one larger bead
  • Headpins, 1 for each of the dangle beads
  • A jump ring
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of pliers, I used bent nose and needle nose
  • Something to wrap around – I used a ring mandrel, but you could use a highlighter or big marker or anything that’s the size you want your pendant to be.

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.

Step #3

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Carefully remove the wire from the mandrel, holding the loops together so they don’t lose their shape.

On the end of the wire that is part of the loop (not the long end of the wire), I like to bent up so it’s easy to find.  Then wrap the long end of the wire around the loop wire, making sure to capture the other end in the wire.

Wrap around several times until it’s secure and you like how it looks.

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Clip off the short end you bent up.

Hint: 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Grasp the wire between the barrels of round nose pliers close to the circle.  Wrap the wire toward you, around the barrel of the round nose plier, between the pliers and the pendant.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This will – no doubt – create a crooked loop on the top of your pendant.  Use pliers to straighten out the loop so it’s centered on the top of the pendant.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Hold the loop you just made with pliers and continue wrapping the wire around the loop in the same direction that you started with your first loop.

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Now we’re going to make the bead link for the focal bead of this piece.  Cut off a piece of 20 gauge wire.  (How long depends upon your bead size.)

Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, just like you did for the pendant.  Hold the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Bend the wire towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Take the wire off the pliers.  Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Hold the loop in pliers.  Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.

Step #15

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side.  Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.

Step #16

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #17

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Begin to make a wire wrapped loop.  Wrap the head pin around the pliers and between the bead and pliers.

Do not complete a wrap!

Step #18

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Make sure your loop is straight.  Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.

Step #19

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Then complete the wrap exactly as before.

I made 4 dangles for my pendant.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Step #20

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.

Step #21

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Put your pendant on your favorite chain or cord and it’s done!

I hope you like this tutorial!  Please leave any questions or comments below, or link to a photo of your creation!

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How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with BeadsEver since I made the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant, I have been thinking about it with beads.

This pendant provides so much opportunity for creativity!  You can use whatever beads you like and arrange them in whatever why you like.  I used gemstone chips, which look very cool, but cheerfully colored seed beads would work great, too, or really any beads you would like.

I used my ring mandrel to make the circle, but you can use anything you can find around the house – a broom handle, a highlighter, a thick marker, etc.

I also want to make this pendant much larger and I was thinking about wrapping around a tin can to make a larger circle.

Let’s get started!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire.  (You can try other gauges, but I found that this gauge works perfectly for this project.)
  • 25-30 gemstone chip beads, or you can try any beads, really
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers
  • Optional:  Bent nose pliers

How to Make this Pendant:

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Cut off about 2 1/2 – 3 feet of 24 gauge wire

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Slide 25 – 30 beads on the wire (you can always remove some or add some later if necessary.

HINT:  I just bent the wire on the end to hold all the beads on while I worked.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Start at the end with no beads and start to wrap the wire around your ring mandrel, highlighter, etc.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you are wrapping, pull beads up  into each loop as you go.  I wrapped around 6 times and had 4 – 5 beads on each loop.  The placement of the beads on the loop doesn’t really matter right now, but just make sure that you somewhat evenly space the beads on each wrap.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Carefully pull the wire off, trying to keep the wire in its shape.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

The end that you started wrapping with bend up slightly so you can easily see it.  Then with the long end of the wire, wrap around the circles a few times.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Pull up a couple of beads and continue to wrap around the circle.  Continue to pull up a couple beads and wrapping all the way around the circle.  Try to make your bead placement somewhat evenly dispersed.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

HINT:  While I was wrapping around the circle, some of my wraps got a little weird.  I just took my pliers and sort of pushed them in.

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

HINT:  The the circle loses it’s shape at any point, just put it back on the ring mandrel to get the right shape again.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Grasp the wire with round nose pliers close to the circles.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Bent the wire over the round nose pliers towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Then go around the wire once.  Try to get the loop centered over the pendant, but if it’s not, you can fix it in the next step.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Take the wire off your pliers.  Use your round nose pliers to straighten out the circle if necessary.

Step #12

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Hold the loop between your chain nose or flat nose pliers.  (Or ideally, nylon covered pliers).

Continue wrapping around the wire in the same direction as you started, holding the end of your wire with bent nose or other pliers you’re comfortable with.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you can see, my beads are not perfectly even, but I still love my pendant!  I want to make them to match each of my outfits!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

I slide mine on a satin cord.  You could also place it on a chain or other cord.

These would make amazing earrings, too!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Please comment below if you tried this!  Better yet, take a photo and give us a link to it!

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How to Make a Tassel Necklace

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Remember that tassel from Christmastime I showed you?  I thought it would make a unique necklace!  At first I thought I’d use wire to wrap around the tassel to hold it together, but in the end I opted for using fabric just like in the other tassel.  I think it gives it a more natural look.

Here’s how I made it (plus a bonus chain tassel tutorial, too!):

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • A variety of fabrics.  Scraps are fine, you just need to be able to make 20″-22″ x 3/4″ strips.
  • Chain (I used a ball chain)
  • Scissors

Step #1

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Cut strips of fabric 20″ to 22″ long and 3/4″ wide.

Just snip the end and tear the fabric to create a frayed edge.

I used 4 strips, but you can experiment and make it fuller if you like.

Step #2

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Trim so that they are all even.

Step #3

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Arrange the fabric strips.  They should overlap, but have a little bit showing of each fabric.

Step #4

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Fold the strips in half over the chain.

Step #5

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Cut another thinner, shorter strip of fabric and tie it around the other strips under the chain.  I went around twice and tied it on the back.

Step #6

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Pull the knot tight and trim off the ends.

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

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Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • Chain.  This is a good time to use up those scraps you have from other projects.
  • Wire.  I used 22 gauge.
  • Bead with a large opening or a cone bead.  Pictured is a bead with a large opening, but I ended up using a cone bead.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose or bent nose pliers – 2 pair in any combination.

Step #1

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Cut chain into equal lengths.  I used 5 chains, a couple of them were the same, but I used different chains, too.

Step #2

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Slide the chain onto the wire and bend the wire in half.  Squeeze the wire together.

Step #3

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Slide the bead or cone on and push it up against the chain.

Step #4

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Grasp one of the wires with round wire pliers.  Wrap around one of the barrels of the pliers and then wrap around both wires one time.

Step #5

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Take the loop off the round nose pliers.  Straighten the loop.  Then hold the loop with  pliers.

Step #6

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Wrap around in the same direction you started.  Then wrap the other wire around.  Trim off any excess wire and tuck in the ends

HINT:  Cut off the wire in the front.

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Now you have a pendant that you can put on a chain.  I put mine on a cord.

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

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