New eWorkshop! Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet

Decorative Bead Dangle eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop!  The Decorative Bead Dangle Bracelet eWorkshop.

You’ll learn how to make a fun decorative bead dangle and then put them together to make a unique bracelet.

This workshop is great for building your confidence in your wire wrapping abilities because you’ll be repeating the process over and over again with the bead dangles.

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What’s an eWorkshop?

It’s a workshop that takes place completely online.

You get a video and a PDF eBook with step-by-step photos and instructions.

Ask me any questions along the way.

It’s like an in person workshop, but better because you can take it any time you like in your own home.

Express your creativity and have fun building your wire wrapping skills with this new eWorkhop.

Available now at the early bird pricing for a limited time.

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Decorative Bead Dangle eWorkshop

ECT TV Episode 62: How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

I have a brand new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) for you!

Maybe you saw my recent necklace tutorial, Chunky Quartz Rose Necklace?  In this tutorial, I’ll show you on video how to make wire wrapped bead links and you can use beads leftover from the necklace!

Here’s today’s video:

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

About wire:  You can use any metal you like.

Jump rings:  I used 7mm, but you could use a different size if you like.

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Before we get started, make a mark on your round nose pliers with a sharpie.  It doesn’t matter where exactly where you place the mark; just that you use the mark to make your wire wrapped loops throughout the project so they are uniform.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

First I’ll show you how to make the wire wrapped bead links with the big chunky rose quartz beads.

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 2 1/2 inches from the top.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide on a rose quartz large nugget gemstone bead.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire just above the rose quartz with round nose pliers.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Like we did previously, wrap the wire around the pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Step #6 to straighten the loop.

Step #14

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #15

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire down across the bead and then wrap the wire around the wire wraps you did previously a couple times.

Step #16

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now pull the wire across the other side of the bead and wrap the wire a couple times.

Step #17

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #18

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Repeat for 3 of the chunky gemstones.

Step #19

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll make a couple wire wrapped bead links with the smaller gemstone beads.  You could make them the same way as shown above or follow the instructions below and make them plain.

These are very similar to the wire wrapped bead links we made previously, but these will not have the wire across them.

Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long.

Step #20

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Follow Steps #3 through #10 to form a wire wrapped loop on one end of the wire.

Slide on a smaller rose quartz nugget gemstone bead.

Step #21

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.  Wrap around a barrel of round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #22

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #23

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.

Step #24

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #25

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat to make as many as you need to make your bracelet the length you need.

Step #26

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Now we have all of our components and we can simply put the bracelet together using jump rings.

If you need help with opening and closing jump rings, click here.

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Step #27

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Add half of the toggle clasp to one end and half to the other using jump rings.

And that’s the completed bracelet!

ECT TV Episode 62:  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet

Ways to customize this bracelet:

  • Use any gemstones you like.
  • Try using the different size beads and techniques in different ways.  You may need to do this to get it just the right size for you!
  • I used silver plated wire, but you could try brass, copper or, of course, sterling sliver.
  • Mix and match gemstones to make a more colorful bracelet.

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You’ll get all the steps to make your own charm bracelet from the chain, to headpins to charms.  You can choose to make your own components (like chain, clasp, headpins, and charms) or you can use store purchased items to fill in with your handmade items.

For example, in the eCourse I show you how to make chain, but you can most certainly use chain from the jewelry supply store!

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ECT TV Episode 51: Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51

In Episode 51 of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I’ll show you how to make an adjustable bangle bracelet.

Then you can express your creativity by choosing and making charms to add to it.

Watch the video:

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet:

ECT TV Episode 51

Materials and Tools:

  • 14 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Charms to add (any you like.  You can use bead dangles or pre-made charms)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 51

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Measure the wire around your wrist, allowing room to get the wire over your hand and cut the wire.

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make a loop on each end of the wire.  One loop will go up and the other will go down.  (This will make more sense as you keep reading through these instructions.)

I made a relatively large loop, so I held the wire in my round nose pliers close to the handle.

To make a loop hole the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through the top and you should be able to run your finger over the top.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers.  Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust the wire on the pliers and complete the loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Use chain nose pliers to bend up the loop and make sure that the loops are facing opposite directions.  You can twist or bend the wire to accomplish this.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Open the loops just like you would open a jump ring.  Do not pull the loop apart, but instead open it front and back and maintain the circle shape.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Place the wire from the bracelet in the loops and close the loops.  You can see in this photo how one is facing up and one is facing down.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make sure your bracelet is in the shape that you want it and hammer it with a nylon or rawhide hammer.  Hold the part where the double wire is off the steel block (you won’t be able to hammer that part.)

Hammer gently to harden the wire.  The nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Add charms and/or bead dangles as you like using jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a short helpful video.

To keep your charms in kind of one spot, place them where the wire is doubled and make sure that your loops are closed completely.  Otherwise they’ll move around the entire bracelet.

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

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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)

Watch the video or scroll down for step-by-step photos.

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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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How to Make a Caged Bead Bracelet

Caged Bead Bracelet

Yesterday I shared my Caged Bead Video Tutorial and it got me interested in making some caged bead jewelry again.

Previously, I have used them in earrings or just a couple in a bracelet, but this time I wanted to just use caged beads as the entire piece.  So I made this bracelet.

Caged Bead Bracelet

What’s great about it is that it’s not super chunky, but it does feel substantial on your wrist with all that wire!

It’s pretty easy to make, so I don’t have a step-by-step tutorial here like I normally would, but I’ll tell you how to make it.

Materials and Tools:

  • 8mm Czech class beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Follow the instructions here for making a caged bead.  Make as many as you need to make a bracelet.

Step #2

Make the caged beads into wire wrapped bead links.  Need help making wire wrapped bead links?  How to Make a Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial.

Step #3

Attach the caged beads together with jump rings.  Need help opening and closing jump rings?  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings Video Tutorial.

Step #4

Add a lobster clasp to one end and a couple jump rings to the other end.

Caged Bead Bracelet

And that’s all there is to it!  To make a necklace, just make it longer.  And of course, you can use different beads or different metals of wire.

This was lots of fun for me to make and once you get in the swing of making the cages you really get in a zone.

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