Charm Week Day 4: Jazzed Up Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

It’s Charm Week!  Today is Day 4 and this is the Jazzed Up Tassel Charm.

A little bit ago I showed you how to make a Tassel Charm.  This one takes that tutorial, plus the skills from the Waterfall Necklace tutorial.

Click here for the tassel charm tutorial.

Click here for the waterfall necklace tutorial.

Tassel Charm

Materials and Tools:

  • Some little beads
  • Charms of your choice
  • A larger bead
  • Some little charms
  • Bead Cap
  • 4mm jump rings
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or other) pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm

Make a few wire wrapped bead links.

(For help with this, click here.)

Step #2

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Make a few chains with the bead dangles randomly placed.

Click here to see how to do this with my waterfall necklace tutorial.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial

If you like, make a bead dangle.  I used an open spiral headpin.  Click here to see how to make an open spiral head pin in a recent ECT TV Episode.

Step #4

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach the bead dangle to the end of one of the chains using a 4mm jump ring.

Need help opening jump rings?  Click here.

Step #5

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach charms to the chain wherever you like with jump rings.

Step #6

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Slide the chains onto a piece of wire.  Place the top loop in the chain in the wire.

Step #7

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Twist the wire.

Step #8

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Slide on a bead cap.

Step #9

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Create a wire wrapped loop on top.  (See the tassel charm tutorial for the detailed instruction.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends aren’t poking out.

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

This particular charm turned out kind of long, but you can make yours shorter.

You can add more bead dangles, more charms or less,  Add in your own personalit

You can use this charm on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

 

 

 

 

Charm Week Day 1: Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

This week is charm week here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials!

Each day you’ll find another charm tutorial right here.

Today is Day 1 and I have a video tutorial for you!  Learn how to make an infinity headpin and then make a bead dangle with it.

Infinity headpins

The bead dangle is one of the building blocks of charm bracelets.  It’s as simple of a charm as you can get and you can use it to build up and add more to other charms.

And making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins will keep your beads right where you want them.

Here’s the Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm Video Tutorial:

Infinity headpin dangle

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

ECT TV Episode 20: Making a Button Charm

ECT TV Episode 20How to make a button charmECT TV stands for Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television, my biweekly YouTube video series that teaches you how to make jewelry.

Episode 18 was about making a button charm bracelet by using jump rings to attach to the chain.  But what if you want to use a button that’s bigger than a jump ring?

This answers that question!

After learning this technique, you will be able to use any button in your jewelry designs.  I made a few and make a necklace, but it works just as wonderfully for bracelets.

Here’s the video episode:

Here’s how to make a button charm in photos:

How to make a button charmMaterials and Tools:

  • A button – any size, but it should have holes.  A shank button doesn’t really work with this technique.
  • Wire – I suggest 20 gauge half-hard round wire.  However, I used 24 gauge wire and it worked fine, too.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers such as bent nose pliers.

Step #1

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerCut a piece of wire about 6 inches long.  Your wire length may vary depending on the size of your button.

Step #2

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerSlide the button onto the wire and center it.

Step #3

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerBend the wire in half.

Step #4

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerCross the two wire ends.  It should cross in the middle of the top of the button.

Step #5

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerTwist the wire once.  You can use chain nose pliers or just use your fingers.  Again, the twist should be centered at the top of the button.

Step #6

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerHold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you just made.

Step #7

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerHow to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerTwist the wire around the pliers and in between the pliers and the twist.

Straighten the loop you just made by rolling your wrist back.  Alternatively, you can straighten the loop when you take it off the pliers with chain nose pliers.

Step #8

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerHold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #9

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerMake wraps by twisting the first wire around.  Try to keep the wraps tight and close together.  Then wrap the other wire around.

Make sure to go around a few times and then trim off any excess wire.

Step #10

How to Make a Button Charm with Kimberlie KohlerUse your chain nose pliers to push in the ends and make sure they’re not poking out.

How to make a button charmNow you can use your button charm on charm bracelets or necklaces or however you like!

I made this necklace:

Button Charm NecklaceButton Charm NecklaceButton Charm NecklaceI’ll be doing these videos every other week now, but in the other week I’ll still be posting a tutorial here, so it shouldn’t affect your jewelry making!

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Want to learn how to make your own charm bracelet from creating your own chain to headpins to several kinds of charms?

Check out my Charm Bracelet eCourse!

Charm Bracelet eCourse

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Dangles and Charms

Earlier this week, I posted a tutorial on how to make a stretchy  bracelet.  Today I’ll show you how to really express yourself with some creative charms.

Tools and Materials:

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

  • You’ll need the Stretchy Bracelet you made a couple days ago.
  • Beads to match your bracelet.
  • Charms
  • Headpins
  • Jump rings (I used 7 mm)
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of needle nose, chain nose or bent nose pliers (or a combination)

Step #1

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

Use my Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial to make a stretchy bracelet.

Step #2

How to Make a Stretch Bracelet with Charms

Make bead dangles.  You can watch the video here to see how to make a dangle, too.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.  I almost always use 2″ headpins.

Step #3

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Grasp the head pin with your round nose pliers.  Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and around the wire once.

Step #4

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Pull the dangle off the pliers and straighten the loop so it’s directly over the bead in the center.

Step #5

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Hold the dangle with one pair of pliers.  Use another pair to wrap the wire around, going in the same direction of your first wrap.

Keep the wraps tight, straight and close together.

Step #6

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Open a jump ring.  Opening a jump ring might be different than you think.  Grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with 2 pairs of pliers (one pair on each side.)

Push one pair forward while pulling one pair back.  Keep the circle intact, just open it.

Step #7

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Place a bead dangle on the open jump ring and then place in between 2 beads on the stretchy bracelet.

Step #8

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Close the jump ring.  To do this, just do the opposite of opening a jump ring.  Go past the point of closing a couple of times and then click it into place.  You may even hear or feel a click.

Step #9

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Continue adding bead dangles and charms until you’re satisfied.

For the charms, I used 2 jump rings for each charm.

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

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