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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Antiqued Gold-Plated Pewter Spacers 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Antiqued Gold-Plated Pewter Spacers
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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
Necklace Instructions by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Earring Instructions by Rachel, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Inspiration can come from the oddest of places. For instance, in this particular project I drew upon the look of exposed cables in suspension bridges, such as those in the Golden Gate Bridge, and combined that with the sweeping fan and geometric patterns often seen from the Art Deco era. By cleverly stringing and crimping rectangle ring spacers with beads and brass Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire, you can make an arching fan-like necklace with its own "suspension" cables and hovering SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS fancy stones that glint with subtle holiday color.
- Jamie Smedley

Necklace

Step 1
Cut a 20-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String on a crimp bead and an 8mm jumpring. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp bead, tighten up the loop of wire and spacing between the jumpring and crimp bead and leave the wire so one end is about 1-1/2 inches long. Crimp the crimp bead using crimping pliers. Using wire cutters, trim any excess beading wire from the short end. Place a crimp cover over the crimp bead to conceal it.
Step 2
Thread the beading wire through a Swarovski vitrail 4mm bicone bead, one hole of one open rectangle ring spacer, then across and through the hole on the other side of the spacer. Add a Swarovski dorado 6mm round bead.

Continue stringing the pattern of open rectangle ring spacer and dorado 6mm round bead until you have strung 10 round beads and 11 spacers.
Step 3
String a Swarovski vitrail 8mm round bead then an open rectangle ring spacer. Repeat until you have strung (8) 8mm round beads and 7 spacers.
Step 4
Repeat Step 2 stringing 11 open rectangle ring spacers and 10 dorado 6mm round beads. After the last spacer is added, thread on a vitrail 4mm bicone bead, a crimp bead and an 8mm jumpring. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp bead, tighten up any slack, check to make sure you have flexibility in the strand and then crimp to secure. Trim any excess wire then place a crimp cover over the crimp bead.
Step 5

Cut a second 20-inch length of Accu-Flex beading wire. Thread on a crimp bead and crimp it to one end of the beading wire. Trim any excess wire.
String the beading wire through the second hole on the spacers, placing a dorado 6mm round bead in between the first 11 spacers.
Step 6
At the center section, below where 8mm crystals were strung in the first row, string on another spacer instead. String the second row of spacers upside down with the curved bottom facing up. The curve will be used to support the Swarovski baguettes later. Repeat until you have strung 8 spacers.
Step 7
Repeat stringing the beading wire through the open rectangle ring spacers, placing a dorado 6mm round bead between each spacer. After passing through the last spacer, thread on a crimp, tighten up the beading wire so the drape is pleasing, then crimp the crimp bead in place. Trim any excess beading wire.
Step 8
Cut a 10-inch length of Accu-Flex beading wire. Crimp a crimp bead onto one end. Thread the beading wire through the lower hole of the spacer on one end of the center section. Thread on a dorado 3mm bicone bead then add a new open rectangle ring spacer. Repeat stringing through the lower row of the spacers, adding new open rectangle ring spacers between each as you go. Add a dorado 3mm bicone bead between the ring spacers, as needed, to keep the shape and curve of the necklace.
Step 9
Lay the necklace flat onto a 12x12-inch Teflon® sheet with the curved side of the 2nd row of spacers facing up. Attach the nozzle to the E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive. Using the upside-down bars like a bezel, fill them with E-6000. Using a thin layer of E-6000, lightly coat the middle of the back side of each baguette. Wait 5 minutes then adhere the baguette onto the glued spacer bezels (the curve of the stones nests perfectly into the curve of the upside-down spacers).

Center the baguettes while the adhesive is still malleable. Once they are all in place, allow the adhesive to cure overnight then peel the glue up from the Teflon sheet. If necessary, fill any gaps on the backside with additional E-6000 and use your dampened finger to smooth the surface of the glue.
Step 10
Using the jumpring from Step 1, attach the lobster claw clasp. Form an eight jumpring chain starting from the jumpring on the other end of the necklace.

String a vitrail 8mm bead, two 5mm brass jumprings and a dorado 6mm bead onto a headpin. Finish with a wrapped loop, connecting the loop to the last jumpring in the jumpring chain.

Earrings

Step 1
Using flush-cutters cut two 1-3/4 inch lengths and two 3-inch lengths of antiqued brass-finished 5x3mm cable chain.
Step 2
String onto one antiqued gold-plated 2-inch eyepin, one Swarovski crystal vitrail medium 4mm bicone.
Step 3
Continue to string one set of holes on one end of an antiqued gold-plated 13x12mm rectangle spacer.
Step 4
Continue to string one Swarovski crystal dorado 6mm round and one Swarovski crystal vitrail medium 4mm bicone.
Step 5
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire creating a link.
Step 6
Repeat to create a second link.

Note: When creating the second link. Pass the eyepin through the second set of holes on the other end of the antiqued gold-plated 13x12mm rectangle spacer.
Step 7
Using a pair of bent-nose pliers open both eyepin loops on one end of the spacer. Attach one eyepin loop to the last link on one end of each length of antiqued brass-finished 5x3mm cable chain. Close the loop. Repeat to attach the second eyepin loop to the last link on the other end of each chain.
Step 8
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers open one antiqued gold-plated 8mm jumpring. Pass the jumpring through the eyepin loops on the other end of the spacer and the loop on one antiqued gold-plated leverback earwire. Close the jumpring.

Note: The curved side of the spacer should be facing the front of the earring.
Step 9
Lay the earring flat onto a 12x12-inch Teflon sheet with the curved side of the spacer facing up. Using the upside-down spacer like a bezel, fill it with E-6000. Using a thin layer of E-6000, lightly coat the middle of the back side of a Swarovski peridot 16x8mm pure baguette. Wait 5 minutes then adhere the baguette onto the glued spacer bezel (the curve of the stone nests perfectly into the curve of the upside-down spacer).

Center the baguette while the adhesive is still malleable. Once it is in place, allow the adhesive to cure overnight then peel the glue up from the Teflon sheet. If necessary, fill any gaps on the backside with additional E-6000 and use your dampened finger to smooth the surface of the glue.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Using Crimp Covers'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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