Creativity and finding it again (it’s in there!)

CreativityCreativity is one of those words that gets thrown around and people have different definitions and ideas about what it means.

*  I have been told I’m creative even when I definitely didn’t feel it.

*  I have been told I’m not creative even when I definitely was.

Everyone is creative in some way.  It’s in the way you solve problems, manage your household, cook meals or maybe it’s in your paintings or photography.

All of us are creative as children and I think that’s because our fears aren’t blocking our creativity yet.  No one has told us that our work is not good enough and we haven’t faced the cold, harsh reality of others’ fears and criticisms getting in our way.

The great thing is we can find our way to creativity again.  You can shove those fears aside and get creative.

For example, I always thought I couldn’t cook or that it wasn’t for me.  I can’t exactly remember where I got that idea to be honest.  But this past year I have made all kinds of things I would have never attempted previously.  I no longer think that I can’t cook and I actually really like to cook.

Creativity QuoteThe same is true with anything.  I somewhere got into my head that painting was something I could not do.  It’s something my more creative friends did.  When I finally tried painting and loved it.  Now painting is something I regularly do and this year it’s something I want to do even more of!

Sometimes you just need to give something a little try.  Make mistakes.  Make gorgeous mistakes and learn what you love and how you can creativity make it your own.  There isn’t one right way to do anything.  That’s what creativity is!

What is something that you always wanted to do but never did because you ~ were told you couldn’t ~ felt like you weren’t talented enough ~ felt like you weren’t creative enough ~ felt like you weren’t good enough?

Think deep down:

  • Did you always want to write a novel?
  • Did you always want to take photography?
  • Did you always want to draw?
  • Did you always want to make jewelry?

Now try it!  Don’t use excuses like money or lack of knowledge.  You can find everything you need to know right here on the internet and you can find ways around expensive equipment (you can borrow or rent a lot of things!)

Once you get the basic techniques down, it’s time to get more creative!

What exactly do I mean by that?

Well, put your own flair to it.  Change it up.  Do it in a different way.  One of my biggest thrills in teaching people how to make jewelry is to see how different they make from my original idea.

How are you going to be creative?


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A Different Take on the Stretch Bracelet

Stretchy BraceletI got these awesome recycled vinyl disc beads from Happy Mango Beads.  When I got them, I wasn’t sure how to use them.

recycled vinyl disc beadsThen I realized that I liked the look of these disc beads all stacked together.  So I decided to make a simple stretch bracelet.

Click here for How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet.

recycled vinyl disc beadsTip:  For these beads you could go crazy adding them one by one to your bracelet.  So instead keep them stacked and add them a stack at a time.  This worked really well for me.recycled vinyl disc beadsUse the Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial to learn how to make a knot that will stay!

Stretchy Bracelet

How to Make A Beaded Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThis is another simple, but elegant design using spirals.  I didn’t actually mean to include spirals when I first started, but as I made this pendant, I added them.  You can certainly skip the spiral at the top as well as the spiral headpins if you prefer to leave them out.

The original idea is from Crafty Jewelry.  I added the spirals and I also teach you to make your own hoop.

The pendant I made is relatively large.  You can make as small of a pendant as you want.

The other way you could customize this is to make it beaded all the way around instead of just one side.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesMaterials and Tools:

Step #1

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesCut a piece of wire about 13″ long.

Step #2

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the wire in the middle with round nose pliers at the largest part of the barrel of the pliers.  Then make a loop by crossing the ends.

Step #3

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTwist the wire to secure the loop.

Step #4

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesWrap the wire around something round as large as you would like to make your pendant.  I used a hand lotion bottle that was about 1 1/2″- 1 3/4″ across the lid.  (If you’re using something larger or smaller, you’ll need more or less wire to start with.)

You’ll have to push the wire especially where the loop you formed because it will be more in a triangle form.

Cross the wires and make one twist right across from where your loop is.

Step #5

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangles

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off and then untwist it.  (We did this so we’d know how far to bead.)

Straighten one of the sides out just enough to get the beads on.

Step #6

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide the beads on.  If you’re following my exact instructions, you’ll need 17 of the 6mm Turquoise White Heart Trade Beads.

Step #7

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPut the wire back on the circle thing you used to begin with and reform the circle.  Twist the wire twice and make sure it’s secure.

Step #8

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the wire off.

Step #9

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold one wire with your round nose pliers and wrap around one barrel.

Step #10

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesTake the loop off the round nose pliers and hold in chain nose pliers. Straighten the loop.

Continue wrapping that one wire in the same direction, but do not wrap the other wire.

Make sure your loop is secure.  I left a little extra wire at the end that I didn’t cut off until later.

Step #11

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a spiral with the other wire.

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.

Hold the end of the wire between your round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the end but not poking through the pliers.

Twist the pliers away from you, using your wrist.  Once you go as far as you can, leave your pliers inside the loop but readjust the pliers and then finish the loop.

Step #12

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesThe loop will look like a “p”.

Step #13

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesHold the loop you made in chain nose pliers.

Step #14

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBend the wire around the original loop to make a spiral.

Step #15

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPush down the spiral like shown.

Step #16

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’re going to make a few spiral headpins to make dangles.

Here’s a video of how to make geometric headpins (including spiral headpins) if you prefer to learn via video.

Cut 3 pieces of wire 3″ long each.

Step #17

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesFollow steps #11 – #14 to create the spiral.  Go around 2 times.  Then bend back the wire to make it straight above the spiral.

Step #18

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide beads onto the headpins.  I made a total of 3:  2 with 2 beads and 1 with 3 beads.

Step #19

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesBeaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesNow we’ll make a bead dangle.  For a video on how to make a bead dangle, click here.

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.  Bend the wire down and around the barrel of round nose pliers.

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesDo not complete the wrap!

Step #20

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesPlace the dangle on the loop you made on the bottom of the pendant.

Step #21

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesComplete the wrapped loop.

Step #22

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesRepeat for the other dangles.

Step #23

Beaded Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead DanglesSlide on a chain and wear your unique new pendant!


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How to Make Hammered Wire Earrings

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialThese earrings are so much fun to make and wear!  The only material you need is wire!  I used 18 gauge copper, but you could use any metal you like.

This tutorial will get you started with some very basic hammering.  If you haven’t done it before, this is a great tutorial to start with.  I also have a great tip for making your loops all the same!

Here we go!

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • 18 gauge copper wire
  • 20 gauge copper wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Hammer and metal block to hammer on (not pictured)
  • Nylon covered pliers (optional)

Step #1

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialCut six pieces of the 18 gauge copper wire:

  • 2 pieces of 3 1/2″
  • 2 pieces of 2 1/2″
  • 2 pieces of 1 1/2″

Note:  You can definitely customize these earrings to your own taste and liking.  If you prefer longer, cut longer wire; if you prefer shorter, cut shorter wire.  You can also use different metal if you like.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHINT:  Trim each side so they are flush cut.  Use the flat side of the wire cutters to get the flush cut.

Step #2

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialUse nylon pliers to straighten the wire.  It’s probably actually easier to do this as you’re cutting the wire because you have more to hang on to.

You can also often accomplish this by just using your hands in the same way.

Step #3

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHINT:  When you’re making loops in wire, it’s a great idea to mark on your round nose pliers where you will be wrapping.  This is helpful when when making individual loops, so you can stay on track and also so you can make uniform loops.

You’ll see my pliers have two different spots marked.  I’ll be using the mark close the the end to make smaller loops.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialGrasp on of the wires at the end of the round nose pliers.  Line it up the the mark you made.  The end should be at the top, but not poking out.  (You can run your finger over it to check.)

Step #4

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialRoll your wrist and the pliers away from you as far as you can.  Readjust the pliers and roll away again until the loop is complete.

Step #5

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialYou will end up with a “P.”  Then use your round nose or chain nose pliers (whatever works for you) and make a bend in the wire, so that the loop is centered at the top of the wire.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialRepeat this process for each of the wires you cut.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialStep #6

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHammered Wire Earrings TutorialMy favorite part!!  Place each wire on a metal block or anvil and hammer it.  For this, you can really use any hammer you have or want.  Hammer until you’re happy with the the results.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHammered Wire Earrings TutorialStep #7

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of 18 gauge wire to about 3″ long each.  Flush cut them.

Step #8

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHammered Wire Earrings TutorialBend each wire about in half.  You can bend them around a marker or other round surface.

Step #9

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHammered Wire Earrings TutorialFollow step #3 – #5 and create a loop on one end of each wire.  However, you’ll probably need to make the loop a little larger than the loops you made previously.

Step #10

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialBend the other end up a little at the other end.

Step #11

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialGently hammer the earring wires to help it keep it’s shape.  (I used a nylon hammer for this because it makes the wire stronger, but doesn’t leave marks.)

Step #12

Gently file the end of the earring wire (the part that will go into your ear.)

Step #13

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialOpen the loop of the earring wire.

Step #14

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialAdd each of the hammered wires to the earring wire, one at a time.  Each earring wire gets one of each size, starting with the largest to the smallest.

Hammered Wire Earrings TutorialHammered Wire Earrings TutorialEnjoy your new earrings!!

Ways you can customize these earrings:

  • Use a different metal, like silver, or even mix the metals!
  • Use different sizes, make your earrings longer or shorter.
  • Use all the same size of wires.

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Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes

Creativity QuoteI spent a lot — a lot — of years afraid of making mistakes and allowing that to keep me from creating art.

When I was in high school and college, music was my life.  To me, it made sense.  You practice really hard and then you could play a piece perfectly.  Yes, I also did play the saxophone and yes, that did require some soul and some improvision, but to me, that was still just part of a formula.  If I was in a jazz band and had a improvisional solo, I still knew what key to play in, what speed and what the general melody I was riffing on.

Art never felt that way to me.

I tried to take an art class in high school, but I quickly dropped it when I couldn’t do it perfectly.  I didn’t know back then that it didn’t have to be perfect.  I never had just painted or done a drawing for the fun of it, although I always wanted to be “good at drawing.”

Since I wouldn’t allow myself to make mistakes, I never made art.

When I finally started painting and then discovered acrylic paints, I realized that I am a painter and that I actually am a creative person.  We all are, if we just allow ourselves to be.

Making jewelry is the same thing.  Yes, there are certain skills and tools.  You can follow patterns and instructions.  But you will make mistakes.  And mistakes will most certainly be the way that you discover a new technique or a new way of doing something.

Now, not all mistakes are going to be beautiful pieces of art.  Sometimes it just turns into a giant mess and you should move on.  (And take what you learned from that mess and make something amazing.)

But oftentimes, mistakes are exactly what you need to make your masterpiece.  Figuring out when you embrace your mistakes and when to let them go is really the key to becoming a jewelry artist!

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