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 Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Copper-Plated Pewter Links and Friendly Plastic® 

Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Copper-Plated Pewter Links and Friendly Plastic®
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-- Designer --

Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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

: : : Materials : : :

  • Bead, copper, 7x3mm smooth oval (27 beads)
  • Link, copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 15.5mm single-sided textured open round with swirl design, 4.5mm center hole (9 links)
  • Link, JBB Findings, copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 18x11.5 single-sided oval with textured swirls, 4.5mm center hole (8 links)
  • Link, copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 22.5mm single-sided textured open round with swirl design, 16mm center hole (6 links)
  • Link, copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 17x17x17mm single-sided textured triangle with swirl design, 5mm center hole (3 links)
  • Link, copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 22x22x22mm single-sided textured open triangle with swirl design (3 links)
  • Jumpring, shiny copper, 5x4.5mm oval, 22 gauge (55 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, shiny copper, 8mm round, 16 gauge (15 jumprings)
  • Headpin, copper, 1-inch with 1.5mm ball, 22 gauge (27 headpins)
  • Clasp, S-hook, copper, 25x11mm with (2) 8mm jumprings (1 clasp)
  • Earring, clip-on, copper-plated brass, leverback with 5mm half-round and adjustable screwback (2 earrings)
  • Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic mint with white base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
  • Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic turquoise with black base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
  • Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic solid purple with black base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
  • Top coat, DesignaSeal, clear gloss
  • Wax paste, Gilders Paste, copper
  • Non-stick art sheet, Teflon, white, 6x6 inch
  • Craft knife set
  • Tool set, beading awl
  • Scissors 
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Pliers, chain-nose 
  • Pliers, round-nose 
  • Pliers, bent-nose 
  • Candle warmer
  • Acetone
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Permanent marker
  • End of Materials List

    Necklace

    Step 1
    String one copper 7x3mm oval bead onto a 1-inch ballpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire. Repeat to create twenty-one copper 7x3mm oval bead drops.
    Step 2
    Using laser scissors, cut a 16mm round piece of purple friendly plastic.
    Step 3
    Lay a sheet of Teflon® on a flat heat source such as candle warmer or an electric griddle and turn to a medium low heat setting. Lay a copper 22.5mm open round link with the 16mm round piece of Friendly Plastic (shiny side up) on top of the link on the Teflon. Use a metal pick or awl to maneuver the plastic so you don't burn your fingers.
    Step 4
    As the Friendly Plastic begins to melt, it will flow down under the edges of the link. Use a metal awl to maneuver the plastic so you don’t burn your fingers.

    Tip: Never leave Friendly Plastic unattended on heat source. When melting Friendly Plastic, avoid temperatures that are set too high as it can cause scorching and undesirable color changes.
    Step 5
    Once the plastic has formed to the inside of the link, remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and lay on a flat surface such as a countertop. Once the plastic has re-hardened, remove the Teflon sheet.
    Step 6
    Use a craft knife to trim any excess friendly plastic from the back edge of the link.
    Step 7
    Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to add Friendly Plastic to the following components:
    • Five copper-plated pewter 22.5mm open round links; three mint and two turquoise
    • Six copper-plated pewter 17x17x17mm triangle links: six turquoise
    • Eight copper-plated pewter 18x11.5mm oval links: eight purple
    • Three copper-plated pewter 22x22mm open triangle links; two mint and one turquoise
    • Seven copper-plated pewter 15.5mm round links: seven purple
    Step 8
    Once all the links are hard, black the back of the plastic on the back side of the links using a black permanent marker.
    Step 9
    Using a brush, apply a layer of copper gilders paste over the entire back of the links over the permanent marker.

    Allow paste to dry for 12 to 24 hours.

    Tip: Thin out with paint thinner or mineral spirits to transform the highly concentrated paste to a preferred consistency. Use in a well-ventilated area.

    Using a small paintbrush, paint a thin layer of DesignaSeal topcoat finish over the back of each of the links. DesignaSeal is dry to the touch in approximately 15 minutes and if desired, a second coat can be added after approximately 45 minutes. A full drying time of 24 hours is recommended.
    Step 10
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open a 5x4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the ring on the first portion of the clasp and the first hole on one purple 18x11.5mm oval link. Close the jumpring.
    Step 11
    Repeat to attach the following components on the necklace:
    • Three sets of one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one 8mm jumpring, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one turquoise 17x17x17mm triangle link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one 8mm jumpring, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 18x11.5mm oval link
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring
    • One 8mm jumpring
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring
    • Three sets of one purple 18x11.5mm oval link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one 8mm jumpring, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one turquoise 17x17x17mm triangle link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one 8mm jumpring, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring
    • One purple 18x11.5mm oval link
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring
    • Opposite loop on the S-shape clasp
    Step 12
    Attach the following dangle components to the necklace:
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 15.5mm round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, three copper 7x3mm oval bead drops to the 4th and 10th 8mm jumprings on the necklace
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one mint 22.5mm open round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 15.5mm round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, three copper 7x3mm oval bead drops to the 5th and 9th 8mm jumprings on the necklace
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one mint 22mm open triangle link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one turquoise 22mm open round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 15.5mm round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, three copper 7x3mm oval bead drops to the 6th and 8th 8mm jumprings on the necklace
    • One 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one mint 22mm open round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one turquoise 22mm open triangle link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 22mm open round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, one purple 15.5mm round link, one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring, three copper 7x3mm oval bead drops to the 7th 8mm jumprings on the necklace

    Earrings

    Step 1
    String one copper 7x3mm oval bead onto a 1-inch ballpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire. Repeat to create six copper 7x3mm oval bead drops.
    Step 2
    Using laser scissors, cut a 4.5mm round piece of purple friendly plastic.
    Step 3
    Lay a sheet of Teflon on a flat heat source such as candle warmer or an electric griddle and turn to a medium low heat setting. Lay a copper-plated pewter 15.5mm round link with the 4.5mm round piece of purple Friendly Plastic (shiny side up) on top of the link on the Teflon. Use a metal pick or awl to maneuver the plastic so you don't burn your fingers.
    Step 4
    As the Friendly Plastic begins to melt, it will flow down under the edges of the link. Use a metal awl to maneuver the plastic so you don’t burn your fingers.

    Tip: Never leave Friendly Plastic unattended on heat source. When melting Friendly Plastic, avoid temperatures that are set too high as it can cause scorching and undesirable color changes.
    Step 5
    Once the plastic has formed to the inside of the link, remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and lay on a flat surface such as a countertop. Once the plastic has re-hardened, remove the Teflon sheet.
    Step 6
    Use a craft knife to trim any excess friendly plastic from the back edge of the link.
    Step 7
    Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to create a second purple link.
    Step 8
    Once both links are hard, black the back of the plastic on the back side of the links using a black permanent marker.
    Step 9
    Using a brush, apply a layer of copper gilders paste over the entire back of the links over the permanent marker.

    Allow paste to dry for 12 to 24 hours.

    Tip: Thin out with paint thinner or mineral spirits to transform the highly concentrated paste to a preferred consistency. Use in a well-ventilated area.

    Using a small paintbrush, paint a thin layer of Designaseal top coat over the back of each of the links. DesignaSeal is dry to the touch in approximately 15 minutes and if desired, a second coat can be added after approximately 45 minutes. A full drying time of 24 hours is recommended.
    Step 10
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5x4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through one hole on one purple 15.5mm round link. Close the jumpring. Open one 8mm jumpring and pass it through the last 5x4.5mm jumpring and the loop on one copper-plated earring. Close the jumpring. Open one 5x4.5mm oval jumpring; pass it through the opposite hole on the purple 15.5mm round link and the loop on three copper 7x3mm oval bead drops. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat Step 10 to create the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How to Use Gilders Paste®'' illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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