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 Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Chevron Amethyst Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Copper-Finished "Pewter" Links and Copper Sheet 

Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Chevron Amethyst Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Copper-Finished "Pewter" Links and Copper Sheet
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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®

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Step 1
Using flush-cutters, cut one 17-inch length of antiqued copper-finished 2.4mm ball chain.
Step 2
Draw a template out on paper to allow for proper placement of the cutouts and tabs. The crescent shape measures 6x3.5-inches. Draw a 3/8x1/8 inch tab in the center of each of the two ends of the crescent. Draw four marquise and one center rectangle shape onto the template. The center rectangle cutout measures 1-1/8x1-3/8 inches and the four marquise cutouts each measure 1-1/4x5/8 inches.
Step 3
Transfer the template onto the metal sheet by either cutting out the template or tracing it onto the sheet with a permanent marker or use a transfer paper and trace the image onto the metal.
Step 4
Using a jeweler's saw and a bench pin, cut out the outer edge (including the two tabs) of the crescent focal piece.
Step 5
Using the EUROTOOL® hole punch pliers, punch one 1.25mm hole at the tip of one end of the first marquise shape. Repeat to punch a hole at the opposite tip of the marquise shape.
Step 6
Remove the saw blade from the saw frame. Pass the blade through the first hole on the marquise shape. Reinsert the saw blade into the saw frame. Follow the pattern until the marquise is cut out of the crescent focal piece.
Step 7
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to cut out the remaining three marquise cutouts and the rectangle cutout.
Step 8
Using a ball peen hammer, flatten the copper sheet. Use a file to remove burrs and roughness from the outer edge of the sheet and the inner edges of the cutouts.
Step 9
Using the hole punch pliers, punch one 1.25mm hole 3/8 inch from the top edge of the crescent focal piece and 1-1/4 inches from the left tab (directly above the right point of the first marquise cutout). Punch two additional 1.25mm holes 3/8 inch from the top edge of the focal piece 3/8 inch from the previous hole.

Repeat to punch three holes on the opposite top edge of crescent focal piece starting 1-1/4 inches from the right tab.

Repeat to punch five holes on the bottom edge of crescent focal piece starting 1-3/4 inches from the left tab (directly below the right point of the first marquise cutout) with each hole starting 3/8 inch from the previous hole.

Repeat to punch five holes on the bottom edge of crescent focal piece starting 1-3/4 inches from the right tab with each hole starting 3/8 inch from the previous hole.
Step 10
Place a copper brad through the hole on an antiqued copper-plated 8x8mm flower link and the first punched hole on the left upper edge of the crescent focal piece and use a ball peen hammer and a steel block to finish the rivet on the back of the focal piece. Repeat to attach a rivet and antiqued copper-plated 8x8mm flower link to each of the sixteen punched holes along the top and bottom edge of the focal piece.
Step 11
Using a pair of round-nose pliers, while holding the copper sheet, work the first tab on the top of the sheet into a tube to create a bail on the back of the focal piece. Repeat to form a tube on the second tab.
Step 12
Punch a 1.25mm hole 1/2 inch from the left edge and 1/16 inch from the upper edge of the rectangle cutout. Repeat to punch a 1.25mm hole 1/16 inch from the tip of each of the marquise cutouts.
Step 13
Using flush-cutters, cut the ball off of a copper 2-inch headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire. String one chevron amethyst 19x12mm oval bead onto the straight end of the wire. Finish the wire with a wrapped loop. Repeat to create four chevron amethyst 19x12mm oval wrapped loop beading links.
Step 14
String one chevron amethyst 20x20mm square bead onto a headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.
Step 15
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open a 5x4.5mm oval jumpring. Pass it through the loop on a chevron amethyst 19x12mm oval wrapped loop beading link and the punched hole on the first marquise cutout on the left side of the crescent focal piece. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach the opposite loop on the chevron amethyst 19x12mm oval wrapped loop beading link to the punched hole on the opposite end of the first marquise cut-out.

Repeat to attach a chevron amethyst 19x12mm oval wrapped loop beading link inside each of the marquise cutouts and a chevron amethyst 20x20mm square wrapped loop bead drop in the rectangle cutout on the focal piece.
Step 16
Place a small amount of Loctite® adhesive on the front left edge of the crescent focal piece. Using tweezers, place the first 2.4mm ball on the 17-inch length of antiqued copper-finished 2.5mm ball chain. Continue to place a small amount of adhesive and a few balls of the chain around the outer edge of the focal piece until the chain is outlining the entire outer edge of the crescent focal piece. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.

Necklace

Step 17
Using flush-cutters, cut the ball off a copper 2-inch headpin, and then cut the 2-inch wire in the center creating two 1-inch lengths of copper wire. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the 1-inch wire (creating an eyepin). String one chevron amethyst 8mm round bead onto the straight end to the wire. Finish the wire with a simple loop. Repeat to create eight chevron amethyst 8mm round beading links.

Repeat to create eight chevron amethyst 6mm round beading links using one copper 3mm corrugated round bead, one antiqued copper-plated 4x1mm rondelle, one chevron amethyst 6mm round bead, one antiqued copper-plated 4x1mm rondelle and one copper 3mm corrugated round bead on a 1-inch eyepin.
Step 18
Open an 8mm jumpring. Pass it through the first loop on a chevron amethyst 8mm round beading link. Close the jumpring.
Step 19
Continue to attach the components in the following order using a 5x4.5mm oval jumpring in between each component:
  • Three sets of one chevron amethyst 6mm round beading link and one chevron amethyst 8mm round beading link
  • One chevron amethyst 6mm round beading link
  • The bail on the right side of the crescent focal piece
Step 20
Repeat Step 18 to attach the loop on the lobster claw clasp and four sets of one chevron amethyst 8mm round beading link and one chevron amethyst 6mm round beading link to the bail on the left side of the crescent focal piece.

Earrings

Step 1
Using flush-cutters, cut the ball off of a copper 2-inch headpin, and then cut the 2-inch wire in the center creating two 1-inch lengths of copper wire. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the 1-inch wire (creating an eyepin). String one chevron amethyst 8mm round bead onto the straight end of the wire. Finish the wire with a simple loop. Repeat to create two chevron amethyst 8mm round beading links.

Repeat to create two chevron amethyst 6mm round bead drops using one copper 3mm corrugated round bead, one antiqued copper-plated 4x1mm rondelle, one chevron amethyst 6mm round bead, one antiqued copper-plated 4x1mm rondelle and one copper 3mm corrugated round bead on a 2-inch eyepin.
Step 2
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers, open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the top loop on a chevron amethyst 8mm round chevron beading link. Close the loop.

Open a 5x4.5mm oval jumpring. Pass it through the bottom loop on the chevron amethyst 8mm round beading link and the loop on a chevron amethyst 6mm round bead drop. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to create the second earring.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Glues'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Riveting With a Wire Rivet'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Inserting a Saw Blade into a Jeweler's Saw Frame'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Sawing Metal'' how-to video and instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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