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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6 Jewelry Pieces To Make with Gemstone Chips

Gemstone chip jewelryI got these gemstone chips from Happy Mango Beads.  I love the color and there are a lot of them, but I wasn’t sure what to make with them.

Then I also got a comment from a reader that she had recently got some gemstone chips and wasn’t sure what to do with them.

So I set out to make some jewelry with my gemstone chips.  I made all of these pieces from just one strand!

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsSpiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

These are simple, but unique and so pretty.  Click here for the free tutorial to make them.

Gemstone Chip and Knot EarringsGemstone Chip and Knot Earrings.

So these are the same as the earrings above, but I used knotted head pins instead of spirals.  (Here’s my video tutorial on how to make knotted head pins)

Gemstone and Sprial Pendant TutorialGemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant.

This pendant has the spiral dangle from the earrings above.  (The Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant is part of my Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook, click here to learn more and purchase.)

beaded Necklace with PendantBeaded Necklace with Pendant.

This necklace is made from the tutorial in  my book, Wire Wrapping for Beginners.  I used a pretty turquoise bead with a spiral head pin to make a pendant.

Wire Wrapped Bead RingSimple Bead Wire Wrapped Ring.

This ring was made using the technique from my Simple Bead Wire Wrapped Ring tutorial from Wire Wrapping for Beginners, but I added a few gemstone chips instead of just one bead.

Wire Wrapped RingSpiral and Gemstone Chip Ring.

New Ring I just made.  I had fun creating the spirals and there’s even a bead dangle hanging from it.  What do you think?  Should I do a tutorial?

Update!!  This ring is part of the Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook, click here to learn more and to purchase!

Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earring Tutorial

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone EarringsI have been hoarding two strands of these gemstone chip beads for a while.  I love the color and I had an idea of what I was going to make, but I just never quite got inspired to make that big design.  I really wanted to use these beads, though, so I created these earrings.  They take just 6 chips each and have fun spirals.  Plus, I also designed a pendant to match!

Here’s how to make the Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings:

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone EarringsMaterials and Tools:

  • Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads (you’ll just need 12 total, so you’ll have plenty left over for other projects!) – the link takes you to these beads on Happy Mango Beads, my favorite bead store.
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own using my tutorial here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers
  • Nylon or Rawhide hammer and metal block or anvil

Step #1

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsCut a piece of 20 gauge wire about 6 inches long.  (You’ll need 2 for the pair of earrings).

Step #2

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the wire in the round nose pliers. The wire should be at the top, but not poking through the top.

Step #3

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsTwist your wrist away from you, wrapping the wire around the barrel of the round nose pliers.  Go as far as you can and then readjust the wire and complete the loop.  It should look like a P.

Step #4

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Start the spiral by pushing the wire up.  Continue readjusting the wire/loop and continuing in the same way.

Step #5

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsYou can make your spiral as large as you want just as long as you make both the earrings the same.

Step #6

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsUse your chain nose pliers to bend the wire so it’s straight.

Step #7

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsGently hammer the spiral with a nylon or rawhide hammer.

Step #8

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsSlide about 6 gemstone chips onto the wire.  (You can use more or less.)

HINT:  All chips are not created equally.  When I made my second earring I slide 6 chips on and finished the earrings to realize that the the earrings were not equal lengths.  So measure the 2 earrings next to each other before completing the earrings.

Step #9

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the wire above the beads with your round nose pliers.

Step #10

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsWrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers.

Step #11

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsStraighten out the loop so it’s straight on top of the beads.

Step #12

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers and use the other pliers to continue and finish wrapping.

Step #13

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsTrim the excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsEither make your own earrings or open a pair of earring wires.

Step #15

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsClose the earring wire.

Step #16

Repeat for the second earring.  (It is easier to just do each step for both earrings as you go along.)

How to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsHow to Make Spiral and Gemstone Chip EarringsEnjoy your pretty new earrings.

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