ECT TV Episode 45: Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Today I have a fun new video tutorial for you: bead dangle bracelet!

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • Stringing
  • How to make a bead dangle (wire wrapped headpin)

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ECT TV Episode 45 Video:

Bead Dangle Bracelet Step-by-Step Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads *
  • Headpins **
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • Clasp
  • Crimp tool
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*Beads:  You can use whatever beads you like for this project.  I’m using tiny glass beads that are similar in size to larger seed beads.  If you use larger beads, you may want to change the pattern of the beads to just put one bead in between each bead dangle when you’re stringing.

**Headpins:  You can use pre-made or try making your own.  Here are a couple tutorials if you want to try to make your own:

Please feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

First we’re going to make a bead dangle (also called a wire wrapped headpin.)

First slide two beads onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the beads.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

The loop is not straight above the beads and we want it to be.  So straighten it.  I usually hold the loop in chain nose pliers and pull the loop straight while I make one wrap around.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then make a few more wraps around.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

Make several of these bead dangles.  The size of your wrist and the size of the beads you’re using will determine the amount you’ll need.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Cut off a piece of beading wire that’s a few inches longer than you need on each side.

Put a bead stopper or you can use a piece of tape like I do on one end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

String your beads and bead dangles onto your beading wire.  I started with two beads, a bead dangle, two beads, a bead dangle and followed that pattern.

You may find that you like more or less beads in between the bead dangles.  If your beads are large, you may only want one bead in between bead dangles.

Continue until your bracelet is the length you would like.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

To end the bracelet, we’ll use crimp beads.  I like using two crimp beads at each end, but it’s not really necessarily until you’re using heavy beads.  It’s up to you.  I like the extra security.

If you’re using two crimp beads, add a crimp bead, a small bead and then another crimp bead.

The slide on one end of your clasp.

Bend the wire and go back through the crimp bead, the bead and the other crimp bead and two or three more beads from the bracelet.

If you want to use wire guards, see this tutorial:  How to String Using Wire Guards

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Use your crimp tool to close the crimp beads.  Use the larger notch closer to the handle to first smash the crimp bead and it also creates a bend in the crimp bead.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then fold the crimp bead in half using the smaller notch closer to the tip.

Repeat for all the crimp beads.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

If you wish, add crimp bead covers to all the crimp beads.

Step #15

Now take the tape off the other side of your wire and repeat for the other side of the bracelet with the other half of the clasp.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire and enjoy!

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

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ECT TV Episode 5: How to Make a Bead Dangle

ECT TV Episode 5This week on ECT TV (Emerging Creatively Tutorials) I show you how to make a bead dangle.  You can then use that bead dangle to make all kinds of jewelry.

I also show you some different ideas to use as jewelry supplies.  Use some of these alternative supplies + bead dangles and make a unique charm bracelet or other jewelry.

Try the free mini eCourse from Rediscover Your Creativity through Making Jewelry.  Go on a Creativity Expedition and Make a Souvenir Charm bracelet.

Here’s the episode:

How to make a bead dangle:

Beaded Dangle Materials and Tools:

  • Bead
  • Head pin
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers
  • Wire Cutters

About head pins:

I like to use 2 inch headpins, 20 gauge.  You can also make your own headpins (I have different tutorials here that include showing you how to make your own headpins.  Have a look around.)

In the example below, I made my own knotted headpin.

Step #1

Beaded Dangle Slide a bead onto your head pin.

Step #2

Beaded Dangle Beaded Dangle Hold the wire in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers, in between the pliers and the bead.

You want the loop to end up centered above the bead, so roll the pliers back a little to center the loop.  You can also fix this in the next step.  (You’ll get the hang of this with practice!)

Step #3

Beaded Dangle Hold the loop in the middle of chain nose pliers.  Wrap around the wire a few times.  Keep the wraps tight and straight.

Step #4

Beaded Dangle Trim off any excess wire and push in the end.  Make sure it’s not sticking out at all.

Ideas for using bead dangles in jewelry:

Really I think of the bead dangle as a basic in jewelry making.  You can use them in so many ways.  Start to think creatively and add more beads to them.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking further:

  • Make simple earrings.  Just add earring wires and you have earrings.
  • Make a whole bunch and add in some fun stuff (see below) and make a charm bracelet or try the free mini eCourse to learn how to make a “Souvenir Charm Bracelet.”
  • Make charm necklaces.
  • Make rings with them.

Alternative Jewelry SuppliesAlternative Jewelry Supplies

I love taking ordinary objects and using them in my jewelry designs.  Once I started using alternative supplies, I began to think about everything in terms of how it could be used for jewelry.

Some ideas include:

  • Keys
  • Key hole covers
  • Locks (think little mini padlocks)
  • Crystals from chandeliers
  • Buttons
  • Zippers
  • Rules cut up and with holes drilled in them
  • Other fun charms you find at flea markets, thrift stores or Goodwill.

Just keep an open mind and you’ll find all kinds of things!

(I mentioned my Scrabble Tile Pendant Tutorial in the video.  It’s not available at this time individually, but it is part of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse)

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souvenir charm braceletRemember, if you head to the Free mini eCourse, you’ll learn how to make a bracelet like the one above!

How to Make a Bracelet with Beads and Chain

How to Make a BraceletSometimes (quite often) you need a piece of jewelry to go with an outfit.  That is the case with this bracelet for me.  I had a necklace and I wanted a bracelet to go with it.

I had the idea for this simple bracelet and now I’ll share the tutorial with you, too.

How to Make a BraceletMaterials and Tools:

  • Rainbow Fluorite Round Beads 9-10 mm (From Happy Mango Beads)  You’ll need about 8 of these and then you’ll have a bunch for other projects.
  • Chain
  • Wire
  • 5 jump rings (I used 7 mm jump rings)
  • 1 head pin
  • Clasp
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • And another set of pliers (square, bent nose or another pair of chain nose)

Instructions:

Step #1

How to Make a BraceletDecide how many beads you’ll need.  I just measured by placing them across my wrist. For this bracelet, you’ll just need beads across the top.  I used 7 beads and it was probably 1 bead too many.  (And I have relatively big wrists.)  So adjust accordingly.

Step #2

How to Make a BraceletCut 20 gauge wire about 5 1/2″ long.  (This could vary depending on how many beads you’re using.)

HINT:  What you’re about to make is a wire wrapped bead link, but with more than just one bead.  You’ll be using all the beads you decided on for step #1 to make one “link”.

I made a video about how to make them, so if you prefer video, watch below:

Step #3

How to Make a Bracelet{You can skip the next few steps if you watched the video!}

Hold the wire in your round nose pliers.

HINT:  I have a mark on my round nose pliers where I make loops.  That way all of my loops are uniform.

Step #4

How to Make a BraceletHow to Make a BraceletWrap the wire around one barrel of the the pliers.

Step #5

How to Make a Bracelet

How to Make a BraceletRemove the loop from the pliers.  The loop will be off to the side.  Straighten it so that it’s above the wire. (I show how to specifically do this in the video)

Step #6

How to Make a BraceletHold the loop with pliers.

Step #7

How to Make a BraceletHolding the other end of the wire with another pair of pliers and wrap around the wire continuing in the same direction 2 more times.

Step #8

How to Make a BraceletTrim off any excess wire and make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #9

How to Make a BraceletSlide the beads onto the wire.

Step #10

How to Make a BraceletRepeat steps #3 through #8 for the loop on the other side.

Step #11

How to Make a BraceletMake a slight bend in the wire so it fits around your wrist.

Step #12

How to Make a BraceletMake a bead dangle.

Here’s video on how to make a bead dangle.

Step #13

How to Make a BraceletAdd the beads with the loop on either end to the chain with a jump ring.

Need help properly opening jump ringsClick here for my video.

Step #14

How to Make a BraceletMeasure around your wrist to see how long you need the chain.  What I do is measure tightly against my wrist and then when I add the clasp it fits me just right.

Step #15

How to Make a BraceletAdd the other end of the chain to the other end of the bead link.

Step #16

How to Make a BraceletFind the middle of the chain and cut it.

Step #17

How to Make a BraceletAdd each side of the clasp to the bracelet using jump rings.

Step #18

How to Make a BraceletAdd the bead dangle to the circle part of the toggle clasp using a jump ring.

Step #19

How to Make a BraceletEnjoy your new bracelet!!

How to Make a Bracelet

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This fun pendant is another variety the wire wrapped circle pendant that I have already shown you 2 versions of.  I love working with wire, and this tutorial will teach you some basic skills you’ll need to get started.

You can find the plain Wire Wrapped  Circle Pendant here.

Or the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads here.

Skills that you will learn in this tutorial:

  • Basic wire wrapping of a circle.
  • Making a bead link.
  • Making a bead dangle.

Now onto How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles:

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire, about 2 1/2 feet
  • 20 gauge wire, a short piece
  • Beads.  I used 4 smaller beads and one larger bead
  • Headpins, 1 for each of the dangle beads
  • A jump ring
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of pliers, I used bent nose and needle nose
  • Something to wrap around – I used a ring mandrel, but you could use a highlighter or big marker or anything that’s the size you want your pendant to be.

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Cut about 2 1/2 feet of wire.

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel (or highlighter or whatever you’re using to wrap around) approximately 6 times.

Step #3

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Carefully remove the wire from the mandrel, holding the loops together so they don’t lose their shape.

On the end of the wire that is part of the loop (not the long end of the wire), I like to bent up so it’s easy to find.  Then wrap the long end of the wire around the loop wire, making sure to capture the other end in the wire.

Wrap around several times until it’s secure and you like how it looks.

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Clip off the short end you bent up.

Hint: 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

If at any time your circles start to loose their shape, just slide it back on your ring mandrel.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Grasp the wire between the barrels of round nose pliers close to the circle.  Wrap the wire toward you, around the barrel of the round nose plier, between the pliers and the pendant.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

This will – no doubt – create a crooked loop on the top of your pendant.  Use pliers to straighten out the loop so it’s centered on the top of the pendant.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Hold the loop you just made with pliers and continue wrapping the wire around the loop in the same direction that you started with your first loop.

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Now we’re going to make the bead link for the focal bead of this piece.  Cut off a piece of 20 gauge wire.  (How long depends upon your bead size.)

Make a wire wrapped loop on one end, just like you did for the pendant.  Hold the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Bend the wire towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and then around the wire one time.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Bead Dangles

Take the wire off the pliers.  Use your pliers to straighten the loop and make sure the first wrap is straight, too.

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Hold the loop in pliers.  Continue to wrap a few times in the same direction of your first wrap.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Pull the wire off the pliers and trim any excess wire.

Step #15

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Slide the bead on and repeat for the loop on the other side.  Make sure the loops are going in the same direction.

Step #16

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Now we’re going to make bead dangles to hang from that focal bead.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #17

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Begin to make a wire wrapped loop.  Wrap the head pin around the pliers and between the bead and pliers.

Do not complete a wrap!

Step #18

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Make sure your loop is straight.  Then place the bead dangle on one loop of the focal bead.

Step #19

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Then complete the wrap exactly as before.

I made 4 dangles for my pendant.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Step #20

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Pendant with Bead Dangle

Attach the beads to the wire wrapped circle using a jump ring.

Step #21

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Put your pendant on your favorite chain or cord and it’s done!

I hope you like this tutorial!  Please leave any questions or comments below, or link to a photo of your creation!

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