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 Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Apoxie® Sculpt, Antiqued Silver-Finished Pewter Focal and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 

Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Apoxie® Sculpt, Antiqued Silver-Finished Pewter Focal and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
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Copper Nostalgia

-- 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®

: : : Materials : : :

  • Bead, Swarovski crystal, light amethyst, 3mm Xilion bicone (11 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski crystal, light peach satin, 4mm Xilion bicone (45 beads)
  • Bead, Swarovski crystal, crystal lilac shadow, 4mm round (123 beads)
  • Bead, TierraCast, antiqued silver-finished pewter (tin-based alloy), 4mm beaded rondelle (52 beads)
  • Bead, antiqued copper, 6mm brushed round (26 beads)
  • Drop, silver-plated brass, 9x6mm pear with serrated edge and solid back, accepts 8x5mm pear cabochon or flat-backed crystal (7 drops)
  • Drop, silver-plated brass, 19mm round bezel cup with serrated edge and solid back, fits 18mm round cabochon or flat-backed crystal (6 drops)
  • Drop, silver-plated brass, 21mm round bezel cup with serrated edge and solid back, fits 20mm round cabochon or flat-backed crystal (3 drops)
  • Focal, antiqued silver-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 56x46mm single-sided oval with (3) PP8 chaton and (1) 31x23mm cabochon setting (1 focal)
  • Chaton, glass rhinestone, light amethyst purple, foil back, 2.7-2.8mm faceted round, PP21 (4 chatons)
  • Crimp, 12Kt gold-filled, 2x2mm smooth tube, 1.1mm inside diameter (8 crimp beads)
  • Crimp cover, silver-plated brass, 4mm round (8 crimp covers)
  • Wire protector, Accu-Guard, silver-plated brass, 4x4mm tube (8 wire protectors)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated brass, 6mm round, 20 gauge (24 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated brass, 5mm round, 18 gauge (6 jumprings)
  • Eyepin, silver-plated brass, 1-inch, 21 gauge (2 eyepins)
  • Clasp, lobster claw, silver-plated brass, 14x8mm with swivel (1 clasp)
  • Earwire, silver-plated brass, 14mm fancy fishhook with closed loop, 20 gauge (2 earwires)
  • Cord, Invizi-Cord, nylon, clear, 0.25mm, 8-pound test
  • Glitter, assorted Christmas theme colors
  • Crafting paper, piddix, matte multicolored, 9-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches with (4) 1-inch and (8) 1-11/16 inch single-sided circle with ''Steampunk Ladies'' patterns
  • Crafting paper, piddix, matte multicolored, 9-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches with (16) 1-7/8 x 7/8 inch single-sided rectangle with ''Aged Parchment'' patterns
  • Jeweler's grade resin, ICE Resin, 2-part plunger, crystal clear
  • Molding compound, Apoxie Sculpt, 2-part epoxy
  • Adhesive, Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, 2-part
  • Adhesive, Mod Podge Gloss-Lustré glue sealer
  • Stamp, Lisa Pavelka Signature Series, silicone, grey, 4-1/2x5-1/2 inch extra-deep finely detailed square with flow texture
  • Artist brushes 
  • Scissors 
  • Pliers, crimping 
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Pliers, round-nose 
  • Pliers, bent-nose 
  • Pliers, flat-nose 
  • Loose mica powder, copper
  • Craft sticks
  • End of Materials List
    Step 1
    Using scissors cut three aged parchment designs from the aged parchments crafting paper to fit inside three silver-plated 20mm round bezels and one key on parchment design from the steampunk ladies crafting paper to fit inside a 31x23mm oval bezel focal.
    Step 2
    Mix the ICE Resin® per the manufacturer’s instructions. Carefully pour the liquid into the bezel focal until 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 approximately 4 hours. Just before ICE Resin has cured completely and is just a little tacky, use a dry artist brush to apply mica powder partially around the edge of the resin. Allow resin to dry completely.
    Step 3
    Mix a second layer of ICE Resin with silver glitter. Pour the second layer to create a domed look to the finished bezel focal, which will also offer a magnified view. Let the focal 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 4
    Use a fine needle file to gently file the inside of the four silver-plated 18mm round bezel settings and seven silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel settings for optimal adherence of the molding compound.
    Step 5
    Open the bronze Apoxie® Sculpt, 2-part epoxy molding compound. Mix equal parts of the epoxy for two minutes, or until thoroughly combined, to create a putty-like texture.
    Step 6
    Work a small amount of the Apoxie into the first 18mm round bezel setting until it fills the entire area. Smooth the Apoxie using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a flowered textured stamp across the surface of the Apoxie. Using a small paintbrush, brush a small amount of loose copper-colored mica powder.

    Repeat to create four silver-plated 18mm round bezel settings and seven silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel settings with textured Apoxie and mica powder.

    Allow 24 hours for complete curing/hardening of the Apoxie.
    Step 7
    Mix Devcon® 5-Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer’s instructions. Place a thin layer of adhesive in the first 2.8mm chaton settings on the antiqued silver-finished 56x46mm oval focal. Press one Swarovski light amethyst purple 2.8mm chaton onto the setting. Let the adhesive set for 5 minutes. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.

    Repeat to attach two Swarovski light amethyst purple 2.8mm chatons to the two remaining settings and one Swarovski light amethyst purple 2.8mm chaton on the bow at the top of the antiqued silver-finished 56x46mm oval focal.
    Step 8
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the end of the lobster claw clasp. Close the jumpring.
    Step 9
    Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through two 6mm jumprings. Close the jumpring. Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the previous two 6mm jumprings. Repeat alternating one 5mm jumpring and two 6mm jumprings for 4 sets. Attach the last 5mm jumpring to the loop on one bronze Apoxie and silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel setting.
    Step 10
    Open a 6mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on one bronze Apoxie silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel setting. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a jumpring to two bronze Apoxie silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel settings and four bronze Apoxie silver-plated 18mm round bezel settings.
    Step 11
    Using flush-cutters, cut a 12-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire one crimp tube and a silver-plated Accu-Guard™ wire protector and the jumpring attached to the lobster claw clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the Accu-Guard. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

    Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end. Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
    Step 12
    String onto the beading wire the following:
    • Two Swarovski light amethyst 3mm bicones
    • Six sets of one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone and five Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    Step 13
    Position the antiqued silver-finished 56x46mm oval focal long ways. String one crimp tube and one silver-plated Accu-Guard onto the beading wire after the last Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm round. Pass the beading wire through the vine at the top of the oval focal 1/4 inch from the 2.8mmm chaton, back through the crimp and then pull the wire snuggly so the crimp is closer to the Accu-Guard. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the first part of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

    Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim excess wire from the end. Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
    Step 14
    Repeat Steps 11 - 13 to attach the beads in the same order from the first 5mm jumpring on the jumpring chain to the opposite vine on the top of the silver-finished 56x46mm oval focal.

    Second Strand

    Step 15
    Repeat Step 11 to attach a second length of beading wire to the jumpring attached to the lobster claw clasp.
    Step 16
    String onto the beading wire the following:
    • Four Swarovski light amethyst 3mm bicones
    • Five Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone
    • One antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone and two Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone and nine Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone and two Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone and two Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One bronze Apoxie silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel setting (through the jumpring)
    • Six Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds
    • One bronze Apoxie silver-plated 18mm round bezel setting (through the jumpring)
    • One Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm round
    • One Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone, two Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm rounds and one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone
    • One bronze Apoxie silver-plated 18mm round bezel setting (through the jumpring
    • One antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one Swarovski light peach satin 4mm bicone,and one Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm round
    Step 17
    Repeat Step 13 to attach the strand 1/4 inch to the left of the previous strand.
    Step 18
    Repeat Steps 15 and 14 to attach the beads in the same order from the first 5mm jumpring on the jumpring chain to the opposite vine on the top of the silver-finished 56x46mm oval focal piece.
    Step 19
    Open a 6mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the bottom of focal and the loop on the top of an ICE Resin filled 20mm bezel setting. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second 6mm jumpring next to the first for double jumprings.

    Repeat to attach one ICE Resin filled 20mm bezel setting using double 6mm jumprings 3/4 inch to the left of the center setting and one ICE Resin filled 20mm bezel setting using double 6mm jumprings 3/4 inch to the right of the center setting.

    Repeat to attach four bronze Apoxie silver-plated 8x5mm pear bezel settings to the bottom of the focal using one 6mm jumpring: one on each side of the center ICE Resin filled 20mm bezel setting and one to the outside of each of the outer ICE Resin filled 20mm bezel settings.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    Use a fine needle file to gently file the inside of the two silver-plated 18mm round bezel settings.
    Step 2
    Open the bronze Apoxie Sculpt, 2-part epoxy molding compound. Mix equal parts of the Apoxie for two minutes, or until thoroughly combined, to create a putty-like texture.
    Step 3
    Work a small amount of the Apoxie into the first 18mm round bezel setting until it fills the entire area. Smooth the Apoxie using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a flowered textured stamp across the surface of the Apoxie. Using a small paintbrush, brush a small amount of loose copper-colored mica powder.

    Repeat to create a second silver-plated 18mm round bezel setting with textured Apoxie and mica powder.

    Allow 24 hours for complete curing/hardening.
    Step 4
    String one Swarovski crystal lilac shadow 4mm round, one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle, one antiqued copper 6mm round bead and one antiqued silver-finished 4mm beaded rondelle onto an eyepin. 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 a second crystal and copper bead link.
    Step 5
    Open the top loop on one crystal and copper bead link. Pass it through the loop on a earwire. Close the loop. Repeat to attach the bottom loop on the crystal and copper bead link to the top loop on one bronze Apoxie silver-plated 18mm round bezel settings.

    Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to create the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Crimping a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Crimping pliers'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Using Crimp Covers'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Designing with 2-Part Epoxy'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How To Use ICE Resin®'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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