3 Ways to Use Knotted Links in Jewelry Making

3 Ways to Use Knotted Links

I’m loving these knotted links and have made a few bracelets with them.  (Of course, you can use any of these ideas to make necklaces as well!)

knotted link bracelet

In my Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop I show you how to make these knotted links and how to make a bracelet with them.  But you can also use these links in other ways, too!

I have 3 fun ways you can use the skills you learn in the Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop.

Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop

#1  Make a chain of knotted links to make a bracelet or necklace.

This is exactly what I teach you in the Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop.

Knotted Link Bracelet

#2  Use the links as an element in a bracelet.

In this case I used the knotted links and wire wrapped bead links to make this bracelet.

Knotted Link Bracelet

#3  Use as a strand in a multiple strand bracelet or necklace.

I used three strands:  a knotted link strand, a strand of wire wrapped bead links and a chain.  Then I attached them all with a jump ring and added a clasp.

Ready to learn how to make a knotted link?  Check out my Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop and you’ll be making jewelry like this in no time!

Knotted Link Bracelet eWorkshop

Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant

How to make a Gemstone Chip and Spiral PendantThe Gemstone Chip and Spiral Pendant is a fun tutorial that will not only give you a pattern to make this great pendant, but teach you some wire wrapping skills that you can use with other jewelry, too!

This beautiful pendant tutorial will teach you, if you don’t know already, how to make wire wrapped loops, closed spirals, open spirals and other jewelry making skills.

Gemstone and Sprial Pendant TutorialI use close up, full color photos to teach you every step you need to be successful making this tutorial. Even if you are a beginner at wire work these instructions will take you step-by-step through the entire pendant.

I also give several ideas to customize this pendant and really make it yours!

Gemstone and Spiral Pendant TutorialNow available in my Spiral Wire Jewelry eBook.  Click here to learn more and purchase for instant download.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with BeadsEver since I made the Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant, I have been thinking about it with beads.

This pendant provides so much opportunity for creativity!  You can use whatever beads you like and arrange them in whatever why you like.  I used gemstone chips, which look very cool, but cheerfully colored seed beads would work great, too, or really any beads you would like.

I used my ring mandrel to make the circle, but you can use anything you can find around the house – a broom handle, a highlighter, a thick marker, etc.

I also want to make this pendant much larger and I was thinking about wrapping around a tin can to make a larger circle.

Let’s get started!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Materials and Tools:

  • 24 gauge wire.  (You can try other gauges, but I found that this gauge works perfectly for this project.)
  • 25-30 gemstone chip beads, or you can try any beads, really
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers
  • Optional:  Bent nose pliers

How to Make this Pendant:

Step #1

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Cut off about 2 1/2 – 3 feet of 24 gauge wire

Step #2

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Slide 25 – 30 beads on the wire (you can always remove some or add some later if necessary.

HINT:  I just bent the wire on the end to hold all the beads on while I worked.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Step #4

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Start at the end with no beads and start to wrap the wire around your ring mandrel, highlighter, etc.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you are wrapping, pull beads up  into each loop as you go.  I wrapped around 6 times and had 4 – 5 beads on each loop.  The placement of the beads on the loop doesn’t really matter right now, but just make sure that you somewhat evenly space the beads on each wrap.

Step #5

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Carefully pull the wire off, trying to keep the wire in its shape.

Step #6

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

The end that you started wrapping with bend up slightly so you can easily see it.  Then with the long end of the wire, wrap around the circles a few times.

Step #7

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Pull up a couple of beads and continue to wrap around the circle.  Continue to pull up a couple beads and wrapping all the way around the circle.  Try to make your bead placement somewhat evenly dispersed.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

HINT:  While I was wrapping around the circle, some of my wraps got a little weird.  I just took my pliers and sort of pushed them in.

 

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

HINT:  The the circle loses it’s shape at any point, just put it back on the ring mandrel to get the right shape again.

Step #8

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Grasp the wire with round nose pliers close to the circles.

Step #9

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Bent the wire over the round nose pliers towards you.

Step #10

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Then go around the wire once.  Try to get the loop centered over the pendant, but if it’s not, you can fix it in the next step.

Step #11

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Take the wire off your pliers.  Use your round nose pliers to straighten out the circle if necessary.

Step #12

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Hold the loop between your chain nose or flat nose pliers.  (Or ideally, nylon covered pliers).

Continue wrapping around the wire in the same direction as you started, holding the end of your wire with bent nose or other pliers you’re comfortable with.

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

Step #13

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #14

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

As you can see, my beads are not perfectly even, but I still love my pendant!  I want to make them to match each of my outfits!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

I slide mine on a satin cord.  You could also place it on a chain or other cord.

These would make amazing earrings, too!

How to Make a Wire Wrapped Circle Pendant with Beads

 

Please comment below if you tried this!  Better yet, take a photo and give us a link to it!

If you’re just getting started and you’re looking for beginner wire wrapping tutorials, check out my eBook (and now print book, too!!) Wire Wrapping For Beginners.  Click here to get more information.

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Remember that tassel from Christmastime I showed you?  I thought it would make a unique necklace!  At first I thought I’d use wire to wrap around the tassel to hold it together, but in the end I opted for using fabric just like in the other tassel.  I think it gives it a more natural look.

Here’s how I made it (plus a bonus chain tassel tutorial, too!):

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • A variety of fabrics.  Scraps are fine, you just need to be able to make 20″-22″ x 3/4″ strips.
  • Chain (I used a ball chain)
  • Scissors

Step #1

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Cut strips of fabric 20″ to 22″ long and 3/4″ wide.

Just snip the end and tear the fabric to create a frayed edge.

I used 4 strips, but you can experiment and make it fuller if you like.

Step #2

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Trim so that they are all even.

Step #3

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Arrange the fabric strips.  They should overlap, but have a little bit showing of each fabric.

Step #4

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Fold the strips in half over the chain.

Step #5

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Cut another thinner, shorter strip of fabric and tie it around the other strips under the chain.  I went around twice and tied it on the back.

Step #6

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Pull the knot tight and trim off the ends.

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

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Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

How to Make a Tassel Necklace

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Tools and Materials:

  • Chain.  This is a good time to use up those scraps you have from other projects.
  • Wire.  I used 22 gauge.
  • Bead with a large opening or a cone bead.  Pictured is a bead with a large opening, but I ended up using a cone bead.
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose or bent nose pliers – 2 pair in any combination.

Step #1

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Cut chain into equal lengths.  I used 5 chains, a couple of them were the same, but I used different chains, too.

Step #2

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Slide the chain onto the wire and bend the wire in half.  Squeeze the wire together.

Step #3

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Slide the bead or cone on and push it up against the chain.

Step #4

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Grasp one of the wires with round wire pliers.  Wrap around one of the barrels of the pliers and then wrap around both wires one time.

Step #5

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Take the loop off the round nose pliers.  Straighten the loop.  Then hold the loop with  pliers.

Step #6

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Wrap around in the same direction you started.  Then wrap the other wire around.  Trim off any excess wire and tuck in the ends

HINT:  Cut off the wire in the front.

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Now you have a pendant that you can put on a chain.  I put mine on a cord.

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

Chain Tassel Necklace Tutorial

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How to Have a Jewelry Making Party

How to Have a Jewelry Making Party

How to Have Your Own Jewelry Making Party

Want to have a great party with your favorite female friends?

Have a jewelry making party!

It’s also the perfect activity for a little girl’s birthday party!  Depending on their age you can allow them to pick out their beads and string them, and then you can help them finish the jewelry.

Here are my tips to have a jewelry party:

Step #1:  Planning

Here are some things to think about when you’re planning your party:

* What will you make?  Think about the jewelry making abilities of your friends who will be attending.  Are they already jewelry makers with their own tools?  Or are they complete newbies?  You’ll have to pick out the activity based on the skill levels.

Look through my free jewelry tutorials for ideas of things you can make.

* If no one at your party has made jewelry before you can:

  • Hire someone to teach you.  (If you’re in the Lancaster, PA area, you can hire me!)
  • Make something that uses minimal tools.  For example, make a Stretchy Bracelet, which takes no special tools.  Or try Glass Tile Pendants, which can be unique expressions and a beautiful reminder of the party and doesn’t take any special tools.

* Make a list of the supplies you’ll need:

  • Supplies for each person for the project.
  • Tools if needed.  Ask people to bring their own if they have them.
  • If you’re doing a project that includes beads, get felt pieces to use a as place mat to keep the beads from rolling around.
  • A little bag to take home their project in is a nice touch.  I love these cotton bags which are handmade in the U.S.A.

* Plan out your snacks and refreshments.

* You’ll need a place to sit and some sort of table for them to work on as well.  You can use your dining room table, a folding table, TV trays or any combination.

(Note:  There are places to rent if your home isn’t conducive to having a group making jewelry.  For example in my area there is the Hobby House.  You might have similar places you could rent for a few hours.)

Step #2:  Preparation

Now that you’ve planned, it’s time to start to prepare for your party.

* If you are leading the project (not hiring someone to teach), make a sample and make sure you understand the project completely so you can teach others.

* Gather and purchase the materials you’ll need.

* If possible, print instructions for each guest.  Here’s a handy PDF of the Stretchy Bracelet Tutorial if you’re going to be making that.  Click here:  Stretchy Beaded Bracelet.

* Purchase snacks.

* Gather the tables and chairs you’ll need for the party.

Step #3:  Right Before the Party

Now it’s time to set up the party.

* Set up the table and chairs and any decorations.

* Set up a place for each guest with the materials, printed instructions, felt placemat (if applicable) and anything that they need that you are providing

* Prepare and set up the snacks

Step #4:  The Party

Woo hoo!  Party time!

* Greet guests and show them to the snacks.

* Relax, have fun and make your jewelry.

I hope these simple instructions help make your next jewelry making party go smoothly.  The most important part?  Have fun!