Gemstone Nugget Pendant

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Make this quick and simple pendant, add it to a cord or chain and you have a beautiful necklace.

I like to make my chain long for an easy, flowing look.  You can use a shorter chain to really show off the pendant more.

You may remember this technique from the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial that I shared previously.  If you’re looking for more of a challenge or a bigger project, check that out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

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Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

If you use the same gemstone nuggets I linked to above, you will need about 10 inches.  The length will vary if you use a different size than I did.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #5

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 #6

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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 #7

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Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #10

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 #11

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

Step #12

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.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Simply slide this onto a cord or chain of your choice and you have a necklace!

Hint:  Use your chain nose pliers to position the loop on top so that the pendant hangs correctly on the the chain or cord.

Alternatively, you could use a jump ring to attach the pendant to a chain, which is what I did.  You can either attach a jump ring and slide the jump ring over the chain or attach it with the jump ring to a link in the chain.

Have fun and be creative!

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

See my beach inspiration from an art journal page to a piece of jewelry and learn how to make a beaded hoop pendant. You can make it beachy like I did or use any beads you like!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads of your choice **
  • 20 gauge half-hard, round wire, any metal you like
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Something cylindrical to form your hoop around.  I used a small candle, but you can use anything that’s the size you’d like for your pendant to be.  You could use a large size on your ring mandrel.
  • Cord or chain to put your pendant on

** I used beads from a thrifted necklace.  They were small wooden beads.  This will work with any beads you like.

Beach Themed Art Journal Page

I took my inspiration for this pendant from the colors and theme of the art journal page I shared last week.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Wrap the wire around your cylindrical object.  Leave a total of 3 inches or more excess wire.  (1 1/2″ on each side past the point where the wires cross.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Add beads to the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Twist the wire once.  Make sure that the beads are close to the bend so that it looks like a continuous hoop of beads.

Toubleshooting:  In the video I actually messed up this part leaving a break in the beads and fixed it, so if you have any problems make sure to watch the video.

Hint:  At any time if your loop gets out of shape, just put it back around your cylindrical object to make it a circle again.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Hint:  If one of your wires is longer than the other, use that wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  The loop may be off center, so straighten it as you wrap the wire around once.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Wrap the wire around 2 more times. Wrap the other wire around a couple of times.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so that you can thread a cord or chain through and wear your new pendant.

ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

Other ideas:

  • Make a pair and make earrings!
  • Use any beads you like.
  • Try any size hoop.
  • Try other shapes.

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ECT TV Episode 70: Beaded Hoop Pendant Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 67: Spiral Wire Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Welcome to Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  In today’s episode, I’ll teach you how to make this pretty spiral pendant!

Here’s the video:

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

This is the same tutorial that’s in the video, but in step-by-step photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • Big chunky focal bead that is side drilled (works better if it’s at least somewhat flat)
  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut about 10 inches of wire.  You may need to adjust the length depending on the size of your bead.  Mine is about 1 inch across.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Slide the bead on and center it on the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cross the wires across the top keeping them tight against the bead.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Twist the wire in the middle of the bead.  I think the trickiest part is twisting in the middle.

I twisted the wire twice.  Make sure to keep the wire tight against the bead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

We’ll work with one wire at a time, so I like to pull one up straight and the other off to the side.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around the pliers and in between the pliers and the twist forming a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

The loop you just made will be off center, so we’ll straighten it now.

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Leave any extra wire for now.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now we’ll work with the other wire that was just waiting off to the side.

Pull it straight down the bead.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.  (On most wire cutters just use the back of the wire cutters toward what you’re cutting.)

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Form a loop.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers so that the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through the top.  (You can run your finger over to check.)

Twist the wrist that is holding the round nose pliers away from you while using your other hand to wrap the wire around the pliers.

Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust your round nose pliers in the wire and complete the loop.  It will look like a “P”.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers so it’s off to the side again and repeat step #15.  Continue to do this spiraling around until the spiral is where you would like it to be on the bead.

I went a little more than halfway up the bead.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to bend back the wire so the spiral is straight.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the spiral against the bead so it’s flat.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now, with the other wire (the one that formed the wire wrapped loop at the top of the bead), you could just trim it and be done, but I decided to make a spiral at the top, too.

Trim the wire to about an inch (or longer if you want a larger spiral.)

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Follow Step #13 above to form a loop.

Step #21

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Then follow Steps #14 – #16 to make a spiral.

You’ll have to sort of adjust it when you’re done with your chain nose pliers so it’s in front of the wire wrapped loop.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Just add it to a chain or cord and you have a pretty pendant!


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ECT TV Episode 46: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

I love spirals and today we’re making a really cool but simple wire spiral pendant on ECT TV episode 46!

Watch the video tutorial here:

Symbolism in Spirals

I have been drawn to spirals for quite a while.  I use them quite often in jewelry designs.  In fact, I have done 10 free jewelry tutorials involving spirals on my blog.  (I linked them all below!)  They look cool, but they have a lot of meaning, too.

I always have thought about the meaning of spiral being that in your life you’ll come around to the same spot again (same situation, etc.) in your life, but the next time you have more understanding and be able to deal with that situation or use past information to handle the situation much better this time.

I did some research and found more symbolism for spirals.  Maybe you’ll find something that resonates with you in this list:

  • In spirituality, spirals symbolize the path leading from outer consciousness to inner.  (Ego to enlightenment.)
  • Spirals can represent the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and expanding out.
  • Spirals symbolize growth, evolution, coming back to the same point in your life but with new understanding.
  • Female energy and the womb.
  • Constant change.
  • Harmony, beginning, concentration and focus.
  • Journey, direction and progress.
  • Infinity.
  • In Celtic symbolism spirals play a huge role.  It usually symbolizes birth, development and expansion.

Whether you find symbolic meaning in spirals or if you just think they are a cool shape, you’re going to love this simple and fun tutorial!

Wire Spiral Pendant Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • 16 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you can try larger and smaller gauge wire.  The larger the gauge the larger the pendant will be.  I wouldn’t recommend using smaller than 18 gauge wire though.

Hammers:  I used a chasing hammer (pictured above) to flatten the pendant.  If you would like the wire to keep it’s round shape, use a rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer to harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

For this pendant we’ll work from the coil, meaning do not cut the wire off the coil.

To start make sure you have a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop at the end of the wire.

Hold the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  You should be able to run your finger over the top of the pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you and wrap the wire around the pliers.  Once you’ve gone as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the pliers, your wrist and the wire and complete the loop.

It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

We’re going to spiral around that original loop.  To do that hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.  Then readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers and do it again.

Hint:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

As you’re spiraling and moving the pliers, keep the pliers positioned close to the loose wire and just do the spiral a tiny bit at a time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral until it’s the size you would like.  I made mine about the size of a quarter.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut the wire making sure you make a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop just like you did to start the spiral.  Make sure you make it large enough to fit a chain or cord through.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the spiral (so it will hang correctly when you place it on a cord or chain.)

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the pendant with the loop off the side of the steel block and hammer the pendant.  See note above about hammers.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

If you want, you can also hammer the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Add your favorite chain or cord and wear your new pendant!

More Spiral Tutorials:

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

My new Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.  These pendants are so pretty and fun to make that I’ve made several!  If you like today’s tutorial, you’ll love this eWorkshop.  Learn more about it here.

ECT TV Episode 41: Spiral and Bead Link Earrings

Adjustable Spiral and Bead Ring Video Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 34: Open Spiral Headpin

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Individual Jewelry Pattern

ECT TV Episode 21: Adjustable Spiral Ring

ECT TV Episode 12: Spiral Charm Pendant

Spiral and Dangle Earrings Tutorial

Spiral Earring Wires

Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

Another pair of Spiral Earrings

Hopefully you’ll find something in that list you like!

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Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop for you!

I am so excited about this eWorkshop because I’ve been obsessed with making these spiral pendants!  I have them in several color combinations and different sizes.

I made the first one, posted it to Instagram (so I know I didn’t imagine making it!) and promptly lost it.  And it’s still lost.  It’s okay, though, because I’ve had so much fun making more and more of them.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I love spirals and they keep showing up in different forms in my life, too.  To me, life is a spiral.  You start out and you just keep coming around around to the same things.  It’s great because you can use what you learned the first time around to help you the next time around.  It’s not a circle, so there’s space between the first time you experienced it and the next time.  It’s a learning journey.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what an eWorkshop is….

It’s a virtual workshop that’s held online.  It’s kind of like going to an in person workshop except you can do it in your PJs!  Plus, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can take it any time and it’s much less expensive.

Beaded Spiral eWorkshop

For my eWorkshops, they include a private video tutorial plus a PDF eBook (with step-by-step photos.)  (Some of my eWorkshops contain several videos and PDFs.  This particular one is for just one project.)

I’ll teach you how to use any beads and customize this pendant to work with them!

You can learn all about the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop here.  Right now (if you’re reading this shortly after I post it) it’s priced at a low introductory rate that’s half off what it’s going to be!

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop