ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) I’ll show you how to make a simple necklace with an arrowhead, wire and leather cord.

Even if you don’t have an arrowhead or do not wish to make an arrowhead necklace, you’ll find creative inspiration from my inspiration and a technique for crimping cord ends with wire.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Creative Inspiration:

I was recently on vacation in upstate New York.  During our trip we went to the Secret Caverns in Howes Cave, New York (which I highly recommend!)  I got a couple arrowheads there.  (Or really, reproduction arrowheads.)

I am part Native American.  I am just getting into tracing my family tree again, so I don’t have a lot of information, but from what I remember my grandmother telling me we’re from the Mohawk Tribe.  During our trip we drove through a Mohawk Reservation, which was really exciting.

So this necklace is really about my heritage and also a souvenir from my trip.

Creativity Tip (Heritage):

I invite you to think about your heritage and think about how you could incorporate that into a jewelry design.  You might think about specific relics or symbols or perhaps colors or specific gemstones.  How can you incorporate those into your design?

Alternative Creativity Tip (Travel):

Whenever you go on a trip, it changes you.  You learn new things, see new things and experience new things.  Think about a vacation or road trip you’ve taken.  How could you reflect that experience into a jewelry design?

If you want to get a creativity booster, learn jewelry making skills and make a souvenir charm bracelet, check out my FREE Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry Mini eCourse.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Arrowhead
  • Leather cord (or any other material of cord)
  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire
  • 6 – 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut 6 inches of cord.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Thread 2 jump rings onto the cord.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Wrap the cord around the arrowhead starting at the front and wrap around and cross it in the back positioning the cord in the notches in the arrowhead.

Position the jump rings so they’re on the sides of the arrowhead.

Wrap the cord back to the front and pull the ends through the jump rings on each side again.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Position the jump rings in the back of the arrowhead on each side.  (They won’t fit nicely into the notches, so this is the best place for them.)

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tie the leather cord in the front.  Pull the knot very tightly and make sure it’s secure.

Alternatively, if you don’t like the look of tying in the front, tie it in the back instead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut about 4 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Now we’ll add the necklace part to our arrowhead pendant.  Pull leather cord through one of the jump rings on the side of the arrowhead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Fold the leather over making about an inch and a half overlap.

I like to have the overlap on the front of the necklace because I like the kind of rustic look, but you could have it on the backside.

Wrap the 22 gauge wire around the leather cord.  I hold about an inch or so of the wire in one hand and make the wraps using the other hand.

I start about 1/4 inch from the fold and work in towards the jump ring.  Make about 4 wraps.  (You can make as many wraps as you like.  Just be consistent on each side.)

Make the wraps tight and make sure they are holding the cord together and sturdy.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to push them together.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Pull the short end across the leather and then cut off the excess wire.  Cut it off in the middle of the cord on the top to lessen the likelihood of scratching your neck.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to push in the ends of the wire so they’re not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess cord.  I like to leave a little above the wire wraps, but you can trim it as close as you like.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat for the other side as well.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

You could just tie the cord around your neck and be done.

Or you can add a clasp.  To do that slide a jump ring on the end of the cord.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat Steps #6 – #11 to make a wire wrapped crimp to hold the jump rings on each end.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Add the clasp using a jump ring and I like to add a second jump ring to the other side to finish the necklace.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

And that’s the finished necklace!

You can use the wire wrapped crimp cord technique anytime you’re using a cord!

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ECT TV Episode 52: Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll show you how to make a fun pendant with lots of jump rings!

Watch the video here:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

These are the same instructions that are in the video, but in step-by-step photos.

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • Jump Rings – I used many 7mm jump rings, but you can experiment with whatever size you have on hand.
  • Wire – I used 14 gauge aluminum wire which was soft.  I also used 16 gauge wire that was pretty hard (it didn’t have a hardness listed since it was coated copper) and it was difficult to use.  Probably any gauge from 18 to 14 would work great.*
  • Chain
  • Clasp
  • 3 4mm beads of your choice (optional)
  • 3 head pins (optional – but if you use beads, you’ll need headpins)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form a circle around

*Instead of wire, you could use a closed circle finding and bypass that part.  However, if your circle does not open at all, you’ll have to open and close all of your jump rings around the circle individually.

If you need a refresher on how to open and close jump rings, see the video.  I show how to do that at the beginning.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Wrap your wire around your ring mandrel or other cylindrical object to form a circle.  This is the base of your pendant, so decide on how large you would like it.  I wrapped around my ring mandrel at size 14.

Leave some overlapping wire on each side and then cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Start sliding closed jump rings onto the circle.  Continue until you get to the point where the wire is overlapping.

Note:  Before sliding your jump rings on to the circle, check to make sure that they’re all closed properly.  Sometimes jump rings come kind of open or crooked, etc., so you want to double check.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Cross the wires and close the circle.  Make sure it’s secure.  Try to get the ends as close to the circle as possible.

The main thing is that it’s secure.  It doesn’t really matter how ugly it looks because we’re covering it with jump rings anyway.

(I added a photo without jump rings so you can see it better.)

If it doesn’t feel secure, you could alternatively use a smaller gauge wire (maybe 20 or 22 gauge) and wrap around the overlapped portion of the circle.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Now continue to add jump rings until the entire circle is filled with jump rings, but now you’ll have to add each jump ring individually.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Cut your chain to the length you would like your necklace and separate into 2 chains.  Choose a jump ring from the pendant, open it and add the last link of the chain in and close the jump ring.

About an inch over from the first chain, choose another jump ring and open it and add the other chain.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add a lobster clasp to the end of one chain.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add a couple of jump rings to the end of the other chain.

Step #8

You may like the pendant as is without any bead dangles.  If that’s the case, you’re done!

If you want to add a few bead dangles, continue reading.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Slide a bead onto a headpin.

Hold the headpin in round nose pliers just above the bead, leaving a little space.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers and in between the bead and the pliers.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

The loop will not be centered over the bead, so straighten it.  I hold the loop in my chain nose pliers and straighten it while I wrap the end around one time.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Now, still holding the loop in chain nose pliers (switching hands) wrap the wire around for a total of 3 times (so 2 additional times.)  Use bent nose pliers to help you wrap the wire or just use your hand if you prefer.

Cut off any excess wire.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure that the end isn’t poking out.

Repeat three times or for however many bead dangles you’d like to add to your pendant.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Find the middle of the pedant on the opposite side of where you placed the chain.  Open a jump ring and add a bead dangle.

Check to make sure it’s the middle.  You can simply open the jump ring, remove the bead dangle and move it to a different jump ring if you didn’t get it in the middle the first time.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

Add the other 2 bead dangles.  I counted 5 jump rings on each side from the first bead dangle and added each of the other 2 bead dangles.

ECT TV Episode 52:  Jump Ring Pendant

And that’s your completed pendant!

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Trouble Shooting Jump Rings

Trouble Shooting Jump Rings

I remember when I finally figured out jump rings.  It was like the heavens opened up and my whole world changed.

Well, maybe not quite all that, but it was pretty exciting.  Once you figure out this basic skill, you have a lot more options.  And it’s pretty simple, you just need to know how to do it.

Here’s a short video on how to open and close jump rings if you haven’t had this life-changing experience yet.  🙂

Even if you know how to properly open and close jump rings they can still cause you trouble.  They can open when they shouldn’t, don’t close properly, look wrong and just be all around frustrating.  I use jump rings in a lot (if not most) of my jewelry projects, so you might as well get used to them!

Here are a few common reasons you might be having problems with jump rings:

Jump ring is too thin

If your jump ring is too thin (the gauge is too thin), the jump ring will have trouble holding its shape as well as holding together whatever else it’s holding.  If your jump rings keep opening, this might be the issue.  In this case use a thicker jump ring.

Jump ring is too soft

If the hardness of your jump ring is too soft, again, it can’t hold it’s shape and your project together.  If this is the case you can harden the wire by opening and closing your jump ring several times.  (Like I do at the end of the video above when I’m closing the jump ring.)

Gap in your jump ring after you close it

First make sure you’ve closed it properly.

However, this can happen sometimes even if you do close it properly.  Wire tends to spring back wherever it wants and doesn’t always go where you want it to go.  To fix it, wiggle the wire back and forth, opening and closing the jump ring until it clicks into place.

Jump ring isn’t a perfect circle

This can happen, too, even if you closed the jump ring properly.  Sometimes you make a mistake that you didn’t realize or sometimes the jump ring wasn’t perfect when you got it.  I sometimes try to fix it, but usually it’s much less frustrating to just get a new jump ring and start again.  Usually it’s not worth your frustration.

I hope these help you with any issues you may have with jump rings.  If you have any other questions, leave a comment (reply) below and I’ll try to help you!

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ECT TV Episode 51: Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51

In Episode 51 of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, I’ll show you how to make an adjustable bangle bracelet.

Then you can express your creativity by choosing and making charms to add to it.

Watch the video:

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet:

ECT TV Episode 51

Materials and Tools:

  • 14 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Charms to add (any you like.  You can use bead dangles or pre-made charms)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Nylon or rawhide hammer and steel block

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 51

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Measure the wire around your wrist, allowing room to get the wire over your hand and cut the wire.

Make a flush cut on each end of the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make a loop on each end of the wire.  One loop will go up and the other will go down.  (This will make more sense as you keep reading through these instructions.)

I made a relatively large loop, so I held the wire in my round nose pliers close to the handle.

To make a loop hole the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through the top and you should be able to run your finger over the top.

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

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Use chain nose pliers to bend up the loop and make sure that the loops are facing opposite directions.  You can twist or bend the wire to accomplish this.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Open the loops just like you would open a jump ring.  Do not pull the loop apart, but instead open it front and back and maintain the circle shape.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Place the wire from the bracelet in the loops and close the loops.  You can see in this photo how one is facing up and one is facing down.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Make sure your bracelet is in the shape that you want it and hammer it with a nylon or rawhide hammer.  Hold the part where the double wire is off the steel block (you won’t be able to hammer that part.)

Hammer gently to harden the wire.  The nylon or rawhide hammer will harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

Add charms and/or bead dangles as you like using jump rings.

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a short helpful video.

To keep your charms in kind of one spot, place them where the wire is doubled and make sure that your loops are closed completely.  Otherwise they’ll move around the entire bracelet.

ECT TV Episode 51:  Adjustable Bangle Bracelet

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Necklace Inspired by Nature Themed Art Journal Page

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Yesterday I shared the mixed media knotted bead I made for this necklace and how to make it and now I have a completed necklace!

In case you missed it, this necklace was inspired by a nature themed art journal page I made.

Nature Themed Art Journal Page

I pulled out the colors from the page and the feeling that I get when I look at the page and recreated it in jewelry.

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Nature Jewelry Necklace

Tomorrow we’ll continue on this theme and I’ll take you through the how I decided on materials for this necklace.

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