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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Metal Focals and Gold-Finished Brass Chain 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Metal Focals and Gold-Finished Brass Chain
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Tailor-Fit Filigree Necklace and Earrings

-- Designer --

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 Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

: : : Materials : : :

  • Bead, Swarovski crystal, Indian red, 8mm round (9 beads)
  • Focal, gold-finished brass, 29.5x23mm filigree oval with two loops (9 focals)
  • Focal, gold-plated steel, 59x35mm single-sided wavy flat oval (1 focal)
  • Flat back, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, crystal red magma, foil back, 20mm chessboard round (5 flat backs)
  • Charm, antiqued gold pewter (tin-based alloy), 30x15mm cherub with open arms and loop (2 charms)
  • End bar, antiqued gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 13x5mm rectangle with dots and 3 loops (2 end bars)
  • Crimp bead, antiqued gold-plated brass, 2.5mm round, 1.5mm hole (2 crimp beads)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated, 4mm round, 20 gauge (4 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated, 7x5mm oval, 22 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 8x5mm oval, 16 gauge (15 jumprings)
  • Headpin, gold-plated brass, 1-inch, 21 gauge (1 headpin)
  • Eyepin, gold-plated brass, 1-1/4 inch, 24 gauge (16 eyepins)
  • Earnut, gold-finished brass, comfort clutch (2 earnuts)
  • Earstud, gold-plated stainless steel, 14mm flat pad with post (2 earstuds)
  • Clasp, box, gold-plated brass, 13mm filigree round (1 clasp)
  • Chain, gold-finished brass, 1.5mm Venetian box, 16 inches with 1-inch extender chain and lobster claw clasp
  • Chain, gold-finished brass, 3x2.5mm cable
  • Beading wire, Accu-Flex, 100% brass, 7 strand, 0.012-inch
  • Wire, Zebra Wire™, brass, gold color, round, 24 gauge
  • Adhesive, E-6000 Jewelry and Craft
  • Wax paste, Gilders Paste, Inca gold
  • Top coat, DesignaSeal, clear gloss
  • Artist brush
  • Jeweler saw
  • Tool, saw blade, twelve assorted interchangeable sizes
  • Tool set, needle files, fine
  • Hole punch pliers, EURO TOOL
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Pliers, round-nose 
  • Pliers, chain-nose 
  • Pliers, crimping 
  • Marker, permanent
  • Mineral spirits
  • End of Materials List
    Modified filigree components create tailor-fit "window" bezels for SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal red magma fancy stones. Join the bezels together then add long lengths of glimmering box chain to create an ornamental fringed focal for this Victorian-style necklace.

    Necklace

    Step 1
    Apply a small amount of E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Ahesive to an oval filigree and to the back of a Swarovski crystal red magma chessboard flat back. Place both components so they can rest for 10 minutes without getting glue on your work surface.

    Tip: Allowing E-6000 to cure for 10 minutes will make it a contact adhesive, which is ideal when connecting non-porous items together

    Press the two together after 10 minutes then let cure fully, crystal side down, according to manufacturer's directions.

    Tip: If any adhesive oozes out between the filigree, wet a finger with water and smooth the surface.

    Repeat to create a second oval with a chessboard flat back. Repeat to add a chessboard flat back centered on the topside of the larger gold-plated marquise filigree. Allow the adhesive to cure.
    Step 2
    Using a permanent marker, draw on the center of an oval filigree (as shown in red) where you need to trim away metal for creating the perfect "window" for your crystals.

    Insert a saw blade into a jeweler's saw frame. Before securing the second end of the blade, thread on a filigree. Saw the filigree at the marks.

    Create a total of three open filigree components.
    Step 3
    Place a small dab of Gilders Paste® into a small container, like an artist's palette. Using mineral spirits, thin the Gilders Paste so it can be applied using an artist's paintbrush. Brush the Gilders Paste onto the exposed glue on the back side of the filigree, to camouflage it. Let the Gilders Paste cure for at least one hour then use a brush to apply DesignaSeal to the Gilders Paste, sealing the finish. Allow the DesignaSeal to cure, at least an hour. Repeat if necessary.
    Step 4
    Cut a 6-inch length of wire. Using round-nose pliers, create a loop on one end of the wire, open the loop slightly and add the opening on the end of an open filigree then close the loop. Pass the straight end of the wire through the marquise filigree so the sawed filigree sits on top of the flat back chessboard round.




    Weave the wire through the filigrees, securing them together, then weave the wire back up to the top. Wrap the end around the wire just below the loop, similar to a wrapped loop.

    Repeat on the other side of the open filigree and marquise filigree.
    Step 5
    Place an end bar along an outside edge of the marquise. Using a permanent marker, draw 3 holes where the holes on the end bar meet the filigree. Repeat making marks on the other side of the marquise, making sure the placement is the same so the focal hangs properly in the finished design. Using hole-punch pliers, punch the holes where indicated.

    Use 8x5mm jumprings to connect the two end loops of the end bar to the filigree and a 5.5mm jumpring to connect the center loop of the end bar. Repeat on the other side.
    Step 6
    Place a Swarovski Indian red 8mm round crystal onto a headpin. Finish the end with a simple loop. Open the simple loop and place onto the angel charm; close the loop.

    Using the hole punch pliers, place a hole in the center of the bottom point of the marquise filigree. Use an 8x5mm jumpring to connect the angel charm to the hole in the filigree.
    Step 7
    Place a Swarovski Indian red 8mm round crystal onto an eyepin. Form a simple loop on the other end of the eyepin to create a crystal bead link. Repeat adding a second eyepin to the crystal bead link.

    Repeat to create a total of 6 crystal bead links with double eyepins.
    Step 8
    Place an open filigree onto an oval with a flat back chessboard round attached. Use one 8x5mm jumpring to connect one end of the filigree assembly to the single loop on one end bar; close the jumpring. Use one 5.5mm round jumpring to join the other end of the filigree assembly together. Use an 8x5mm jumpring to connect the 5.5mm jumpring to the loops on one end of one crystal bead link.

    Use 8x5mm jumprings to connect 2 more crystal bead links.
    Step 9
    Cut two 5-1/2 inch lengths of chain. Add the loop at one end of one length of chain to the loops on the last crystal bead link. Use a 7x5mm jumpring to connect the other end of the length of chain to one half of the clasp.

    Repeat Steps 8 and 9 to finish the other half of the necklace.
    Step 10
    Using flush-cutters, cut (35) 4-inch lengths of chain. Cut an 8-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire and thread on two crimp beads. Pass one end of the beading wire back through both crimp beads to form a small loop. Use the crimping pliers to crimp the crimp beads.

    Thread onto the beading wire the last link on the end of each length of chain. Thread on 2 crimp beads then pass the end of the beading wire back through the crimp beads. Make sure the span of chain fits nicely along the center of the marquise filigree, move the crimp beads so they keep the chain in place then remove the slack in the beading wire so the loop formed is equal to the first loop. Crimp the crimp beads then use flush-cutters to trim excess wire on both ends of the chain assembly.

    Open a 5x5mm jumpring and pass it through one loop on the end of the chain assembly and the center jumpring on one side of the marquise center focal; close the jumpring. Repeat to connect the other end of the chain assembly to the center jumpring on the other side of the center focal.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    To create one oval with a chessboard flat back, follow this portion of Step 1 from necklace instructions:

    Apply a small amount of E-6000 to an oval filigree and to the back of a Swarovski crystal red magma chessboard flat back. Place both components so they can rest for 10 minutes without getting glue on your work surface.

    Tip: Allowing E-6000 to cure for 10 minutes will make it a contact adhesive, which is ideal when connecting non-porous items together.

    Press the two together after 10 minutes then let cure fully, crystal side down, according to manufacturer's directions.

    Tip: If any adhesive oozes out between the filigree, wet a finger with water and smooth the surface.

    Repeat to create a second oval with a chessboard flat back.
    Step 2
    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 of necklace instructions to create a total of two open filigree components.
    Step 3
    Using flush-cutters, cut four 5-inch lengths of gold-plated box chain.
    Step 4
    Repeat Step 7 from necklace instructions to create two crystal beading links with double eyepins.
    Step 5
    Place an open filigree component created in Step 2 onto an oval with a flat back chessboard round attached. Use one 5.5mm gold-plated jumpring to join one end of the filigree assembly together then pass the jumpring through one set of double loops on one crystal beading link. Close the jumpring.
    Step 6
    Open one 5.5mm gold-plated jumpring and pass it through the first link on two 5-inch lengths of gold-plated box chain and the opposite loops on the crystal beading link. Close the jumpring.
    Step 7
    Apply a small amount of E-6000 to the center of one oval with chessboard flat back focal and to the flat pad on one gold-plated earstud. Set aside both components so they can rest for 10 minutes without getting glue on your work surface.

    Tip: Allowing E-6000 to cure for 10 minutes will make it a contact adhesive, which is ideal when connecting non-porous items together.

    Press the focal and the flat pad together after 10 minutes then let cure fully according to manufacturer's directions before attaching the earnut.

    Tip: If any adhesive oozes out between the filigree, wet a finger with water and smooth the surface.

    Repeat Steps 5 - 7 to create a second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Inserting a Saw Blade into a Jeweler's Saw Frame'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Sawing Metal'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''How to Use Gilders Paste®'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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