ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a a wire wrapped loop on a headpin with a bead),
  • How to open and close jump rings and
  • How to put it together to make a beautiful pair of earrings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chip beads (You’ll need about 16, depending on long you want to make your earrings) I used Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads
  • Headpins – 1 for each bead (use pre-made from the store or learn how to make spiral and knotted headpins here)
  • Jump rings – any size will work, 1 for each bead (I used 7mm)
  • Earring Wires (learn how to make your own earring wires here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

First we will make a bunch of bead dangles.  I used 8 bead dangles on each earring for a total of 16.  You may want to adjust the number of bead dangles to make your earrings longer or shorter.

First slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the headpin in round nose pliers about 1/4″ above the bead.  Line up the wire vertically with the mark you make on your round nose pliers to make your loops uniform.  (See quick tip here for more about that.)

Note:  these beads are different shapes and sizes and this can be kind of awkward.  Just do your best.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

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

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. (Use the back of most wire cutters toward what you’re cutting to make a nice straight cut.)

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.  (Tucking in the wire tip.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat to make 16 bead dangles.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open up 16 jump rings.  You’ll need 8 for each earring.

For how to open a jump ring, click here for a quick video or see the episode video above.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

If you have any gemstone chip bead dangles that are larger than the rest, start with that one.  Place the bead dangle on a jump ring and close it.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Continue the process of adding an open jump ring and a bead dangle to the last jump ring you closed until you add all 8 bead dangles.

For the last one, allow the bead to go to the side and use that jump ring to attach to the earring wire.

Hints:  As you’re adding bead dangles take note of which side they fall on.  You could end up with all of the bead dangles on one side if you’re not careful.  Just make sure to check before adding the next jump ring.

I like to use a headpin or a piece of wire to hold the last jump ring because otherwise it can get confusing.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open an earring wire.  It’s similar to opening a jump ring.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat all the steps for the second earring!

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings


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ECT TV Episode 57: Beaded Earrings with Wire Wrapped Knot

ECT TV Episode 57

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

Today I’ll show you how to make these sweet earrings with gemstones and a wire wrapped faux knot technique.

Here’s the video episode:

ECT TV Episode 57

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 57

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chips (or two matching beads)
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie or other round pen to bend the wire around
  • Jewelry file or wire rounder

Note:  I’ll show you how to make one earring and then you can just repeat the steps for the second earring.  I suggest doing each step to each earring along the way.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 57

Cut 2 pieces of wire to 5″ each.

Flush cut the ends of the wire.  (Use the back or flat part of the wire cutters toward the part you are cutting.)

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 57

Bend the wire about 2″ from the end.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 57

Pinch the bend closed with chain nose pliers or I like to use a crimp tool.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

Hold the bend in chain nose pliers and bend up the shorter wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

Wrap the wire around making a fake knot.  You can be as messy or neat as you like.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 57

Trim off any excess wire with wire cutters, making a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 57

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

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 57

Slide on 7 gemstone chip beads or whatever beads you’d like.  (Just make sure that the beads aren’t too heavy for your ears.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 57

You should have both earrings down up to this step before continuing.

Make sure they’re the same length and trim if you need to.

Make a bend in the wire wrapping both earrings around a sharpie or other marker.  Place the marker as close to the beads as you can when wrapping the wire around.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 57

Use your chain nose pliers to make a little bend in the end of the wire.

ECT TV Episode 57

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 57

Use a wire rounder or jewelry file to round the end of the wire.

ECT TV Episode 57

And those are the completed earrings!

ECT TV Episode 57

ECT TV Episode 57

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Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

September has been Earrings Every Day Month here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials.  Each day we’ve been making a pair of earrings.  I’ve been showing you what I’ve been making (links below) here on my blog.

The end of a month long project is always so bittersweet, isn’t it?

On one hand, I’m proud of all the earrings I’ve made.  I had so much fun and creative inspiration the entire month.

On the other hand, I’m sad it’s over.  It’s become such a part of my daily routine to make earrings each day.

Simultaneously with this project, I’ve been doing a daily scrapbooking project as well this month.  And it feels so weird that both are over.

But the thing about it is it doesn’t actually have to be over.  I can keep making jewelry every day and I can keep scrapbooking each day, too.  And I just might do that.  🙂

I wanted to share my last couple of earrings from Earrings Every Day Month/Earrings eCourse.

The

Day 29:  Chain and Bead Teardrop Earrings

Chain and Bead Teardrops

These earrings were a new edition for the 2015 Earrings eCourse and so much fun to make!

The beads are beads are from a necklace that I took apart that I got at a used jewelry sale.  (I used beads from the same necklace for these earrings, too.)

I made my own earring wires as usual.  That’s something I’m finding I did more often this year.  I think I used earrings I made myself for all of the earrings this year instead of using any store purchased.

It is pretty quick and easy just to make your own earring wires.

Day 30:  Beaded Square Earrings

Beaded Square Earrings

These are also new for the 2015 Earrings eCourse.

I chose to just use a variety of randomly colored beads, just pulling out beads from a bag of multicolored beads I had.

I used brass wire and, of course, made my own earring wires.

Well, that concludes Earrings Every Day Month for another year!

If you are in Earrings eCourse, you have continued access the the class and can keep on making earrings with the tutorials.  And if you are an Earrings Every Day participant with either the paid (Earrings eCourse) or free version and feel “behind,” just keep on going.  You can still make earrings.  Don’t feel behind.

If you missed out this year, don’t worry!  There will be Earrings Every Day Month again in September 2016!

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26

Day 27

P.S.  Earrings Every Day Month (and Earrings eCourse) will be held again next September.  Signups will be open sometime in August 2016.

In the meantime, you can find all kinds of eWorkshops, eBooks, print books, individual jewelry tutorials and other eCourses here.

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

We’re in the home stretch of Earrings Every Day Month!  If you missed it this year, I’m so sorry, but you can watch for it again in September 2016!

The idea is to make a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.  (Sorry that the daily inspirational email is closed now to new participants, as well as the Earrings eCourse that goes along with it with tutorials every day.  These will reopen next year!)

If you still want to participate, you can simply challenge yourself every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be earrings necessarily, but earrings are (usually) quick to make and you can feel creative in a short period of time.

Day 27:  Weaving

Wire Weaved Earrings

This isn’t particularly what you think of when you think of weaving wire, but people do call this technique weaving, so that’s what I’m calling it.

I repurposed these beads from an old necklace I got at a flea market a while back.  It was a long necklace, so it had lots of beads.  I chose the colors because it’s autumn and I’m trying to embrace it.  (It’s difficult for me.  I am a summer person.)

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26

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