ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55

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

Today I’ll teach you how to make this pretty skeleton key ornament and we’ll use a couple of jewelry making techniques.

This could be a great last minute handmade gift idea or beautiful on your tree!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Materials and Tools:

I just went through my stash of supplies and choose a variety of buttons, beads and crystals.  I used green and red, but if you use different colors in your decor, then by all means use colors and materials that make sense to you.

  • Skeleton Key
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Lace or ribbon
  • 22 gauge half hard wire or 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You can use a variety of different charms and materials on this ornament.  I’ll show you how to wire wrap a button first to make a charm.

Cut a piece of wire.  How much you need depends on the size of you button, but you’ll need about 5″ or so for about a 1″ button.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide the button on the wire and center the button on it.  Twist the wire once.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  If one wire is longer than the other, use that wire.  If they’re the same it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Twist the wire around the pliers and between the button and pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once and while you’re doing that straighten out the loop so it’s centered on top of the button.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now continue wrapping the wire around, keeping your wraps straight and tight.  Then wrap the other wire.  (I change hands for this.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends don’t poke out.

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now you have a button that’s ready for your ornament.  Repeat for all the buttons you would like to use.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You may also want to make wire wrapped bead dangles.  You could use pre-made headpins, spiral headpins or I used a knotted headpin, which I’ll show you how to make here.

First cut at least 3″ of wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Bend the wire a third of the way down.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the end with the bend in chain nose pliers.  Bend up the shorter end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the end several times so it looks like a knot.  You can do this as sloppily or as neatly as you like.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Then trim off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the wire just above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around pliers and between the pliers and bead forming a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Straighten the loop while wrapping the wire around once.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Continue with a few more wraps.  Cut off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

I also used a couple chandelier crystals using the same technique as with the buttons.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

And here are all my materials ready to add to my key.  if you’re using a smaller key, you will need less embellishment.

Step #16

Cut a piece of wire about 24″ long.  You may need less if your key is smaller.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the top of the key.  You can catch the end in the wraps and make sure the wire is secure.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide on one of the charms you made.  Wrap the wire around the key a couple of times to secure it.  Continue adding charms and wrapping moving down the key slightly.

Hint:  Hold the charm in place while you wrap the wire to keep the charm in the place you want it to be in.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

I missed taking a photo, but when you’re done adding charms, wrap the wire around the key a few times and secure it.  Go back up through some of the charms to secure the wire.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Tie a bow around the top with ribbon or lace and then make a hanger.  You could use a wire ornament hanger instead of using ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

From me here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials, I hope you have very happy holidays!

Warmly,

Kim

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3 Headband Tutorials

I have been wearing headbands a lot lately – and getting a lot of compliments, too!  So I’m sharing my favorite 3 Headband Tutorials!

Make sure to check out the end of the tutorials for a great FREE wire wrapping tutorial offer you won’t want to miss!

Brooch Pin Headband

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband Tutorial

Several months ago you may have made a Fabric Rose Brooch.  (If not, click here to make one.)  This tutorial starts with the Fabric Rose Brooch and goes from there.

Alternatively, use this tutorial to make any brooch or pin into a headband.

Fabric Flower Brooch

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband Tools and Materials

Materials and Tools:

  • Fabric Rose Brooch 
  • Blank headband (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Wire (just about any gauge you have on hand will work.  I used 22 gauge)
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Step #1

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband

Slide the wire under the pin.

(Note:  I had the idea to wrap wire around the blank headband first and then open the pin and slide it through the wire.  It didn’t work out.  I also tried wrapping the open pin and then closing it when it was done because that would be quicker.  It doesn’t work great because the top of the pin needs room to close.)

Step #2

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband

Line up the pin where you want it on the headband.  I think it looks nice to the side, but try different spots before you wrap it down.

Step #3

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband

Start wrapping the wire around the headband and pin back.

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband

Try to keep the wraps straight and neat.  People won’t see it, so don’t worry too much about it.  It’s not easy to get around the pin and headband.

Use your pliers if needed to pull the wire through.

Step #4

Cut off the excess wire and use your pliers to tuck in the ends.

Step #5

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband

Try on your headband!

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband Tutorial

Fabric Rose Brooch Headband Tutorial

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Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

This tutorial also starts with another tutorial I published a while back:  the Button Bouquet Tutorial.

If you haven’t already tried the Button Bouquet Tutorial, click here for the instructions.

Button Bouquet tutorial

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Materials and Tools:

  • Button Flowers from the Button Bouquet Tutorial (or click here to make your button bouquet)  If you are making the button flowers just for this headband, you could use craft wire instead of floral wire.  In fact, it would make it a little easier.
  • Blank Headband
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Step #1

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Pick out your button flowers and loosely arrange them to place on your headband.

Step #2

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Line up the first button flower and start wrapping the wire around.

Note:  I generally like my headbands to have the focal decoration off to one side.  You can decide where you want your flowers.

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

The floral wire isn’t the easiest thing to wrap around, but just do your best.  Pull as hard as you can so that the flowers are tight against the headband and don’t slide around when you are wearing your headband.

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

I like to go around the headband and then wrap around in a circular motion around the wire coming from the buttons.

Step #3

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Continue adding button flowers until you have your desired look.

For each button flower you add, wrap the new wire around the previous flower to keep them together.

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Step #4

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Using your needle nose pliers, tuck in any ends that are sticking out and make sure it’s comfortable to wear.

Step #5

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Try on your new headband.

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

Here’s another example:

Button Bouquet Headband Tutorial

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Wire Wrapped Key Headband Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Key Headband

I have really been into headbands in the last few months, so I figured it would be awesome to make a headband with one of my favorite materials:  keys!

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Key
  • Wire (I’m using silver plated copper wire, 22 gauge)
  • Blank Headband
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Where to get your materials:

Vintage skeleton keys have really gotten popular and thus, have gone up in price.  I purchased this particular key on etsy.  I did a search for skeleton keys and just scrolled through the results until I found what I was looking for.  You can do the same thing on eBay.  You can find skeleton keys at yard sales, estate sales, antique stores and especially my favorite store, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.

If you are just starting out, you can find wire at craft stores.  A.C. Moore and Michaels have copper wire in different colors.  For this particular project, I probably wouldn’t bother to use silver wire.

I got the blank headband at Hobby Lobby.  I’m sure that they are available online, too.

Step #1

Cutting wire

Cut off about 24 inches of wire.

Step #2

Designing your key headband

Decide on the placement of your key.  I like my headbands with the main focus on the side.  You might want yours in the middle on top of your head.  The choice is yours!

Step #3

wire wrapped key headband

Wire Wrapping Key Headband

Starting at the end of where you decided to place your key on your headband, start to wrap the wire around the headband.  You can start wrapping without using pliers; however, before you get too far, you’ll want to pull the wire tightly with the pliers.

At this starting point, go back over the wire to sort of “catch” the end of the wire and make sure it is secure.  Then I like to give it a little tug to make sure it’s not going to move.  When you’re wearing it, you’re not going to want the key to come sliding down.  This step is really anchoring it.

Note:  Make sure the cut end is on the outside part of the headband when you wrap it and before catching it with the other wires.  The middle photo shows this.

Step #4

wire wrapping key onto headband

Line up the end of the key over the wrap you just did on the headband.  You’ll line up the tail of the wire (that’s not wrapped around yet) with where you want to put the first wrap around the key.

Since the key has the tooth part sticking out, it’s perfect to start wrapping on the side of that.

Step #5

wire wrapping key headband

wire wrapping key headband

{this is a shot from inside of the headband, you can see the first wraps I did in Step #3 are under the end of the key}

wire wrapping key headband

wire wrapping key headband

Start wrapping the wire around the key and headband, attaching the key to the headband with the wire.  Keep your wraps tight and even.  I did not use pliers for this part, I just used my hands.

Hold the key tightly to the headband with one hand while wrapping with the other.

Wrap the entire length of the key.

Step #6

wire wrapped key headband tutorial

When you get to the end of the key, cut the wire leaving enough of the wire to come around the front of the the key and having it end somewhere in the middle of the front.

Using your pliers, tuck the end into the wire wraps.  I like to come back a wrap and put it in between the last couple of wraps and use the tips of my pliers to push it in and secure it.

Note:  It’s important that the end is in the front because you don’t want the end tangling with your hair if it comes a little loose.

WIre Wrapped Key Headband

 

Wire Wrapped Key Headband Tutorial

Enjoy your new headband!  (Clearly you should do something with your mop before you take a photo featuring a headband!)

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The series will have 5 different tutorials:

  • An earring tutorial;
  • A ring tutorial;
  • A brooch tutorial;
  • A headband tutorial; and
  • Sweater clips!

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Tutorial: Wire Wrapped Key Headband

 

Wire Wrapped Key Headband Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Key Headband

I have really been into headbands in the last few months, so I figured it would be awesome to make a headband with one of my favorite materials:  keys!

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Key
  • Wire (I’m using silver plated copper wire, 22 gauge)
  • Blank Headband
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Where to get your materials:

Vintage skeleton keys have really gotten popular and thus, have gone up in price.  I purchased this particular key on etsy.  I did a search for skeleton keys and just scrolled through the results until I found what I was looking for.  You can do the same thing on eBay.  You can find skeleton keys at yard sales, estate sales, antique stores and especially my favorite store, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.

If you are just starting out, you can find wire at craft stores.  A.C. Moore and Michaels have copper wire in different colors.  For this particular project, I probably wouldn’t bother to use silver wire.

I got the blank headband at Hobby Lobby.  I’m sure that they are available online, too.

Step #1

Cutting wire

Cut off about 24 inches of wire.

Step #2

Designing your key headband

Decide on the placement of your key.  I like my headbands with the main focus on the side.  You might want yours in the middle on top of your head.  The choice is yours!

Step #3

wire wrapped key headband

Wire Wrapping Key Headband

Starting at the end of where you decided to place your key on your headband, start to wrap the wire around the headband.  You can start wrapping without using pliers; however, before you get too far, you’ll want to pull the wire tightly with the pliers.

At this starting point, go back over the wire to sort of “catch” the end of the wire and make sure it is secure.  Then I like to give it a little tug to make sure it’s not going to move.  When you’re wearing it, you’re not going to want the key to come sliding down.  This step is really anchoring it.

Note:  Make sure the cut end is on the outside part of the headband when you wrap it and before catching it with the other wires.  The middle photo shows this.

Step #4

wire wrapping key onto headband

Line up the end of the key over the wrap you just did on the headband.  You’ll line up the tail of the wire (that’s not wrapped around yet) with where you want to put the first wrap around the key.

Since the key has the tooth part sticking out, it’s perfect to start wrapping on the side of that.

Step #5

wire wrapping key headband

wire wrapping key headband

{this is a shot from inside of the headband, you can see the first wraps I did in Step #3 are under the end of the key}

wire wrapping key headband

wire wrapping key headband

Start wrapping the wire around the key and headband, attaching the key to the headband with the wire.  Keep your wraps tight and even.  I did not use pliers for this part, I just used my hands.

Hold the key tightly to the headband with one hand while wrapping with the other.

Wrap the entire length of the key.

Step #6

wire wrapped key headband tutorial

When you get to the end of the key, cut the wire leaving enough of the wire to come around the front of the the key and having it end somewhere in the middle of the front.

Using your pliers, tuck the end into the wire wraps.  I like to come back a wrap and put it in between the last couple of wraps and use the tips of my pliers to push it in and secure it.

Note:  It’s important that the end is in the front because you don’t want the end tangling with your hair if it comes a little loose.

WIre Wrapped Key Headband

 

Wire Wrapped Key Headband Tutorial

Enjoy your new headband!  (Clearly you should do something with your mop before you take a photo featuring a headband!)

If you enjoyed this tutorial and want to delve more deeply into wire wrapping and have access to tons of wire wrapped jewelry tutorials, you will probably enjoy my new Wire Wrapping for Beginners eBook, coming out soon.

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