ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) I’ll show you how to make a simple necklace with an arrowhead, wire and leather cord.

Even if you don’t have an arrowhead or do not wish to make an arrowhead necklace, you’ll find creative inspiration from my inspiration and a technique for crimping cord ends with wire.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Creative Inspiration:

I was recently on vacation in upstate New York.  During our trip we went to the Secret Caverns in Howes Cave, New York (which I highly recommend!)  I got a couple arrowheads there.  (Or really, reproduction arrowheads.)

I am part Native American.  I am just getting into tracing my family tree again, so I don’t have a lot of information, but from what I remember my grandmother telling me we’re from the Mohawk Tribe.  During our trip we drove through a Mohawk Reservation, which was really exciting.

So this necklace is really about my heritage and also a souvenir from my trip.

Creativity Tip (Heritage):

I invite you to think about your heritage and think about how you could incorporate that into a jewelry design.  You might think about specific relics or symbols or perhaps colors or specific gemstones.  How can you incorporate those into your design?

Alternative Creativity Tip (Travel):

Whenever you go on a trip, it changes you.  You learn new things, see new things and experience new things.  Think about a vacation or road trip you’ve taken.  How could you reflect that experience into a jewelry design?

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Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Arrowhead
  • Leather cord (or any other material of cord)
  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire
  • 6 – 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut 6 inches of cord.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Thread 2 jump rings onto the cord.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Wrap the cord around the arrowhead starting at the front and wrap around and cross it in the back positioning the cord in the notches in the arrowhead.

Position the jump rings so they’re on the sides of the arrowhead.

Wrap the cord back to the front and pull the ends through the jump rings on each side again.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Position the jump rings in the back of the arrowhead on each side.  (They won’t fit nicely into the notches, so this is the best place for them.)

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tie the leather cord in the front.  Pull the knot very tightly and make sure it’s secure.

Alternatively, if you don’t like the look of tying in the front, tie it in the back instead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut about 4 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Now we’ll add the necklace part to our arrowhead pendant.  Pull leather cord through one of the jump rings on the side of the arrowhead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Fold the leather over making about an inch and a half overlap.

I like to have the overlap on the front of the necklace because I like the kind of rustic look, but you could have it on the backside.

Wrap the 22 gauge wire around the leather cord.  I hold about an inch or so of the wire in one hand and make the wraps using the other hand.

I start about 1/4 inch from the fold and work in towards the jump ring.  Make about 4 wraps.  (You can make as many wraps as you like.  Just be consistent on each side.)

Make the wraps tight and make sure they are holding the cord together and sturdy.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to push them together.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Pull the short end across the leather and then cut off the excess wire.  Cut it off in the middle of the cord on the top to lessen the likelihood of scratching your neck.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to push in the ends of the wire so they’re not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess cord.  I like to leave a little above the wire wraps, but you can trim it as close as you like.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat for the other side as well.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

You could just tie the cord around your neck and be done.

Or you can add a clasp.  To do that slide a jump ring on the end of the cord.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat Steps #6 – #11 to make a wire wrapped crimp to hold the jump rings on each end.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Add the clasp using a jump ring and I like to add a second jump ring to the other side to finish the necklace.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

And that’s the finished necklace!

You can use the wire wrapped crimp cord technique anytime you’re using a cord!

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Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Boho Tassel Necklace

I love tassels and they have become quite a trend. I was inspired by the hand stitched silk ribbon at Happy Mango Beads and knew it would make a beautiful tassel.

I didn’t just want an ordinary tassel, though, so I added some gorgeous gemstones as well.

I used beautiful chrysoprase gemstone beads, but you could use any gems you like. You’ll find a big variety at Happy Mango Beads.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Tools and Materials:

Note: The links above will take you directly to the products I used to make my tassel necklace.

Step #1

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cut your silk ribbon to double the length that you would like your tassel to be.  So if you want your ribbon to hang 6 inches, cut 12 inches.

I cut both of the ribbons in thirds, or in about 13 inch lengths.

Step #2

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cut a piece of wire to about 8 inches.

Step #3

Boho Tassel Necklace

Bend the wire at approximately 2 inches.

Step #4

Boho Tassel Necklace

Gather up your ribbons and find the middle. It’s okay if they’re not all the same length right now because we’ll fix that at the end. I simply found the middle of each piece and gathered them up. I also alternated the two different ribbons when I was gathering them up so they would be mixed up.

Step #5

Boho Tassel Necklace

Pull the wire around the ribbons. The wire should be right at the middle point of the ribbons.

Step #6

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Cross the wires and then make a full twist. Make sure that the wire is holding the ribbon tightly so it won’t come loose.

Step #7

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the short end around a few more times. (It will be hidden.)

Step #8

Boho Tassel Necklace

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

Step #9

Boho Tassel Necklace

Pull the bead cap onto the wire and over the top of the ribbon. Your wraps should be covered.

Step #10

Boho Tassel Necklace

Slide on three of the chrysoprase nugget gemstone beads and the pewter bead.

Hint:  You may have to try different gemstone beads from the stand in different combinations until you get the look that you like.

Step #11

Boho Tassel Necklace

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the last bead.

Step #12

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #13

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around one time while pulling out the tassel straight to straighten the loop so it’s centered on top of the tassel.

Step #14

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around several times. Keep your wraps tight and neat.

Note: Typically when making wire wrap loops you’d only wrap around two more times. However, you will want to wrap around several times so that the wraps are as wide as the top bead to hold it in place.

Step #15

Boho Tassel Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and use your chain nose pliers to make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #16

Boho Tassel Necklace

Opening a jump ring

Open 4 jump rings.

To open a jump ring find the opening in the jump ring. Then center the opening in between 2 pair of pliers. (I use chain nose and bent nose.) With one pair of pliers move toward you and with the other away from you to open the jump ring. Do not pull apart sideways.

If you need more instructions, here’s a video on how to properly open and close jump rings.

Step #17

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Decide how long you would like your necklace and cut your chain to that length. I kept my chain at the length it was (36 inches) because I wanted a really long boho look. You may prefer your necklace to be shorter.

Add the lobster clasp to one end of the chain and 2 jump rings to the other end.

I like to use 2 jump rings because it’s easier for me to actually close my necklace when I have a couple of jump rings. If you kept your chain long, you can slip it over your head without opening and closing and won’t need to worry so much about that.

Step #18

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Find the middle link and use a jump ring to attach the tassel.

Alternatively, you could simply slip the tassel onto the chain.  (If slipping it on, do so before you add the lobster clasp or jump rings to the ends.)

Step #19

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Trim off any excess ribbon and make sure it’s all even. (Alternatively, you may like the look of different lengths. I chose to make mine not perfect but kind of close to be all the same length.)

Now that you have the chain attached you can try it on and decide how much ribbon you want to cut off.

Step #20

You could really stop at this point and have a beautiful tassel necklace. Or you can add a little extra to it.

Cut 8 inches of wire.

Step #21

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the wire around the ribbon a few times. Try to get it underneath the bead cap. Tuck the end of the wire underneath the bead cap and make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #22

Boho Tassel Necklace

Slide a 5mm chrysoprase round gemstone bead onto the wire. Wrap around about half way and then add another bead.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Step #22

Boho Tassel Necklace

Continue wrapping around and adding beads for a total of 6 beads. Keep the wraps close to the bottom of the bead cap and stagger the beads. I was mostly wrapping the wire over itself in a loose manner.

Step #23

Boho Tassel Necklace

Wrap the end of the wire around and back up so it is under the bead cap. Make sure the end is not poking out and that the wire is secure.

Boho Tassel Necklace

Boho Tassel Necklace

Ideas to further customize the tassel:

  • Use a different type of gemstone
  • Use a different color of silk ribbon or even use multiple colors in one tassel
  • Omit the wrapping under the bead cap
  • Make your chain shorter for a different look.
  • Leave your tassel long or make it shorter

Have fun making the Boho Tassel Necklace!

If you’d like to share a photo of your tassel, you can upload a photo in the comments below!

Boho Tassel Necklace Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this week’s video tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make a bead link and then teach you how to interlock them so you do not need jump rings to connect them and we’ll make a necklace!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead *
  • 8mm Czech glass beads *
  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire, any metal.
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Beads: You can use any beads of your choice and you don’t necessarily need a focal bead. You could just make a strand of the same bead.

Wire:  You really can use any wire you like, but if you are just getting started with wire wrapping I suggest experimenting with a less expensive wire such as copper, brass or silver plated to get started.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

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

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

The loop is off to the side and we want it centered on the top, so we need to straighten it.

To straighten it hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Make one wrap with the short end around the long end and while you’re wrapping pull the long end out straight.

{Note: there are other ways to straighten the loop. This is just my way. If you prefer another way, go ahead and do it that way.}

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now make 2 more wraps.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

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

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Hold the wire above the bead with round nose pliers. Just leave a bit of space.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while wrapping the wire pull the bead out straight.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure that the end isn’t poking out.

Now we have one completed wire wrapped bead link. You follow these directions for the first bead link only.

Note: If you’re using a focal bead, you may want to start in the middle with the focal bead and work your way out with the rest of the beads.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Follow Steps #1 and #2 cutting 6 inches of wire and forming a loop.

Do not wrap it closed yet!

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a loop of the first wire wrapped bead link you made into the loop.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now simply slide the wire wrapped bead link off to the side and finish making the wire wrapped bead link you started following the previous steps.

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Continue adding bead links until your necklace is the desired length.

Hint:  If you accidentally complete a wire wrapped bead link without adding it, there is a tip for adding it in the video tutorial.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the ends.

If you need help opening and closing jump rings, you can watch this quick video: How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.

http://kimberliekohler.com/8459/how-to-properly-open-and-close-jump-rings/

And that’s the completed necklace.

Of course, you can use this technique to make other jewelry pieces as well, such as bracelets.

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ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

I think it’s no secret that Rose Quartz is one of my favorite gemstones.  For starters, I love pink.  I also love that Rose Quartz symbolizes friendship and love.

And have you seen the top 10 colors from Pantone for Spring?  Rose Quartz is the actual name of the first one!

So obviously, it’s time to use some Rose Quartz to make some jewelry.

Today’s tutorial comes to you thanks to my favorite online bead store, Happy Mango Beads.  And while I’m using Rose Quartz, you can substitute any of their other lovely gemstones if pink isn’t your thing!

There are a few different components in this necklace that you could actually use separately in different ways or even alone.  The big rose quartz pendant in the middle would be quite stunning alone on a chain, for example.

So grab your tools and get your rose quartz ready and here we go!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Tools and Materials:

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.

Step #19

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Repeat all the steps to create 4 wire wrapped bead links with the rose quartz large nugget gemstone beads.

Step #20

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll make the pendant.  It’s very similar, but a little bit different because we only need one wire wrapped loop.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 10 inches long and follow Steps #2 – #10 to form a wire wrapped loop.  Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #21

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #22

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #23

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #24

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The final component of this necklace are plain wire wrapped bead links with the smaller rose quartz nuggets.

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 #25

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 #25

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 #26

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 #27

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.

Step #28

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #29

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #30

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

To make a 24 inch necklace you’ll need 18 plain wire wrapped bead links.

Step #31

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Lay out your design.

Note:  In this photo I have extra plain wire wrapped bead links.  I decided to make my necklace shorter, so I used less.

On one side line up the four large nugget gemstone bead links.  On the other side make 2 lines of 6 each of the smaller bead links.

At the end of the 2 sides add 3 plain wire wrapped bead links.  (Like I said, I have 6 on each side in the photo, but decided to make the necklace shorter.  You can, of course, make your necklace any length you like.)

Step #32

Open jump rings

Open 23 jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here.

Step #33

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Now we’ll put together all the pieces using jump rings.

Starting in the middle with the pendant, add 2 of the smaller wire wrapped bead links and the pendant to a jump ring and close it.

Step #34

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Attach the first large wire wrapped bead link with another jump ring to the first jump ring.

Then continue using jump rings to connect the bead links to each other.

Step #35

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

When you come to the end of the 2 strands of the smaller plain wire wrapped bead links, add a jump ring to attach the last beads together and then add the next plain wire wrapped bead link.

Then continue adding bead links.

Step #36

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Add the pewter toggle clasp to the ends.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Ways to customize this necklace:

  • Use any gemstone that you like!
  • Use any metal that you like for the wire.
  • Instead of asymmetry, use 4 of the large nugget gemstone beads on each side.
  • I used a very monochromatic color scheme here using all rose quartz, but you could mix up the gemstones.
  • Make just the pendant and hang it from a chain or cord.

Now it’s your turn!  Make your own Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace.  If you want to share what you made, you can upload a photo of what you made in the comments below!

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

ECT TV Episode 52: Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll show you how to make a fun pendant with lots of jump rings!

Watch the video here:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the same instructions that are in the video, but in step-by-step photos.

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • Jump Rings – I used many 7mm jump rings, but you can experiment with whatever size you have on hand.
  • Wire – I used 14 gauge aluminum wire which was soft.  I also used 16 gauge wire that was pretty hard (it didn’t have a hardness listed since it was coated copper) and it was difficult to use.  Probably any gauge from 18 to 14 would work great.*
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • 3 4mm beads of your choice (optional)
  • 3 head pins (optional – but if you use beads, you’ll need headpins)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form a circle around

*Instead of wire, you could use a closed circle finding and bypass that part.  However, if your circle does not open at all, you’ll have to open and close all of your jump rings around the circle individually.

If you need a refresher on how to open and close jump rings, see the video.  I show how to do that at the beginning.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Wrap your wire around your ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form a circle.  This is the base of your pendant, so decide on how large you would like it.  I wrapped around my ring mandrel at size 14.

Leave some overlapping wire on each side and then cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Start sliding closed jump rings onto the circle.  Continue until you get to the point where the wire is overlapping.

Note:  Before sliding your jump rings on to the circle, check to make sure that they’re all closed properly.  Sometimes jump rings come kind of open or crooked, etc., so you want to double check.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Cross the wires and close the circle.  Make sure it’s secure.  Try to get the ends as close to the circle as possible.

The main thing is that it’s secure.  It doesn’t really matter how ugly it looks because we’re covering it with jump rings anyway.

(I added a photo without jump rings so you can see it better.)

If it doesn’t feel secure, you could alternatively use a smaller gauge wire (maybe 20 or 22 gauge) and wrap around the overlapped portion of the circle.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Now continue to add jump rings until the entire circle is filled with jump rings, but now you’ll have to add each jump ring individually.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Cut your chain to the length you would like your necklace and separate into 2 chains.  Choose a jump ring from the pendant, open it and add the last link of the chain in and close the jump ring.

About an inch over from the first chain, choose another jump ring and open it and add the other chain.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add a lobster clasp to the end of one chain.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add a couple of jump rings to the end of the other chain.

Step #8

You may like the pendant as is without any bead dangles.  If that’s the case, you’re done!

If you want to add a few bead dangles, continue reading.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Hold the headpin in round nose pliers just above the bead, leaving a little space.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers and in between the bead and the pliers.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

The loop will not be centered over the bead, so straighten it.  I hold the loop in my chain nose pliers and straighten it while I wrap the end around one time.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Now, still holding the loop in chain nose pliers (switching hands) wrap the wire around for a total of 3 times (so 2 additional times.)  Use bent nose pliers to help you wrap the wire or just use your hand if you prefer.

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

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

Repeat three times or for however many bead dangles you’d like to add to your pendant.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Find the middle of the pedant on the opposite side of where you placed the chain.  Open a jump ring and add a bead dangle.

Check to make sure it’s the middle.  You can simply open the jump ring, remove the bead dangle and move it to a different jump ring if you didn’t get it in the middle the first time.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add the other 2 bead dangles.  I counted 5 jump rings on each side from the first bead dangle and added each of the other 2 bead dangles.

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

And that’s your completed pendant!

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