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.

Jewelry Making Quick Tip: How to Make Uniform Loops

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

Want to make your wire wrapped loops all the same size in your jewelry projects?

I have a quick video tip on how to make your wire wrapped loops uniform throughout a project.

Watch the video:

Quick Tip for Uniform Loops

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ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

On today’s episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV) I’ll show you how to make a simple necklace with an arrowhead, wire and leather cord.

Even if you don’t have an arrowhead or do not wish to make an arrowhead necklace, you’ll find creative inspiration from my inspiration and a technique for crimping cord ends with wire.

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Creative Inspiration:

I was recently on vacation in upstate New York.  During our trip we went to the Secret Caverns in Howes Cave, New York (which I highly recommend!)  I got a couple arrowheads there.  (Or really, reproduction arrowheads.)

I am part Native American.  I am just getting into tracing my family tree again, so I don’t have a lot of information, but from what I remember my grandmother telling me we’re from the Mohawk Tribe.  During our trip we drove through a Mohawk Reservation, which was really exciting.

So this necklace is really about my heritage and also a souvenir from my trip.

Creativity Tip (Heritage):

I invite you to think about your heritage and think about how you could incorporate that into a jewelry design.  You might think about specific relics or symbols or perhaps colors or specific gemstones.  How can you incorporate those into your design?

Alternative Creativity Tip (Travel):

Whenever you go on a trip, it changes you.  You learn new things, see new things and experience new things.  Think about a vacation or road trip you’ve taken.  How could you reflect that experience into a jewelry design?

If you want to get a creativity booster, learn jewelry making skills and make a souvenir charm bracelet, check out my FREE Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry Mini eCourse.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tools and Materials:

  • Arrowhead
  • Leather cord (or any other material of cord)
  • 22 gauge half-hard round wire
  • 6 – 7mm jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut 6 inches of cord.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Thread 2 jump rings onto the cord.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Wrap the cord around the arrowhead starting at the front and wrap around and cross it in the back positioning the cord in the notches in the arrowhead.

Position the jump rings so they’re on the sides of the arrowhead.

Wrap the cord back to the front and pull the ends through the jump rings on each side again.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Position the jump rings in the back of the arrowhead on each side.  (They won’t fit nicely into the notches, so this is the best place for them.)

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Tie the leather cord in the front.  Pull the knot very tightly and make sure it’s secure.

Alternatively, if you don’t like the look of tying in the front, tie it in the back instead.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess wire.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Cut about 4 inches of 22 gauge wire.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Now we’ll add the necklace part to our arrowhead pendant.  Pull leather cord through one of the jump rings on the side of the arrowhead.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Fold the leather over making about an inch and a half overlap.

I like to have the overlap on the front of the necklace because I like the kind of rustic look, but you could have it on the backside.

Wrap the 22 gauge wire around the leather cord.  I hold about an inch or so of the wire in one hand and make the wraps using the other hand.

I start about 1/4 inch from the fold and work in towards the jump ring.  Make about 4 wraps.  (You can make as many wraps as you like.  Just be consistent on each side.)

Make the wraps tight and make sure they are holding the cord together and sturdy.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Hint:  If your wraps are not close together, use your chain nose pliers to push them together.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Pull the short end across the leather and then cut off the excess wire.  Cut it off in the middle of the cord on the top to lessen the likelihood of scratching your neck.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Use chain nose pliers to push in the ends of the wire so they’re not poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Trim off the excess cord.  I like to leave a little above the wire wraps, but you can trim it as close as you like.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat for the other side as well.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

You could just tie the cord around your neck and be done.

Or you can add a clasp.  To do that slide a jump ring on the end of the cord.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Repeat Steps #6 – #11 to make a wire wrapped crimp to hold the jump rings on each end.

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

Add the clasp using a jump ring and I like to add a second jump ring to the other side to finish the necklace.

ECT TV Episode 65: Arrowhead Necklace

And that’s the finished necklace!

You can use the wire wrapped crimp cord technique anytime you’re using a cord!

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Jewelry Inspired by Art Journal Page: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

Last week I shared an art journal prompt and my page from it.  The prompt was to choose a quote and make an art journal page from it.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I used that art journal page as inspiration to make a necklace.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

In Inspired eCourse we dig deeply into how to pull inspiration out of your art journal pages and use that inspiration for jewelry making.

This necklace didn’t turn out at all how I was planning to begin with, but I do love it just the same.

Originally I was envisioning the beads all cascading down from a central floral piece that would be the center piece of the necklace.  I didn’t have a floral piece for the center. I thought I did, but I didn’t.  I had used it on another piece of jewelry and forgot.  I tried some other options, but none of them really worked out.

Then I considered what I most wanted in this necklace and what I loved the most were the gemstone beads.  I loved the irregularity of them and I loved the colors.

So I chose to do a simpler concept.  Simple almost always works out better in the long run.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

I got the original idea of the beads cascading down from the art journal page where the flowers are growing up the left side.  And you can see the obvious color inspiration from the art journal page in the color of the gemstone beads.

Often things change while we’re making jewelry.  Maybe you’re missing a component (like I was in this case) or maybe what it’s just not working out the way you envisioned it.  You often have to be flexible and willing to change your idea.  You will oftentimes end up with something you love even more!

I’ll keep the original idea in the back of my head for when I find the perfect center piece to use in the necklace. But for now, I love this necklace and it’s beautiful colors and gemstones.

Bloom Where You Are Planted Art Journal Page and Jewelry

To make this necklace:

I used the interlocking wire wrapped bead link technique found here.

The only other skill you need is opening and closing jump rings.

Choose your gemstones and have fun!  The only thing that takes a little trial and error is if you use gemstones that are not the same size (my purple stones were larger than the pink and green). If that’s the case you may have to experiment to get the strands to lay just perfectly.

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How to Wire Wrap a Side Drilled Bead [video tutorial]

Wire Wrap Side Drilled Beads

Learn how to make a wire wrapped loop on a side drilled bead in my new video!

Side drilled beads

Tomorrow I’ll have a new ECT TV episode and the jewelry project is a necklace that includes this technique, so make sure to check back then.

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