ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Today I have a quick and simple anklet tutorial for you today!

Yesterday I shared my process from inspiration to final jewelry piece for this anklet, but today I have the step-by-step tutorial for how to make this piece.

In this tutorial you’ll learn:

  • How to make a wire wrapped bead link with multiple beads;
  • How to open and close jump rings; and
  • How to put it all together to make a sweet anklet.

Here’s today’s Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) video:

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Step-by- Step Photo Instructions:

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

Tools and Materials:

  • Beads – you can use any beads you like, but I choose 3 different beads that are 3 different colors to go along with my inspiration.  My beads are all recycled glass beads.
  • Chain – use any chain you like.  I have a collection of smaller pieces of chain leftover from other projects that I used for this project
  • Jump rings – I used 7mm jump rings, but feel free to use any sturdy jump rings you like
  • 20 gauge, half-hard wire
  • Lobster clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

I used a few beads on each strand.  I’ll show you how to make 1 strand and then you just repeat the process for each strand.

Alternatively, you could just make one strand.

Cut a piece of wire approximately 3 inches longer than the beads for one strand.

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

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire down and around the pliers to form a loop.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

The loop will be off-center, so we need to center it.  Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the short wire around the long wire once while pulling out the long wire straight.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Wrap the wire around 2 more times.  You can use bent nose pliers to help you wrap.  Make sure that you’re wraps are close together and neat.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the wire is not poking out.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Slide your beads onto the wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the wire in round nose pliers about 1/4 inch above the beads.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Now we’ll make a wire wrapped loop on this side just like we did at the beginning.

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

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Hold the loop in chain nose pliers. Wrap the wire around 1 time while pulling the beads out straight to straighten the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Make 2 more wraps keeping your wraps straight and neat.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Use chain nose pliers to make sure the end is not poking out.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for all 3 strands with your different sets of beads.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Figure out how long you need your chain to be.  Measure your ankle and then measure the bead link and clasp.  Subtract the length of the bead link and clasp from the total length you need and that’s how long your chain needs to be.

You will need to do this for each bead link unless you’ve made each bead link exactly the same length.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Keep each chain with the corresponding bead link so you don’t mix them up.

Step #16

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Cut the chain in half. Attach one half of the chain to each end of the bead link.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Repeat for each strand.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Attach one end of all of the chains to a jump ring and place the clasp on it as well.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

On the other end place all the chains in a jump ring and then add a couple of additional jump rings.

ECT TV Episode 69: Bead and Chain Anklet

Customize this anklet:

  • Use any beads you like – mix them up like I did or use just one type of bead.
  • You can mix up the beads in the individual strands as well.
  • Make just 1 strand.
  • Use just 1 bead per strand or make the wire wrapped bead links longer.  If you make them longer you may need to curve the wire to fit with the curve of your ankle.

How to Make a Caged Bead

How to Make a Caged Bead

Today I wanted to share my how to make a caged bead video tutorial with you.

You can use caged beads to add an extra special element to your jewelry designs or use the caged bead for the main focal point of the jewelry piece.

This technique is one of many (many!) jewelry skills I teach in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry and also in the Doodle Jewelry eWorkshop (which is now available here!)

Here’s the video tutorial:

How to Make a Caged Bead

It looks so cool and impressive, but I hope my video makes it seem a little bit easier!

What jewelry will you make with your caged bead?

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ECT TV Episode 32: How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

We’re back with a brand new season of ECT TV!  You’ll find a new episode every other Tuesday morning right here.  Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get the reminder right in your inbox!!

Also I have a new Terms of Use in place for my free tutorials.  Please read it here, especially if you’re planning on using this tutorial to make jewelry for any other use than personal.  Thank you and if you have questions please feel free to ask!

I’m asked often about how I get my ideas and my inspiration, so I’ve started talking about that here on my blog.  One of my biggest inspirations is nature.  I’ve talked about it before, but my husband and I love to travel, whether it’s day trips, mini vacations or full vacations.

We love waterfalls.  My favorite place in the world is Niagara Falls.  If you have an opportunity, go.  It’s amazing.

Niagara Falls

That trip was one of my happiest memories of my life.  I wanted to bring that into my daily life.  And what better why than to make a necklace!

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

For this tutorial I’ll show you the very basics of how to make it, but you can really get creative with this necklace.  I’m not giving you exact measurements.  Just experiment and go with your heart.

ECT TV Episode 32 Video:

Waterfall Necklace Tutorial:

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Materials and Tools:

  • Chain *
  • Beads *
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire *
  • 4mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • A couple 7mm jump rings
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

*Use any chain, bead and color of wire you like!  I used tiny beads and small chain.

Step #1

Make several bead links using the wire and beads.  I made 12 of these.  For help making bead links, watch the video above or click here for even more instruction.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Open a bunch of 4mm jump rings.  It’s so much easier to have all the jump rings you need open instead of stopping to open them as you go along.

Need extra instruction on this?  Watch the video above or click here.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Now we’ll start to put together our hanging chain pieces.  I have kept this kind of vague so you can use your own creativity.  First I sorted out my bead links into rows.  Then I started to put them together with chain using 4mm jump rings.  I kept it random and just designed and made decisions as I went along.  I made seven hanging chain pieces.  You can make more or less.

You just add a bead link, add a piece of chain in any length you like and then add more chain.

I made them all different lengths to represent a waterfall.  My longest one was 4 1/2 inches long.  You can make them shorter or longer.  You can make them all the same length.  You could start long in the middle and make them shorter going out.  It’s really up to you.

Step #4

I measured around my neck to decide how long I wanted my necklace to be and cut a length of chain.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Attach the hanging chain pieces to the necklace chain using 4mm jump rings.  I started with my middle piece.  I found the exact middle of my necklace chain and then attached the middle hanging chain piece.  I worked out from the middle.

In my case, I skipped 3 links and added another hanging chain piece.  You can decide how far apart or close you would like your pieces to be.

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

Add a lobster clasp to one end of the necklace chain using a 4mm jump ring.

On the other end, add a couple of 7mm jump rings for the clasp to hook into.

Note:  My chain was tiny and my 7mm jump ring was a thick gauge and wouldn’t go through the link.  So I just added a 4mm jump ring and then attached the 7mm jump rings to that.

ECT TV Episode 32:  How to Make a Waterfall Necklace

What ideas do you have to change this?  Give them a try and see what you come up with!

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ECT TV Episode 6: How to Make Simple Earrings

ECT TV Episode 6Welcome ECT TV Episode 6!

This week we’re building on what I taught you in Episode 5 (how to make a bead dangle) and creating a simple piece of jewelry:  Earrings!

Here’s the episode:

Lititz Springs ParkCreativity Booster:

Here in Northeast US where I live, winter has been rough.  (And I guess I should say, I’m definitely a summer girl!)  The snow just isn’t letting up.

In England there’s torrential rains.

Maybe where you are, it’s nice and sunny.

But everyday life can still become monotonous or you can find yourself in a funk and/or creatively blocked.

Here are 3 steps to help you get out of that funk:

#1  Stop what you’re doing.

For me, when I get sad, depressed or in a creative funk, I tend to log onto Facebook and just stare.  I’m not there to connect, I’m not there to really do anything.  I just keep scrolling and scrolling.

This isn’t helpful at all.  It doesn’t get me out of my funk.  In fact, it prolongs it.

Maybe you watch TV or something else.

Stop whatever it is that isn’t helping.

#2 Do something.

Do something else.  Anything.  Examples:  clean, organize your supplies, take a bath or shower, take a walk, meditate or even try doing something creative even if you don’t feel like it.

This will snap you out of the funk and into a productive mode.

#3  Be creative.

Do something creative or take a small step towards your creative goal.  So maybe just gather up some supplies to make something (even if you don’t feel like making it right now.)  Doodle.  Paint.  Journal.  Make jewelry.

If you still don’t feel creative.  Don’t force yourself.  Sometimes you just will have a crappy day and that is fine.  It’s fine to feel how you feel.  Maybe just try some self care and pampering or you just need to get through the day.

Hopefully, though, you’re feeling a little bit better and find a jewelry tutorial and make something!

How to EarringsHow to Make Simple Dangle Earrings:

How to Make EarringsMaterials and Tools:

  • Beads * I used Blue Recycled Vinyl Disc Beads from Happy Mango Beads
  • 2 Headpins – 2″ 20 gauge (or whatever you have)
  • 2 Earring wires (or see how to make your own below)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Another pair of pliers – another pair of chain nose, bent nose pliers or you can use your round nose pliers

*Beads:  You need 2 matching beads or more.  I used the beads I noted above plus 2 seed beads on each earring.  Just make sure that the beads aren’t too heavy and pull on your ears.

Step #1

How to Make EarringsSlide one seed bead onto a headpin and then add several of the disc beads.

The easiest way to use these disc beads for earrings is to pull a stack of them between your fingers and keep them in a stack.  Then slide them onto the head pin.

How to Make EarringsStep #2

How to Make EarringsAdd a second seed bead on the other side.

Step #3

How to Make EarringsHold the headpin in the round nose pliers, just slightly above the seed bead (approximately the length of a seed bead.)

Step #4

How to Make EarringsHow to Make EarringsBend the wire around the barrel of the pliers and in between the pliers and the beads like seen in the photo.

Straighten the loop so it’s centered above the beads.  To do this roll the pliers back.

Step #5

How to Make EarringsHold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Then continue wrapping the wire using another pair of pliers.  Wrap at least a few times.  Cut off any excess.

Make sure the wires are straight and snug.  Make sure the end is not sticking out.  (I give a tip in the video on how to do that!)

Step #6

How to Make EarringsHow to Make EarringsOpen the earring wire.  Make sure to open it while maintaining the circle.  Do not pull the circle open.  (See the video for a demonstration on this.)

Step #7

How to Make EarringsPut the loop from the dangle in the open loop and close the earring wire.

Step #8

How to EarringsRepeat for the other earring.

Remember you can really use any beads to make these earrings.  Add 2 or 3 dangles to one earring wire.  Make them to match all of your outfits!

Dangle EarringsHow to Make Your Own Earring Wires:

Earring Wire Tutorial

 

 

I will admit, I bought earring wires to use in my jewelry designs forever.  Even after I conquered wire wrapping, I continue to use bought earring wires.

 

Then one day I tried to make my own.  It is SO QUICK & EASY!  I can’t believe I haven’t been making them all along!

A few tips:

  •  I use a ring mandrel, but you can use a pen or marker to wrap around.
  • Make them in pairs – do a step on one and then a step on the other – so they are consistent.

Earring Wire Tutorial Tools and MaterialsMaterials and Tools:

  • Wire, about 1.5 – 2 inches, 20 gauge (you may feel more comfortable with smaller gauge like 22 or 24 gauge)
  • Jewelry file
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Ring mandrel or some other round item:  dowel rod, pen, highlighter, etc.
  • Optional, but helpful:  Rawhide hammer and steel block or anvil

Step #1

Earring Wire Tutorial Step #1Earring Wire Tutorial Step #1Cut off 1.5-2 inches of 24 gauge wire.  Grasp the end of the wire with round nose pliers and create a loop.  Just wrap the wire completely around one barrel of the pliers.

Step #2

Earring Wire Tutorial Step #2Wrap the wire around the ring mandrel (or pen, highlighter, dowel rod, etc.)  Push both sides around.

Earring Wire Tutorial Step #2Go a little bit around the bottom, too.  (You don’t want a complete circle.)

Make sure to keep the little loop straight and don’t let it slip to the side.

Earring Wire Tutorial Step #2Step #3

Earring Wire Tutorial Step #2Use pliers to create a bit of a bend in the wire.

Earring Wire Tutorial CompletedFile the ends of the earring wires (the part that will go into your ears) to make sure that there are no rough ends.

Optional:  Hammer the earring wires with a rawhide or nylon hammer so the wire will keep its shape.

Have fun!  I’ll see you next week!

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ECT TV Episode 1: Elastic Stretch Bracelet

How to make a stretch braceletI’m so excited to present to you ECT TV Episode 1!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How I got my start making jewelry (and started again).
  • How to make an elastic stretch bracelet (my first jewelry creations, in honor of the first episode.)
  • A tip for thrift store shopping to get inexpensive beads (or if you don’t have a bead store near by)

Here’s the video:

As promised, here is the photographic tutorial, which includes an extra tip to customize even more!  (If you are a newsletter subscriber, I will send the tutorials to you each week via PDF, easier to print and take to your work table.)

How to make a stretch braceletTools and Materials:

For extra customization, you’ll need these additional tools and materials (optional):

  • Charms – I used heart charms from my collection
  • 7 mm jump rings
  • Chain nose pliers and bent nose pliers (or 2 pair of pliers of your choice really)

The first part of this tutorial is the same as the video tutorial.  The end (for extra customization) is additional and not in the video!

Step #1

How to Make a Stretch BraceletCreate your bracelet design and lay it out.  You can use just all the same bead or any combination you like.  If you’re using just one bead and making a solid bracelet, this isn’t necessarily required.

A note about choosing beads:  Choosing beads with a larger hole will make it a lot easier to bead on the elastic cord.

Step #2

Cut the elastic cord to the desired length.  To figure out the size, measure around your wrist and then add at least a few inches on each side.  If this is your first stretch bracelet, add even more to the ends to make it easier to tie the knot.

Step #3

How to Make a Stretch BraceletString the beads onto the cord.

Step #4

Tie the ends in a knot.  I’m going to use colorful yarn here so you can see how to actually make this knot.

How to Make a Stretch BraceletHow to Make a Stretch BraceletStart a regular knot:  cross the ends and then pull one end through the loop.  (It’s like when you’re starting to tie your shoes)

How to Make a Stretch BraceletDo the same again, but do not pull it tight yet!

How to Make a Stretch BraceletTake one end and pull it through the loop and through again.

How to Make a Stretch BraceletAnd then do it with the other end.

How to Make a Stretch BraceletPull the knot tight.  Pull both the ends of the cord and the cord that’s hold the beads to pull tight at the same time.

Step #5

How to Make a Stretch BraceletPull on the bracelet a few times and make sure the knot is secure.  (If it slips, then try the knot again.)

Once it’s secure, cut off the excess cord and then hide the knot inside a bead.

That’s it!

Extra customization:

How to Make a Stretch BraceletOkay, grab a few charms and jump rings and your pliers and you can spice this up even more!

Step #6

How to Make a Stretch BraceletOpen a jump ring.  Hold the jump ring with 2 pliers (I’m using chain nose and bent nose pliers).  The opening of the jump ring should be centered and the pliers on each side.

(Or watch a short video on how to properly open and close jump rings here.)

Step #7

How to Make a Stretch BraceletPush one pair of pliers back and pull one forward, maintaining the circle of the jump ring and open it.

Step #8

How to Make a Stretch BraceletSlide a charm on the jump ring.

Step #9

How to Make a Stretch BraceletPlace the jump ring on the bracelet between 2 beads.  Close the jump ring just like you opened it, but opposite.

Step #10

Repeat for however many charms you’d like to add.

*Alternatively, you could place the charms on jump rings and add them to the bracelet as you are beading it.

Step #11

How to make a stretch braceletEnjoy your new bracelet!


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