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 Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Cupchain, Jeweler's Bronze Sheet and Sterling Silver Charms 

Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Cupchain, Jeweler's Bronze Sheet and Sterling Silver Charms
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Solstice Menhir

-- Designer --

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 : : :

  • Charm, sterling silver, 9mm open snowflake (7 charms)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated brass, 5.5mm round, 18 gauge (100 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated brass, 6x4mm oval, 18 gauge (7 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, silver-plated brass, 8x6mm oval, 16 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Earwire, gold-plated brass, 17mm flat fishhook with 3mm coil and open loop, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
  • Clasp, TierraCast, 5-strand toggle, gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 24x19mm D-ring (1 clasp)
  • Cupchain, Chinese glass rhinestone and silver-finished brass, clear, 2mm round
  • Chain, silver-plated steel, 8mm double cable
  • Sheet, jeweler's bronze, half-hard with mirror finish, 6x6-inch square, 24 gauge
  • Adhesive, Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, 2-part
  • Punch, EUROTOOL, tempered steel, 5 inches with 3mm tip
  • Saw blade, steel, sizes 1/0 to 6/0, 5 inches
  • Ball peen hammer, steel and wood, 16mm flat head / 16mm ball head, 10-1/2 inches long, 4 ounces
  • Tool, WigJig Centaur, plastic and steel, clear, 4 x 4 x 5/16 inches with (10) 1.5mm wide pegs
  • Glue gun pad, silicone, clear, 8x8-inch square with non-stick heat resistant surface
  • Safety glasses, polycarbonate and nylon, clear and black, anti-fog and scratch-resistant
  • Disc cutter, steel and wood, 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 3/4 inch base for cutting 6x4mm-18x16mm ovals
  • Jooltool Sharpening and Polishing System, plastic and steel, red and black, 110/240 volt, 12x9x7 inches
  • Abrasive disc, 3M Scotch-Bright EXL Unitized, plastic, brown, fine to coarse grit, 3-inch replacement abrasive disc for Jooltool
  • Rotary tool, steel, grinding and polishing set with case
  • Drill bit, high speed steel and plastic, 1-1/4 to 3 inches with 1-4mm twisted bit
  • Bench pin, wood / steel / plastic, black, 7-1/2 x 2-inch rectangle with V-slot and C-clamp
  • Pliers, chain-nose 
  • Pliers, bent-nose 
  • Pliers, flush-cutter 
  • Tweezers 
  • Toothpick
  • End of Materials List

    Necklace

    Step 1
    Using flush-cutters cut the following:
    • One 13-inch length of silver-plated 8mm double cable chain
    • One 12-inch, one 9-inch and five 21-cup lengths of silver-finished 2mm cupchain
    Step 2


    Draw a template out on paper to allow for proper placement of the cutouts. The crescent shape measures 6x2.5 inches. Starting 1 inch from the outside edge cut a 4-inch long by 1/2 inch deep curve in the top of the crescent. Draw a 16mm circle in the center of the crescent 1/4 inch from the top edge. Place a 16mm circle 1 inch to the right and to the left of the center circle 1/4 inch from the top edge. Place two 16mm circles along the bottom edge of the crescent centered between the three circles on the top edge.
    Step 3
    Transfer the template onto the metal sheet by cutting out the template, or tracing it onto the sheet with a permanent marker or using a piece of transfer paper and trace the image onto the metal.
    Step 4
    Using a saw blade and a bench pin, cut the outer edge of the crescent focal piece out.
    Step 5
    Place the crescent-shaped piece of metal in between the plates on the disc cutter so the first drawn 16mm circle is ready to be drilled out. Place the die inside the hole. Use a heavy ballpeen hammer to hit the die one time for a smooth cut.

    Repeat to cut out the remaining four circle cutouts.
    Step 6
    Using a center punch, punch a dot onto the crescent focal piece1/8 inch from the left corner and 1/8 inch from the top edge. Place a 1mm drill bit into a rotary tool, punch one 1mm hole on the punched dot.

    Repeat to punch five holes along the 1-inch straight edge on the left side of the crescent and five holes along the 1-inch straight edge on the right side of the crescent.

    Repeat to punch one hole above each of the 16mm circles punched out on the crescent focal piece.
    Step 7
    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 8
    Using the Jooltool™ polish the front and back of the crescent.
    Step 9
    Mix Devcon® 5 Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions. Using a toothpick place a small amount of adhesive on the front top edge of the crescent. Using tweezers, place the first 2mm rhinestone cup from the 9-inch length of silver-finished 2mm cupchain. Continue to place a small amount of adhesive and a few cups on the chain around the top edge of the crescent until the chain is outlining the entire top edge of the crescent. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.

    Repeat to attach the 12-inch length of chain along the bottom edge of the crescent, and a 21-cup length of chain around the edge of each of the five circle cutouts.
    Step 10
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 6x4mm oval jumpring. Pass it through the loop on a snowflake charm and the punched hole on the first circle cutout. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a snowflake charm to each of the circle cutouts.
    Step 11
    Using 5.5mm jumprings, create two European 4-in-1 sections of chainmaille that are five jumprings wide by nine jumprings long.
    Step 12
    Open a 5.5mm jumpring. Pass it through first loop on the D-ring portion of the clasp and the first jumpring on the top of the 5x9 loop section of chainmaille. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach each of the holes on the clasp to the five top jumprings on the section of chainmail. Repeat to attach each of the bottom jumprings on the chainmaille to the five drilled holes on the left top edge of the crescent.

    Repeat to attach the second D-ring clasp and the second section of chainmaille to the right top edge of the crescent.
    Step 13
    Open an 8x6mm oval jumpring. Pass it through the top of the D-ring clasp attached to the left side of the crescent and the first link on the 13-inch length of silver-plated 8mm double cable chain. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat to attach the last link on the 13-inch length of silver-plated 8mm double cable chain to the loop on the bar portion of the toggle clasp.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    Using flush-cutters cut eight 8-cup lengths of silver-finished 2mm cupchain.
    Step 2
    Use two 16mm brass discs from the holes punched out from the crescent focal piece in the necklace. Using a center punch, punch a dot onto the first 16mm disc 1/8 inch the top edge. Place a 1mm drill bit into a rotary tool, drill one 1mm hole on the punched dot.

    Repeat to drill one 1mm hole 1/8 inch the bottom edge.

    Repeat to drill two 1mm holes on the second 16mm disc.
    Step 3
    Using a ball peen hammer, flatten the copper discs. Use a file to remove burrs and roughness from the outer edge of the sheet.
    Step 4
    Use the Jooltool to polish the front and back of the discs.
    Step 5
    Mix Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions. Using a toothpick place a small amount of adhesive on the front top edge of the first disc to the right of the drilled hole. Using tweezers, place the first 2mm rhinestone cup from the 8-cup length silver-finished 2mm cupchain. Continue to place a small amount of adhesive and a few cups on the chain around the edge of the disc until the chain is outlining the right edge of the disc. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.

    Repeat to attach an 8-cup length of cupchain along the left front edge of the disc, and two 8-cup lengths of cupchain around the left and right edge of the back of the disc.

    Repeat to attach four 8-cup lengths of cupchain on the front and back of the second 15.9mm brass disc.
    Step 6
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 6x4mm oval jumpring. Pass it through the loop on a snowflake charm and the drilled hole on the bottom of the first 16mm brass disc. Close the jumpring.
    Step 7
    Open the loop on an earwire. Pass the loop through the top drilled hole on the top of the 16mm brass disc. Close the loop.
    Step 8
    Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to create the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Glues'' how-to video and instructions
  • ''How to Create a European 4-in-1 Chainmaille Pattern'' illustrated instructions
  • ''Disc Cutter, How-To'' illustrated 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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