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.


Jewelry Design Workshop

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.

Learn more and sign up here.

How to Use Your Mixed Media Quote Cards for Inspiration

Using Quote Cards

Last week, I showed you how to make these fun Mixed Media Quote Cards.

Today I wanted to share how you can use them for inspiration – even for inspiration for your jewelry making!

Mixed Media Quote Card

I started with this quote card.  (To learn how to make your own, click here.)

I love this quote because sometimes you need a restart.  Sometimes even within a day I just need to take a moment to reset and start again.  (Not always from scratch, but just to reset myself or my mood.)

Ways to use Mixed Media Quote Cards for even more inspiration:

#1

Use as a prompt in your art journal.

Art Journal Page from Mixed Media Quote Card Inspiration

I used the quote and then created an art journal layout with the quote in mind.

The technique I used is quite similar to the technique I used to make the quote cards.  (See the video tutorial here.)

My technique:

  1. Watercolor all over as the first, background layer.
  2. Stamping lightly. (I used a flower and butterfly and used them sparingly.)
  3. I did a little floral sketch.  (I learned how to do this type of sketching from this book – Florabunda Basics – that I highly recommend.  *Affiliate link*)
  4. Then a collaged different ephemera – old text, map, scrapbook paper, a photo and wrote the quote on an old library card catalog card.

#2

Use as a writing prompt in your journal.  Just write out all your thoughts and feelings about the quote.

You could pull a card each day in the morning and just free write about it.

#3

Use the card itself as inspiration for a jewelry design.  (Or use an art journal page you created from it as inspiration.)

Pendant from Art Journal Inspiration

Pendant from Mixed Media Art Quote Card Inspiration

I actually used the art journal page I created as inspiration for a jewelry piece, but you could use the Mixed Media Quote Card itself.

This is something I go into in detail in my Jewelry Design Workshop, but in general look at your inspiration (the card or art journal page) and think about colors and themes and how you could translate that into a piece of jewelry.

I pulled the turquoise color from the page, as well as the feather that was a theme in the art journal page.

#4

You could simply pull the card and think about it or even meditate on the quote.

I hope you are inspired to use your quote cards!


If you’re trying to find your own jewelry style or want to know how to translate your own inspiration into your jewelry pieces, my Jewelry Design Workshop is what you’re looking for!

Jewelry Design Workshop

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.

Learn more and sign up here.

Mixed Media Art Quote Cards – Index Card Art

Mixed Media Art Quote Cards

 

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have a fun and inspiring project for you today that’s not only creative and inspiring while you’re doing it, but will give you lots of inspiration in the future as well.

I first got the idea for making art on index cards from Daisy Yellow.  She has an annual Index Card a Day Challenge (coming up June – July.)  However, I couldn’t wait until then to give index card art a try.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I have tons of index cards because it’s one way I save and organize jewelry ideas.  There’s something about a stack of index cards that I really love.

I wanted to create a collection of mixed media quote cards on index cards.  The cards themselves are art, but then I’d also have the quotes for inspiration in the future as well.

(Watch for an upcoming blogpost on how to actually use these quote cards to inspire your creativity.)

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a quote card:

First I found 21 quotes that were inspiring.  For a list of all the quotes I used, click here:  21 Quotes But, of course, feel free to use any quotes that you find inspiring.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I used watercolors and painted backgrounds on my index cards.  I used blank index cards, but you could make really cute cards with the lined ones as well.

(Even the paper towels I used under the cards were really pretty!)

I didn’t like how flimsy they seemed, so I glued another index card to the back of all of my cards to make them stronger.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I did some doodling on some of the cards.  I like to use silver or gold pens and just make marks like circles or squares or even feathers.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Then I added layers of ephemera and other embellishments using a tape runner.  (A glue stick would work fine, too.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

I wrote out the quotes by hand and placed them on top.  (I ended up putting the authors’ names on the back of the card on most of the quote cards.)

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Most of the ephemera I use is scrapbook paper, old books and old sheet music.  I keep a collection of small-ish scraps for art journaling that are perfect for small scale art like this.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

The butterflies I used are fabric.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Other ideas for your quote cards:

  • If you’re not into collage, you could just do the watercolor background and just write out the quote on top.
  • Use any other art implement you like:  crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.  Make it your own!
  • Use any kind of art you enjoy or anything you would like to try on these little cards.
  • If you’re not into inspirational quotes, then just make art on index cards.  It’s a lot of fun!
  • Punch a hole in the corner and then use a ring to hold them together (or just wrap some lace or a ribbon around them to keep them together.)
  • To find different inspirational quotes, just use Google and use the word “quote” along with any word you’re trying to find quotes about.  If you’re looking for quotes about creativity, then just look up creativity quotes, for example.

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards

Next week I’ll share some ways to use these mixed media quote cards including using them for art journal inspiration as well as inspiration for your jewelry designs, so stay tuned for that!

Mixed Media Quote Index Cards


Jewelry Design Workshop

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.

Learn more and sign up here.

The 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design [Video]

7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design

In today’s video we’ll learn about the 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design.

In the video I’ll teach you the 7 principles, as well as illustrate them with an example.

Here’s the video:

Most often you’ll probably only think about these principles if something is not working in a jewelry design.

If that’s the case, I suggest you go through all the principles to make sure they’re all working.

The seven basic principles are:

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Proportion
  • Movement
  • Contrast
  • Unity
  • Harmony

Not every piece will use every principle, but they’re important to think about when you’re designing jewelry pieces.

#1 Balance

Balance is the distribution of visual weights of materials, colors, textures and space in jewelry design.

There are four types of balance:

  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical
  • Radial balanced (arranged around a central point)
  • Intentionally off-balance

#2 Emphasis

Emphasis is the focal point of the jewelry design that catches the viewer’s attention. It’s also referred to as dominance.

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.

#3 Proportion

Proportion is the feeling of unity when all the elements of a piece (color, size, amount, etc.) relate well to each other.

Usually you don’t actually notice proportion unless something is out of proportion.  All the elements of your jewelry piece should be in proportion to each other.  You should also think about the jewelry piece being in proportion to the person wearing it.

#4 Movement

Movement is the path our eyes follow when looking at a piece of jewelry. Emphasis and contrast will create movement in your jewelry piece.

Movement is commonly achieved through:

  • Repetition
  • Rhythm
  • Action

#5 Contrast

Contrast is created by using components that conflict with one another, such as dark and light values.

#6  Unity

Unity is when the elements in a jewelry design work together.

Unity can be created by:

  • Proximity
  • Grouping like things together
  • Repeating color or texture

#7 Harmony

Harmony is how the different components in a jewelry design relate to and compliment each other.

Green and Blue Mixed Media Asymmetrical Necklace

Mixed Media Knotted Bead Tutorial

Learn how to make the Mixed Media Knotted Bead that is the focal point of the necklace in the example necklace here.


Jewelry Design Workshop

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.

Learn more and sign up here.

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!

This month is Earrings Every Day Month!  It’s not too late to join in (but it soon will be!)

Learn more about Earrings Every Day Month and how to participate here:  Earrings Every Day Month 2017.

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!)

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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