Friday, September 18, 2015

My First Video Tutorial - Twisted Wire Wrapped Crystal Point

My first real attempt at a video tutorial.

Every time I show a drilled crystal point I've wrapped on facebook or deviantart, I get lots of people asking how to wrap undrilled crystal points. This is just one, very simple, way that I do them. There are lots of other styles you can do as well, but since this was my first attempt at a video tutorial, I thought simple was probably best.

I'm still trying figure out the best way to shoot video tutorials, so please try to excuse the couple spots in the video where the work is a little out of focus, or the few seconds where I accidentally moved out of the frame. I promise to try a little harder on the next one. ;)

For more tutorials (PDF) go to my website at , or check out my tutorial shop on Etsy. (EU customer will only be able to place orders through Etsy)

If you prefer to watch this on youtube, you can find it here:

For this project I used a crystal point that is 31mm long and 8mm wide, About 20" (51cm) of 20g (.8mm) dead soft round wire, and about 6" (15.2cm) of 18g (1mm) round dead soft wire. If you use a larger crystal point, you will need to start with a longer piece of 20g wire, but the amount of 18g wire will be the same.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to Put On Ear Cuffs, Elf Ears and other Ear Wraps

People are always asking me how to put on ear cuffs and ear wraps, so I decided to do a quick video for you. Sorry it isn't narrated. I have a cold and am not speaking too clearly right now.

For the first type of ear cuff, stretch the ear slightly at the top, then put the opening in the cuff over the upper edge of your ear, then gently bring the cuff down, while rotating it into place.

For the elf ears, as well as the other type of wrap shown below, use your finger to hold the back and front wires open near the bottom, and slide the wrap over the top front of your ear. Sort of like sliding a bobby pin into your hair. Then keep sliding the wrap over the edge of your ear until it is in place.

I've seen a number of people say to bend the cuff or the back wire of an ear wrap to open it, then squeeze it closed when it is on your ear. Please don't ever do it that way! Every time you bend a piece of metal it stresses the area at and around the bend. After doing it too many times, the metal will become brittle and break. Following the instructions above, as illustrated in the video, will help your ear cuffs, elf ears and ear wraps last much longer.

You can find lots of styles of ear cuffs and wraps at Shut Up And Cuff Me