Gemstone Nugget Pendant

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Make this quick and simple pendant, add it to a cord or chain and you have a beautiful necklace.

I like to make my chain long for an easy, flowing look.  You can use a shorter chain to really show off the pendant more.

You may remember this technique from the Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace Tutorial that I shared previously.  If you’re looking for more of a challenge or a bigger project, check that out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

Step #1

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Cut approximately 10 inches of wire.

If you use the same gemstone nuggets I linked to above, you will need about 10 inches.  The length will vary if you use a different size than I did.

Step #2

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

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

Step #3

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the short end around one barrel of round nose pliers.

Step #4

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Take the wire off your round nose pliers.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #5

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

The loop will be off-center at this point and we want to center it.  To do this I wrap the short end of the wire around the longer one and at the same time pull the longer wire out straight, which centers the loop.

Step #6

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around two more times.  Keep your wraps straight and close together.

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close, use chain nose pliers to pull them close to each other.

Step #7

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #8

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Using chain nose pliers, push in the end to make sure it’s not poking out.

Step #9

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Slide a large quartz nugget gemstone onto the wire.

Step #10

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Pull the wire back up across the bead.

We’ll just have wire on one side of the bead, so choose which side you would like to have as the front.

Step #11

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Wrap the wire around the previous wraps you made a few times.

Step #12

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Chunky Rose Quartz Necklace

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Gemstone Nugget Pendant Tutorial

Simply slide this onto a cord or chain of your choice and you have a necklace!

Hint:  Use your chain nose pliers to position the loop on top so that the pendant hangs correctly on the the chain or cord.

Alternatively, you could use a jump ring to attach the pendant to a chain, which is what I did.  You can either attach a jump ring and slide the jump ring over the chain or attach it with the jump ring to a link in the chain.

Have fun and be creative!

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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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ECT TV Episode 45: Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Today I have a fun new video tutorial for you: bead dangle bracelet!

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • Stringing
  • How to make a bead dangle (wire wrapped headpin)

Watch the video or scroll down for step-by-step photos.

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ECT TV Episode 45 Video:

Bead Dangle Bracelet Step-by-Step Instructions:

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Materials and Tools:

  • Beads *
  • Headpins **
  • Beading wire
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp bead covers (optional)
  • Clasp
  • Crimp tool
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*Beads:  You can use whatever beads you like for this project.  I’m using tiny glass beads that are similar in size to larger seed beads.  If you use larger beads, you may want to change the pattern of the beads to just put one bead in between each bead dangle when you’re stringing.

**Headpins:  You can use pre-made or try making your own.  Here are a couple tutorials if you want to try to make your own:

Please feel free to experiment and see what works for you.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

First we’re going to make a bead dangle (also called a wire wrapped headpin.)

First slide two beads onto a headpin.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the beads.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Wrap the wire around one barrel of the round nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

The loop is not straight above the beads and we want it to be.  So straighten it.  I usually hold the loop in chain nose pliers and pull the loop straight while I make one wrap around.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then make a few more wraps around.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #8

Make several of these bead dangles.  The size of your wrist and the size of the beads you’re using will determine the amount you’ll need.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Cut off a piece of beading wire that’s a few inches longer than you need on each side.

Put a bead stopper or you can use a piece of tape like I do on one end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

String your beads and bead dangles onto your beading wire.  I started with two beads, a bead dangle, two beads, a bead dangle and followed that pattern.

You may find that you like more or less beads in between the bead dangles.  If your beads are large, you may only want one bead in between bead dangles.

Continue until your bracelet is the length you would like.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

To end the bracelet, we’ll use crimp beads.  I like using two crimp beads at each end, but it’s not really necessarily until you’re using heavy beads.  It’s up to you.  I like the extra security.

If you’re using two crimp beads, add a crimp bead, a small bead and then another crimp bead.

The slide on one end of your clasp.

Bend the wire and go back through the crimp bead, the bead and the other crimp bead and two or three more beads from the bracelet.

If you want to use wire guards, see this tutorial:  How to String Using Wire Guards

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Use your crimp tool to close the crimp beads.  Use the larger notch closer to the handle to first smash the crimp bead and it also creates a bend in the crimp bead.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Then fold the crimp bead in half using the smaller notch closer to the tip.

Repeat for all the crimp beads.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

If you wish, add crimp bead covers to all the crimp beads.

Step #15

Now take the tape off the other side of your wire and repeat for the other side of the bracelet with the other half of the clasp.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

Trim off any excess wire and enjoy!

ECT TV Episode 45:  Bead Dangle Bracelet

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Jewelry Making Tip: Cutting Chain

Jewelry Making Tip:  Cutting Chain

This is a quick tip for cutting chain, especially if you have to cut several pieces of chain the same length.

Now, put this tip to use with some jewelry projects:

How to Make a Dangle Chain Necklace

Dangle Chain Necklace Tutorial

Chain and Wire Earrings

Earrings with Chain, Wire and Beads (video)

Bracelet with beads

Bracelet with Beads and Chain

Bunch Earrings on Chain

Bunch Earrings on Chain is a project from Wire Wrapping for Beginners (available as an eBook or physical print book)

WWFB Print Book Cover

ECT TV Episode 32: How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Waterfall Necklace (ECT TV Episode 32)

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Toggle Clasp

Last week on ECT TV Episode 28 I showed you how to make a hook clasp.  Today I’ll show you how to make a toggle clasp.

I encourage you to experiment with different designs, shapes and sizes and find your own expression.

If you try making your own clasp, we would love to see photos over on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page!

Ready to dig in?

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tools and Materials

Here’s what you need to make the Spiral Toggle Clasp:

  • 18 gauge, half-hard round wire *
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or other) pliers
  • Ring mandrel or something cylindrical like a marker or highlighter
  • Chasing hammer and steel bench block or anvil

* I used 18 gauge wire for this which worked fine.  I think that 16 gauge would be even better; however 16 gauge is more difficult to work with.  You can use any metal you like:  sterling silver, copper or some sort of artist wire.  I used silver plated copper.

Step #1

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

First we’ll make the loop part of the clasp.

Cut a piece of wire about 5″ long.  No need to straighten it because we’re making a circle anyway.

Step #2

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Wrap the wire around your ring mandrel.  To use my exact measurements, I wrapped around size 8.

Alternatively you can wrap around anything cylindrical you have around that’s about the size you want to make your clasp.

Step #3

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Twist the wire to make a circle or large loop.

HINT:  Don’t be too concerned at this point if your circle isn’t perfect.  You can fix it later.

Step #4

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Hold one of the ends of wire in round nose pliers near the twist you made.

Step #5

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Wrap the wire toward you and around the round nose pliers forming a loop.  Straighten the loop so it’s straight on top of the circle.  You can just adjust it with your round nose pliers still in the loop or take out the round nose pliers and use your chain nose pliers to straighten it.

Step #6

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Hold the smaller loop in chain nose pliers and wrap one wire around.  Hold the end of the wire with the bent nose pliers and do the wraps.  You could also just use your hand to wrap the wire if it’s comfortable for you.

Keep the wraps as straight as possible and very close.  Then wrap the other end around.  Trim off any excess wire.

Step #7

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Use chain nose pliers to push in the ends of the wire.

HINT:

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Remember how I mentioned you could fix your circle?  This is where I did it.  Just slide it back on your ring mandrel and push down as far as it will go and you’ll have a perfect circle shape again.

Step #8

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Carefully hammer with a chasing hammer.  You’ll have to have the wraps off to the side.

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

And that’s the circle part of the clasp.

Now for the bar…

Step #9

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Cut another piece of wire about 5″ long.  Make sure each end has a flush cut.  (Use the back of the wire cutters toward the work.)

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Step #10

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Create a loop in the middle of the wire using your round nose pliers.

Step #11

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Now we’ll make a spiral on each end of the bar.  For the orientation of the spirals in relation to the loop, scroll down a little to see a photo.

Hold the end of the wire in round nose pliers.  The wire should be at the top of the pliers, but not poking through.

Twist your wrist away from you while wrapping the wire around the pliers with your other hand forming a loop.

Go as far as your wrist will twist, readjust and then complete the loop.

Step #12

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Repeat and create a loop on the other end as well.

Step #13

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Hold one of the loops in chain nose pliers.  Push the wire up spiraling around the original loop.  Continue to adjust the wire as seen in these two images and continue to make the spiral.

Step #14

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Continue spiraling until the length, including the middle loop, is 1″.

Step #15

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Repeat on the other side.

HINT:  If the circle part of your clasp is smaller, you can make the bar smaller.  If you make your circle part larger, the bar will need to be longer.

Step #16

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Hammer the bar using a chasing hammer.

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Now you can use your clasp in your designs for an even more personal look.

You have the basic idea here, but of course you can let your creativity go crazy here!

Spiral Wire Jewelry Tutorials

Love spirals?  Check out my Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook with all the awesome spiral jewelry tutorials you see in the photo!  The spiral bangle bracelet is a favorite of mine that is so much fun to make and I wear it all the time!  Click here to learn more and to purchase.