ECT TV Episode 25: Quick and Simple {and elegant} Wire Earrings

ECT TV Episode 25:  Quick and Easy Earrings

Quick and Simple Hammered Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

This week we’ll learn how to make a very quick and easy pair of earrings + we’re hammering!

Here’s the video episode:

In the video I mention Earrings eCourse

and Earrings Every Day Month.

Starts September 1st

They both start on September 1st.

To participate in Earrings Every Day Month, make a pair of earrings every day in the month of September!  You can sign up for a newsletter to get daily emails from me with earring inspiration!

In Earrings eCourse you get a new earring tutorial in your inbox every single morning.

So for Earrings Every Day, you get inspirational photos . . .

and

In Earrings eCourse you actually learn how to make the earrings.

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{If you enroll, you will have access to all the tutorials after September and forever.  I’m just only running Earrings eCourse with the daily emails in September and you can only get access now.}

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Quick and Simple Earrings Tutorial

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • 2 Beads*  I used Mixed Gemstone Beads 8mm from Happy Mango Beads
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire (I used copper, but use whatever metal you like)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Jewelry file (or a nail file works fine, too)
  • Chasing hammer and steel block or anvil

* About the beads for this project.  You can use any beads you like, but make sure the bore hole isn’t too big.  This might take a little experimentation if you’re trying different beads.

Also remember when choosing beads to not choose beads that are too heavy and pull down your ears.

Step #1

Quick and Simple Earrings

Cut 2 pieces of wire the same length.  I cut mine to 4″.  We’ll fold the wire in half, so in this case the earrings will hang about 2″ from my ears.  You might want to make yours shorter or longer.

Step #2

Quick and Simple Earrings

Make a flush cut on each end of each wire.  (Use the back of your wire cutters toward the work.)

Step #3

Quick and Simple Earrings

Hammer one end of each wire flat with your chasing hammer.  I hammered the bottom 1/2″.  You can make sure to only hammer the amount you want by just putting that amount on the steel block.  Alternatively, you could make a mark on the wire and then wipe it off when you’re done hammering.

You are hammering the wire flat and it will be wider, too.  That is what will keep the bead on the wire.

Quick and Simple Earrings

Step #4

Quick and Simple Earrings

Slide a bead on each wire.

If the bead slides off you need to either: 

  1. Hammer the end more to flatten it out more, or
  2. Use a bead with a smaller bore hole.

Sometimes this takes a little experimenting.

Step #5

Quick and Simple Earrings

I like to loosely find the middle of the wire.

Step #6

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Bend the wire in half against chain nose pliers.

Step #7

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Use your fingers to sort of curve out the wire.

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Step #8

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

File the end that will go into your ears with a jewelry file or nail file.  I like to round the edges.

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Wire Earrings

Quick and Easy Hammered Earring Tutorial

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A Different Take on the Stretch Bracelet

Stretchy BraceletI got these awesome recycled vinyl disc beads from Happy Mango Beads.  When I got them, I wasn’t sure how to use them.

recycled vinyl disc beadsThen I realized that I liked the look of these disc beads all stacked together.  So I decided to make a simple stretch bracelet.

Click here for How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet.

recycled vinyl disc beadsTip:  For these beads you could go crazy adding them one by one to your bracelet.  So instead keep them stacked and add them a stack at a time.  This worked really well for me.recycled vinyl disc beadsUse the Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial to learn how to make a knot that will stay!

Stretchy Bracelet

Overcoming Obstacles to Reach Your Goal

 

IMG_5936 bOvercoming Challenges to Reach Your Goal

If the goal you’ve set is worthwhile, expect some resistance. Any significant goal in your life can only be reached by overcoming challenges along the way.

At each obstacle along the way, you can choose to either give up or press forward. You will succeed if you resolve to rise to the challenge, instead of sitting on the sidelines of life.

Try these strategies to get past your challenges and achieve your goals:

1. Identify Obstacles. Determine exactly what’s standing between you and your goal. When you think about a goal, what negative thoughts come into your mind? Write them down without stopping to think about what you’re writing. Think of all the reasons you could fail, and write them down.

* This strategy may seem contrary to much of the advice you’ve seen regarding goal setting. But when you’re done, you’ll have a powerful list of challenges that stand in your way. Go through the list and ask yourself how you can overcome each challenge.


* Put your plan into action, and keep attacking one challenge after another until you reach your goal.

2. Educate Yourself. Learn all you can about the challenges in front of you. The more you know about the circumstances or events that lie ahead, the better equipped you’ll be to meet and beat each challenge as it comes.

3. Seek advice. Do you know anyone who has achieved the goal you’re setting out to accomplish? Ask that person for a meeting. Talk to them about how they got to where they are today. What mistakes have they made? What worked and what didn’t? Your mentor may point out obstacles you haven’t thought about.

* Use the experience of others to shorten your learning curve.

4. Think small. If you’ve set a worthy goal, you’ll face doubts if you only look at the big picture. Instead, take out your list of negatives, pick one and get to work on solving that one challenge. When you’re done, move on to the next obstacle on the list. Continue until you’ve reached your goal. Take small steps, consistently, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

5. Remember “why.” If you have a big enough “why,” your “how” will take care of itself. Take a few minutes to write down all the benefits of reaching this goal. What will your life be like? How will you feel about yourself? How will your quality of life improve? How will the lives of your loved ones be better? Read through your list daily for motivation.

6. Celebrate small victories. Each hurdle that you overcome gets you one step closer to your goal. Instead of waiting to celebrate the final achievement of your objectives, seek small ways to celebrate each little victory. These small rewards will spur you on to more action that will ultimately lead you to the doorstep of the destiny you deserve.

7. Enjoy the journey. Overcoming the challenges in front of you will create a sense of pride and joy in your accomplishments. Remember to enjoy the process. When you face roadblocks, refuse to dwell on them. Instead, focus on solutions that propel you forward.

Above all, keep a positive attitude. Expect difficulty and prepare yourself to meet each one head on. Seek the advice of those who have succeeded before you, and review daily why your goal is important. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy each little success along the way. If you do, you can achieve anything your heart desires.

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Dangles and Charms

Earlier this week, I posted a tutorial on how to make a stretchy  bracelet.  Today I’ll show you how to really express yourself with some creative charms.

Tools and Materials:

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

  • You’ll need the Stretchy Bracelet you made a couple days ago.
  • Beads to match your bracelet.
  • Charms
  • Headpins
  • Jump rings (I used 7 mm)
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 pairs of needle nose, chain nose or bent nose pliers (or a combination)

Step #1

Stretchy Bracelet with Charms Tutorial

Use my Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial to make a stretchy bracelet.

Step #2

How to Make a Stretch Bracelet with Charms

Make bead dangles.  You can watch the video here to see how to make a dangle, too.

Slide a bead onto a headpin.  I almost always use 2″ headpins.

Step #3

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Grasp the head pin with your round nose pliers.  Wrap around one barrel of the pliers and around the wire once.

Step #4

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Pull the dangle off the pliers and straighten the loop so it’s directly over the bead in the center.

Step #5

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Hold the dangle with one pair of pliers.  Use another pair to wrap the wire around, going in the same direction of your first wrap.

Keep the wraps tight, straight and close together.

Step #6

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Open a jump ring.  Opening a jump ring might be different than you think.  Grasp the jump ring on either side of the opening with 2 pairs of pliers (one pair on each side.)

Push one pair forward while pulling one pair back.  Keep the circle intact, just open it.

Step #7

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Place a bead dangle on the open jump ring and then place in between 2 beads on the stretchy bracelet.

Step #8

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Close the jump ring.  To do this, just do the opposite of opening a jump ring.  Go past the point of closing a couple of times and then click it into place.  You may even hear or feel a click.

Step #9

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

Continue adding bead dangles and charms until you’re satisfied.

For the charms, I used 2 jump rings for each charm.

How to Make a Stretchy Bracelet with Charms

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How to Have a Jewelry Making Party

How to Have a Jewelry Making Party

How to Have Your Own Jewelry Making Party

Want to have a great party with your favorite female friends?

Have a jewelry making party!

It’s also the perfect activity for a little girl’s birthday party!  Depending on their age you can allow them to pick out their beads and string them, and then you can help them finish the jewelry.

Here are my tips to have a jewelry party:

Step #1:  Planning

Here are some things to think about when you’re planning your party:

* What will you make?  Think about the jewelry making abilities of your friends who will be attending.  Are they already jewelry makers with their own tools?  Or are they complete newbies?  You’ll have to pick out the activity based on the skill levels.

Look through my free jewelry tutorials for ideas of things you can make.

* If no one at your party has made jewelry before you can:

  • Hire someone to teach you.  (If you’re in the Lancaster, PA area, you can hire me!)
  • Make something that uses minimal tools.  For example, make a Stretchy Bracelet, which takes no special tools.  Or try Glass Tile Pendants, which can be unique expressions and a beautiful reminder of the party and doesn’t take any special tools.

* Make a list of the supplies you’ll need:

  • Supplies for each person for the project.
  • Tools if needed.  Ask people to bring their own if they have them.
  • If you’re doing a project that includes beads, get felt pieces to use a as place mat to keep the beads from rolling around.
  • A little bag to take home their project in is a nice touch.  I love these cotton bags which are handmade in the U.S.A.

* Plan out your snacks and refreshments.

* You’ll need a place to sit and some sort of table for them to work on as well.  You can use your dining room table, a folding table, TV trays or any combination.

(Note:  There are places to rent if your home isn’t conducive to having a group making jewelry.  For example in my area there is the Hobby House.  You might have similar places you could rent for a few hours.)

Step #2:  Preparation

Now that you’ve planned, it’s time to start to prepare for your party.

* If you are leading the project (not hiring someone to teach), make a sample and make sure you understand the project completely so you can teach others.

* Gather and purchase the materials you’ll need.

* If possible, print instructions for each guest.  Here’s a handy PDF of the Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial if you’re going to be making that.  Click here:  Stretchy Beaded Bracelet.

* Purchase snacks.

* Gather the tables and chairs you’ll need for the party.

Step #3:  Right Before the Party

Now it’s time to set up the party.

* Set up the table and chairs and any decorations.

* Set up a place for each guest with the materials, printed instructions, felt placemat (if applicable) and anything that they need that you are providing

* Prepare and set up the snacks

Step #4:  The Party

Woo hoo!  Party time!

* Greet guests and show them to the snacks.

* Relax, have fun and make your jewelry.

I hope these simple instructions help make your next jewelry making party go smoothly.  The most important part?  Have fun!