ECT TV Episode 32: How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

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I’m asked often about how I get my ideas and my inspiration, so I’ve started talking about that here on my blog.  One of my biggest inspirations is nature.  I’ve talked about it before, but my husband and I love to travel, whether it’s day trips, mini vacations or full vacations.

We love waterfalls.  My favorite place in the world is Niagara Falls.  If you have an opportunity, go.  It’s amazing.

Niagara Falls

That trip was one of my happiest memories of my life.  I wanted to bring that into my daily life.  And what better why than to make a necklace!

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

For this tutorial I’ll show you the very basics of how to make it, but you can really get creative with this necklace.  I’m not giving you exact measurements.  Just experiment and go with your heart.

ECT TV Episode 32 Video:

Waterfall Necklace Tutorial:

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • Chain *
  • Beads *
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire *
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • A couple 7mm jump rings
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*Use any chain, bead and color of wire you like!  I used tiny beads and small chain.

Step #1

Make several bead links using the wire and beads.  I made 12 of these.  For help making bead links, watch the video above or click here for even more instruction.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Open a bunch of 4mm jump rings.  It’s so much easier to have all the jump rings you need open instead of stopping to open them as you go along.

Need extra instruction on this?  Watch the video above or click here.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Now we’ll start to put together our hanging chain pieces.  I have kept this kind of vague so you can use your own creativity.  First I sorted out my bead links into rows.  Then I started to put them together with chain using 4mm jump rings.  I kept it random and just designed and made decisions as I went along.  I made seven hanging chain pieces.  You can make more or less.

You just add a bead link, add a piece of chain in any length you like and then add more chain.

I made them all different lengths to represent a waterfall.  My longest one was 4 1/2 inches long.  You can make them shorter or longer.  You can make them all the same length.  You could start long in the middle and make them shorter going out.  It’s really up to you.

Step #4

I measured around my neck to decide how long I wanted my necklace to be and cut a length of chain.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Attach the hanging chain pieces to the necklace chain using 4mm jump rings.  I started with my middle piece.  I found the exact middle of my necklace chain and then attached the middle hanging chain piece.  I worked out from the middle.

In my case, I skipped 3 links and added another hanging chain piece.  You can decide how far apart or close you would like your pieces to be.

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace chain using a 4mm jump ring.

On the other end, add a couple of 7mm jump rings for the clasp to hook into.

Note:  My chain was tiny and my 7mm jump ring was a thick gauge and wouldn’t go through the link.  So I just added a 4mm jump ring and then attached the 7mm jump rings to that.

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

What ideas do you have to change this?  Give them a try and see what you come up with!

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Creativity Countdown Week 2: Go on a Creativity Expedition!

Creativity Countdown

Each Monday leading into the New Year I’ll be posting a Creativity Booster.  There will be a variety of activities to try.  Sometimes there will be videos and sometimes photos.  These activities will boost your creativity and make you feel more creative so that you can express yourself in your jewelry making.

What are we counting down to?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!  January 5, 2015 we’ll be starting our next round of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s a six week eCourse with weekly prompts to help you rediscover or boost your creativity, jewelry lessons and jewelry projects.

To learn more about Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry, please click here.

Week 8 can be found here.

Week 7 can be found here.

Week 6 can be found here.

Week 5 can be found here.

Week 4 can be found here.

Week 3 can be found here.

Creativity Countdown 2

We have just 2 weeks to the start of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse!

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souvenir charm bracelet

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ECT TV Episode 29: Wire Circle Pendant

ECT TV Episode 29

Learn how to make this simple, but elegant wire circle pendant.  Watch the video episode below to get the basic pendant technique as seen in the photo and then read on to get a couple of ideas to customize it!

Video Episode:

As I mentioned in the video, you can also make earrings with this same technique.  I made a pair in a bit smaller size.

Wire Circle Earrings

Here’s the tutorial in photographs:

You can use it on a necklace or you can make 2 and make a pair of earrings.

I used a lightweight aluminum 24 gauge wire, but any 22 gauge to 24 gauge wire would work just fine, too.

Try using brass or gold wire, too!

Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Wire (see above for gauge)  I didn’t measure how much – I just used it off the roll and  wrapped until I liked the look.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers (+another pair of pliers such as bent nose)
  • Ring mandrel (A big highlighter or other cylindrical object that is as big as you would like your pendant will work well, too!)

Step #1

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 1

Leave the wire on the spool and work from the loose end.  Start wrapping around the ring mandrel or whatever cylindrical object you are using.  Keep wrapping until you like the size.

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 2

Step #2

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 3

Finish wrapping where you started.  Leave a long tail of wire and cut off the roll.

Step #3

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 4

Start wrapping around the top, making sure to catch the loose end of wire.

Step #4

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 5

Wrap around several times until the top is secure and you like how it looks.

Step #5

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 6

Grasp the loose wire near the pendant with round nose pliers.

Step #6

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 7

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers and under in between the wrapping and the pliers.  Then remove your pliers.

Step #7

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 8

Grasp the loop between the 2 barrels of the pliers.  (See how off-center this loop is – straighten this out or try to keep it straight to begin with.  I’ll show you another trick to get it more in line in the next step, too.)

In the video, I show you how I straighten loops easily.

Step #8

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 9

Wrap around the pendant, then around the loop and continue until the loop is stable.  Pull the loop into place while you are doing this.

Step #9

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 11

Finish wrapping by going around the loop.

Step #10

Wire Wrapped Pendant Tutorial 12

Cut off the excess wire and tuck in the end.

Then just add a cord or chain and wear it.

Or make 2 matching and add earring wires.

Wire Circle Pendant

Now that you have the basic idea, here are a couple ways to customize it even more:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with BeadsAdd beads.  Click here for the Wire Circle Pendant with Beads Tutorial.

Or add bead dangles:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Click here to go to the Wire Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles Tutorial.  (And of course, you can just add one dangle or add them however you like!)

In ECT TV Episode 7, I showed how to make a Wire Circle Ring.

ECT TV Episode 7

Click here to watch ECT TV Episode 7 to learn how to make a matching ring for your pendant!

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Wire Wrapped Pendants and Charms from Beach Combing

nature inspirationWe went to the beach this week.  (Lewes, Delaware)

And found this:

nature inspirationSo my husband and I combed through the pretty rocks and shells and picked out a few that we really liked.

BeachAnd I made these:

Wire wrapped beach stoneWire wrapped beach stoneAnd to my surprise and delight, my husband wants me to make him one, too!

Want to learn how to wire wrap stones?  (And so very much more!!  This eWorkshop is jammed packed for the price!)

Check out the Nature Jewelry eWorkshop!

You’ll get a creativity booster, jewelry making skills lessons, and several jewelry projects involving nature.

Nature Jewelry WorkshopThe Nature Jewelry eWorkshop is one week of my larger Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (You’ll also receive a coupon for the price of the Nature eWorkshop  to put towards the full eCourse if you like it!)