ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hi there and welcome to a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today you’ll learn how to make this pretty bracelet.  I show you how to make a wire wrapped bead, how to make coiled cord ends and open and close jump rings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead (your choice)
  • Silk ribbon (I used silk ribbon and silk fairy ribbon from Happy Mango beads)
  • 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • 22 gauge, half-hard, round wire, any metal
  • Clasp ( I used this toggle clasp)
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut a piece of wire that’s the length of your focal bead plus 3 inches.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

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

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Now we need to straighten the loop.  This is the way I do it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Then wrap the short end around the longer end of the wire while pulling out the long end straight.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Slide your focal bead onto the wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Hold the wire 1/4″ above the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Straighten the loop by wrapping the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around two additional times, trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Open a jump ring and attach the circle part of the toggle clasp.

Now you can measure that portion of the bracelet and figure out how long to make the ribbon section of the bracelet.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Cut about 5 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Don’t cut the ribbon yet. Thread a jump ring onto the end of the ribbon. I used both regular silk ribbon and fairy ribbon, so 2 ribbons.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Fold about an inch of ribbon over.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Wrap around the ribbon with the 22 gauge wire. Wrap around a few times pulling tightly.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

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

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Measure the ribbon, add an extra inch or so and then cut the ribbon.  Repeat Steps #14 – 17 for the other side.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Trim off the excess ribbon.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead

Attach one end of the ribbon to one side of the wire wrapped bead link using a jump ring.  Add the other side of the toggle clasp to the other side of the ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 66: Silk Ribbon Bracelet with Focal Bead


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ECT TV: Episode 3 Revisited

ECT TV

No new episode of ECT TV this week!  So sorry.  I needed a bit of  a break after Bracelet Boot Camp and getting ready for the Charm Bracelet eCourse.

There will be a second week off next week as well because I’ll be celebrating my anniversary!  We’ll be back with Episode 17 the following week (May 27th).

In the meantime, you can revisit all the previous episodes here:  ECT TV.

I wanted to share with you a couple bracelets that I’ve made recently that sort of come from ECT TV Episode 3.  You can watch episode 3 here.

ECT TV Episode 3: Double Stand BraceletIn that episode, I shared how to make a double bracelet.

Twisted BraceletThis bracelet is a triple bracelet.  Actually, in fact, it has a forth strand that’s a chain.  And ironically I used the same brass beads in this one, too.

I love this shade of blue with the brass.  I’m typically a strict silver girl, but I’ve been getting more and more into brass lately.

Bracelet Boot Camp Lesson 5This bracelet is similar, too, but I also added a handmade clasp.  You’ll find how to make the bead link in the post for Episode 3.

These both were bracelets I made for Bracelet Boot Camp.  (Sorry it’s over!  I may offer it again sometime in the future.)

Additionally, I made these bracelets:

Bracelet Boot Camp Lesson 3Bracelet Boot Camp Lesson 4IMG_1653-001All in all, it was 5 bracelets in 3 weeks and I’m pretty excited for these new bracelets!  I hope you joined in and made bracelets, too!

If not, you can get ideas from ECT Episode 3 and start making bracelets to go with your summer outfits!

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Pile on the Bracelets!

Stacking BraceletsStacking BraceletsI love wearing a bunch of bracelets at one time.  Pile them on, stack them up!  I love mixing them up.  I love adding more and more.

I think it’s hard to go wrong with stacking up bracelets.  I keep within a color theme.  Sometimes that theme is “colorful” and I’ll add all the colors of the rainbow.  Sometimes it’s like the above black and white theme.  Depending on your outfit, you could definitely through in a pop of color!

Mixing and matching metals is perfectly fine!

Mixing and matching bracelet styles is great and a lot of fun.  I love digging out my old bracelets that I made when I started making jewelry all those years ago and adding them to the mix.

Stacking BraceletsBreakdown of this pile of bracelets:

(And how you can make your own.)

The first few are bangle bracelets.  To learn how to make them, click here to go to ECT TV Episode 15.

Fabric Bangle BraceletIMG_1693 IMG_1698

IMG_1700Bangle BraceletThen I added a few of my older beaded bracelets.  To learn how to string, click here.  (That video I’m making a necklace, but obviously just make it shorter for a bracelet.)

IMG_1688 IMG_1690

IMG_1695 IMG_1691And finally, a stretch bracelet, which you can learn how to make here.

IMG_1697Separately, these bracelets are fine, but together they really make a statement!

Stacking BraceletsHere’s another stack that I like to wear quite often.

Stacked braceletsIn this one I mix brass with silver and I really love that combination.

Here’s the breakdown:

This is a bracelet I show how to make in Bracelet Boot Camp.  It has 3 beaded stands, plus a chain.

braceletNext are two really simple bracelets that have silver feather charms on brass chain.  You can learn how to make them in ECT Episode 13.

braceletAnd finally a spiral bangle in silver to add a little more silver to the mixing and matching.  Learn how to make this bracelet in the Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook.

braceletWhat bracelets do you have in your collection that you can mix up and pile on?

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ECT TV Episode 16: How to Make a Braided Bracelet

ECT TV Ep 16Braided Bracelet TutorialThis week I’ll teach you to make this quick and easy braided fabric bracelet!

Here’s the video episode:

Mother’s Day is coming up soon.  This bracelet would make a great present.  You can really customize it for your mom’s likes, favorite colors.  You can even use special fabrics or pieces of fabric from special pieces of clothing.

These are quick and simple to make and look great with a bunch stacked on your wrist!

Materials and Tools:

  • 3 different pieces of fabric.  (Or you can use the same fabric for all three strips.)
  • Wire – you can use 20 gauge, 22 gauge or 24 gauge half hard round wire.
  • 2 4mm jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another pair of pliers, such as bent nose pliers

Step #1

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialCut 3 strips of fabric about 1/2″ – 3/4″ wide.  Make sure the strips are long enough to go around your wrist with plenty of extra length because we’ll be braiding.

For a nice, neat look, cut the strips.  I wanted a more whimsical, shabby look, so I made a snip in the fabric and then ripped the rest of the way.

Step #2

Braided Bracelet TutorialGather all the strips at on end.  Make sure all the right sides of the fabric are facing up.

Step #3

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialCut off a piece of wire about 6″ or so.  Wrap the wire around a couple of inches from the end of the fabric.  Pull the wire tightly to make sure that the wire won’t slip off the fabric.

Then continue making wraps.

You don’t necessarily need to make the wraps perfectly neat because I’ll show you how to cover them.

Step #4

Braided Bracelet TutorialUsing your chain nose pliers, twist the wire.

Pull on the wire and fabric to make sure everything is secure.

Step #5

Braided Bracelet TutorialHold one end of the wire in round nose pliers just above where you made the twist.

Step #6

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialWrap around the pliers and in between the pliers and the twist.

Step #7

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialTake the loop off the round nose pliers and then hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Continue wrapping around and then wrap the other end.  Trim off any extra wire.

Step #8

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialUse chain nose pliers to bend the loop up.

Step #9

Braided Bracelet TutorialTrim off the excess fabric above the wire wrapping.  Leave enough so that the wire won’t slip off.

If you prefer, you could choose to leave the excess fabric.

Step #10

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraid the 3 fabrics together.  Keep braiding for as long as you would like your bracelet.  Remember to keep in mind the extra length the clasp will add.

Step #11

Braided Bracelet TutorialFollow the same process with the wire at the other end and then trim off the excess wire.

Braided Bracelet TutorialStep #12

Braided Bracelet TutorialI wrapped another strip of fabric around the wire and tied it tightly.

Step #13

Braided Bracelet TutorialAdd a clasp to each side.

(For help with opening jump rings, I show this in the video.)

Step #14

Braided Bracelet TutorialYou can stop there and have a really cute bracelet!

Or add some bead dangles.

Step #15

Braided Bracelet TutorialAdd bead dangles.  For help with that, click here:  How to make a bead dangle.

Step #16

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialAdd the bead dangles using a 7mm jump ring.  Just put one fabric strip into a jump ring, add a bead dangle and close.

Braided Bracelet TutorialBraided Bracelet TutorialThen make a whole stack of them!

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ECT TV Episode 13: How to Make Simple Jewelry

ECT TV Episode 13I love beautiful statement jewelry.  I love my jewelry pieces to be colorful.  I love lots of beads and wire.

But sometimes just a simple piece of jewelry is beautiful.

I know I have people who watch ECT TV who have never made jewelry before who are just considering it.  Some people have told me that they want to fix their own jewelry, but not necessarily make their own jewelry.  And I know I have more advanced jewelry makers as well.  But this week we’re going simple.

Once you can do everything in this episode, you’ll be able to fix chains that are broken, change out clasps or add pendants to new chains that are custom sized for you!  You will be able to make very simple earrings as well.

Here’s the episode:

ECT TV Episode 13

There are two quick and easy tutorials this week. You can easily get the materials from your local A.C. Moore and Michael’s. If you don’t have those stores, try your local craft or bead store or find interesting charms and chain from a nearby thrift store.

Simple Chain Bracelet:

Simple Chain BraceletSimple Chain BraceletTools and Materials:

  • Brass chain (A.C. Moore)
  • 4 7mm jumprings (A.C. Moore)
  • Brass lobster clasp (A.C. Moore)
  • Feather charms (Michael’s)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers (or another pair of pliers)

Step #1

Simple Chain BraceletCut the chain to size with wire cutters.  Alternatively, you can usually open a link on the chain with pliers.

How to figure out what size to cut:  I like my bracelets a little loose, so I usually measure the chain tightly around my wrist and cut it.  When I add the clasp the bracelet is the right size for how I like to wear my bracelet.

If you prefer a more snug fit then measure around your wrist, measure the length of the claps and then subtract the length of the clasp from the length of the chain and then cut.

Step #2

How to open a jump ringOpen a jump ring.  Hold the jump ring with two pairs of pliers.  I like to use chain nose and bent nose.  The opening in the jump ring should be in the middle of the pliers.

Keeping the circle shape intact, push straight forward with one wrist and pull toward you with the other wrist.  The jump ring will open.

How to open a jump ringStep #3

Simple Chain BraceletFind the middle of the chain and add the chain to the jump ring through a link.

Step #4

Simple Chain BraceletAdd 2 feather charms to the jump ring.

Step #5

Simple Chain BraceletClose the jump ring.  To close do the same thing as opening, but opposite.  Go past the point of closure a couple of times and then click the jump ring together – you may hear or feel a click (sometimes you don’t, though.)

Step #6

Simple Chain BraceletOpen another jump ring and attach the lobster clasp to one end of the chain.

Step #7

Simple Chain BraceletOn the other end add a couple of jump rings.  I like to use a couple jump rings even if the size is right with just one because it’s easier to put on the bracelet when there are 2, even if you never use the other one.

Simple Chain BraceletIdeas to Customize:

This bracelet is just the beginning.  Obviously you can add more charms, use different chain, different clasp, etc., etc.!!

Simple Earrings:

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsTools and Materials:

  • Brass wire or 2 3″ headpins
  • 2 Feather charms
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Paintbrush, pen or something cylindrical to bend around.

Step #1

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsEither cut two pieces of brass wire to 3″ each;

or if you’re using headpins, cut the ends with the “heads” off.

(I used the headpins because I didn’t have any brass wire on hand, but I did have the brass headpins.)

Step #2

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsHold the wires together so that you can get exact copies.  Bend them around the paintbrush handle (or you can use a pen or something else).

One side will be a little longer than the other side.

Step #3

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsMake a bend in the wire in the longer end.

Step #4

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsIMG_1212Make a loop in the shorter end of the wire.  To do this hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers near the very tip of the pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.  Hold it so that the longer end of the earring wires that you bent is facing you.

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

Simple EarringsRepeat for both earrings.

Step #5

Simple EarringsSimple EarringsOpen up the loop in the earring wire simpler to how you open up a jump ring, but you can hold the earring wire in your hand and use your pliers to open it.

Step #6

Simple EarringsAdd a feather charm.

Step #7

Simple EarringsClose the earring wire.

Repeat for the second earring.

Simple EarringsIdeas to Customize:

Again, these earrings are really just the beginning!  Use other charms, make bead dangles, add some chain and add the feathers to the chain, have fun!

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