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 Multi-Strand Necklace and Earrings with Seed Beads, Gold-Plated "Pewter" Drops and Focals and Friendly Plastic® 

Multi-Strand Necklace and Earrings with Seed Beads, Gold-Plated "Pewter" Drops and Focals and Friendly Plastic®
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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®

: : : Materials : : :

  • Bead, Czech fire-polished glass, light red, 4mm faceted round (6 beads)
  • Seed bead, Matsuno, Root Beer, transparent, #6 round
  • Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, glass, silver-lined emerald green, #11 round with square hole
  • Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, glass, yellow, silver-lined transparent, #11 square hole
  • Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, glass, red, matte silver-lined, #11 round
  • Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, white, opaque rainbow, #11 round
  • Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, turquoise blue, silver-lined transparent, #11 round hole
  • Drop, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 17x17x11.5mm beaded triangle with 11x11x6mm non-calibrated triangle setting (2 drops)
  • Drop, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 21x19mm crest with triangle cutout and 13x8mm non-calibrated half-oval setting (2 drops)
  • Focal, epoxy and gold-plated brass, clear, 32x16mm star cluster (1 focal)
  • Focal, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 46x33.5mm trapezoid with 44x30mm non-calibrated trapezoid setting (1 focal)
  • Cone, gold-plated brass, 16x16mm fancy filigree cone, fits 13-15mm bead (6 cones)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 4mm round, 20 gauge (10 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 5mm round, 20 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Earwire, gold-plated brass, 19mm leverback with open loop (2 earwires)
  • Clasp, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 25mm round with 19mm non-calibrated round setting and 17x9mm S-hook (2 clasps)
  • Beading supply, Bead Stopper
  • Thread, Silkon, bonded nylon, lightweight #1, green
  • Chain, silver-finished brass, 1mm ball, 36-inch with 1-inch extender chain and lobster claw clasp
  • Wire, Zebra Wire, color-coated copper, red, round, 22 gauge
  • Jeweler's grade resin, ICE Resin 2-part formula, crystal clear
  • Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic solid green with black base, 7x1-1/2-inch rectangle
  • Glitter, assorted Christmas theme colors
  • Adhesive, Loctite 409 Gel
  • Adhesive, Judi Kins Diamond Glaze
  • Non-stick art sheet, Teflon, white, 6x6-inch
  • Jeweler saw
  • Saw blade, steel, sizes 1/0 to 6/0, 5 inches
  • Tool, Speedy Stringer bowl, wood, includes ''J'' needle
  • Pliers, round-nose 
  • Pliers, chain-nose 
  • Pliers, bent-nose 
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Tweezers 
  • Artist brushes 
  • Royalty free internet images
  • End of Materials List

    Focal Piece

    Step 1
    Using a pair of flush-cutters, cut one 1/2 inch, one 3/4-inch and one 1-inch length of silver-finished 1mm ball chain.
    Step 2
    Using a pair of flush-cutters, remove one epoxy and gold-plated star drop from the star cluster focal and cut off the loop.
    Step 3
    Using the sharp end of a pair of tweezers or a permanent marker, trace the outline of a Christmas tree (7/8 inches tall by 3/4 wide at the base) on the green Friendly Plastic. Using laser scissors or a jeweler’s saw cut the tree out of the green Friendly Plastic.
    Step 4
    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 the piece of Friendly Plastic (shiny side up) on the Teflon. Use a metal pick or awl to maneuver the plastic so you don't burn your fingers
    Step 5
    As the Friendly Plastic begins to melt, press the 1/2 inch length of chain in a diagonal fashion starting 1/8 inch from the top right of the tree to the left side. Use a metal awl to maneuver the plastic so you don’t burn your fingers. Continue to attach the 3/4 inch and 1-inch lengths of chain onto the top of the tree in a diagonal to create the garland.

    Press the #11 red, yellow and turquoise seed beads onto the front of the tree for the ornaments and the #6 root beer seed beads onto the bottom of the tree to create the tree trunk. Press the cut edge of the epoxy and gold-plated star into the Friendly Plastic on the top point of the tree.

    Designer 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 6
    Remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and lay on a flat surface such as a countertop. Once the plastic has hardened, remove from the Teflon sheet.
    Step 7
    Mix a moderate amount of red glitter into some Diamond Glaze™. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of the gold-plated 46x33mm trapezoid focal.
    Step 8
    Mix the ICE Resin® per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 9
    Arrange the Christmas tree into the center of the ICE Resin. Place eight #11opaque white seed beads around the outside of the tree for snowflakes. Mix and carefully pour a second layer of ICE Resin over the design until the bezel is almost full. Let the liquid settle and see if you are happy with the height of the liquid. The liquid will spill over the edge, so be careful. Check the liquid for bubbles. Place a task light close to the bezel to help bring any bubbles to the surface. If any appear, use a toothpick to pop them as they reach the surface. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 10
    Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design, which will also offer a magnified view. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight. If any liquid spilled over the edge, wait until the ICE Resin has cured and peel it off. You can use your fingernail, a fine-edged tool or craft knife--work carefully!

    Clasps

    Step 11
    Using laser scissors cut two paper designs (Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus) to fit the inside of a 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp.
    Step 12
    Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze in the bottom of the gold-plated 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp. Place the paper image inside the bezel. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze on top of the paper image. Repeat to attach the paper image in the second clasp bezel.

    Mix the ICE Resin per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 13
    Mix a small amount of green glitter into some Diamond Glaze. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of the gold-plated 25mm round with 19mm round setting clasp.

    Mix and carefully pour a second layer of ICE Resin over the design until the bezel is almost full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 14
    Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight.

    Necklace

    Step 15
    Using laser scissors cut sixteen 22-inch lengths of green Silkon® thread. String onto one length of thread, one J-shaped needle.
    Step 16
    Place #11 emerald green seed beads into the Speedy Stringer™ bowl.
    Step 17
    String a 10-inch length of seed beads onto the first strand of thread. Place a bead stopper on both ends of the thread. String sixteen 10-inch strands of emerald green seed beads.
    Step 18
    Match up the ends of the sixteen 10-inch lengths of seed beads and tie an overhand knot on the end of the threads. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot. Tie a loose overhand knot in the thread on the opposite end of the strands. Place a pair of tweezers inside the knot up against the last beads and slide the knot down the tweezers to keep the strands of beads tight. Place a small amount of adhesive on the knot. Trim the thread at the knots.
    Step 19
    Repeat Steps 15 - 18 to create two sets of sixteen 3-1/2 inch emerald green seed bead strands.
    Step 20
    Using flush-cutters, cut six 4-inch lengths of red 22-gauge Zebra Wire™.
    Step 21
    Wrap the end of a 4-inch length of Zebra Wire through the knot on one end of the 3-1/2 inch strands of seed beads and tightly wind the wire around the knot to secure the wire in place.
    Step 22
    Pass the straight end of the wire through one gold-plated 16x16mm fancy filigree cone and one glass light red 4mm faceted round bead. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, create the loop leaving the excess wire. Attach the loop to the eye portion of the first clasp. Finish the end with a wrapped loop using round-nose pliers.

    Repeat to attach the first end of the second 3-1/2 inch strands of seed beads to the eye portion of the second clasp.

    Repeat to attach one gold-plated 16x16mm fancy filigree cone and one glass light red 4mm faceted round bead with a wrapped loop to the opposite end of the 3-1/2 inch emerald green strands and to both ends of the 10-inch emerald green strands.
    Step 23
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the focal piece and the wrapped wire loop on the opposite end of the first 3-1/2 inch set of green seed beads. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat to attach a second set of 3-1/2 inch of green seed beads to the focal piece.
    Step 24
    Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the back of the bezel portion of the first clasp (making sure the picture is facing down toward the focal piece) and another 4mm jumpring. Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the previous 4mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

    Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the wrapped loop on the first end of the 10-inch emerald green strands and the previous 4mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat to attach four 4mm jumprings to the opposite end of the 10-inch emerald green strands and the second clasp making sure the picture is facing down toward the focal piece.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    Mix a moderate amount of red glitter into some Diamond Glaze. Place a thin layer of Diamond Glaze glitter mixture onto the entire bottom surface of two gold-plated 21x19mm crest drops.
    Step 2
    Mix the ICE Resin per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel until approximately 1/3 full. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 3
    Mix the second layer of ICE Resin with red glitter. Carefully pour a second layer of ice resin until the bezel is almost full. Let the liquid settle and see if you are happy with the height of the liquid. The liquid will spill over the edge, so be careful. Check the liquid for bubbles. Place a task light close to the bezel to help bring any bubbles to the surface. If any appear, use a toothpick to pop them as they reach the surface. Allow the resin to set for 5 hours.
    Step 4
    Mix the third layer of ICE Resin with clear glitter. Pour the third layer to create a domed look to the finished design, which will also offer a magnified view. Let the bezel sit undisturbed overnight. If any liquid spilled over the edge, wait until the ICE Resin has cured and peel it off. You can use your fingernail, a fine-edged tool or craft knife--work carefully!
    Step 5
    Repeat Steps 1 - 4 to create a second red glitter crest drop.

    Repeat Steps 1 - 4 using green glitter to create two gold-plated 17x17x11.5mm triangle drops.
    Step 6
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop in the center of the rounded portion of the crest drop and the loop on the triangle drop. Close the jumpring.

    Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the loop on the straight edge of the crest drop. Close the loop.

    Repeat Step 6 to assemble the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Bead caps'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Ice Resin'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Glues'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Inserting a Saw Blade into a Jeweler’s Saw Frame'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Knots'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Bead cones'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Bead stopper'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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