How to Make Your Own Custom Necklace Cord for Pendants

How to make a cord

Since I’ve been doing some pendant tutorials lately and there’s another coming tomorrow, I thought it might be helpful to share a simple cord tutorial.

How to make a cord

Tools and Materials:

  • Any kind of cord you like (I most often use cotton cord)
  • 2 crimp ends (sometimes called fold over crimps)
  • 1 4mm jump ring
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

Measure and cut the cord to your desired length.

Step #2

How to make a cord

How to make a cord

Place a crimp end on one end of the cord. Use your pliers to bend over the crimp ends. Fold one over, then the other. Do the same on the other end.

Step #3

How to make a cord

Open a jump ring, place the lobster clasp on it, and then place the crimp end through it. Close the jump ring.

I don’t put anything else on the other crimp end. I just hook the lobster clasp through the circle at the end. You can put a jump ring on that end to hook the lobster clasp to on the other side; however, make sure that you add your pendant first or that your pendant will slip over the jump ring.

Step #4

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Slide on a pendant and enjoy!


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Jewelry Inspired by Art Journal Page: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

Last week I shared an art journal prompt and my page from it.  The prompt was to choose a quote and make an art journal page from it.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I used that art journal page as inspiration to make a necklace.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

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This necklace didn’t turn out at all how I was planning to begin with, but I do love it just the same.

Originally I was envisioning the beads all cascading down from a central floral piece that would be the center piece of the necklace.  I didn’t have a floral piece for the center. I thought I did, but I didn’t.  I had used it on another piece of jewelry and forgot.  I tried some other options, but none of them really worked out.

Then I considered what I most wanted in this necklace and what I loved the most were the gemstone beads.  I loved the irregularity of them and I loved the colors.

So I chose to do a simpler concept.  Simple almost always works out better in the long run.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I got the original idea of the beads cascading down from the art journal page where the flowers are growing up the left side.  And you can see the obvious color inspiration from the art journal page in the color of the gemstone beads.

Often things change while we’re making jewelry.  Maybe you’re missing a component (like I was in this case) or maybe what it’s just not working out the way you envisioned it.  You often have to be flexible and willing to change your idea.  You will oftentimes end up with something you love even more!

I’ll keep the original idea in the back of my head for when I find the perfect center piece to use in the necklace. But for now, I love this necklace and it’s beautiful colors and gemstones.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

To make this necklace:

I used the interlocking wire wrapped bead link technique found here.

The only other skill you need is opening and closing jump rings.

Choose your gemstones and have fun!  The only thing that takes a little trial and error is if you use gemstones that are not the same size (my purple stones were larger than the pink and green). If that’s the case you may have to experiment to get the strands to lay just perfectly.

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ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

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

In this week’s video tutorial, I’ll teach you how to make a bead link and then teach you how to interlock them so you do not need jump rings to connect them and we’ll make a necklace!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Focal bead *
  • 8mm Czech glass beads *
  • 20 gauge, half-hard round wire, any metal.
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

*Beads: You can use any beads of your choice and you don’t necessarily need a focal bead. You could just make a strand of the same bead.

Wire:  You really can use any wire you like, but if you are just getting started with wire wrapping I suggest experimenting with a less expensive wire such as copper, brass or silver plated to get started.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Cut approximately 6 inches of wire.

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

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap the wire around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

The loop is off to the side and we want it centered on the top, so we need to straighten it.

To straighten it hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Make one wrap with the short end around the long end and while you’re wrapping pull the long end out straight.

{Note: there are other ways to straighten the loop. This is just my way. If you prefer another way, go ahead and do it that way.}

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now make 2 more wraps.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Hold the wire above the bead with round nose pliers. Just leave a bit of space.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

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

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while wrapping the wire pull the bead out straight.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Wrap around 2 more times.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Trim off any excess wire and make sure that the end isn’t poking out.

Now we have one completed wire wrapped bead link. You follow these directions for the first bead link only.

Note: If you’re using a focal bead, you may want to start in the middle with the focal bead and work your way out with the rest of the beads.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Follow Steps #1 and #2 cutting 6 inches of wire and forming a loop.

Do not wrap it closed yet!

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Slide a loop of the first wire wrapped bead link you made into the loop.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Now simply slide the wire wrapped bead link off to the side and finish making the wire wrapped bead link you started following the previous steps.

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Continue adding bead links until your necklace is the desired length.

Hint:  If you accidentally complete a wire wrapped bead link without adding it, there is a tip for adding it in the video tutorial.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Necklace

Use a jump ring to attach the clasp to the ends.

If you need help opening and closing jump rings, you can watch this quick video: How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.

http://kimberliekohler.com/8459/how-to-properly-open-and-close-jump-rings/

And that’s the completed necklace.

Of course, you can use this technique to make other jewelry pieces as well, such as bracelets.

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ECT TV Episode 63: Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace

ECT TV Episode 59: Front Clasp Springtime Necklace

ECT TV Episode 59

Hi there and welcome to the latest episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today’s episode is a fun necklace where the clasp is in the front.

In the episode you’ll learn:

  • How to wire wrap side drilled beads;
  • How to make a bead dangle (a/k/a wire wrapped headpin); and
  • How to open and close jump rings.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 59

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools for Making Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 22 gauge, half-hard round wire
  • Beads and/or charms
  • Toggle clasp
  • 7mm jump rings
  • Chain
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Beads:  I’m using side drilled flower beads, which means the beads are drilled across instead of up and down.  This requires a different technique which I’ll show you.

I’m also using a couple of beads that are drilled normally and for those I’ll also use headpins and make them into bead dangles, which I’ll show you how to do.

You can also use charms of any kind.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 59

Cut a piece of 22 gauge wire approximately 6 inches long.  You may need to adjust the length based on how large your bead is.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 59

Slide your bead on the wire and center it.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 59

ECT TV Episode 59

Bend the wire and cross it in the middle of the top of the bead.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 59

Twist the wire.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 59

Hold one of the wires with round nose pliers just above the twist.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 59

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

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 59

ECT TV Episode 59

Your loop will probably be off-center, so center it on top of the bead.  I wrap the wire around and while I do that I pull out the bead straight so that the loop is on top and centered.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 59

ECT TV Episode 59

Continue wrapping the wire around.  Wrap one beneath the next.  Keep everything close together and straight.

Step #9

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Now repeat with the other wire going over the wraps you just made.

Step #10

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Trim off any excess wire.

Step #11

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Use chain nose pliers to make sure the ends are not poking out.

Step #12

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Repeat for all your side drilled beads.  I used 3 side drilled flower beads for this necklace.

Step #13

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If you have any other beads you’d like to use like the butterfly beads I’m using, make them into bead dangles.

Slide your bead onto a headpin.  Hold the headpin with round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 59

Wrap the headpin around round nose pliers forming a loop.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 59

Just like with the side drilled bead, the loop will be off-center, so straighten it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around and at the same time pull the bead out straight.

Step #16

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Wrap around 2 or 3 more times.  Trim off any extra wire.

Step #17

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With your chain nose pliers, make sure that the end is not poking out.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 59

I have 3 flower beads, a leaf and 2 butterfly bead dangles.  You can use any beads or charms you like.

Now we’ll add the beads to the circle part of the toggle clasp with jump rings.

Step #19

how to properly open and close jump rings

Open one jump ring for each bead dangle plus 2 to attach the clasp to the chain.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 59

Attach the bead dangles and charms to the circle part of the clasp.  I added one flower bead with a jump ring and then attached the other charms to that jump ring with a jump ring for each bead dangle.

Step #21

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Continue adding bead dangles and charms to the clasp.  You can decide if you want to double up bead dangles or how you’d like to layer the components.

Step #22

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Use jump rings to attach the clasp to each end of the chain.

ECT TV Episode 59

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ECT TV Episode 56: Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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

Today I’ll show you how I took inspiration from my art journal to make a simple necklace.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make a knotted headpin
  • How to make a bead dangle with a wire wrapped loop
  • How to open and close jump rings
  • How to make a simple necklace

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

Wire Wrapping Tools

Tools and Materials:

* If you’re going to make a knotted headpin (which I will show you), I suggest using 22 gauge wire.  However, if you decide to make any other kind of headpin I would encourage you to use 20 gauge wire.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Cut a piece of wire that’s a few inches longer than your bead on each side.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

A few inches from one end of the wire make a bend.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in the wire in chain nose pliers and bend up the wire as seen in the photo.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the bend in chain nose pliers again and start wrapping the shorter end of the wire around.  This will form the “knot.”  (Note:  it’s not really a knot, just looks like a knot.)

You can make this part as messy or neat as you like.

Wrap as closely to the tip as you can get.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap until you like the look and then trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Slide your bead on the wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Hold the wire in round nose pliers just above the bead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Wrap the wire around your round nose pliers and in between the pliers and the bead.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

The loop will be off center, so we’ll fix that now.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

There are several ways you can fix it, but I like to hold the loop in my chain nose pliers.  As I wrap the wire around once I simply move my chain nose pliers up to straighten the loop so it’s centered in the middle of the bead.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Then switch hands still holding the loop in chain nose pliers and wrap the wire around a few more times.  Keep your wraps as tight and straight as possible.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

 

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Trim off any excess wire and make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Decide how long you’d like your necklace to be and cut your chain with your wire cutters.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal InspirationECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Using a jump ring, attach your clasp to the chain.  If you’re using a lobster clasp, add the clasp to one end and a couple of jump rings to the other end for it to connect to.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Find the middle of the chain.  Open a jump ring.  Add the charm and close the jump ring.

Note:  You can attach the jump ring right into a link and then the charm will stay in one spot or you could place the jump ring around the chain and then the charm can move around.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Open another jump ring.  I attached this jump ring to the jump ring that holds the charm.  Add the bead dangle and close the jump ring.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

Get a closer look at the art journal page that inspired this piece on this blogpost that I did last week.

ECT TV Episode 56:  Make a Simple Necklace from Art Journal Inspiration

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