Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Tutorial

I have a fun new jewelry tutorial for you!

Sometimes I’m making a jewelry piece and I need some chain.  And I don’t have any.  This chain is my new go-to solution and now it can be your solution, too!

This is the first part of a 3 part series of necklaces.  We’ll be making 3 separate necklaces.  Each one is a great necklace on its own, but you can also wear them together layered.

Today we’ll make the shortest necklace, which is the plain chain.

Next week we’ll make a necklace with beads.

Finally, we’ll make a long pendant necklace.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Necklace Video Tutorial:

Links I mentioned:

Pro Wire Wrapping Tips Video Tutorial

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings


I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing tutorials that involve a lot of wire wrapped loops.

In preparation of those tutorials, I have some tips for finishing wire wraps so that they do not stick, poke or snag you when you’re wearing your jewelry piece.

Here’s the video with the tips:

 


Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My most popular eCourse is returning in March!  

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry will start on March 5, 2018 and run 7 weeks (Intro + 6 weekly lessons.)

Registration will open soon.  Get notified first when registration is open by joining my newsletter:  Click here to join my newsletter.

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.