Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant

How to make a Gemstone Chip and Spiral PendantThe Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant is a fun tutorial that will not only give you a pattern to make this great pendant, but teach you some wire wrapping skills that you can use with other jewelry, too!

This beautiful pendant tutorial will teach you, if you don’t know already, how to make wire wrapped loops, closed spirals, open spirals and other jewelry making skills.

Gemstone and Sprial Pendant TutorialI use close up, full color photos to teach you every step you need to be successful making this tutorial. Even if you are a beginner at wire work these instructions will take you step-by-step through the entire pendant.

I also give several ideas to customize this pendant and really make it yours!

Gemstone and Spiral Pendant TutorialNow available in my Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook.  Click here to learn more and purchase for instant download.

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

Recycled Glass Bead Knotted Jewelry Set Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead JewelryI’ve been eying up these recycled glass beads from Happy Mango Beads.  As you may know, recycled jewelry is kind of my thing.

I was out of beading wire (I know, crazy, right?!?) and didn’t feel like running out to get some more.  That is how I came up with this design and technique.  Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry IMG_9573Materials and Tools:

For Necklace:

  • Clear Round Tabular Recycled Glass Beads – Indonesia 14mm (You’ll need a full strand for the necklace and a partial strand for the earrings and bracelet)
  • Cotton Cord – you can get this at Fire Mt. Gems or at most crafts stores – 1mm
  • Scissors

For Bracelet:

  • All of the above from the necklace, plus:
  • Crimp ends – I got mine at AC Moore, they sell them on Fire Mt. Gems, too.
  • 2 Jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Pewter Toggle 18mm

For Earrings:

  • 4 of the recycled glass beads
  • 20 gauge wire
  • Earring wires (or make your own)

Recycled Glass Bead Necklace Instructions

This is necklace is especially great for those of you who have metal allergies!  No metal involved.

Step #1

Cut some cord.  I started out with more than twice the length of the necklace I wanted and had some excess.  Figure out how long you want your necklace and double it.

Step #2

Recycled Glass TutorialNow we’re going to start beading.  Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, add a bead, etc.

When you are making your knots, keep them close to the beads.

Before your first knot, leave several inches.

Here’s how I did it:

Recycled Glass TutorialHold the cord very close to the last bead and start to make the knot.

Recycled Glass TutorialWhile you are pulling the knot closed, also pull it close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialAs I’m pulling the knot, I hold the cord right next to the bead and make sure to get it right near the bead.

Alternatively, you could use some sort of a stick to make sure you get the knot close to the bead.

Recycled Glass TutorialI beaded one strand of the glass beads.  You can decide how long you would like your necklace.  I considered making it really long, but when I tried it on after beading one strand, it looked perfect so I stopped.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialThe the cord so that it’s even on the ends and then you can tie a bow to create the necklace.  It’s somewhat adjustable in length, just tie the bow in different places.

Recycled Glass Tutorial(Note:  If you prefer to add a clasp to the end, read on for how I added a clasp to my bracelet and use it on your necklace.)

Recycled Glass Bracelet Instructions

Step #1

Measure out cord about twice around your wrist.  Use the same knotting/beading technique as you did for the necklace.

Since a bracelet is difficult to tie on yourself, we’ll add a clasp instead.

Recycled Glass TutorialStep #2

Recycled Glass TutorialAdd a crimp end to each end and then trim off the excess cord.  These are also called “fold over” crimp ends.  Just fold over one side and then the other and squeeze it closed.  Pull on it to make sure it is secure.

Step #3

Recycled Glass TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and add the clasp to each end.

Recycled Glass Bead Bracelet TutorialRecycled Glass Tier Earrings Instructions

Step #1

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead links.

For extra help:

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Video Tutorial

Step #2

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialMake 2 bead dangles.  The holes on these beads are too large for regular head pins, so you can make your own spiral head pins.

For extra help:

Bead Dangle Video Tutorial

Headpin Video Tutorial

Step #3

Recycled Glass Bead Tier Earrings TutorialOpen 2 jump rings and 2 earring wires and assemble your earrings.

For extra help:

How to properly open and close jump rings video tutorial

How to Make Your Own Earring Wires Video Tutorial

Recycled Glass Bead Jewelry TutorialNow you have a full set.

How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialI was visiting my parents and my mom needed some thread, so we stopped at Joanne’s Fabric.  I went to check out the jewelry making section and I saw these beads:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialAnd I don’t know if it was that they exactly matched what I was wearing and I needed some jewelry to go with it, or they were just so shiny or what it was, but I knew I had to have them.

I wondered around the store and found this cool button:

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Button Accent TutorialWhen I put them together I loved the effect.  Shiny and bright with an aged, neutral look.

Here’s how I made the bracelet:

How to make a multistrand bracelet Materials and Tools:

  • A big bunch of beads!  These were Blue Moon beads I purchased at Joanne Fabric.  (Use any small beads you like.)
  • A big statement or accent button.  Again, I got it at Joanne’s, but you can pick up a button anywhere you can get sewing supplies or from your own button stash.
  • Beading wire.
  • A big, gorgeous toggle clasp from Happy Mango Beads.  You will need a nice big toggle clasp or alternatively you could use a lobster clasp with some chain or links on the other side.
  • Crimp beads.  I use two for each end of each strand, so I used 32 total!
  • Crimp bead covers for each crimp bead.  Optional.  I actually didn’t use them this time because there were so many!
  • Wire cutters
  • Crimp tool or chain nose pliers.

Step #1

How to make a multistrand braceletMeasure around your wrist and then add lots of extra inches for room to work with your bracelet.  Then cut 8 pieces of wire the same length.  (You obviously can use less or more strands if you like!)

Step #2

How to make a multistrand braceletPull all of the strands together through the button hole.

How to make a multistrand braceletThen pull them through the other hole and center them as seen in the photo.

Step #3

How to make a multistrand braceletStart beading each strand.  Remember, each strand has to go halfway around your wrist.

TIP:

How to make a multistrand braceletUse scotch tape or a bead saver at the end of each strand to hold the beads on.  Otherwise, and trust me on this, you will bump it, move it or forget that the beads aren’t secure and have to start over again.

How to make a multistrand braceletStep #4

How to make a multistrand braceletCheck to make sure all of your strands are even (or you can just do this as you go along or even count the number of beads and use the same number……..)

Step #5

How to make a multistrand braceletAt this point we’re ready to start securing the bracelet to the clasp.  If you don’t know how to use crimp beads, you can watch ECT TV Episode 58 for 2 different ways to crimp.  Click here for that video.

Step #6

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletYou have a couple of options at this step.  you could secure the strands to something else which would then connect to the toggle.  I considered making a bead link.  You could use a jump ring, but I highly suggest you use a soldered jump ring.  Or you could use any kind of closed link.

The big toggle clasp I used had plenty of room to put all the strands through, so I just connected right to the clasp.

Make sure that you check the bracelet fit PLUS add a little more if you’re using this big toggle because you’ll have to get the bar through the loop and it’s long!

TIP:

When making this bracelet, it’s easy for the strands to get all mixed up and then you don’t know which end goes with which end.  Just very gently pull on one end and you’ll see the other end move.

I would attach one full strand at a time to each end of the toggle as I went along.  Close all the crimp beads and add crimp bead covers if you’re using them.

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletHow to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletStep #7How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletPull gently on each strand to make sure it’s secure and then trim all the excess wire.

Step #8

How to Make a Multi-Strand BraceletAnd you’re done.

It is relatively simple, it’s just a little time consuming making so many strands of those little beads.  It was completely worth it, though!!

How to Make a Multi-Strand Bracelet

Fringe Statement Necklace Style 2

IMG_6596 bRemember the How to Make A Fringe Statement Necklace Video Tutorial?

Today I’ll show you a different twist on it.

The steps are basically the same, so watch the video first.

Fringe Necklace TutorialFor this necklace, I made 10 spiral headpins in 2 different lengths.

I used wood beads and shell beads.

Fringe Necklace TutorialThen I just made dangles in 2 different lengths.

Fringe Necklace TutorialThen I just placed them on wire, alternating the dangles and finished up the necklace as show in the video.

Fringe Necklace TutorialHave you made the fringe necklace?  How did you make yours?

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