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Dangle Charm Earring Video Tutorial

Dangle Charm Earrings Tutorial

Learn how to make this simple, but cute Dangle Charm Earrings with this video tutorial.

You can use any beads you like and any charm you like. Just be sure to take the weight of the bead and charm into consideration when making your earrings. You don’t want them to pull on your ears.

I made these earrings to go with the necklace I made in the free Inspired Mini Course. Learn more and sign up for free here: Inspired Mini Course.

Dangle Charm Earrings with Dream Catcher Necklace

Video Tutorial:

Links mentioned in video:

Free Inspired Mini Course

Earring Wire Tutorial

Making a Mark on Pliers for Uniform Loops

Inspired eCourse

Dangle Charm Earrings Tutorial
Dangle Charm Earrings Tutorial

4 ways to Hide Journaling

In my free Inspired Mini Course I share an art journal prompt (among other things! Learn more here: Inspired Mini Course.) In it, I hide my journaling with a collage.

I wanted to share a few more options for hiding your writing in your art journal.

Why would you want to hide your journaling?

Most of the time you probably don’t need to or want to, but sometimes you may. If you share your art journal pages, you may want to hide journaling that is particularly personal or if it mentions something or someone you don’t want to share publically.

You may want to hide your journaling from yourself as well. You may want to get something out that is on your mind or heavy on your heart, but you don’t want to see it again. In that case, you may want to use one of these 4 ways to hide your journaling.


#1 Pockets or Envelopes

One solution to hide journaling is to slip it into a pocket or envelope.

#2 Collage Over Journaling

The second solution is to write it out and then collage over it. This page is from my free Inspired Mini Course.

#3 Write Over

The third idea is to simply write over your writing. You could fill a page and then start writing over what you just wrote and continue writing.

Or you could just strike out your words or use cute circles like this:

#4 Paint Over

The final idea is to paint over your writing. You can experiment with paints, but I usually use acrylics to cover writing. Watercolor (in my experience) will not cover your writing. If you use a dark color, you may need to use a thick layer of paint.

So those are 4 ways to cover up your journaling that you want to keep hidden.

In my free Inspired Mini Course, you’ll get a creativity booster, an art journal prompt (where you can use the tips from this post), learn how to pull out inspiration from your art journal page to design your own jewelry piece. I also share a full jewelry tutorial that you can customize to suit your own personal style.

Learn more and sign up here: Inspired Mini Course.

Transformative Letting Go Ritual

[Note: The text below is a loose transcript of the video.]

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Today I wanted to share a ritual for LETTING GO. You may have some unwanted thoughts or feelings. This ritual will meaningfully and intentionally allow you to let those go.

When I say RITUAL, I just mean doing something meaningful and intentional.

A quote from Francis Weller says,

“Rituals are intended to take us into those places where we can engage with the difficulties in our lives in ways that are potentially transformative . . . into territories of fresh living.”

Before I share my Letting Go Ritual, I invite you to make up your own ritual. You can take pieces of this ritual and transform it into your own, or you could come up with something altogether different that’s meaningful to you.

Step 1 (A):

My first step for basically anything in my life is to write it out. When I wake up in the morning, I journal. When I have to make a decision, I journal. When I’m feeling stuck or unhappy, I journal.

I think journaling is an important part of this process so you can get all your thoughts and feelings down about what you want to let go. You could skip this step, but I think you’d really miss out on really processing your feelings completely.

In fact, it’s so important that I think just simply writing down all your feelings on paper could be enough of a ritual itself!

First, I wrote, “Things I want to let go of.”

Then I wrote the first thing that came to mind.

I described it and why I wanted to let go of it. I also wrote how it will be a change for the better if I do let go of it. (Basically how my life will change once I let go of it.)

Then I wrote a few action steps I could take to help myself let go of that particular thing.

This process took a bit of time for me, but it was also very freeing and rewarding and I also had several ideas of how to move forward.

Step 1 (B):

Then I went through my journaling with a highlighter and circled the things I truly want to let go of.

For example, I wrote about overspending to give myself a pick-me-up when I’m feeling lonely or depressed. In that section of journaling I also mention self-sabotage, so I also circled that as something I most definitely want to let go of.

In my Free Inspired Mini Course, we create an art journal page with the prompt Letting Go. I think that the process I share in the mini course is also a great ritual to let go. You can sign up for the mini course for free below.

Once you have journaled it all out, come up with words or symbols that hold meaning for what you want to let go of.

Step 2:

Gather some natural materials. I prefer using leaves. If it’s fall, depending where you are, you’ll probably find a lot of leaves around. Right now it’s winter here and I had some leaves just show up on my porch a couple of days ago when I started thinking about this ritual.

In the spring or summer you could also use leaves.

You could just as effectively use stones, twigs or other natural materials you find laying around.

Step 3:

Write the words or symbols from step 1 on your natural materials.

Step 4:

Now go out into nature. I released my leaves into a creek. However, if that’s not an option for you, you could bury the natural materials instead.

Take a deep breath, read your words/symbols on your natural materials and release them one by one into the creek while concentrating on letting go of whatever they symbolize.

If you’re using dried leaves, you could even crumble them up as you release them.

I love the idea that the water is taking it away.


That’s the end of the ritual. If you feel like you need to take some time to journal some more afterward.

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Free Inspired Mini Course – Introduction & Part 1

Sometimes you don’t feel 100% creative and you need a little boost.  You might be in the middle of a creative block and need a little inspiration to get your creative motivation back.

Today I’m sharing Part 1 of a new free mini eCourse to help inspire you and get you started toward creativity again.

[Below is basically a transcript of the video.]

This free mini course is in 5 parts:

  • Part 1 is a creative activity to inspire you and boost your creativity.
  • Part 2 is creating an art journal page.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before, I’ll suggest ideas for your art journal – even if you don’t feel like an artist.  Even though I’ll be sharing my pages, your art journal is just for you and you don’t have to share your pages with anyone.
  • In Part 3 we’ll pull out themes and ideas from your art journal page.
  • In Part 4 we’ll sketch our jewelry ideas.  Don’t worry if you don’t think you can sketch or draw.
  • Part 5 is a jewelry tutorial.  In this mini course I hope that you’ll be inspired to come up with your own unique ideas with your own personal style.  If you do, I hope you’ll make your own piece.  However, if you’re not sure, I have a fun, customizable jewelry tutorial for you using materials you likely already have on hand.

As I said, I’ll share Part 1 here today.  To get the remaining lessons, Parts 2-5, just sign up below and I’ll send you the link to enroll in the mini course for free!

This mini course will give you a taste of my full eCourse, Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is a creativity/art journal/jewelry making course.  If you like this mini course, you’ll love Inspired eCourse.  You can check out the full Inspired eCourse here: Inspired eCourse.

Now, let’s get started.

Part 1:  Creativity Booster:  Clean Your Workspace

Part 1 is a creativity boosting exercise.  The exercise is clean your workspace.

By workspace I mean anywhere you work, whether you have a full studio, a drawer stashed with beads or anything in between.

I think the main reasons this works are:

#1  You will get your mind off of creativity.  This will actually help you come up with ideas.  My very best ideas happen when I’m doing something else.  Have you ever noticed you get ideas in the shower or when you’re doing mindless chores around the house?

#2  You will actually see and touch your supplies.  You might find things you forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.

#3  Have a clean space makes you want to dive back into a project.

Sometimes it’s our tendency to want to “come up with ideas” or really push ourselves when we have creative blocks.  Instead I find it helpful to do something — almost anything — else.

For instance, cleaning your workspace, taking a shower, cleaning your house, doing the dishes, basically doing something that takes your mind off creativity, but something you don’t have to think about too hard.  Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would work for you.

Do you remember that feeling when you’re in the bead store or online shopping and you find a great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?

Sometimes you don’t use it right away.  Then life calls and you’ve moved on.  The beads get stashed on your worktable or in a box or wherever and you forget about them.

This happens to everyone.

Sometimes you have a few beautiful leftover beads from a project that have been tossed aside or forgotten.

When you organize your supplies, you will see them again.  It’s like when you got them the first time!  Now you’re excited to use them again.

I find this to be the case even with leftover beads from other projects.  I’ll be like, “Yay!  I still have a few of these beads!”  And start coming up with an idea.

What you can do right now:

Even if you have very little time to do a whole big reorganization, you can set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and see how far you get.


  • Putting away beads leftover from a project.
  • Organizing your tools.
  • Just picking out the scrap wire to recycle.
  • Just picking out any trash that accumulated.
  • Separating your mess into piles of like items (i.e. a pile of wire, a pile of beads, a pile of tools, a pile of findings)
  • Make a list of things you need to get at the store to complete your organization (i.e. bins, bead containers, etc.)

As you can see, even if you don’t have hours to devote, you can just set a timer for 5 minutes and take one step.  Even just 5 minutes can really get your creativity percolating. 

Also, you may find things you want to let go of.  You can donate this items to a charity thrift store or someone who would love them.

I go through and purge my supplies every so often and I love the feeling of knowing I love everything I have left.

So dive in and clean up your workspace.  When you find some beads that you’re really inspired by as you go along, go ahead and put them to the side for a jewelry project.  I like to collect beads I want to use next in a pretty bowl or on a tray.

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Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

I am fascinated by these beautiful baule bead pendants.  Historically, they were used to measure gold on the Ivory Coast.  I’ve used it to make a beautiful statement necklace.

You can find a variety of these baule bead pendants for sale at The Bead Chest, as well as some smaller ones if you prefer.

In fact, I found all the beads for this project on www.thebeadchest.com.

Video Tutorial:

(Step-by-step photo instructions are below, including links to the exact materials I used to make the necklace.)

Running time:  20:26

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

Materials and Tools:

Step #1

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

The first thing we’ll do is make the pendant.  I’m using the baule bead pendant plus one of the java beads on the bottom.

Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire a few inches longer than the pendant and bead on each side.

Step #2

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Approximately 1 1/2 inches from one end, bend the wire.

Pinch down the end.  (Hint:  Use a crimp tool to do this if you have one to make it a little easier.  If not, use your chain nose pliers.)

Step #3

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Leave a bit at the end and bend the shorter wire up.

Then wrap the wire around the end creating a “knot.”  You’re not actually making a knot.  Just wrap the wire around to give it the look of a knot.  I like to make the wraps messy, but you could make them neat if you prefer.

Step #4

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Pull the wire through the beads.

Step #5

Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the baule bead in round nose pliers.  Wrap the wire around to form a loop.

Note:  I found it easier to rest the bead on my worktable because of the weight of the bead.

Step #6

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Hold the loop you just made in chain nose pliers.  Wrap around once while straightening out the bead so the loop is centered above the bead.

Then wrap around 2 more times.

Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.

Now you have a pendant to use in your necklace.

Step #7

Cut about 4 times the amount of cord that you want your finished necklace to be.  For example, if you would like a 20 inch necklace, cut about 80 inches.  I cut some extra as well.

I used the brown cord.

Step #8

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Place the pendant on the cord and find the middle of the cord.  We’ll work from the middle out.

Slide a bead onto the cord.

Step #9

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Make an overhand knot, but don’t pull it tightly yet.

In this case, I decided to use triple knots in between the beads.  To do so, pull the cord back through 2 more times before pulling it tightly.

In the video I mentioned that I started making quadruple knots.  As you make each knot, check to see if the bead slides over the knot.  I also just made a second overhead knot over top of the first knot to add a little more bulk before I started making the quadruple knots.  You have to make sure that you pull the second knot on top of the first knot because otherwise it will just be next to the first knot and not helpful.  (See the video if this seems confusing.)

Step #10

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Put the awl in the middle of the knot and pull the knot.  Then use the awl to pull the knot flush with the bead.

Pull the knot tightly as you’re removing the awl while also using your fingernail to pull the knot tightly.

For the first knot it’s a little easier because you can just adjust the bead and pendant to the knot, but after that you’ll have to be sure to get the knot tightly against the bead.

Step #11

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Continue adding beads and knots working from the middle out until your necklace is the desired length.

Step #12

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Trim the ends of the cord so they’re even, leaving enough room to make a bow and tie the necklace.

I prefer this necklace simply tied, but if you prefer you can use fold over crimp ends and a clasp to end your necklace.

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace Tutorial

Baule Bead Pendant Necklace

This post was sponsored by The Bead Chest.