ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to make this pretty skeleton key ornament and we’ll use a couple of jewelry making techniques.

This could be a great last minute handmade gift idea or beautiful on your tree!

Here’s today’s video episode:

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Materials and Tools:

I just went through my stash of supplies and choose a variety of buttons, beads and crystals.  I used green and red, but if you use different colors in your decor, then by all means use colors and materials that make sense to you.

  • Skeleton Key
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Lace or ribbon
  • 22 gauge half hard wire or 20 gauge half-hard wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You can use a variety of different charms and materials on this ornament.  I’ll show you how to wire wrap a button first to make a charm.

Cut a piece of wire.  How much you need depends on the size of you button, but you’ll need about 5″ or so for about a 1″ button.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide the button on the wire and center the button on it.  Twist the wire once.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers.  If one wire is longer than the other, use that wire.  If they’re the same it doesn’t matter which one you use.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Twist the wire around the pliers and between the button and pliers.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop with your chain nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around once and while you’re doing that straighten out the loop so it’s centered on top of the button.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now continue wrapping the wire around, keeping your wraps straight and tight.  Then wrap the other wire.  (I change hands for this.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends don’t poke out.

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Now you have a button that’s ready for your ornament.  Repeat for all the buttons you would like to use.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

You may also want to make wire wrapped bead dangles.  You could use pre-made headpins, spiral headpins or I used a knotted headpin, which I’ll show you how to make here.

First cut at least 3″ of wire.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Bend the wire a third of the way down.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the end with the bend in chain nose pliers.  Bend up the shorter end.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the end several times so it looks like a knot.  You can do this as sloppily or as neatly as you like.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Then trim off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide a bead onto the headpin.

Step #12

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Hold the wire just above the bead with round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around pliers and between the pliers and bead forming a loop.

Step #13

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Remove the round nose pliers and hold the loop in chain nose pliers.  Straighten the loop while wrapping the wire around once.

Step #14

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Continue with a few more wraps.  Cut off the excess wire and make sure the end isn’t poking out.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Step #15

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

I also used a couple chandelier crystals using the same technique as with the buttons.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

And here are all my materials ready to add to my key.  if you’re using a smaller key, you will need less embellishment.

Step #16

Cut a piece of wire about 24″ long.  You may need less if your key is smaller.

Step #17

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

Wrap the wire around the top of the key.  You can catch the end in the wraps and make sure the wire is secure.

Step #18

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Slide on one of the charms you made.  Wrap the wire around the key a couple of times to secure it.  Continue adding charms and wrapping moving down the key slightly.

Hint:  Hold the charm in place while you wrap the wire to keep the charm in the place you want it to be in.

Step #19

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

I missed taking a photo, but when you’re done adding charms, wrap the wire around the key a few times and secure it.  Go back up through some of the charms to secure the wire.

Step #20

ECT TV Episode 55:  Skeleton Key Ornament

Tie a bow around the top with ribbon or lace and then make a hanger.  You could use a wire ornament hanger instead of using ribbon.

ECT TV Episode 55: Skeleton Key Ornament

From me here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials, I hope you have very happy holidays!

Warmly,

Kim

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ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Bead Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Sided Drilled Beaded Earrings

Hi and welcome to another episode of Emerging Creatively Tutorials TV (ECT TV)!

Today I’ll teach you how to wire wrap side drilled beads and then make a fun pair of earrings!

Here’s today’s video episode:

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions:

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

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Materials and Tools:

  • 4 Beads.  I used beads from Michaels, but you can use any beads that are side drilled.
  • Earring wires or make your own earring wires
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Slide a bead on your 20 gauge wire.  Leave about 3″ of wire on each side of the bead and cut the wire.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Center the bead on the wire.  Cross the wire over in the top, middle of the bead.

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Twist the wire once.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

If your wires ended up being two different lengths, use the longer one for this step.  If they’re the same length, it doesn’t matter which wire you use.

Hold one of the wires in round nose pliers just above the twist you made.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Wrap the wire toward you and around the pliers in between the twist and the pliers forming a loop.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

The loop will probably be off center and you want it centered in the middle of the bead.  I straighten the loop by holding the loop in chain nose pliers and while I wrap the wire around one time I straighten the loop so it’s centered.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Now I switch hands and continue wrapping a few times with the first wire.

Then wrap around a few times with the other wire.  Go in the direction that the wire wants to go.

Keep your wraps close together and straight as possible.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Trim off any excess wire.

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Make sure your wire ends are not poking out using your chain nose pliers to make sure they’re pushed in.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Repeat for all 4 beads.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

Open up earring wires and add the beads.  I added the longer bead first and the shorter one in the front.

Close the earring wires.

ECT TV Episode 53: Side Drilled Beaded Earrings

I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

Remember, you can browse through my eWorkshops, eBooks, eCourses and tutorials in my shop.

ECT TV Episode 46: Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

I love spirals and today we’re making a really cool but simple wire spiral pendant on ECT TV episode 46!

Watch the video tutorial here:

Symbolism in Spirals

I have been drawn to spirals for quite a while.  I use them quite often in jewelry designs.  In fact, I have done 10 free jewelry tutorials involving spirals on my blog.  (I linked them all below!)  They look cool, but they have a lot of meaning, too.

I always have thought about the meaning of spiral being that in your life you’ll come around to the same spot again (same situation, etc.) in your life, but the next time you have more understanding and be able to deal with that situation or use past information to handle the situation much better this time.

I did some research and found more symbolism for spirals.  Maybe you’ll find something that resonates with you in this list:

  • In spirituality, spirals symbolize the path leading from outer consciousness to inner.  (Ego to enlightenment.)
  • Spirals can represent the consciousness of nature beginning from the core or center and expanding out.
  • Spirals symbolize growth, evolution, coming back to the same point in your life but with new understanding.
  • Female energy and the womb.
  • Constant change.
  • Harmony, beginning, concentration and focus.
  • Journey, direction and progress.
  • Infinity.
  • In Celtic symbolism spirals play a huge role.  It usually symbolizes birth, development and expansion.

Whether you find symbolic meaning in spirals or if you just think they are a cool shape, you’re going to love this simple and fun tutorial!

Wire Spiral Pendant Tutorial in Step-by-Step Photos:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Tools and Materials:

  • 16 gauge dead soft round wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Hammer and steel block

Wire:  I used 16 gauge wire, but you can try larger and smaller gauge wire.  The larger the gauge the larger the pendant will be.  I wouldn’t recommend using smaller than 18 gauge wire though.

Hammers:  I used a chasing hammer (pictured above) to flatten the pendant.  If you would like the wire to keep it’s round shape, use a rawhide, nylon or plastic hammer to harden the wire without flattening it.

Step #1

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

For this pendant we’ll work from the coil, meaning do not cut the wire off the coil.

To start make sure you have a flush cut on the end.

Step #2

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop at the end of the wire.

Hold the wire with round nose pliers so the wire is at the top of the pliers but not poking through.  You should be able to run your finger over the top of the pliers.

Twist your wrist away from you and wrap the wire around the pliers.  Once you’ve gone as far as your wrist will allow, readjust the pliers, your wrist and the wire and complete the loop.

It will look like a “P.”

Step #3

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

We’re going to spiral around that original loop.  To do that hold the loop in chain nose pliers.

Step #4

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

 

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Push the wire up.  Then readjust the loop in the chain nose pliers and do it again.

Hint:

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

As you’re spiraling and moving the pliers, keep the pliers positioned close to the loose wire and just do the spiral a tiny bit at a time.

Step #5

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Continue to spiral until it’s the size you would like.  I made mine about the size of a quarter.

Step #6

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Cut the wire making sure you make a flush cut.

Step #7

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Make a loop just like you did to start the spiral.  Make sure you make it large enough to fit a chain or cord through.

Step #8

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Use your chain nose pliers to twist the loop so it’s perpendicular to the spiral (so it will hang correctly when you place it on a cord or chain.)

Step #9

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Hold the pendant with the loop off the side of the steel block and hammer the pendant.  See note above about hammers.

Step #10

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

If you want, you can also hammer the loop.

Step #11

ECT TV Episode 46:  Wire Spiral Pendant

Add your favorite chain or cord and wear your new pendant!

More Spiral Tutorials:

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

My new Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop.  These pendants are so pretty and fun to make that I’ve made several!  If you like today’s tutorial, you’ll love this eWorkshop.  Learn more about it here.

ECT TV Episode 41: Spiral and Bead Link Earrings

Adjustable Spiral and Bead Ring Video Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 34: Open Spiral Headpin

Spiral Toggle Clasp Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

Spiral Wire Ring Individual Jewelry Pattern

ECT TV Episode 21: Adjustable Spiral Ring

ECT TV Episode 12: Spiral Charm Pendant

Spiral and Dangle Earrings Tutorial

Spiral Earring Wires

Spiral and Gemstone Chip Earrings

Another pair of Spiral Earrings

Hopefully you’ll find something in that list you like!

Remember if you make this project, I’d love to see it!  Use the hashtag #ECTTV on Instagram.  (Follow me @KimberlieKohler) or post it on the Emerging Creatively Tutorials Facebook page

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Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I have a brand new eWorkshop for you!

I am so excited about this eWorkshop because I’ve been obsessed with making these spiral pendants!  I have them in several color combinations and different sizes.

I made the first one, posted it to Instagram (so I know I didn’t imagine making it!) and promptly lost it.  And it’s still lost.  It’s okay, though, because I’ve had so much fun making more and more of them.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

I love spirals and they keep showing up in different forms in my life, too.  To me, life is a spiral.  You start out and you just keep coming around around to the same things.  It’s great because you can use what you learned the first time around to help you the next time around.  It’s not a circle, so there’s space between the first time you experienced it and the next time.  It’s a learning journey.

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what an eWorkshop is….

It’s a virtual workshop that’s held online.  It’s kind of like going to an in person workshop except you can do it in your PJs!  Plus, you don’t have to go anywhere, you can take it any time and it’s much less expensive.

Beaded Spiral eWorkshop

For my eWorkshops, they include a private video tutorial plus a PDF eBook (with step-by-step photos.)  (Some of my eWorkshops contain several videos and PDFs.  This particular one is for just one project.)

I’ll teach you how to use any beads and customize this pendant to work with them!

You can learn all about the Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop here.  Right now (if you’re reading this shortly after I post it) it’s priced at a low introductory rate that’s half off what it’s going to be!

Beaded Spiral Pendant eWorkshop

Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

Last week I posted ECT TV Episode 43, the Button and Butterflies Necklace.  In it you’ll learn a few techniques.

One of the techniques is wire wrapping a button.

You can use this skill to make quick and super cute button pendants, too!  I made several the other day and I’m loving how adorable they turned out.

You could stack a couple buttons and do the same technique, too!

If you want to make these cute pendants, it’s the first thing I show you how to make in ECT TV Episode 43 and then you just add the button to a chain or cord.

Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

If you want to feel more creative in your jewelry making, check out my Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  It’s 6 weeks full of creativity boosters, jewelry making skills lessons and 18 jewelry projects.  It’s fun and full of creativity!  Even though there are 18 jewelry projects for you to follow, you’ll be feeling so creative you’ll be designing your own unique projects.

This fun and creativity packed eCourse starts on July 6th.  Click here to find out more.