Inspiration from Waterfalls (Wire Wrapped Rock Pendant)

Inspiration from Waterfalls

Let’s just take a moment to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mill Creek Waterfall:

I feel better already, don’t you?

Inspiration from waterfalls

Last week was nature week in Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse and I also went out into nature for some recharging and inspiration.

Being in nature is one of my most favorite things and waterfalls are my favorite thing in nature.  This particular waterfall is one of my favorite spots.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the computer lately editing videos and blogposts and while I love my work, sometimes I just need to get out.

Inspiration from waterfalls

There is something so calming and so grounding about being surrounded by trees watching and listening to a waterfall.

Inspiration from waterfalls

I love the way the sunlight filters in through the trees.  It’s so beautiful.

While we were there I picked up some rocks.  The rocks at this particular spot have a shiny metallic look to them, which makes them really unique and lovely.

And, of course, I made a necklace when I got home!

Waterfall Rock Necklace

I love the simplicity of it.  I teach this wire wrapping technique in Week #1 of Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.

And you can learn how to wire wrap the ends of the cords in ECT TV Episode 65.

Waterfall Rock Necklace

I love that I have a physical reminder of one of my favorite places.  This has basically been the only necklace I’ve been wearing since I made it.

Have you been on a nature adventure lately?  What is your favorite nature spot?

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

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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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