Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace Tutorial

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialI love nature.  I love to be in nature.  Waterfalls are my favorite, but trees I also think trees are pretty great, too!

I know that being in nature is a big key for creativity and inspiration.  I love the colors in nature (isn’t it cool how nature is about to put colors together in such a beautiful way?)

Because of this, I also love using natural materials in jewelry and pieces that remind me of nature.

This necklace uses wooden buttons and turquoise beads and brown cord (it’s fake leather, but it’s still earthy.)  The colors remind me of things I see out in nature.

You can use the same techniques and make a different necklace with a completely different inspiration, or maybe other colors you find beautiful in nature.

Let’s get started!

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialMaterials and Tools:

  • Wood buttons ( I used 2 of these)
  • Turquoise beads (I used 3 of these)
  • Some sort of cord, I used some fake leather cord.
  • 18 gauge wire  (half-hard, round)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Another paid of pliers
  • Scissors to cut your cord

Step #1

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialCut a piece of wire a few inches longer on each than the button you’re using.

Step #2

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialLoosely bend the wire in half.

Step #3

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialSlide the wire in the holes of the buttons.  If your button has 4 holes, just use 2 holes across from each other.

Step #4

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialFold out the wire, kind of like when you open a brad.

Step #5

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialBend the wire let in the photo.

Step #6

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialHold one end of the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #7

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialWrap the wire around a barrel of the pliers and between the button and the pliers.

Straighten the loop.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace Tutorial

 

Step #8

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialHold that loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around a few times.  Cut off any excess wire.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #9

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialRepeat to the other side.

Step #10

Make 2 of these.

Step #11

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialCut another piece of wire that’s a few inches longer on each end than the bead you’re using.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers.

Step #12

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialJust like in steps #7 – 8, make a wire wrapped loop.

Step #13

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialSlide the bead on and then repeat a wire wrapped loop on the other end.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #14

Repeat to make three of these bead links.

Step #15

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialEarthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialEarthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialUse cord to tie together each of the links.  I just made knots and cut off the excess, leaving however much of the cord you would like.

Earthy Wood and Turquoise Necklace TutorialStep #16

Wood, Turquoise and Cord Necklace TutorialTie the cord to each end to finish the necklace.

You can either leave it loose and just tie it with a bow to put it on.

Or you can do a couple sliding knots.

Wood, Turquoise and Cord Necklace TutorialWear your new earthy necklace!  I’ve been wearing mine a lot!

Nature Jewelry WorkshopDo you love nature and making jewelry?  I have this awesome eWorkshop that teaches you how to go out into nature and get inspired and then make jewelry with items from nature and inspired from items in nature!

(Note:  This is Week #1 from Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry)

Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 14: Wire Wrapping Anything

How to Wire Wrap AnythingThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 14 and the project is Wire Wrapping Anything.

The actual project in the book is the Monopoly Charm Bracelet.  I use this project to show you tips and tricks to wire wrap anything!

Rock Charm Bracelet TutorialA few weeks ago I traveled to Lewes, Delaware and came across this beautiful beach with tons of beautiful stones.

My family and I love to travel, and we often find ourselves in lovely natural settings.  When I was creating my Rediscover Your Creativity through Making Jewelry eCourse, one project is making jewelry from things you find in nature.  I created my first rock charm and started my bracelet.

I then decided that it would be awesome to collect stones from the places we visit and add them to my bracelet.  So now I have three charms that have very significant memories, and I know it will continue to grow.

Rock Charm Bracelet The project in the book is the Monopoly Bracelet, but you can wire wrap anything using the techniques in the book.  (If you want a video and more specific information on wire wrapping and making jewelry from natural things, I would recommend my Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse or Nature Jewelry Workshop!)

Rock Charm Bracelet If you want to create along with me, grab the Wire Wrapping For Beginners book.  (You can purchase and instantly download the e-version or get the print version shipped to you!)