ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to make this pretty skeleton key ornament and we’ll use a couple of jewelry making techniques.

This could be a great last minute handmade gift idea or beautiful on your tree!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Materials and Tools:

I just went through my stash of supplies and choose a variety of buttons, beads and crystals.  I used green and red, but if you use different colors in your decor, then by all means use colors and materials that make sense to you.

  • Skeleton Key
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Lace or ribbon
  • 22 gauge half hard wire or 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You can use a variety of different charms and materials on this ornament.  I’ll show you how to wire wrap a button first to make a charm.

Cut a piece of wire.  How much you need depends on the size of you button, but you’ll need about 5″ or so for about a 1″ button.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide the button on the wire and center the button on it.  Twist the wire once.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  If one wire is longer than the other, use that wire.  If they’re the same it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Twist the wire around the pliers and between the button and pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once and while you’re doing that straighten out the loop so it’s centered on top of the button.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now continue wrapping the wire around, keeping your wraps straight and tight.  Then wrap the other wire.  (I change hands for this.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends don’t poke out.

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now you have a button that’s ready for your ornament.  Repeat for all the buttons you would like to use.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You may also want to make wire wrapped bead dangles.  You could use pre-made headpins, spiral headpins or I used a knotted headpin, which I’ll show you how to make here.

First cut at least 3″ of wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Bend the wire a third of the way down.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the end with the bend in chain nose pliers.  Bend up the shorter end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the end several times so it looks like a knot.  You can do this as sloppily or as neatly as you like.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Then trim off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the wire just above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around pliers and between the pliers and bead forming a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Straighten the loop while wrapping the wire around once.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Continue with a few more wraps.  Cut off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

I also used a couple chandelier crystals using the same technique as with the buttons.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

And here are all my materials ready to add to my key.  if you’re using a smaller key, you will need less embellishment.

Step #16

Cut a piece of wire about 24″ long.  You may need less if your key is smaller.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the top of the key.  You can catch the end in the wraps and make sure the wire is secure.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide on one of the charms you made.  Wrap the wire around the key a couple of times to secure it.  Continue adding charms and wrapping moving down the key slightly.

Hint:  Hold the charm in place while you wrap the wire to keep the charm in the place you want it to be in.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

I missed taking a photo, but when you’re done adding charms, wrap the wire around the key a few times and secure it.  Go back up through some of the charms to secure the wire.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Tie a bow around the top with ribbon or lace and then make a hanger.  You could use a wire ornament hanger instead of using ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

From me here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials, I hope you have very happy holidays!

Warmly,

Kim

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ECT TV Episode 54: Button Wreath Ornament

ECT TV Episode 54 - Button Wreath Ornament

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to make a fun button wreath Christmas ornament.

These are great for handmade gifts, as cute present toppers or, of course, for your own tree!  These are quick and easy to make and you probably already have everything you need to make them!

Here’s today’s video episode:

 

ECT TV Episode 54 - Button Wreath Ornament

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Button Wreath TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Buttons!  Depending on how large you want your ornament you will need more or less.
  • 22 or 24 gauge wire.  (You can use whatever you like.  I just used some silver plated wire I had, but you could even use the wire from the gardening section of the craft store and it should work just fine.)
  • Cord or ribbon, etc. to hang the ornament.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.

Step #1

Cut a piece of wire to your desired length.  If you want a bigger ornament, cut more, smaller less.  Add a few extra inches on each side to create the loop.  I cut mine about 10 inches long.

Step #2

 

Button Wreath TutorialSlide a button on the wire going up through one hole and back down through the other.  If your button has 4 holes, choose diagonal holes.

Then bend the wire straight like shown.

Step #3

Button Wreath TutorialSlide another button on by putting the wire through one hole.

This is where it gets a little bit tricky.  Hold the button and then pull the wire through the other hole.  I tried using a larger gauge wire and it was kind of a nightmare (but possible).

Note:  Be careful pulling the wire through to make sure you don’t get any kinks in it while you’re pulling it through.  Also, hold onto the button so it doesn’t twist either.

Make sure the fronts of both buttons are facing forward.

Step #4

Button Wreath TutorialKeep adding buttons until you have as many as you would like.  You can bend the wire in a circle and check as you go along to see if it’s the right size.

Step #5

Button Wreath TutorialForm a circle.

Step #6

Button Wreath TutorialButton Wreath TutorialHold the wreath where the wires cross and twist twice.

Step #7

Button Wreath TutorialButton and Wire Wreath TutorialHold one of the wires with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Straighten out the loop so it’s straight.

Step #8

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialHold the loop with chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around a few times keeping the wire neat as possible.  Then wrap the other wire around as well.  Cut off any excess wire and make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialString some string, ribbon, twine, etc. through the hoop to hang the ornament.

For these photos, as you can see, I used a very neutral color pallet, which is nice, but in the video I used more festive colors.

ECT TV Episode 54 - Button Wreath Ornament

I hope this gets you in the holiday mood!  🙂

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Earrings Every Day Month, Day 8

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 8

Today is Day 8 of Earrings Every Day Month and I’m sharing the earrings I’m making each day as we go along!

If you didn’t get in to sign up for the challenge, you can still participate just by making a pair of earrings each day!  🙂

Spiral Button Earrings

Today’s prompt was to use an “unconventional” material to make a pair of earrings or if you’re in the Earrings eCourse then I gave you the tutorial for these particular spiral and button earrings.

I have the unconventional in quotes because I don’t really think that buttons are so unconventional to make jewelry anymore.  I almost think of them as beads.

I made these fun earrings and looking at them, you don’t even realize that they’re buttons.

Have you made your Day 8 earrings yet?  How’s the challenge going?  (And really, if you’ve only made a few pairs of earrings or even just one, that’s more than you had before, right?)

You can see my previous earrings for Earrings Every Day Month at these links:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace Tutorial

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialI love nature.  I love to be in nature.  Waterfalls are my favorite, but trees I also think trees are pretty great, too!

I know that being in nature is a big key for creativity and inspiration.  I love the colors in nature (isn’t it cool how nature is about to put colors together in such a beautiful way?)

Because of this, I also love using natural materials in jewelry and pieces that remind me of nature.

This necklace uses wooden buttons and turquoise beads and brown cord (it’s fake leather, but it’s still earthy.)  The colors remind me of things I see out in nature.

You can use the same techniques and make a different necklace with a completely different inspiration, or maybe other colors you find beautiful in nature.

Let’s get started!

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Wood buttons ( I used 2 of these)
  • Turquoise beads (I used 3 of these)
  • Some sort of cord, I used some fake leather cord.
  • 18 gauge wire  (half-hard, round)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another paid of pliers
  • Scissors to cut your cord

Step #1

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialCut a piece of wire a few inches longer on each than the button you’re using.

Step #2

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialLoosely bend the wire in half.

Step #3

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialSlide the wire in the holes of the buttons.  If your button has 4 holes, just use 2 holes across from each other.

Step #4

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialFold out the wire, kind of like when you open a brad.

Step #5

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialBend the wire let in the photo.

Step #6

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialHold one end of the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #7

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialWrap the wire around a barrel of the pliers and between the button and the pliers.

Straighten the loop.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace Tutorial

 

Step #8

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialHold that loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around a few times.  Cut off any excess wire.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #9

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialRepeat to the other side.

Step #10

Make 2 of these.

Step #11

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialCut another piece of wire that’s a few inches longer on each end than the bead you’re using.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #12

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialJust like in steps #7 – 8, make a wire wrapped loop.

Step #13

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialSlide the bead on and then repeat a wire wrapped loop on the other end.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #14

Repeat to make three of these bead links.

Step #15

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialEarthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialEarthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialUse cord to tie together each of the links.  I just made knots and cut off the excess, leaving however much of the cord you would like.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #16

Wood, Turquoise and Cord Necklace TutorialTie the cord to each end to finish the necklace.

You can either leave it loose and just tie it with a bow to put it on.

Or you can do a couple sliding knots.

Wood, Turquoise and Cord Necklace TutorialWear your new earthy necklace!  I’ve been wearing mine a lot!

Nature Jewelry WorkshopDo you love nature and making jewelry?  I have this awesome eWorkshop that teaches you how to go out into nature and get inspired and then make jewelry with items from nature and inspired from items in nature!

(Note:  This is Week #1 from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry)

Button Wreath Ornament

Button Wreath TutorialNeed some more ornaments or some super cute gift toppers?  These are so quick and easy to make!

Button Wreath TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Buttons!
  • 24 gauge wire.  (You can use whatever you like.  I just used some silver plated wire I had, but you could even use the wire from the gardening section of the craft store and it should work just fine.
  • Cord or ribbon, etc. to hang the ornament.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Chain nose pliers.

Step #1

Cut a piece of wire to your desired length.  If you want a bigger ornament, cut more, smaller less.  Add a few extra inches on each side to create the loop.  I cut mine about 10 inches long.

Step #2

Button Wreath TutorialMake a bend in the wire a few inches from one end.

Step #3

Button Wreath TutorialSlide a button putting one end of the wire in each hole.  Then bend the wire straight like shown.

Step #4

Button Wreath TutorialSlide another button on by putting the wire through one hole.

This is where it gets a little bit tricky.  Hold the button and then pull the wire through the other hole.  I tried using a larger gauge wire and it was kind of a nightmare (but possible).

Note:  Be careful pulling the wire through to make sure you don’t get any kinks in it while you’re pulling it through.  Also, hold onto the button so it doesn’t twist either.

Step #5

Button Wreath TutorialKeep adding buttons until you have as many as you would like.

Step #6

Button Wreath TutorialForm a circle.

Step #7

Button Wreath TutorialButton Wreath TutorialHold the wreath where the wires cross and twist twice.

Step #8

Button Wreath TutorialButton and Wire Wreath TutorialHold one of the wires with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #9

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialHold the loop with chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around forming a wrapped loop.  Then wrap the other wire around as well.  Cut off any excess wire.

Step #10

Button and Wire Wreath TutorialString some string, ribbon, twine, etc. through the hoop to hang the ornament.

Button and Wire Wreath Tutorial


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