Charm Week Day 4: Jazzed Up Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

It’s Charm Week!  Today is Day 4 and this is the Jazzed Up Tassel Charm.

A little bit ago I showed you how to make a Tassel Charm.  This one takes that tutorial, plus the skills from the Waterfall Necklace tutorial.

Click here for the tassel charm tutorial.

Click here for the waterfall necklace tutorial.

Tassel Charm

Materials and Tools:

  • Some little beads
  • Charms of your choice
  • A larger bead
  • Some little charms
  • Bead Cap
  • 4mm jump rings
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or other) pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm

Make a few wire wrapped bead links.

(For help with this, click here.)

Step #2

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Make a few chains with the bead dangles randomly placed.

Click here to see how to do this with my waterfall necklace tutorial.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial

If you like, make a bead dangle.  I used an open spiral headpin.  Click here to see how to make an open spiral head pin in a recent ECT TV Episode.

Step #4

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach the bead dangle to the end of one of the chains using a 4mm jump ring.

Need help opening jump rings?  Click here.

Step #5

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach charms to the chain wherever you like with jump rings.

Step #6

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Slide the chains onto a piece of wire.  Place the top loop in the chain in the wire.

Step #7

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Twist the wire.

Step #8

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Slide on a bead cap.

Step #9

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Create a wire wrapped loop on top.  (See the tassel charm tutorial for the detailed instruction.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends aren’t poking out.

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

This particular charm turned out kind of long, but you can make yours shorter.

You can add more bead dangles, more charms or less,  Add in your own personalit

You can use this charm on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

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ECT TV Episode 34: Make an Open Spiral and Knotted Headpin and a Bead Dangle Charm

ECT TV Episode 34

This week is Charm Week here and today is Day 2!  So we have a special edition of ECT TV!

Learn how to make 2 different kinds of headpins:  Open Spiral and Knotted Headpins.  Then use them to make bead dangles.  Then I’ll show you a charm made from a few bead dangles and some pewter charms.

Making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins prevent this from happening.

Here’s this week’s video episode:

Open Spiral Headpins

Open Spiral Headpin

Materials and Tools:
• 20 gauge, half-hard round wire
• Ruler
• Wire cutters
• Round nose pliers
• Chain nose pliers
• Hammer and steel block or anvil

Step #1
How to Make a wire wrapped charm pendantCut a piece of wire about 3” long.

Step #2

Make sure each side of the wire is flush cut. (Use the flat side of the wire cutters toward the cut.) Also, make a mark on your pliers near the tip where you will make your initial loop. It doesn’t really matter where the mark is as long as you make all of your loops the same throughout your project.
Step #3 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantGrasp the wire with round nose pliers. The end should not be sticking out of the pliers, you can run your finger over it to make sure.

Step #4 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantTwist your wrist away from you to form a loop. Twist your wrist as far as you can then carefully release the wire and reposition the pliers, keeping the wire on the same part of the pliers and twist again.

You should end up with a completed loop that looks like a “P.”  (or an upside down “P”)

How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantStep #5 How to make a wire wrapped charm pendantHold the loop with chain nose pliers and bend the wire around the loop using your hand. Keep moving the loop in the pliers as you go around.

Step #6 How to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantHow to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantGo all the way around twice. (Or however many times you prefer.)

Step #7 How to Make a Wire Wrapped Charm PendantUsing your pliers, bend the wire to make it straight as shown.

Step #8

Hammer just the spiral with either a rawhide or nylon hammer or a chasing hammer.  If you would like to flatten the wire, use a chasing hammer.  A nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire, but it will keep its shape.

Knotted headpin

Knotted Headpins

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 or 24 gauge, half-hard, round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers (+ you might need a pair of chain nose pliers as well)

Step #1

Cut a piece of wire about 3 inches long.

Step #2

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialFold the wire so there is about 1 inch on one side and 2 inches on the other.

Step #3

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialHold the wire with the bend in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

Beaded Dangle Ring Tutorial

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialBend the shorter end up so it looks like the above photo.

Step #5

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialWrap the shorter end around the end creating what looks like a knot.  You can do this in a “sloppy” fashion or more neatly.  Just keep wrapping around the end until you run out of wire or until you’re satisfied.

Trim off any excess and make sure the end is not poking out.

Bead Dangle Charm

I used knotted headpins, beads, bead caps 4mm jump rings and some pewter heart charms to make this charm.  (The full tutorial is in the video.)

If you need help with how to open and close jump rings, here’s a video:

Infinity headpins

Yesterday I posted a tutorial for an Infinity Headpin and using it to make a bead dangle.

Click here for that tutorial.

How to make ornate headpins

In ECT TV Episode 33 I showed you how to make this headpin.

Click here for that tutorial.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

Charm Week Day 1: Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

This week is charm week here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials!

Each day you’ll find another charm tutorial right here.

Today is Day 1 and I have a video tutorial for you!  Learn how to make an infinity headpin and then make a bead dangle with it.

Infinity headpins

The bead dangle is one of the building blocks of charm bracelets.  It’s as simple of a charm as you can get and you can use it to build up and add more to other charms.

And making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins will keep your beads right where you want them.

Here’s the Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm Video Tutorial:

Infinity headpin dangle

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

ECT TV Episode 19: Making Charms With Unconventional Materials

Unconventional CharmsECT  TV Episode 19:  How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsCharms make with Unconventional MaterialsIn this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials Television, learn how to make a charm from unconventional items!

Also, get inspiration and ideas from some charms that I have made with buttons, keys, rulers and sewing supplies!

Here’s the video:

Here are some photographs of the charms I showed in the episode:

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Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsHow to Make a Charm with Buttons and a Dangle:

Episode 19’s jewelry making tutorial is how to make the charm above.  You can stack a couple buttons or just use one and you can really dangle anything you want from the bottom.

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsMaterials and Tools:

  • A couple buttons of your choice.  Shank buttons won’t work as well for this tutorial, but you can use 2 hole buttons or 4 hole buttons.
  • Something to dangle from the bottom.  I used a tiny key that I painted for this tutorial, in the video I used an unpainted tiny key.  Or you can use any charm like the feather charm I used in the other charm I made in this way.
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire.
  • Jump ring.
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers (or another pair of pliers that you are comfortable with)

Step #1

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsIf you are using two buttons, stack them so that two of the holes line up with each other.

Step #2

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsCut a piece of wire about 5″ long.  Slide the buttons on.

Step #3

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsCenter the buttons on the wire.  I usually just make a slight bend to find the middle at first.

Step #4

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsCross the wires.  Center the cross in the middle of the buttons.

Step #5

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsCharms made with Unconventional MaterialsTwist the wires.  You can use chain nose pliers to make sure you twist it tightly or just use your fingers.

Note:  Make sure to keep the button holes lined up at least somewhat while you’re doing this.

Step #6

Charms made with Unconventional MaterialsHold one wire in your round nose pliers.

For a quick tip on how to make your loops uniform, click here.

Step #7

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsBent the wire down around the pliers toward you.

Step #8

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsAnd then around the barrel of the pliers between the pliers and the twist you made.

Step #9

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsTake the charm off your pliers and then hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Continue to wrap the wire around once and straighten the loop so it’s directly on top of your buttons.

Then continue to wrap at least a couple times.

Then wrap the other side around at least a couple times.

Step #10

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsUse your wire cutters to cut off any excess wire.

Step #11

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsUse your chain nose pliers to gently make sure the ends are not sticking out.

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsStep #12

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsRepeat for the other side.

Step #13

How to Make a Charm with Unconventional MaterialsOpen a jump ring.  If you need help with this, click here for a quick video how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #14

How to make a charmAdd your dangle and you’re done!  Now you can attach it to your charm bracelet!

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Want to learn how to make your own charm bracelet from creating your own chain to headpins to several kinds of charms?

Check out my Charm Bracelet eCourse!

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Tassel Charm Tutorial

             Tassel Charm

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bracelet kick lately.  It’s spring.  Warm weather means short sleeves and sleeveless tops and that means lots of room to show off bracelets on your wrists!

So today I’m going to share how to make a tassel charm with chain for your charm bracelet.  (Oh, you don’t have a charm bracelet?  Well, then you might want to check out the Charm Bracelet eCourse!)

This is a quick and easy project and you can use these charms on any number of types of jewelry.

And the best part is you can use up all those weird little bits of extra chain you have around.  See, there was a reason you were saving them!

Tassel Charm TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Chain (a variety of different leftover chains is great for this! ) Each chain will be about 1 ½” long and you’ll need at least 3
  • Wire, 22 gauge, half hard, round
  • 2 Beads with big openings (or cone beads)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm Tutorial Cut 4 pieces of chain to the length 1 ½” long.  You can use any chain you want.  This is a great way to use up little leftovers you’ll have from other projects.  Feel free to make them longer or shorter based on your preferences.

Step #2

Tassel Charm TutorialCut about 5” of wire, or more if you are using a long bead or cone bead.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial Slide each chain onto the wire.

Step #4

How to make a tassel charmBend the wire in half.  The chains will be in the middle of the wire.

Step #5

How to make a tassel charmHow to make a tassel charmTwist the wire a few times.

Step #6

How to make a tassel charmSlide the bead over the wire and push it tightly onto the chain, covering the twists in the wire.

Step #7

How to make a tassel charmGrasp one of the wires with round nose pliers, close to the bead.

Step #8

How to make a tassel charmTwist the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers and then under the pliers and around the wire.

Step #9

How to make a tassel charmTake the tassel off the pliers and then grasp the loop between your chain nose pliers. 

Continue wrapping around the wire as you started in step #8.  Then wrap the other wire around in the other direction

Step #10

How to make a tassel charmTassel CharmClip off any excess wire with wire cutters.  Tuck in the ends of the wire making sure they do not stick out.

Now you have  a cool little charm, just waiting to be used on your charm bracelet or other jewelry projects.

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