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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Sierra Agate Gemstone Beads and Focal, Wirework and Riverstone Gemstone Beads 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Sierra Agate Gemstone Beads and Focal, Wirework and Riverstone Gemstone Beads
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Alamere Falls

-- Designer --

Esther, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

To learn more about Esther Pollock, 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:
  • Three 8-inch, five 5-inch, four 2-1/4 inch and one 15-inch lengths of sterling silver-filled 20-gauge square wire
  • Four 3-inch lengths of sterling silver-filled 24-gauge square wire
  • Two 3-inch lengths of sterling silver-filled 5mm cable chain
Step 2
Using a bead reamer, ream the hole on two Sierra agate 6mm round beads and one riverstone 6mm round bead until the holes are large enough to string onto the end of the 20-gauge wire.
Step 3
Match one end of three lengths of 8-inch wire. Measure 3 inches from one end and fold the wire over on itself in a gently curved loop. Pass the long end of the wires through the hole on a Sierra agate square donut from the back to the front. Measure the wire approximately 1-1/4 inches from the first loop and fold the wire back up to create a second loop (the focal piece will rest in this loop).

Wrap the long end of the wires back around the top loops from the back to front leaving the excess wire exiting to the front of the focal piece.

Using one of the 3-inch lengths of 24-gauge wire, wrap the 8-inch wires between the top loop and the top of the focal piece for five to six wraps to secure the wire to the focal piece. Cut any excess wire and tuck the end under the wraps on the back side of the focal piece. Wrap a second 3-inch length of 24-gauge wire to secure the 8-inch wires on the back of the focal piece at the bottom of the donut.

Using one 5-inch length, measure 2 inches from one end and fold the wire over on itself in a gently curved loop. Pass the loop through the focal piece with the two ends pointing over the top of the left side of the center wires. Bring the ends of the wire together. Wrap a 3-inch length of 24-gauge wire to secure the 5-inch wires on the top edge of the focal piece. Repeat to attach a second 5-inch length of wire to the right side of the center wires on the square donut.

String the three reamed beads onto three of the wires on the front of the focal piece.

On the first length of wire on the front of the focal piece, using chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, create a 2-3 revolution spiral on the end of wire. Repeat on the end of each of the remaining lengths of wire. Arrange the spiraled wires across the top of the focal piece. For added dimension, twist the last 1 to 1-1/2 inches of the wire before creating the spiral.
Step 4
Place the end of a 2-1/4 inch length of 20-gauge wire on the larger jaw on the medium bail-making Wubbers® mandrel pliers and form the first loop. Continue to wrap the wire around the mandrel for two wraps. Repeat to create four double wrapped 5mm jumprings.

Place the end of 15-inch length of 20-gauge wire on the smaller jaw on the medium bail making Wubbers mandrel pliers and form the first loop. Cut the wire using the flat side of the flush-cutters to make a 3mm inner diameter jumpring. Continue to wrap the wire around the mandrel to create twenty-six 3mm jumprings.
Step 5
String one Sierra agate 8mm round bead 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 six Sierra agate 8mm round beading links.
Step 6
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp and the first link on one 3-inch length of chain. Close the jumpring. Repeat to the last link of the 3-inch length of chain to the loop on one Sierra agate 8mm round beading link.

Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the opposite loop on the beading link and one double wrapped 5mm jumpring. Continue to attach one beading link, one double wrapped 5mm jumpring and one beading link using a 5mm jumpring in between each component. Attach a 5mm jumpring on the opposite loop on the last beading link.
Step 7
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to attach the chain and components to the bar portion of the toggle clasp.
Step 8
Using flush-cutters, cut a 12-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire, one crimp tube and a 1/2 inch piece of French wire. Pass the wire through the jumpring attached to the beading link on the first portion of the necklace and back through the crimp tube leaving one end of the wire approximately one-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the jumpring so the French wire is formed in a nicely curved tube. Place a small amount of adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end.
Step 9
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One Sierra agate 6mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One riverstone 6mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One riverstone 6mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Sierra agate 8mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One riverstone 6mm round bead
  • One 3mm wire jumpring
  • One Swarovski dark green 4mm round pearl
Step 10
String onto the wire the loop on the top of the focal piece.
Step 11
Repeat Step 9, backwards, to create the second half of the strand in a mirror image of the first half of the strand.
Step 12
Place one crimp tube, 1/2 inch of French wire and the jumpring on the second portion of the chain necklace. Pass the beading wire back through crimp, then pull the wire snugly so the crimp and the French wire are closer to the jumpring. 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.

Earrings

Step 1
Using flush-cutters cut two 2-1/4 inch lengths of sterling-silver-filled 20-gauge square wire.
Step 2
Place the end of 2-1/4 inch length of 20-gauge wire on the larger jaw on the medium bail-making Wubbers mandrel and form the first loop. Continue to wrap the wire around the mandrel for two wraps. Repeat to create two double wrapped 5mm jumprings.
Step 3
String one Sierra agate 8mm round bead 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 two Sierra agate 8mm round beading links and two Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl beading links using one Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl and one eyepin.
Step 4
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop one Sierra agate 8mm round beading link and one double wrapped 5mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.

Open the opposite loop on the Sierra agate 8mm round beading link. Pass it through the loop on one Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl beading link. Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the opposite loop on the Swarovski dark green 6mm round pearl beading link. Close the loop.

Repeat step 4 to create the second earring.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''How to Use the Wubbers® Bail-Making and Round Mandrel Pliers'' how-to video
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How To Crimp a Crimp Bead/Crimp Tube' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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