ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

Hold the wire 1 1/2 inches from the top in round nose pliers.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the wire is not poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

Wrap the wire around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.

My Process: Inspiration to Finished Piece

My Process

I get asked about how I’m inspired to create jewelry pieces, so I made a video to show you!

In this video I’ll show you how I went from inspiration to finished piece including a change I made along the way.

Watch the video:

Here is the art journal page I made that was the inspiration for the jewelry piece:

Summer Haiku Art Journal Page

For the step-by-step tutorial video on how to make the anklet, click here.

We dig deeply into this process in my Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is an art journal/jewelry making class.

First I give you creativity prompts and art journal prompts.

Then I show you how to take inspiration from your art journal pages to make a map to design jewelry pieces.

Then I show you sketching designs.

Finally, we make jewelry pieces.  (Each week there is a jewelry project that I show you how to make step-by-step.  You can use it as inspiration or a jumping off point for your own designs or make it exactly how I show you step-by-step.)

It’s full of fun and inspiration.

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ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Today I have a new episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

In this episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV, learn how to make Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a a wire wrapped loop on a headpin with a bead),
  • How to open and close jump rings and
  • How to put it together to make a beautiful pair of earrings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • Gemstone chip beads (You’ll need about 16, depending on long you want to make your earrings) I used Amazonite Chip Gemstone Beads
  • Headpins – 1 for each bead (use pre-made from the store or learn how to make spiral and knotted headpins here)
  • Jump rings – any size will work, 1 for each bead (I used 7mm)
  • Earring Wires (learn how to make your own earring wires here)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

For a quick tip to make all of your wire wrapped loops uniform for this project, click here.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

First we will make a bunch of bead dangles.  I used 8 bead dangles on each earring for a total of 16.  You may want to adjust the number of bead dangles to make your earrings longer or shorter.

First slide a bead onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the headpin in round nose pliers about 1/4″ above the bead.  Line up the wire vertically with the mark you make on your round nose pliers to make your loops uniform.  (See quick tip here for more about that.)

Note:  these beads are different shapes and sizes and this can be kind of awkward.  Just do your best.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap the headpin around the round nose pliers to form a loop.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

The loop will not be centered on the top of the bead, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around once and while doing that pull the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut. (Use the back of most wire cutters toward what you’re cutting to make a nice straight cut.)

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Use your chain nose pliers to make sure the end isn’t poking out.  (Tucking in the wire tip.)

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat to make 16 bead dangles.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open up 16 jump rings.  You’ll need 8 for each earring.

For how to open a jump ring, click here for a quick video or see the episode video above.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

If you have any gemstone chip bead dangles that are larger than the rest, start with that one.  Place the bead dangle on a jump ring and close it.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Place the jump ring you just closed into an open jump ring.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add a bead dangle to that jump ring and close it.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Continue the process of adding an open jump ring and a bead dangle to the last jump ring you closed until you add all 8 bead dangles.

For the last one, allow the bead to go to the side and use that jump ring to attach to the earring wire.

Hints:  As you’re adding bead dangles take note of which side they fall on.  You could end up with all of the bead dangles on one side if you’re not careful.  Just make sure to check before adding the next jump ring.

I like to use a headpin or a piece of wire to hold the last jump ring because otherwise it can get confusing.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Open an earring wire.  It’s similar to opening a jump ring.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Add the last jump ring to the loop in the earring wire and close the earring wire.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings

Repeat all the steps for the second earring!

ECT TV Episode 68: Gemstone Chip Bunch Earrings


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Learn more and get signed up here.  (Starts on July 25th and it’s the last time to take this class in 2016!  Price goes up on Monday, July 11th!)

ECT TV Episode 67: Spiral Wire Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Welcome to Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!  In today’s episode, I’ll teach you how to make this pretty spiral pendant!

Here’s the video:

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

This is the same tutorial that’s in the video, but in step-by-step photos.

Tools and Materials:

  • Big chunky focal bead that is side drilled (works better if it’s at least somewhat flat)
  • 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut about 10 inches of wire.  You may need to adjust the length depending on the size of your bead.  Mine is about 1 inch across.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Slide the bead on and center it on the wire.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Cross the wires across the top keeping them tight against the bead.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Twist the wire in the middle of the bead.  I think the trickiest part is twisting in the middle.

I twisted the wire twice.  Make sure to keep the wire tight against the bead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

We’ll work with one wire at a time, so I like to pull one up straight and the other off to the side.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the twist.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around the pliers and in between the pliers and the twist forming a loop.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

The loop you just made will be off center, so we’ll straighten it now.

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once while pulling the bead out straight.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Leave any extra wire for now.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now we’ll work with the other wire that was just waiting off to the side.

Pull it straight down the bead.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a flush cut on the end of the wire.  (On most wire cutters just use the back of the wire cutters toward what you’re cutting.)

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Form a loop.

Hold the wire in round nose pliers so that the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through the top.  (You can run your finger over to check.)

Twist the wrist that is holding the round nose pliers away from you while using your other hand to wrap the wire around the pliers.

Go as far as your wrist will allow then readjust your round nose pliers in the wire and complete the loop.  It will look like a “P”.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers so it’s off to the side again and repeat step #15.  Continue to do this spiraling around until the spiral is where you would like it to be on the bead.

I went a little more than halfway up the bead.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to bend back the wire so the spiral is straight.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the spiral against the bead so it’s flat.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Now, with the other wire (the one that formed the wire wrapped loop at the top of the bead), you could just trim it and be done, but I decided to make a spiral at the top, too.

Trim the wire to about an inch (or longer if you want a larger spiral.)

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Follow Step #13 above to form a loop.

Step #21

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Then follow Steps #14 – #16 to make a spiral.

You’ll have to sort of adjust it when you’re done with your chain nose pliers so it’s in front of the wire wrapped loop.

ECT TV Episode 67: Wire Spiral Pendant

Just add it to a chain or cord and you have a pretty pendant!


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Jewelry Making Quick Tip: How to Make Uniform Loops

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

Want to make your wire wrapped loops all the same size in your jewelry projects?

I have a quick video tip on how to make your wire wrapped loops uniform throughout a project.

Watch the video:

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

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