Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

Earrings Every Day Month, Final Day

September has been Earrings Every Day Month here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials.  Each day we’ve been making a pair of earrings.  I’ve been showing you what I’ve been making (links below) here on my blog.

The end of a month long project is always so bittersweet, isn’t it?

On one hand, I’m proud of all the earrings I’ve made.  I had so much fun and creative inspiration the entire month.

On the other hand, I’m sad it’s over.  It’s become such a part of my daily routine to make earrings each day.

Simultaneously with this project, I’ve been doing a daily scrapbooking project as well this month.  And it feels so weird that both are over.

But the thing about it is it doesn’t actually have to be over.  I can keep making jewelry every day and I can keep scrapbooking each day, too.  And I just might do that.  🙂

I wanted to share my last couple of earrings from Earrings Every Day Month/Earrings eCourse.

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Day 29:  Chain and Bead Teardrop Earrings

Chain and Bead Teardrops

These earrings were a new edition for the 2015 Earrings eCourse and so much fun to make!

The beads are beads are from a necklace that I took apart that I got at a used jewelry sale.  (I used beads from the same necklace for these earrings, too.)

I made my own earring wires as usual.  That’s something I’m finding I did more often this year.  I think I used earrings I made myself for all of the earrings this year instead of using any store purchased.

It is pretty quick and easy just to make your own earring wires.

Day 30:  Beaded Square Earrings

Beaded Square Earrings

These are also new for the 2015 Earrings eCourse.

I chose to just use a variety of randomly colored beads, just pulling out beads from a bag of multicolored beads I had.

I used brass wire and, of course, made my own earring wires.

Well, that concludes Earrings Every Day Month for another year!

If you are in Earrings eCourse, you have continued access the the class and can keep on making earrings with the tutorials.  And if you are an Earrings Every Day participant with either the paid (Earrings eCourse) or free version and feel “behind,” just keep on going.  You can still make earrings.  Don’t feel behind.

If you missed out this year, don’t worry!  There will be Earrings Every Day Month again in September 2016!

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26

Day 27

P.S.  Earrings Every Day Month (and Earrings eCourse) will be held again next September.  Signups will be open sometime in August 2016.

In the meantime, you can find all kinds of eWorkshops, eBooks, print books, individual jewelry tutorials and other eCourses here.

ECT TV Episode 50: Chunky Beads and Chain Necklace

ECT TV Episode 50

In today’s episode of ECT TV, I’ll show you how to make this lovely necklace.  It was inspired by the chunky beads and my need for more necklaces in my life.

Watch the video tutorial here:

Tips for Working With Chunky Beads:

These beads were big and chunky, which is why I loved them.  There are some considerations when working with big beads, though.

1.  You can’t just strand them altogether on beading wire.  There has to be some separation between them or your strand doesn’t drape nicely.  It will just be stiff and not have any movement.  I think the little beads in between look almost like knotting in between the beads.  (And knotting is a good idea for chunky beads.  See knotting instructions here.)

2.  The beads were too heavy for me to use all around my neck.  The weight would make it uncomfortable.  That’s why I opted to use a chain for half the necklace.

3.  I always use 2 crimp beads when I’m string anyway, but in this case it’s especially important because of the weight.  You want to make sure the beads are extra secure.

ECT TV Episode 50

Repurposing Used Jewelry:

I also mentioned that I got this necklace from a used jewelry sale.  I love finding supplies at sales like these or at thrift stores.  In this case, I purchased the necklace because of the chain and it’s a great compliment to the beads.

When purchasing used jewelry at a thrift store or used jewelry sale, look for something in the piece you love, even if you don’t love the piece itself.  And watch the price and make sure you’re not paying too much for whatever it is you’re purchasing.  $1.00 for all that chain seemed like a great deal to me.

ECT TV Episode 50

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Chunky Bead and Chain Necklace:

ECT TV Episode 50

Tools and Materials:

  • Chunky beads (mine came from A.C. Moore)
  • Chain (I took apart an old necklace, but you can use new chain)
  • Spacer beads for in between the chunky beads
  • 4 Crimp beads
  • 4 Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • 2 Wire guards (optional*)
  • Jump Rings
  • Clasp
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

* If you aren’t using wire guards, here is a stringing tutorial without the wire guards.  Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to use chain nose pliers instead of a crimp tool.  You can string right to the chain in this case or use a soldered jump ring then attach the soldered jump ring to the chain with a regular jump ring.

ECT TV Episode 50

Beading Wire:

I used 49 strand beading wire for this necklace.  It has more strands so it’s stronger and is also more pliable and flexible and gives your necklace a nice drape.  It also is expensive compared to others.

Buy the best material you can with the budget you have.  19 strand wire would probably be fine in this case, too, but I wouldn’t use 7 strand or something similar because you’ll run the risk of your necklace breaking.

Step #1

Decide how long you want the beaded part of your necklace to be.  You probably just want it across the front of your neck.

Then place your beads in a design that you’ll bead on the beading string.

Step #2

Cut a piece of wire the length of your bead design plus a few inches on each side extra.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 50

A wire guard looks like this.  It has 2 tubes on the ends of the U and the curved part is open on one side.

ECT TV Episode 50

Slide the wire up through one of the tubes.

Step #4

Using a wire guard

Pull the wire around and back down through the other tube.

Step #5

Using a wire guard

Pull the wire tightly into the wire guard.

Step #6

Using a wire guard

Pull a crimp bead up against the wire guard, making sure to go over both wires.

Step #7

Crimping

Using the crimping tool, crimp the bead.  First put the crimp bead in the larger notch that’s closer to the handle of the tool and close it.

Crimping

This is what the bead will look like.  It’s flattened and it also has a crease in the middle.

Step #8

Crimping

Now place the crimp bead in the other notch closest to the tip of the tool.  Close the tool to fold the bead in half.

Crimping

Step #9

Crimping

Optional step:  Place a crimp cover over the crimp bead.  This makes your necklace look more complete.  You could also use a bead with a hole large enough to go over the crimp bead instead.

Step #10

Crimping

Place a small bead onto the wire and then another crimp bead and repeat the process for closing the crimp bead and covering it again.

Step #11

Stringing beads

Then you can start stringing the beads onto the wire working from one end to the other.

Step #12

Crimping

At the other end, repeat the process of crimping again, but now since there are beads on the wire you have to add the crimp beads and wire guard in the opposite order.

String your last spacer bead, then a crimp bead, then a small bead, then a crimp bead and finally the wire guard.  After going around the wire guard, go back around through the crimp bead, small bead, crimp bead and then through the spacer bead and the first big bead of the necklace and pull everything tightly, but not too tightly.

You need to leave some space to add the crimp covers over the crimp beads and they are slightly larger than the crimp beads.

Step #13

Crimping

Then follow the same procedure and close the crimp beads and add crimp covers.

Step #14

Crimping

Trim off the excess beading wire.

Step #15

Measure around your neck to decide how long your chain should be and cut the chain to the appropriate length, remembering to take the clasp into consideration as well.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 50

ECT TV Episode 50

Use jump rings to attach the chain to each end of the beaded piece.

Need help opening jump rings?  This video will help.

Step #17

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Add a clasp to the necklace.  (I used the clasp that was on the necklace that I took apart.)

ECT TV Episode 50

And that’s your completed necklace!

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Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 27

We’re in the home stretch of Earrings Every Day Month!  If you missed it this year, I’m so sorry, but you can watch for it again in September 2016!

The idea is to make a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.  (Sorry that the daily inspirational email is closed now to new participants, as well as the Earrings eCourse that goes along with it with tutorials every day.  These will reopen next year!)

If you still want to participate, you can simply challenge yourself every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be earrings necessarily, but earrings are (usually) quick to make and you can feel creative in a short period of time.

Day 27:  Weaving

Wire Weaved Earrings

This isn’t particularly what you think of when you think of weaving wire, but people do call this technique weaving, so that’s what I’m calling it.

I repurposed these beads from an old necklace I got at a flea market a while back.  It was a long necklace, so it had lots of beads.  I chose the colors because it’s autumn and I’m trying to embrace it.  (It’s difficult for me.  I am a summer person.)

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Days 25 & 26

Earrings Every Day Month, Days 25 and 26

Earrings Every Day Month, Days 25 and 26

We’re in the home stretch of Earrings Every Day Month!  If you missed it this year, I’m so sorry, but you can watch for it again in September 2016!

The idea is to make a pair of earrings each day for the month of September.  (Sorry that the daily inspirational email is closed now to new participants, as well as the Earrings eCourse that goes along with it with tutorials every day.  These will reopen next year!)

If you still want to participate, you can simply challenge yourself every day for a month.  It doesn’t have to be earrings necessarily, but earrings are (usually) quick to make and you can feel creative in a short period of time.

Here are the earrings I have made the past couple of days:

Day 25:  Leaf Earrings

Earrings Every Day Month, Days 25 and 26

The wire leaf earrings are a very simple version of the originals I made.  I really just wanted that leaf shape.  Also, they’re much smaller than my original earrings.  (The earring tutorial is available in the Nature Jewelry eWorkshop.)

I used brass wire, which I’m using more and more of lately.  The original tutorial had beads, but I kept these super simple and clean.

Day 26:  Spiral and Dangle Earrings

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 26

I also simplified these earrings from the original tutorial as well.  I used just plain earring wires.  I made those little spiral coils (under the beads) but I only used one per earring (in the original there were two.)

Additionally, I didn’t hammer the wires hanging down.  I do love hammering and the look of hammered metal, but I wanted to see how it would look without hammering and I I really like this version, too!

Are you still in it?  Are you hanging in there making earrings each day?  🙂  Maybe you can take this weekend to make some extra earrings.

Here are links to the previous earrings:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23

Day 24

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 24

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 24

Today is Day 24 of Earrings Every Day Month and I’m sharing the earrings I’m making each day as we go along!

If you didn’t get in to sign up for the challenge, you can still participate just by making a pair of earrings each day!

Earrings Every Day Month, Day 24

Today’s earrings in the Earrings eCourse part of Earrings Every Day month was a new tutorial this year, the Drop Bunch Earrings.  I used rose quartz gemstone nuggets and some tiny rose quartz and white beads on the drop.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Days 6 & 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Days 12, 13 & 14

Day 15 (ECT TV Episode 49)

Days 16, 17 & 18

Days 19-23