Wire Wrapping For Beginners Day 7: Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Earrings

Chandelier Crystal EarringsThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 7 and the project is Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Earrings.

Chandelier Crystal EarringsUsually you think of crystals being clear, but these chandelier pieces are a beautiful red!

Chandelier Crystal EarringsIf you want to create along with me, grab the Wire Wrapping For Beginners book.  (You can purchase and instantly download the e-version or get the print version shipped to you!)

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Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop

Here’s me trying to tell you about my all new eWorkshop:

I’m so very excited to share this brand new eWorkshop with you:  Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop.

I have been in business for years, and for years I have written a business plan because that’s what they told me to do.  I had a template (a lot of which didn’t particularly make sense to me) and filled it out the best I could.

I printed it, put it in a file folder and filed it away, never to be seen again.

What’s the point of that, really?  I didn’t need a loan, I wasn’t going for government grants and I wasn’t looking for investors.  Why did I need a business plan?  Well, I obviously didn’t get it back then.

I would revise it maybe one or so a year, and then return it to its folder.

Until last year when I had a realization:  I wasn’t using the business plan because I didn’t create it for me to use.  I created it for someone else to use, except no one else really needed to use it.  I did.

I thought about what would make me want to look at it and use it more often.  It had to have sections that were helpful to me.  It had to be cute.  It had to be something I would actually want to look at – not a boring word doc on my computer or in a file folder.

Then I had a brilliant idea:  Paper bag scrapbook!  It would be fun to make and it has tons of pockets to stash stuff in.

Some parts I still printed on my computer, but I then glued it and embellished the heck out of it.

Guess what?  I used my business plan last year.  I checked in with who my target market was, I followed my promotions.  Etc.

Now I want to show you how to do this.

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This is for you if:

  • You’re a creative type who doesn’t find it fun to plug a bunch of info into a document;
  • You don’t need to show your business plan to anyone for funding (they are particular about business plans.  This isn’t a plan that will help you with that!)
  • You want to make your vision for your business clearer.
  • You want to grow your business.
  • You love to craft!

This is a self-paced, work at your own speed workshop, which includes videos of how to actually make the scrapbook and PDF sheets to help you with the business plan part of it.

You’ll get:

  • PDF worksheets to work out your business plan.
  • Then you get video tutorials to learn how to make a paper bag scrapbook.
  • A PDF with everything and access to the eWorkshop site that also has everything that you can access anytime.

Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop

How it works:

When you purchase the eWorkshop, you’ll receive a PDF with everything you need to log in and gain access to the eWorkshop site!

If you have ANY questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me:  Kim@KimberlieKohler.com

Click Here to learn more and purchase.

Dear Aspiring Jewelry Designer

Rose Wire Wrapped Ring Tutorial

Dear Aspiring Jewelry Designer:

I was where you are at one time.  I taught myself how to string beads.  I made a thousand beaded necklaces to match every single outfit I own, plus every outfit of all my family members and friends.

Every single gift was beaded jewelry.  Beaded sets of necklaces, bracelets and (if I’m honest) poorly made dangle earrings.

And I got bored.  I didn’t really know how to do anything but string.  I mastered it.  I killed it.  I was bored.

Then I picked up some wire.  I was worried about using it.  Surely I would mess it up.

I couldn’t even be creative because I didn’t even know what I could make.  I was afraid to mess up my precious wire because I didn’t know what I was doing.  I was overwhelmed and, well, still bored with stringing necklaces and bracelets.

Then I did it!  I figured it out.  I found some cheap wire and started playing with it and I figured it out!

Look, I know it doesn’t look simple or easy to wire wrap.  But Wire Wrapping For Beginners takes you step-by-step through 23 projects.  I assumed you knew nothing when you started the eBook, so I teach you everything you need to know.

Before long, you’ll be making wire wrapped jewelry like no one’s business!

Oh, and those crimp beads that fail or wire that breaks?  Don’t worry about that anymore!  Wire jewelry is much sturdier.

Seriously, you’re ready and I’m here to support you!

Warmly,

Kim

P.S.  Ready to take the first step toward learning wire wrapping?  Check out my Simple Bead Dangle Earring Video Tutorial to start.

And if you master that, you can get $25 off the purpose of Wire Wrapping For Beginners, but just until April 8th, so don’t lollygag around!  To get $25 off, use code Blog25 (put it in the coupon code box and click update cart!)

Getting Started With Scrapbooks: Traditional & Digital

Getting Started with Scrapbooks Round Up!
Scrapbook

Traditional Scrapbooking

I did a Simple Guide for creating a traditional scrapbook.  Here are the steps:

Photos

Step #1 Organizing Photos

Scrapbook Step 2

Step #2 Getting Supplies Together

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

Step #3 Cover Page Creating a Great Cover Page

Traditional Scrapbook Tutorial

Step #4 Creating Layouts

Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Learn about Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Paper Clip Embellishment Tutorial

 

DIY Scrapbook Embellishment tutorials:

Embellished Brads Tutorial

Paper Clip Embellishments

Button Brad Video Tutorial

Tag Video Tutorial

Cute Flower Tutorial

Wedding

Journaling:

Journaling (general)

Journal Prompts – Travel

100 Journal Prompts – Yourself

Journal Prompts – Wedding

Woodward Cave Digital Scrapbook Page

Digital Scrapbooking:

I have My Memories Suite and LOVE it!  I use it mostly for making things for my blog and to create cute images to add to my videos, too.  However, I am currently working on a wedding book with it.  Why am I making 2 different books – one traditional and one digital?  Because once the digital book is done, I can have it printed multiple times for our family members!

Here’s How to Make the Most out of the MyMemories software

Benefits of Digital Scrapbooking:

1.  You don’t have to keep supplies on hand.  All of your supplies are on your computer.

2.  You don’t have to wait to get your photos printed or remember to print your photos, you use them digitally and they are on your computer just like your digital scrapbooking software is!

3.  If you get started and realize you need something, you can instantly download it.  You don’t have to go to the store!

4.  I think it’s quicker, but you can get pretty complex with it.

5.  You can use your digital scrapbook software to make other things, too!

Want to give it a try?  Get $10 off the MyMemories software plus an additional $10 off to use in the store with this code: STMMMS70060 

Hoop Earrings Tutorial (Also Junk Earrings!)

Junk Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

In Wire Wrapping For Beginners, I have a pair of earrings that are Hoops with a Dangle.  In it, you could use pre-made hoops.

But, as you’re about to see, it’s really not difficult to make your own hoops!

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+ Bonus Junk Earrings Tutorial!

Hoop Earrings TutorialTools and Materials:

  • Round, 20 gauge wire.
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Bend nose (or you can use your needle nose) pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Ring mandrel
  • Jewelry hammer
  • Metal block or anvil on which to hammer

A quick lesson about wire cutters:

Wire cutters typically have 2 sides that cut in two different ways.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a pinch cut.

Wire cuttersThis side makes a flush cut.

The side that is toward the wire that you are keeping or using in the design is the side I’m talking about here.

Wire cuttersSo, in the photo, the LEFT side would have the flush cut and the RIGHT side would have the pinched cut.

We want to start with a flush cut almost always when we’re starting a project.  So it’s always a good idea to trim the end off with a flush cut.

Step #1

Hoop Earrings TutorialCut 2 pieces of wire about 3 1/2″.  Make sure to flush cut each side.

Make sure the 2 pieces of wire are the same length.  It matters less what the actual length is than that they are the same.

Step #2

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialUsing round nose pliers, make a loop in one side of each wire.

Step #3

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hoop Earrings TutorialStraighten the loops so they’re centered on the wire.

Step #4

Hoop Earrings TutorialLightly hammer each loop (and only the loop.)

Step #5

Hoop Earrings Tutorial

Hoop Earrings TutorialWrap around your ring mandrel to give the hoop it’s hoop shape!

See how the end of the wire just meets up withe loop.

Step #6

Hammer the hoop.  Put the loop over the edge so not to damage it and hammer, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ unhammered at the ends.

If you don’t have supplies for hammering, it’s okay.  Hammering helps the hoops keep their shape.  If you don’t, you’ll just have to be extra careful with your earrings.

Step #7

Hoop Earrings TutorialHoop Earrings TutorialUse your pliers to bend back a tiny part of the wire to make a “catch” that will hook into the loop.  This bent up part will be about 1/8 of an inch.

Step #8

Hoop Earrings Tutorial Hook the earrings and put them back on the ring mandrel.  I like to push as far as I can because it will stretch the wire a little and make a more perfect circle.  Be careful, though, and don’t let the earring come unlatched.  If you push it down too far and the latch comes unhooked, you will mess up the shape of your hoops.

Step #9

Hoop Earrings TutorialYou could wear these hoops just as is, or

Hoop Earrings TutorialAdd a bead dangle or charm to them.

Or

Make Junk Earrings!

I actually had a customer tell me about these when they saw my hoop earrings with hardware on them.  She told me she had been to France and these “junk” earrings (or she might have called them garbage earrings or trash earrings or something else) were all the rage.  Basically, just put trash on a hoop and wear them.

I didn’t actually see these earrings, but I decided to come up with my own version based upon what she told me.

Step #10

Junk EarringsGo through your recycling bin and find plastic containers.  I have a combination of shampoo/conditioner and other bottles and toothpaste tubes here.  Plus washers.

You’ll need strong scissors for the plastic bottles.  Cut them into whatever shapes you like.

Step #11

Junk Earrings TutorialUse an awl to punch holes in the plastic pieces.

Step #12

Junk Earrings TutorialThen just slide on your pieces in any order or way you like!

Junk Earrings TutorialOther ideas for what you could put on your junk earrings:

  • Buttons
  • Tabs from soda cans
  • Paper – I would treat it to withstand the weather, though.
  • Gun wrappers
  • Washers
  • Rubber bands
  • Ties from bread loafs
  • Anything else you can think of!

Just remember that you’ll be wearing them on your ears, so don’t make them too heavy or they could pull at your ears, or worse, rip your earring holes!

Enjoy!

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

The hoop tutorial is in Wire Wrapping for Beginners along with 9 other earring tutorials plus bracelet, necklace and wire wrapped rings tutorials.

Find out more and purchase hereWire Wrapping For Beginners.