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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Sterling Silver Pendants and Wirework 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Gemstone Beads, Antiqued Sterling Silver Pendants and Wirework
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Catcher of Dreams

-- 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 Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Necklace

Step 1
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
  • Two 54-inch lengths, two 65-inch lengths and one 75-inch length of MICROWrap™ wire
  • Two 3-3/4 inch lengths, two 4-3/4 inch lengths, one 5-1/2 inch length and one 14-inch length of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire
  • Two 6-inch lengths of sterling silver 5mm flat cable chain
  • One 10-link length of sterling silver 5mm elongated flat cable chain
Step 2
Using a pair of round-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers form a 43mm circular link using the 5-1/2 inch length of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire. Clean the wire to remove residual oil from your skin.
Step 3
Place the silver circle on a fire block. Use a small paint brush to apply flux to the two ends of the wire that will be soldered together. Be sure to use gloves, safety glasses and proper ventilation when applying flux. Cut a small piece of solder and place it at the joint you want to solder.
Step 4
Start to heat the metal from a distance, evenly heating the entire piece. When the flux starts to clear, move the torch closer to the solder to heat it to its melting point. Use a solder pick to reposition the solder as needed as it heats up.

Using tongs, place the soldered ring into the pickling solution and remove when the metal looks silver again. Remove from the pickle solution, rinse it with some water and check the solder seams.

Use a file or polishing paper to remove burrs and roughness from the edge of the ring.
Step 5
Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to create two 30mm circular links from the 3-3/4 inch lengths of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire and two 38mm circular links from the 4-3/4 inch lengths of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire.
Step 6
Place a saw blade through the bail on a sterling silver 54x10mm feather focal. Attach the saw blade to a jeweler saw. Cut the bail at the back of the feather. Use a file to remove burrs from the end of the cut bail and the back of the feather. Using a pair of round-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers straighten the bail, and then form a 3mm simple loop on the end. Repeat to create a simple loop on the end of the second 54x10mm feather.
Step 7
Hold the 14-inch sterling silver 20-gauge square wire against a wire-wrap mandrel with a 3mm inside diameter. Wrap the wire tightly until there is a coil of sixteen rings. Cut the first ring off using the flat side of the flush-cutters. Continue to rotate the wire, cutting each ring until there are sixteen 4.5mm jumprings.
Step 8
Pass a 75-inch length of MICROWrap wire around the top of the 43mm circular link for three to four wraps to secure the wire to the link. String onto the straight end of the wire three 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline beads. Keeping the wire to the inside of the link pass the wire over the link 1/2 inch from the starting point and create a half-hitch knot to secure the wire in place. Continue to attach two to three 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline beads between each half hitch knot every 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the link. Start the second row by wrapping the wire twice over the middle of the next stitch of the previous row. Continue to attach one 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline bead to the second and third rows in random pattern. Continue to stitch the wire until there are five rows. Pass the end of the wire around the last stitch two to three times to secure the end of the wire to the inside row of the dream catcher.

Pass the end of the remaining length around the top of the 43mm circular link for three to four wraps to secure the wire to the link. String one Swarovski 3mm bicone Dorado crystal onto the wire positioning it on the outer side of the link. Wrap the wire for two wraps then a crystal for twenty-five sets along the outer perimeter of the link.

Repeat to create one 38mm circular link orange/brown tourmaline dreamcatcher, one 38mm circular link emerald dreamcatcher, one 30mm circular link grey/blue tourmaline dreamcatcher, and one 30mm circular link amethyst dreamcatcher.
Step 9
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on one sterling silver 30x7mm feather focal and the first link on the 10-link length of sterling silver 5mm elongated flat cable chain. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach components in the following order:
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 6-inch length of sterling silver 5mm flat cable chain
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 12 o'clock on the grey/blue dreamcatcher)
  • One 30mm circular link grey/blue tourmaline dreamcatcher
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 6 o'clock on the grey/blue dreamcatcher)
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 12 o'clock on the emerald dreamcatcher)
  • One 38mm circular link emerald dreamcatcher
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 6 o'clock on the emerald dreamcatcher)
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned between the 10 and 11 o'clock on the pink dreamcatcher)
  • One 43mm circular link pink tourmaline dreamcatcher
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned between the 1 and 2 o'clock on the pink dreamcatcher)
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 6 o'clock on the orange/brown dreamcatcher)
  • One 38mm circular link orange/brown tourmaline dreamcatcher
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 12 o'clock on the orange/brown dreamcatcher)
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 6 o'clock on the amethyst dreamcatcher)
  • One 30mm circular link amethyst dreamcatcher
  • One 4.5mm jumpring (positioned at 12 o'clock on the amethyst dreamcatcher)
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • One 6-inch length of sterling silver 5mm flat cable chain
  • One 4.5mm jumpring
  • The loop portion of the hook clasp
Step 10
Open the loop on the end of a sterling silver 54x10mm feather focal. Pass the loop over the 43mm circular link pink tourmaline dreamcatcher between the 6 and 7 o'clock position. Close the loop. Repeat to attach the second sterling silver 54x10mm feather focal on the 43mm circular link pink tourmaline dreamcatcher between the 5 and 6 o'clock position.

Earrings

Step 1
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
  • Two 54-inch lengths and two 65-inch lengths of MICROWrap wire
  • Two 3-3/4 inch lengths, two 4-3/4 inch lengths and one 10-inch sterling silver 20-gauge square wire
Step 2
Using a pair of round-nose pliers and chain-nose pliers form a 38mm circular link using a 4-3/4 inch length of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire. Clean the wire to remove any oil from your skin.
Step 3
Place the silver circle on a fire block. Use a small paint brush to apply flux to the two ends of the wire that will be soldered together. Be sure to use gloves, safety glasses and proper ventilation when applying flux. Cut a small piece of solder and place it at the joint you want to solder.
Step 4
Start to heat the metal from a distance evenly heating the entire piece. When the flux starts to clear, move the torch closer to the solder to heat it to its melting point. Use a solder pick to reposition the solder as needed as it heats up.

Place the soldered ring into the pickling solution and remove when the metal looks silver again. Remove from the pickle solution, rinse it with some water and check the solder seams.

Use a file or polishing paper to remove burrs and roughness from the edge of the ring.
Step 5
Repeat Steps 2 - 4 to create two 30mm circular links from the 3-3/4 inch lengths of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire and two 38mm circular links from the 4-3/4 inch lengths of sterling silver 20-gauge square wire.
Step 6
Hold the one 10-inch sterling silver 20-gauge square wire against a wire-wrap mandrel with a 3mm inside diameter. Wrap the wire tightly until there is a coil of sixteen rings. Cut the first ring off using the flat side of the flush flush-cutters. Continue to rotate the wire, cutting each ring until there are ten 4.5mm jumprings.
Step 7
Pass a 65-inch length around the top of the 38mm circular link for three to four wraps to secure the wire to the link. Pass three 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline beads onto the wire. Keeping the wire to the inside of the link pass the wire over the link 1/2 inch from the starting point and create a half-hitch knot to secure the wire in place. Continue to attach two to three 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline beads between each half hitch knot every 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the link. Start the second row by wrapping the wire twice over the middle of the next stitch of the previous row. Continue to attach one 3mm faceted rondelle pink tourmaline bead to the second and third rows in random pattern. Continue to stitch the wire until there are five rows. Pass the end of the wire around the last stitch two to three times to secure the end of the wire to the inside row of the dream catcher.

Pass the end of the remaining length around the top of the 38mm circular link for three to four wraps to secure the wire to the link. String one Swarovski 3mm bicone Dorado crystal onto the wire positioning it on the outer side of the link. Wrap the wire for two wraps then a crystal for twenty-one sets along the outer perimeter of the link.

Repeat to create one 38mm circular link orange/brown tourmaline dreamcatcher, and two 30mm circular link emerald dreamcatchers.
Step 8
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through one 30mm circular link emerald dreamcatcher positioned at 6 o'clock. Repeat at attach a second 4.5mm jumpring next to the first 4.5mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

Open a 4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the bottom the two previous 4.5mm jumprings. Close the jumpring.

Open a 4.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the 38mm circular link pink tourmaline dreamcatcher positioned at 12 o'clock and the bottom the previous 4.5mm jumpring. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second 4.5mm jumpring next to the first 4.5mm jumpring.

Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the 30mm circular link emerald dreamcatcher positioned at 12 o'clock.

Repeat Steps 2 - 8 to create the second earring.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Sawing Metal'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''Knots Tutorial'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making Jumprings with Jumpring Mandrels'' how-to video and instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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