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.

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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.

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ECT TV Episode 33: How to Make Ornate Headpins + Earrings

ECT TV Episode 33:  How to Make Ornate Headpins & Earrings

In this episode of ECT TV (Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV) you’ll learn how to make an ornate headpin from wire and then I’ll show you a quick project to use those headpins in.

Don’t let your creativity end with what I show you, though.  Come up with your own design for your headpins!  And then use them in your jewelry projects however you like!

ECT TV Episode 33:

Headpin & Earring Tutorial in Photographic Form:

This is what is in the video in picture form.

How to Make Ornate Headpins & Earrings

Tools & Materials (for both projects):

  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire (any metal that you choose)
  • 2 beads of your choice.  I used:  Green Adventurine Nuggets
  • 2 Earring wires.  Or make your own:  How to Make Earring Wires from ECT TV Episode 24
  • Round nose pliers
  • Sharpie
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or another pair of chain nose) pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hammer and steel bench block or anvil (Use a rawhide or nylon hammer to harden the wire without flattening it or use a chasing hammer to flatten the wire.)

Step #1Mark your round nose pliers with a sharpie to make uniform loops

Use the sharpie to make a mark on your round nose pliers so that your loops are uniform.  I marked mine about halfway.  It doesn’t matter so much where you place the mark, but that you consistently use that spot in your project.  For more on this wire wrapping trick, click here.

Step #2How to make an ornate headpin

Cut a piece of wire to 6 inches.  (In the video I said 8 inches, but you really only need 6 inches unless you’re going to be adding a lot of beads to the headpin when you’re done.

Step #3How to make ornate headpins

Hold the wire about 3″ from the top in your round nose pliers.  The wire should line up with the mark you made on your pliers.

Step #4How to make ornate headpins

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers like you’re making a wire wrapped bead link.

Step #5How to make ornate headpins

Remove the loop from your pliers.  You’ll notice that the loop is off center and we want it centered over the wire.  We’ll do that next.

Step #6How to make ornate headpins

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  As you wrap the wire from the loop around the other wire, pull that other wire straight out and use chain nose pliers to straighten the loop.

How to make ornate headpins

Step #7How to make ornate headpins

Now we’ll make a second loop.  I just used my thumb and bend against the wire to create a curve and then went completely around.  You may want to use pliers for this.  Long needle nose pliers are good for this kind of thing because they have a very small tip.

How to make ornate headpins

Step #8How to make ornate headpins

Hold the loops in your finger and wrap the short end around the long end of the wire next to where your first wrap was.

Step #9How to make ornate headpins

 

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

Step #10How to make ornate headpins

Hammer just the top part.

Step #11

Repeat and make a second headpin if you’re continuing with the earring project.

Step #12How to make ornate headpin earrings

Make earring wires if you’re making your own.

Step #13How to make ornate headpin earrings

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #14How to make ornate headpin earrings

Hold the wire just above the bead in round nose pliers.  You should line up the wire with the mark you made earlier to keep your loops uniform.

Step #15How to make ornate headpin earrings

Wrap the wire around the pliers and between the pliers and the bead.

Step #16How to make ornate headpin earrings

Just like before with the headpin loop, this loop is off center.  So I straighten it in the same way.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around while pulling the bead/headpin straight and straightening the loop.

Step #17How to make ornate headpin earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers and continue the wraps, keeping them tight and even.

Step #18How to make ornate headpin earrings

Trim off the excess wire.

How to make ornate headpin earrings

Step #19How to make ornate headpins and earrings

How to make ornate headpins and earrings

How to make ornate headpins and earrings

Open an earring wire, place the wire wrapped loop in and close it.  Repeat the steps for the second earring.

How to make ornate headpins earrings

Customize these:

  • Try making a different shape with the end of your headpin.
  • Use different metal for the wire.
  • Use different beads.
  • Use the headpins in completely different jewelry projects.
  • What else can you think of?

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ECT TV Episode 22: How to Make a Bead Dangle Ring (…and where to get beads)

Bead Dangle Ring

This week on ECT TV learn how to make a bead dangle wire ring!  Plus, I tell you where I get beads.

Here’s the video for ECT Episode 22:

Where I Get Beads:

I have gotten some questions about this recently.  I know when you’re just starting out it can be overwhelming with all the tools, supplies and beads you need.

Picking out beads is the fun part, of course, but it can get overwhelming.

My Top 5 Places to Get Beads:

  1. As you may know if you watch my videos and read my blog, Happy Mango Beads is my favorite bead shop.  They have such a nice variety and really unique beads.  And there is a range of prices, too.
  2. Vintage jewelry from thrift stores and flea markets.  Look for pieces that have components that you like and you can take apart.  See my post on 9 lessons in choosing thrift store jewelry to reconstruct into new jewelry.
  3. Fusion Beads
  4. Etsy – just do a search for what you’re looking for and find tons of options!
  5. Fire Mountain Gemstones

In a pinch …

A.C. Moore or Michaels (or other craft stores that sell jewelry making supplies.)  The main reason I don’t like getting beads there is because of the lack of variety and I don’t want my jewelry to look like everyone else’s.  However, being able to go to a store to see up-close-and-personal and touch beads is a big benefit when you’re starting to make jewelry for sure.

And if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with an actual bead store, go there!  (And I’m jealous!)

How to Make a Bead Dangle Wire Ring:

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialThis is a fun and easy ring tutorial you’re going to love to make a lot of.  These rings are super cute by themselves, but even cuter stacked (there’s two in the photo above!)

They take very little supplies.  If you don’t have a ring mandrel, simply use a marker or thick highlighter to shape your ring and then measure your finger.

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialTools and materials:

  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • 22 or 24 gauge half-hard wire
  • A bead (on the smallish side, 6 mm or so)
  • Ring mandrel (or something cylindrical like a pen or highlighter that’s the size of your finger)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • A second pair of pliers would be helpful – I like bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Step #1

Cut a piece of 22 (or 24) gauge 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.

Step #6

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialSlide on a bead.

Step #7

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialGrasp the wire between round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers creating a loop.

The loop will be crooked, so straighten it.

Step #8

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialBeaded Dangle Ring TutorialBeaded Dangle Ring TutorialHold the loop in chain nose pliers and complete the wraps.  Trim off any excess and make sure the wire is tucked down and not poking out.

Step #9

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialLeaving the wire on the spool, wrap the wire around your ring mandrel at the size of your finger.  You’ll need to leave 1/2 inch on each side as well.  Cut the wire.

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialStep #10

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialHold one end of the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top, but not poke out of the top of the pliers.  As you can see, I’m using the middle of my round nose pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you, using your other hand to wrap the wire around the barrel of the pliers.  After you have twisted as far as your wrist will go, readjust and then complete the loop.

Note:  you are making the loop away from the middle of the wire.  (This is more clear in the next photo.)

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialStep #11

Bead Dangle Ring TutorialBead Dangle Ring TutorialRepeat step #11 for the other end of the wire.

 

Step #12

Beaded Dangle Ring TutorialGoing back to the ring base, open one of the loops you made.  Open it like you would a jump ring.  So, in other words, use your chain nose pliers and open it maintaining the circle – don’t pull the circle apart.  For a video where I show how to open jump rings, click here.

Step #13

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialPlace the bead dangle in the open loop.

Step #14

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialPlace the other loop from the ring base in the open loop.  Close the loop (just do the opposite of opening it.)

Bead Dangle Ring Wire TutorialBead Dangle Ring Wire Tutorial———————————————————————————————————————

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How to Make Wire Wrapped Rings

 

Knotted Head Pin Video Tutorial

Knotted Head Pin TutorialI have a new video to share!  Knotted head pins.  I love it when I can make my own findings and not rely on store bought!  Recently I wanted to make a charm bracelet, but I only had a couple of head pins.  So, what to do?

I made my own, of course!

Here’s my latest video tutorial, which is How to Make a Knotted Head Pin!

When I was making my charm bracelet, I used 22 gauge wire instead of 20 gauge like I mentioned in the video.  22 gauge made it so much easier and they were still sturdy and strong.

Here are a few things I have made with them:

Knot EarringsKnot EarringsHalloween Charm BraceletWhat are you going to make with knotted head pins?


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