ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

Hold the wire 1 1/2 inches from the top in round nose pliers.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

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

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this week’s video tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make a bead link and then teach you how to interlock them so you do not need jump rings to connect them and we’ll make a necklace!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead *
  • 8mm Czech glass beads *
  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire, any metal.
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Beads: You can use any beads of your choice and you don’t necessarily need a focal bead. You could just make a strand of the same bead.

Wire:  You really can use any wire you like, but if you are just getting started with wire wrapping I suggest experimenting with a less expensive wire such as copper, brass or silver plated to get started.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1 1/2″ from the top.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

The loop is off to the side and we want it centered on the top, so we need to straighten it.

To straighten it hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Make one wrap with the short end around the long end and while you’re wrapping pull the long end out straight.

{Note: there are other ways to straighten the loop. This is just my way. If you prefer another way, go ahead and do it that way.}

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now make 2 more wraps.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Hold the wire above the bead with round nose pliers. Just leave a bit of space.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while wrapping the wire pull the bead out straight.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure that the end isn’t poking out.

Now we have one completed wire wrapped bead link. You follow these directions for the first bead link only.

Note: If you’re using a focal bead, you may want to start in the middle with the focal bead and work your way out with the rest of the beads.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Follow Steps #1 and #2 cutting 6 inches of wire and forming a loop.

Do not wrap it closed yet!

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a loop of the first wire wrapped bead link you made into the loop.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now simply slide the wire wrapped bead link off to the side and finish making the wire wrapped bead link you started following the previous steps.

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Continue adding bead links until your necklace is the desired length.

Hint:  If you accidentally complete a wire wrapped bead link without adding it, there is a tip for adding it in the video tutorial.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the ends.

If you need help opening and closing jump rings, you can watch this quick video: How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.

http://kimberliekohler.com/8459/how-to-properly-open-and-close-jump-rings/

And that’s the completed necklace.

Of course, you can use this technique to make other jewelry pieces as well, such as bracelets.

Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet eWorkshop

I have a new eWorkshop! The Decorative Wire Wrapped Bracelet eWorkshop. In it you’ll learn 6 different techniques to make unique wire wrapped bead links!

Put them all together to make a fun bracelet or use the techniques in other jewelry pieces.

You get a total of 9 videos (6 techniques, an introduction, tools and materials and putting it all together) and a 35 page eBook with around 100 photos and clear step-by-step instructions.

Learn more and get it here. Once you purchase you have immediate access to the eWorkshop!

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop for you!

I am so excited about this eWorkshop because I’ve been obsessed with making these spiral pendants!  I have them in several color combinations and different sizes.

I made the first one, posted it to Instagram (so I know I didn’t imagine making it!) and promptly lost it.  And it’s still lost.  It’s okay, though, because I’ve had so much fun making more and more of them.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I love spirals and they keep showing up in different forms in my life, too.  To me, life is a spiral.  You start out and you just keep coming around around to the same things.  It’s great because you can use what you learned the first time around to help you the next time around.  It’s not a circle, so there’s space between the first time you experienced it and the next time.  It’s a learning journey.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what an eWorkshop is….

It’s a virtual workshop that’s held online.  It’s kind of like going to an in person workshop except you can do it in your PJs!  Plus, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can take it any time and it’s much less expensive.

Beaded Spiral eWorkshop

For my eWorkshops, they include a private video tutorial plus a PDF eBook (with step-by-step photos.)  (Some of my eWorkshops contain several videos and PDFs.  This particular one is for just one project.)

I’ll teach you how to use any beads and customize this pendant to work with them!

You can learn all about the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop here.  Right now (if you’re reading this shortly after I post it) it’s priced at a low introductory rate that’s half off what it’s going to be!

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

This wreath is perfect on the tree, but it looks so gorgeous hanging in the sunlight, so I have mine hanging in the window.

Perfect extra gift to add on top of a gift!

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Red crow beads from Happy Mango Beads*
  • Green crow beads from Happy Mango Beads*
  • 16 Gauge wire
  • 20 gauge wire
  • The raffia that the crow beads come strung on.
  • A can
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers, I used bent nose pliers

*You could use any color that you like for the wreath!

For these ornaments, feel free to use the artistic wire you find in craft wire, silver plated copper, copper or any other wire since you won’t be wearing the ornament.

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around the can and leave a little extra wire on each side.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialTwist the wire closing the circle.  Twist twice.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialGrasp one of the wires with round nose pliers.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers forming a loop.  If the loop is off center, then straighten it.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Using another pair of pliers wrap the wire around.  Then wrap the other wire.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire.  I usually work in about 15 to 20 inch pieces.  It’s easy to add more wire as you go along.

Start to wrap it around the wraps from the loop and then once around the wire of the circle.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialSlide a crow bead onto the wire.  Wrap the 20 gauge of wire around the base attaching the bead to the base securely.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialAdd another bead and wrap the wire around the base.

A note on wrapping:  There isn’t an exact science for doing this.  I like to wrap in between each bead and then go back and wrap around the bead or 2 before the one I just added.  You’ll get the hang of it and understand more as you make the wreath.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament Tutorial

When you use up all your wrapping wire, securely attach the end to the base.  Then cut another piece of 20 gauge wire to continue wrapping.  Work the end in by wrapping it a couple beads in from where you started.  Make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialWhen you get all the way around, secure the end of the wire to the base.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament TutorialAdd a length of the raffia that the crow beads came strung on to hang the wreath ornament.

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How to Make a Bracelet with Beads and Chain

How to Make a BraceletSometimes (quite often) you need a piece of jewelry to go with an outfit.  That is the case with this bracelet for me.  I had a necklace and I wanted a bracelet to go with it.

I had the idea for this simple bracelet and now I’ll share the tutorial with you, too.

How to Make a BraceletMaterials and Tools:

  • Rainbow Fluorite Round Beads 9-10 mm (From Happy Mango Beads)  You’ll need about 8 of these and then you’ll have a bunch for other projects.
  • Chain
  • Wire
  • 5 jump rings (I used 7 mm jump rings)
  • 1 head pin
  • Clasp
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • And another set of pliers (square, bent nose or another pair of chain nose)

Instructions:

Step #1

How to Make a BraceletDecide how many beads you’ll need.  I just measured by placing them across my wrist. For this bracelet, you’ll just need beads across the top.  I used 7 beads and it was probably 1 bead too many.  (And I have relatively big wrists.)  So adjust accordingly.

Step #2

How to Make a BraceletCut 20 gauge wire about 5 1/2″ long.  (This could vary depending on how many beads you’re using.)

HINT:  What you’re about to make is a wire wrapped bead link, but with more than just one bead.  You’ll be using all the beads you decided on for step #1 to make one “link”.

I made a video about how to make them, so if you prefer video, watch below:

Step #3

How to Make a Bracelet{You can skip the next few steps if you watched the video!}

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.

HINT:  I have a mark on my round nose pliers where I make loops.  That way all of my loops are uniform.

Step #4

How to Make a BraceletHow to Make a BraceletWrap the wire around one barrel of the the pliers.

Step #5

How to Make a Bracelet

How to Make a BraceletRemove the loop from the pliers.  The loop will be off to the side.  Straighten it so that it’s above the wire. (I show how to specifically do this in the video)

Step #6

How to Make a BraceletHold the loop with pliers.

Step #7

How to Make a BraceletHolding the other end of the wire with another pair of pliers and wrap around the wire continuing in the same direction 2 more times.

Step #8

How to Make a BraceletTrim off any excess wire and make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #9

How to Make a BraceletSlide the beads onto the wire.

Step #10

How to Make a BraceletRepeat steps #3 through #8 for the loop on the other side.

Step #11

How to Make a BraceletMake a slight bend in the wire so it fits around your wrist.

Step #12

How to Make a BraceletMake a bead dangle.

Here’s video on how to make a bead dangle.

Step #13

How to Make a BraceletAdd the beads with the loop on either end to the chain with a jump ring.

Need help properly opening jump ringsClick here for my video.

Step #14

How to Make a BraceletMeasure around your wrist to see how long you need the chain.  What I do is measure tightly against my wrist and then when I add the clasp it fits me just right.

Step #15

How to Make a BraceletAdd the other end of the chain to the other end of the bead link.

Step #16

How to Make a BraceletFind the middle of the chain and cut it.

Step #17

How to Make a BraceletAdd each side of the clasp to the bracelet using jump rings.

Step #18

How to Make a BraceletAdd the bead dangle to the circle part of the toggle clasp using a jump ring.

Step #19

How to Make a BraceletEnjoy your new bracelet!!

How to Make a Bracelet