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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ECT TV Episode 31: How to Make a Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 31:  Key Ornament

In today’s ECT TV episode, I’ll show you how to make an ornament from a key.

This is such a cute idea for a gift (especially a new homeowner), a gift topper, your own tree or make an ornament.

Below the video you’ll find step-by-step instructions plus some variations on this.  Remember to sign up for my newsletter to receive future episodes right in your inbox in PDF form!

This is the last episode of ECT TV for the year.  I started this series at the beginning of this year and I can’t believe that I’ve created 31 episodes.  We’ll continue in the new year on January 6th with a brand new episode.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing!  It has been so much fun!  Have a great holiday and I’ll see you in 2015!

Here’s the video episode:

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Key Ornament Tutorial:

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Upcycled Key Ornament Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • An old key
  • Seed beads (8-10) Any color you wish or use multiple colors.
  • A larger “focal” bead
  • 22 or 24 gauge half-hard round wire (in the video I used brass, in this tutorial I used silver plated copper)
  • 20 gauge half-hard wire (again any wire) or you can simply use a pre-made ornament hook
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
Step #1

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 1

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 1a

Begin to wrap the wire at the bottom of the key. Catch the wire in between the teeth of the key. Wrap around with the long end a couple of times.

Step #2

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 2a

Continue wrapping a few times, catch the short end of the wire and wrap it so it is secure.

Step #3

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 3

Thread about 8 -10 seed beads onto the wire.

Step #4

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 4

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 5

Slide one bead down to the key, wrap once around the key. Slide another bead down, wrap once around the key. Continue until the bottom of the key is filled with beads.

In the video I sometimes wrapped the wire around an extra time without a bead.

Step #5

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 6

Slide on your focal bead. Since this is a Christmas ornament I chose red and green for the colors, but really any color is fine. Clear or white beads would be gorgeous or blue or gold or rainbow anything that matches your decor and style.

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 7

HINT: You will want to leave more room at the top of the beaded seed beads than I did. I should have unwrapped and taken off at least 1 or 2 seed beads to allow more room for the bigger bead on top.

Step #6

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 8

After adding the focal bead, wrap the wire around a couple times then wrap around a few times down the end of the key. Cut off the excess and make sure the end is secure by using chain nose pliers to push it down.

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 9

Step #7

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 10

You could just add a pre-made hook here if you want. Or take some wire and bend it.

Step #8

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 11

Wrap the shorter end around the longer end a few times. Secure it with chain nose pliers.

Step #9

Upcycled Key Ornament Step 12

Make a hook at the end by wrapping the wire around something round. I used my ring mandrel, but you could also use a pen or a highlighter.

Step #10

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Hang up your new ornament. Or give it as a unique gift!

Upcycled Key Ornament Complete

Ideas To Customize It:

  • Use a copy of your house key or maybe your first house to make it really sentimental.
  • Use skeleton keys.
  • Use any beads of any colors.
  • Add charms in with the beads to make it really funky.
  • Add yarn to the wrapping. See my Customize Your Wire Wrapped Key Brooch post.
  • Make it a pendant instead of an ornament. Or a brooch.

Key Brooches

Wire Wrap Key Brooch with Fiber

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Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialFor this tutorial I drew a tree and then just basically followed the pattern with the wire.  This is the tree I drew.  It’s on a 4″ x 6″ index card, for your reference.

Materials and Tools:

If you get a strand of each color of the crow beads I listed above, you’ll have plenty to make this and the Wire Wrapped Wreath Ornament as well, with plenty leftover to make more!

You can use the colors I have listed, or choose any colors of your choice of the Crow Beads.

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWorking from the spool of 18 gauge wire — meaning, don’t cut the wire off the spool or coil start to follow your drawing of the tree.  Leave about 2 inches extra wire above the tree.

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAt the first corner, place your chain nose or needle nose pliers and then bend the wire.  You may find it easier to grasp the wire where the bend will go and then pick up the wire and pliers to make the actual bend.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialGo to the next point and repeat.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialContinue until you have the tree completed.  Leave about 2″ of extra wire on the other side, too.

Fix up the shape however you would like.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold the tree where the wires cross with your fingers or you can use chain nose pliers and twist twice.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialHold one of the wires in round nose pliers.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers.  Then straighten the loop so it’s centered over the tree.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around in the same direction you started.  Then wrap the other wire around.  Keep your wraps tight and even.

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

 

Make sure the tree is still in the shape you want it and make any adjustments.

You can probably get away with not doing this step since you’re using 18 gauge wire.  To make it even harder and stronger use a nylon or rawhide hammer and lightly hammer the tree.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCut a piece of 20 gauge wire and wrap it around the bottom corner of the tree.  Do a couple of wraps and make sure it’s secure.

Step #11

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialAdd crow beads to the wire.  You can randomly do this, use just one color or create a design.  (I did mine randomly.)

Step #12

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWrap the other end around just like you did on the first end.  Cut off any excess wire.

Step #13

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialWire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialJust above that row, start another row and repeat.

Step #14

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialRepeat until you complete the tree.

Step #15

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialI used some of the raffia that the crow beads come strung on as a hanger.

Wire Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament TutorialCreativity Tips for More Customization:

  • Use all one color of crow beads.
  • Make stripes.
  • Use every other color.
  • Bead around the edge of the tree (note, you’ll probably have to bead as you do the bends in the tree.
  • Create your own hook using wire.
  • Make the beaded wires diagonal instead of straight across.

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