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 Multi-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Multicolored Tourmaline Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Pewter Charms and Brass Focals 

Multi-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Multicolored Tourmaline Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Pewter Charms and Brass Focals
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

To learn more about Jamie Smedley, read her jewelry artist success story here
Instructions by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

: : : Materials : : :

  • Bead, multicolored tourmaline, 2.5x2mm faceted rondelle (86 beads)
  • Bead, multicolored tourmaline, 7x5mm faceted oval (26 beads)
  • Bead, multicolored tourmaline, 7x5mm flat faceted teardrop (6 beads)
  • Bead, quartz crystal, pink AB, 9x9mm-11x11mm hand-cut graduated flat teardrop (6 beads)
  • Bead, antiqued gold-plated brass, 50x3mm curved tube (1 bead)
  • Charm, antiqued brass-finished pewter (tin-based alloy), 24x12mm double-sided skeleton key (3 charms)
  • Focal, antiqued gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 38x31mm cherub with loop (1 focal)
  • Focal, brass, 32x32mm double-sided flat square blank with (2) 4x2mm holes (1 focal)
  • Focal, brass, 35x16mm double-sided flat rounded rectangle blank with (2) 4x2mm holes (2 focals)
  • Focal, antiqued gold-plated brass, 40x27mm double-sided filigree teardrop, 6 loops (1 focal)
  • Brad, antiqued brass, 7x4mm flat head, 16 gauge (8 brads)
  • Bail, antiqued gold-plated brass, 11x10mm double-sided textured with closed loop (1 bail)
  • Cord end, antiqued gold-plated steel, 5x4.5mm bend style tube with loop, 4mm hole (2 cord ends)
  • Jumpring, antiqued gold-plated brass, 4mm round, 22 gauge (9 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, antiqued gold-plated brass, 5mm round, 22 gauge (21 jumprings)
  • Clasp, lobster claw, antiqued gold-plated brass, 12x7mm (1 clasp)
  • Earwire, antiqued gold-plated brass, 16mm flat fishhook with coil and open loop, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
  • Chain, antiqued brass-finished steel, 3x2mm flat cable link
  • Chain, antiqued gold-plated brass, 8mm round
  • Wire, Zebra Wire, brass, gold color, round, 28 gauge
  • Tool, steel, 3-3/4x3/4 inch square bench block
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Hole punch pliers, EURO TOOL
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Pliers, chain-nose 
  • Pliers, round-nose 
  • Pliers, flat-nose 
  • End of Materials List
    Step 1
    Using flush-cutters cut the following:
    • Thirty-eight 3-inch lengths, six 6-inch lengths and two 20-inch lengths of 28-gauge brass Zebra Wire™
    • Two 6-inch lengths and two 17-inch lengths of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain
    • Two 7-inch lengths of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain

    Focal Piece

    Step 2
    Punch six 1.25mm holes along the left edge starting 2mm from the bottom and side and every 3mm up the edge of the 32x32mm square link. Repeat to punch six 1.25mm holes along the right edge of the 32x32mm square link.

    Punch one hole on each side of the upper oval hole on the 32x32mm square link.

    Repeat to punch one hole on each side of the oval hole on one end of a 35x16mm rectangle link in the same positions as the 32x32mm square link.

    Punch one hole on the bottom portion of the 40x27mm filigree teardrop on the left side between the second and third beaded fringe. Repeat on the right side of the teardrop.
    Step 3
    Place a brass brad through the first punched holes on the top of the 32x32mm square link and the top of the 35x16mm rectangle link and use a ball peen hammer and a steel block to finish the rivet. Repeat to attach the second rivet through the opposite punched holes.

    Using a pair of round-nose pliers, while holding the 35x16mm rectangle link, work the rectangle into a tube to create a bail, ending with the front hole level with the holes on the square and back of the rectangle. (This will cover the rivets between the sheets.)
    Step 4
    Center a 40x27mm filigree teardrop on the 32x32mm square link under the bail created in Step 3 and use a permanent marker to mark the hole placement (the middle set of holes on each side of the teardrop) onto the 32x32mm square link. Punch 1.25mm holes into the 32x32mm square link. Rivet the 40x27mm filigree teardrop onto the 32x32mm square link.
    Step 5
    Using a 20-inch length of wire, wrap the wire through the first and second holes four to five times to secure the wire in place, ending with the straight end of the wire coming up though the front of the first hole.

    String onto the wire fifteen 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline beads. Pass the wire down through the second hole on the right side and back up through the third hole on the right side.

    String onto the wire fifteen 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline beads. Pass the wire down through the first hole on the left side and back up through the second hole on the left side.

    String onto the wire fifteen 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline beads. Pass the wire down through the third hole on the right side and back up through the fifth hole on the right side.

    String onto the wire fifteen 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline beads. Pass the wire down through the second hole on the left side and back up through the first hole on the left side.
    Step 6
    Sting one 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline bead onto the wire and pass the wire back down through the first hole and back up through the second hole.

    Repeat to attach one 2.5mm rondelle tourmaline bead to the top of each of the first five punched holes on both the right and left side of the 32x32mm square link (except the bottom holes). Wrap the end of the wire through the last set of holes for four to five wraps to secure in place.
    Step 7
    String one 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline bead onto a 6-inch length of wire. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters finish the wire in a briolette wrapped loop. Repeat to create five 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drops.

    String one 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline bead onto a 6-inch length of wire. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters make the first loop of the briolette wrapped loop. Pass the loop through on the angel drops hand. Finish the briolette wrapped loop to hold the bead in place.
    Step 8
    Using a 3-inch length of wire create the loop for a wrapped loop leaving the excess wire. Attach the loop to the briolette wrapped loop on a 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drop. Finish the wrapped loop using round-nose pliers. String a 2.5mm faceted rondelle green tourmaline bead onto the wire. Finish the end of the wire with a wrapped loop. Repeat to attach a 2.5mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline wrapped beading link to the loop on the green tourmaline wrapped beading link.

    Repeat to create five sets of wrapped beading links with 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drops.
    Step 9
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers open one 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the opposite loop on the 2.5mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline wrapped beading link and the bottom punched hole on the left side of the 32x32mm square link. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat to attach a set of 9x9mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drops to the punched holes on the bottom left and right portion of the 40x27mm filigree teardrop, the center hole on the bottom of the 40x27mm filigree tear drop and the bottom right punched hole on the 32x32mm square link.

    Necklace

    Step 10
    Using a 3-inch length of wire form a wrapped loop. String a 7x5mm faceted oval green tourmaline bead onto the wire. Finish the end of the wire with a wrapped loop. Using a 3-inch length of wire create the loop for a wrapped loop leaving the excess wire. Pass the wire over the second wrapped loop on the first bead. String a 7x5mm faceted oval green tourmaline bead onto the wire. Finish the end of the wire with a wrapped loop.

    Repeat to create a chain of twenty-six 7x5mm faceted oval tourmaline wrapped beading links, graduating the colors.
    Step 11
    Using one 3-inch length of wire form a loop in the center of the wire. Pass onto the wire the first link of two 17-inch lengths of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain and the center link of one 6-inch length of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain. Bring the ends of the wire together and set them in the center of a brass cord end. Using chain-nose pliers crimp the end of the cord end firmly to hold the wire in place. Use a small amount of adhesive inside the cord ends for added security.
    Step 12
    Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it though the loop on the top of the angel focal and the loop on an 11x10mm brass bail. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second jumpring next to the first for double jumprings.

    Pass the bail over the two 17-inch antiqued brass-plated flat cable chains.
    Step 13
    Repeat Step 11 to attach the opposite ends of the 17-inch lengths of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain and the center link of another 6-inch length of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain to a cord end.
    Step 14
    Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the loop on the first cord end and the punched hole on the bottom of the key charm. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a lobster claw clasp to the loop on the second cord end.
    Step 15
    Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the link on one end of the 3-inch length of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain and the first link on a 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain. Repeat to attach the last link on the second 3-inch length of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain to the first link on the 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain.

    Repeat to attach the two 3-inch lengths of antiqued brass-plated flat cable chain to the first link on the second 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain.
    Step 16
    Fold the 20-inch length of wire in half. Form the first part of a wrapped loop on one end of the wire. Pass the loop through the last link on the first 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain. Finish the wrapped loop. String onto the wire one 50x3mm curved tube brass bead and the bail of the focal piece. Form the first part of a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire. Pass the loop over the last link on the second 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain. Finish the wrapped loop.
    Step 17
    Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the wrapped loop on the first 7x5mm tourmaline chain created in Step 10 and the first link on the first 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain. Repeat to attach the last wrapped loop on the 7x5mm tourmaline chain to the last first link on the second 7-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 8mm circle link chain.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    Using flush-cutters cut six 6-inch lengths of 28-gauge brass Zebra Wire.
    Step 2
    Punch one 1.25mm hole 2mm from the left edge in the center of a 35x16mm rectangle link. Repeat to punch one 1.25mm hole 2mm from the right edge in the center of a 35x16mm rectangle link.
    Step 3
    Place a brass brad through the first punched hole on the left side of the 35x16mm rectangle link and use a ball peen hammer and a steel block to finish the rivet. Repeat to attach the second rivet through the opposite hole.
    Step 4
    Using a permanent black marker, draw a key hole in the center of the 35x16mm rectangle link and a line down the center of each of the rivets to make them look like screw heads.
    Step 5
    Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to create the second 35x16mm rectangle link.
    Step 6
    String one 7x5mm flat teardrop tourmaline bead onto a 6-inch length wire. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters finish the wire in a briolette wrapped loop. Repeat to create six 7x5mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drops (random colors).
    Step 7
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the hole on bottom of the first 35x16mm rectangle link. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach two 5mm jumprings next to the first 5mm jumpring.

    Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the three 5mm jumprings. Close the jumpring.

    Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the 4mm jumpring and the loop on a key charm. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach two 5mm jumprings next to the first 5mm jumpring.
    Step 8
    Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the wrapped loops on three 7x5mm flat teardrop tourmaline briolette wrapped drops and the bottom hole on the 35x16mm rectangle link. Close the jumpring.
    Step 9
    Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it though the top hole on the 35x16mm rectangle link. Close the loop.
    Step 10
    Repeat Steps 7 - 9 to create the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Forming Beaded Links'' illustrated instructions
  • ''How to make a Briolette Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Riveting With a Wire Rivet'' how-to video and instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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